2:11 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Governor Snyder creates department to focus on insurance, financial services

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Department designed to make insurance and financial issues more of a focal point
Gov. Rick Snyder wasted no time implementing one of his proposals from Wednesday night's State of the State address, signing an executive order Thursday to create the new state Department of Insurance and Financial Services.
World
2:11 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

The Evolving Hostage Crisis In Algeria

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

And another story we've been following the past couple of days: Yesterday, an extremist group in Algeria attacked a remote natural gas production complex in the Sahara Desert and seized hostages, most of them Algerian, but including some Americans and other Westerners. Today, Algeria's military responded. Reports conflict on numbers. It seems clear some hostages have escaped, others have been killed.

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Around the Nation
2:09 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Rape: The Victims, Perpetrators And Law Enforcement

News of a horrific gang rape in India prompted protest and outrage. Similar reactions, followed allegations of gang rape by members of the Steubenville High School football team in Ohio. The extreme cases raise question about what we've learned about rapists and why so many cases go unreported.

1:57 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Upjohn Institute analyst finds unemployment rate dropped, but employment remained flat

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Upjohn Institute Senior Regional Analyst George Erickcek says there are several troubling signs for Calhoun County's economy.
Calhoun County 2013-14 Economic Forecast by The words on the screen before George Erickcek's presentation said it all: "2012 was not a good year." The senior regional analyst at the Kalamazoo-based W.E.
1:50 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Western Michigan University program helps foster children through college

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Bridge Magazine looks at WMU's Seita Scholars and other programs helping foster children.
BEATING THE ODDS: Nikki Jenks spent years in foster homes, a background that traditionally has meant a lower likelihood of a college future. But Jenks is attending Western Michigan University and thriving, thanks to an innovative program that extends support to former foster children.
1:45 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

$250,000 approved to remove contaminated soil from future Arcadia Brewing site

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Work on digging up contaminated soil is expected to begin in March, depending on ground conditions.
The authority will increase its reimbursement to the developer to $250,000 to cover the costs of digging up the soil, replacing it with another material and disposing of it in a special landfill. The authority previously agreed to reimburse the developer $100,000, but the agreement with Enmar LLC allows for the authority to reimburse up to $500,000 for site remediation.
Around the Nation
1:13 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

'Grayest Generation': Older Parenthood In The U.S.

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Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 1:47 pm

In a December article for The New Republic, "The Grayest Generation: How Older Parenthood Will Upend American Society," the magazine's science editor Judith Shulevitz points out how the growing trend toward later parenthood since 1970 coincides with a rise in neurocognitive and developmental disorders among children.

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Book Reviews
1:05 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

How A 'Madwoman' Upended A Literary Boys Club

This week, the National Book Critics Circle announced that two feminist literary scholars, Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar, would be the recipients of its 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Music
12:45 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

After Big Year, Emeli Sande's 'Version Of Events'

Emeli Sande.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 10:35 pm

After huge critical and commercial success last year, breakthrough British sensation Emeli Sande has her sights set on America.

It's a long way from her roots. Born to a Zambian father and English mother, the singer-songwriter was raised in Scotland. She tells NPR's Michel Martin that being the only mixed-race family in a small village had a big impact on her.

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Politics
11:44 am
Thu January 17, 2013

President Obama's Gun Control Plan 'Extreme?'

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, for years, we've been telling you about the tens of thousands of people who have been killed or kidnapped by the drug cartels in Mexico, but the truth is, nobody really knew how many there were because nobody kept track. This week, the new president of Mexico signed a new law to set up a national registry of victims and to compensate the families. We'll have more on that in just a few minutes.

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Latin America
11:44 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Mexico: New President, New Drug Violence Plan

Mexico's new president, Enrique Peña Nieto, recently enacted a law to compensate victims of drug violence. It also sets up a national registry to record the crimes. Host Michel Martin discusses the new law with Nik Steinberg of Human Rights Watch.

