1:23 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Bipartisan support for fixing state roads

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Former Congressman Mark Schauer of Battle Creek part of broad coalition seeking increased funding for roads.
  • Source: Bridgemi
  • | Via: The Center for Michigan
(Bridge illustration/A.J. Jones) By Amy Lane/Bridge Magazine contributor On Michigan's Right to Work law, labor activist Mark Schauer and business advocate Rich Studley could not have sought more different results. But when it comes to working on Michigan's crumbling roads - an issue that's arisen in Lansing nearly as frequently as winter potholes - the two have an identical goal.
NPR Story
1:22 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

With Pot Legalized, States Enter Uncharted Waters

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 3:14 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. When Colorado and Washington state voted to legalized recreational marijuana last November, they moved their states into uncharted waters. It's one thing to say possession of an ounce of pot is legal; it's another to set up a way to regulate this new business.

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NPR Story
1:22 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

A Preview Of Brennan's Confirmation Hearings

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 3:12 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. This afternoon, the Senate Intelligence Committee takes up the nomination of John Brennan to be the next director of the CIA, a hearing that will feature a festival of euphemisms. One man's targeted killing is another man's assassination.

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1:17 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

USDA report details losses in Michigan's fruit crop

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Combination of early spring weather and summer drought created a very bad year for Michigan fruit growers.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
BENTON HARBOR, MI -The United States Department of Agriculture's recently released report of Preliminary Fruit Production figures for 2012 confirms what we learned last summer, when there were not enough Michigan cherries for local festivals, or we blinked and the peaches were gone, or popular U-Pick apple orchards said: "Come back next year."
1:12 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Snyder's budget proposal calls for increased investments in roads, education and public health

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Snyder calls $50.9-billion spending plan "a responsible budget."
LANSING, MI -- Gov. Rick Snyder, saying Michigan is on the "comeback path," on Thursday introduced a budget proposal reflecting that belief by increasing investments in infrastructure, public health and education. Speaking before lawmakers and media this morning at the Boji Tower in downtown Lansing, Snyder outlined a $50.9 billion budget, which represents a five percent spending increase compared to the current fiscal year.
Economy
11:56 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Stocks Climbing But Is Your Bank Account?

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 3:28 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association has a new president. She is CNN producer Jen Christensen, and with so many LGBT issues in the news right now, we thought this would be a good time to speak with her about what that organization is all about. So that conversation is coming up in a few minutes.

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Music
11:56 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Mixing Blues and the Nakota Nation In Music

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 3:28 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. The blues have always been a way to get at some of life's tougher trials and Otis Taylor's music is no different. Taylor, who calls himself a trans-blues musician, has taken on big themes like murder, racism and poverty in previous albums, but his latest album - his 13th and he says his emotional - started with four little words.

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Around the Nation
11:56 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Ending Saturday Delivery, End Of The Post Office?

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 3:28 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Yesterday we told you about how middle class paychecks are feeling the pinch right now for a number of reasons - healthcare co-pays and premiums, rising gas prices, among other reasons. Today we want to tell you who is doing well. And we'll tell you that conversation in just a few minutes.

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11:44 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Detroit becomes a focus of urban redevelopment

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Redevelopment efforts in the Motor City still depend heavily on federal tax credits administered by the Department of the Interior.
Posted to MichiganNow.org on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 INTRO: Detroit could become a laboratory for urban revitalization in America. So said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar on a recent visit from Washington. Michigan Now's Chris McCarus reports on why Salazar came and how Detroit teeters between revival and destruction.
Movie Interviews
11:04 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Bradley Cooper Finds 'Silver Linings' Everywhere

Bradley Cooper has been nominated for an Academy Award for his role in the film Silver Linings Playbook.
Jojo Whilden The Weinstein Company

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 1:14 pm

Bradley Cooper, who is nominated for an Academy Award for his performance as the bipolar Pat Solitano in Silver Linings Playbook, tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that he and director David O. Russell approached the role with the idea that Cooper would "play as real and authentic as [h]e could."

The role is informed by Russell's son, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Says Cooper: "I definitely felt that anchor for [Russell]."

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Film
10:55 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Anna Karenina: 'Theatrical,' but in a different sort of way

James Sanford's review of 'Anna Karenina'

The Kalamazoo Film Society will screen the film Anna Karenina starring Keira Knightly and Jude Law this weekend at The Little Theater on WMU's campus.

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Michigan health care
8:40 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Gongwer Publisher on plan to expand Medicaid coverage

Credit Melissa Benmark / WKAR

Governor Snyder says he supports expanding Medicaid coverage to 470,000 Michigan residents. The first three years of that expansion will be funded by the federal government under the Affordable Care Act. 

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7:49 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Snyder will seek higher tax on diesel

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Snyder has made raising money to improve transportation a top priority for this year.
Lansing - Gov. Rick Snyder said Wednesday he supports making truck drivers and motorists with diesel engine vehicles pay the same fuel tax rate that's levied on unleaded gasoline. Snyder said he'll offer new details today about his plan to raise $1.2 billion in new fuel and vehicle taxes during his budget presentation to lawmakers.
Asia
7:30 am
Thu February 7, 2013

What Cellphone Brand Does North Korean Leader Use?

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 3:07 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep with a case of product placement. Corporations pay millions to have their products turn up in the hands of famous people but somehow, they were not thrilled when a photo showed a smartphone on a table next to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. This set off fevered speculation about which brand it was.

Asia
7:22 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Millions Of Chinese To Travel For Chinese New Year

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 3:07 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

We've heard that necessity breeds invention. Well, so does discomfort. This weekend, 200 million Chinese are traveling home for the Chinese New Year. And for some this means entire days on standing room only trains.

One gadget being sold to travelers is a padded metal pole. It's to lean your head on so you don't fall over when you doze off. Or how about a luggage cart that doubles as a seat, with cup holders? Many people, though, are going old school with a simple upside down bucket.

6:22 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Men's basketball: Western Michigan 82 Kent State 76

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The Broncos have won seven straight, and remain in sole possession of first place in the Mid-American Conference West Division.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - The Western Michigan University men's basketball team has claimed victories all sorts of ways during its current winning streak. The Broncos found yet another way Wednesday night against visiting Kent State. They gutted one out and made big plays down the stretch in a high-scoring, foul-ridden affair, emerging with an 82-76 victory before 2,721 highly charged fans at University Arena.
NPR Story
6:00 am
Thu February 7, 2013

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 3:07 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And we have news of another fire sale. Our last word in business today is the buy of a lifetime.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

That's what some are calling the sale of a 20-acre estate outside Cedar Falls, Iowa, which sold for a winning bid of around $600,000. The precise amount was not disclosed. One expert says to build something like that estate today would cost $1.5 million.

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NPR Story
6:00 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Business News

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 3:07 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with Boeing's battery problem.

Boeing's new fleet of Dreamliner 787 aircraft is grounded. But there is one in the air right now. The FAA cleared the plane's flight this morning from Fort Worth, Texas to Seattle. Engineers at the Boeing factory there will study the plane's lithium ion batteries and look for ways to reduce fire risk. Regulators around the world grounded the Dreamliner last month after batteries overheated on two planes. Only crew are aboard the 787 currently on its way to Seattle.

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NPR Story
6:00 am
Thu February 7, 2013

African Peacekeepers Used To Battling Insurgents

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 3:07 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Let's get a glimpse of the troops now fighting Islamist insurgents in Somalia. Forces from multiple African nations have been battling a group called al-Shabaab for years. They're being closely watched now because the international community is considering how to intervene in future months and years against an insurgency in Mali. NPR's Gregory Warner is traveling with a force in Somalia. Gregory, welcome back to the program.

GREGORY WARNER, BYLINE: Thanks, Steve.

INSKEEP: So where are you, and what have you been doing?

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Europe
3:39 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Privatization Of Greek Assets Runs Behind Schedule

Employees of Hellenic Postbank protest during a strike against the bank's privatization in Athens, in December.
John Kolesidis Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 3:07 pm

In exchange for multibillion-euro bailouts, Greece was required to sell state-owned assets. But the sweeping privatization process is behind schedule. In addition, European governments are nervous that Chinese, Russian and Arab companies are lining up to take advantage of the Greek fire sale.

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Planet Money
3:34 am
Thu February 7, 2013

'Give Me The Money Or I'll Shoot The Trees'

Pay up, or the bird gets it. (A hoatzin perches on a branch in Yasuni National Park.)
Pablo Cozzaglio AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 3:07 pm

Ecuador's Yasuni National Park is one of the most diverse ecosystems on Earth. But there's a complication: The park sits on top of the equivalent of millions of barrels of oil.

This creates a dilemma.

Ecuador prides itself on being pro-environment. Its constitution gives nature special rights. But Ecuador is a relatively poor country that could desperately use the money from the oil.

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Shots - Health News
3:31 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Silica Rule Changes Delayed While Workers Face Health Risks

A worker makes a cut in the side of a sandstone block at the Cleveland Quarries facility in Vermilion, Ohio, earlier this month. The legal limit on the amount of silica that workers can inhale was set decades ago.
Ty Wright Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 3:07 pm

One of the oldest known workplace dangers is breathing in tiny bits of silica, which is basically sand. Even the ancient Greeks knew that stone cutters got sick from breathing in dust. And today, nearly 2 million American workers are exposed to silica dust in jobs ranging from construction to manufacturing.

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The Record
3:29 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Why Al Walser Got A Grammy Nomination And Justin Bieber Didn't

Justin Bieber on stage in December. Bieber's 2012 album Believe, despite selling over 1,000,000 copies, wasn't nominated for a single Grammy Award.
Michael Kovac Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 4:49 pm

Among the hundreds of musicians vying for Grammy Awards this year is Al Walser, a Los Angeles-based disc jockey and singer whose song "I Can't Live Without You" is nominated in the best dance single category. Walser is not a widely known name — many Grammy nominees aren't — but he's competing in a category against some of pop music's heaviest hitters.

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National Security
10:40 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Obama's Pick For CIA Chief To Face Senate Scrutiny

John Brennan, the deputy national security adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, speaks at the White House in January. Brennan is President Obama's choice for CIA director.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 3:07 pm

John Brennan, President Obama's choice to lead the CIA, can look forward to a grilling Thursday on Capitol Hill. As Obama's chief counterterrorism adviser, he has been associated with some controversial policies, including the use of armed drones. Brennan's nomination comes before the Senate Intelligence Committee, and members from both parties have their questions ready.

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9:35 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Bankruptcy proceeds for Decatur-based Stamp Farms

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Stamp Farms filed for bankruptcy in November. Several options possible after Thursday bankruptcy hearing.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Grand Rapids has authorized Stamp Farms to try to sell substantially all of its assets at an auction continuing Wednesday in Grand Rapids.
9:23 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Family of slain soldier from Plainwell presented with medals for service

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Funeral services for Staff Sargent Mark Schoonhoven will be held Thursday in Plainwell.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
OTSEGO, MI - Medals for honor, valor and sacrifice. The Bronze Star. The Army Commendation Medal. Gold Star lapel pins. All of these were presented Wednesday afternoon to the family of Mark Schoonhoven, the Plainwell native and U.S. Army sergeant who died from wounds sustained in Afghanistan.
Around the Nation
6:12 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Questions Sprout Up Over Razed California Wildlife Reserve

The Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve after the land was stripped by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Several advocates, including elected leaders, are protesting the move.
Courtesy of Mathew Tekulsky

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 7:23 pm

Just a stone's throw from two of Los Angeles' busiest freeways lies the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve, a unique spot in an urban jungle.

The northern portion of the reserve is adorned with 30-foot-tall cottonwood trees, spots of coyote bush and other plants. Native plants cover 50 percent of the nature spot, says Kris Ohlenkamp with the San Fernando Valley Audubon Society.

"On the other side it was significantly more than that," he says.

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It's All Politics
5:14 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Even In Blue Minnesota, Gun Control Seems A Tough Sell

Gun rights advocate Andy Cers of Minneapolis listens to testimony during a Minnesota House hearing on gun violence bills Tuesday in St. Paul.
Jim Mone AP

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 8:36 pm

Minnesota has a Democratic governor, two Democratic senators, and Democrats control both houses of its Legislature. So it may have come as no surprise when President Obama went there earlier this week to rally support for his proposals to reduce gun violence.

But even in the politically blue state, there's considerable resistance to placing further restrictions on gun ownership.

During his visit to a Minneapolis police facility Monday, Obama urged Minnesotans to find common ground in curbing gun violence.

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Around the Nation
4:43 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Judge May Not Cut Amish Hair-Shearing Culprits A Break

An Amish man and woman walk through a parking lot after leaving the U.S. courthouse in Cleveland in September. Sixteen members of an Amish group in Bergholz, Ohio, led by Samuel Mullet, were found guilty of attacks targeting Amish bishops.
Mark Duncan AP

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 6:12 pm

Members of an Amish church group who were convicted of committing hate crimes against other Amish will be sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Cleveland.

The 16 parishioners were found guilty last September of shearing the beards and hair of their perceived enemies in an effort to shame their victims.

Bittersweet Nuptials

The sequence of events has shaken Lizzie Miller and other Amish across Eastern Ohio, where the assaults took place.

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It's All Politics
4:36 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

From Oil Fields To REI, Interior Nominee Has Outdoorsy Cred

REI CEO Sally Jewell delivers remarks Wednesday after being nominated by President Obama to be the next secretary of the interior.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 7:19 pm

President Obama's choice to take over at the Department of the Interior comes from the business world. Sally Jewell is the CEO of outdoor equipment supplier REI.

"For Sally, the toughest part of this job will probably be sitting behind a desk," the president said when introducing his nominee Wednesday. "I suspect she'll want to get out of the office quite a bit."

Before Jewell took the reins at REI, she worked in the financial industry at Washington Mutual. Before that, she was an engineer in the oil business, with Mobil.

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