Art & Design
11:44 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Designing Inaugural Dresses, Not All Roses

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now, let's head back to events in this country. Thousands of Americans will be in Washington to watch history being made at the presidential inauguration, to hear President Obama's vision for the next four years.

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Shots - Health News
11:32 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Obama's Plans For Guns Put Focus On Mental Health Of The Young

President Obama signs a series of executive orders Wednesday about the administration's gun law proposals as Vice President Biden and children who wrote letters to the White House about gun violence look on.
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If the National Rifle Association's plan to curb violence was, in part, arming school employees with guns, President Obama wants to arm them with something quite different: mental health training.

The president's plan centers largely on training teachers and others who work with children, teens and young adults to recognize mental illness as it's developing.

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State of State Address
9:50 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Representatives Nesbitt, Segal react to State of State Address

State Capitol
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Governor Snyder delivered his State of the State address Wednesday night at the state Capitol in Lansing. Republican Representative Aric Nesbitt of Lawton and Democratic Representative Kate Segal of Battle Creek reacted to the speech Thursday morning. 

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Around the Nation
7:47 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Electric Bikes Make Auto Show Appearance

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 11:11 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Walk a street in Beijing and you'll likely hear a whirring noise as an electric bicycle glides past. They're common in China. One auto maker wants to make them more common here. The makers of tiny Smart cars put an electric bike on display at the Detroit Auto Show. People at that show can also find bikes with pedals, like the Toyota Prius-branded bike.

Around the Nation
7:43 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Michigan Man Reels In Giant Goldfish

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 11:11 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne. I have goldfish. They're small. On the other hand, my goldfish don't live in a lake, or at least one has gotten very, very big.

Fishing at Lake St. Claire, Michigan last weekend, Mark Martin reeled in a goldfish big enough to mount on his wall. Most likely dumped by a former owner, it weighed more than three pounds and is nearly 15 inches long. It might be a record catch, if Michigan kept records on goldfish.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

7:00 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Women's Basketball: Central Michigan 72 Western Michigan 58

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Broncos fall to rival in Mount Pleasant
MOUNT PLEASANT, MI - Former Midland Dow star Jessica Schroll registered a double-double to help Central Michigan University earn a 72-58 Mid-American Conference win Wednesday over rival Western Michigan University. Schroll, a senior transfer from Iowa State, scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to get the first double-double of her career.
6:55 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Men's basketball: Western Michigan 79 Toledo 56

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Broncos record first Mid-American Conference win after two conference losses
KALAMAZOO, MI - The Western Michigan University basketball team did plenty of things well in a two-point home loss to Ohio on Saturday with the exception of shooting the ball.
6:26 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Michigan unemployment rate unchanged in December

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State's jobless rate remains more than a full percentage point above the national average.
Michigan ended 2012 with an average annual unemployment rate of 8.9 percent, well below the 10.3 percent average rate the state posted for 2011. According to data released Wednesday by the Department of Technology, Management & Budget, the unemployment rate for December also ended at 8.9 percent, remaining flat from November.
6:23 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Kellogg Community College ends additional tuition charge for undocumented immigrants

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KCC President Dennis Bona says issue should be residency.
College will be more affordable for local undocumented immigrants after Kellogg Community College changed a longstanding policy that asked them to pay more than twice as much in tuition as other students.
6:13 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Departing Benton Harbor Emergency Manager says leaving isn't a surprise

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Harris says he's accomplished a lot, but understands why he is being replaced.
BENTON HARBOR - Benton Harbor's emergency financial manager said it's with a bittersweet feeling he's leaving.
6:08 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Critics say they want details of governor's plans for roads, schools

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Democrats say Snyder's plans are vague. Governor calls for cooperation to fix roads and schools
LANSING, Mich. - No one likes Michigan's roads and the results from some of its schools are "unacceptable," Gov. Rick Snyder said, calling for new fees for cars and "creative" ideas to pay for early childhood education.
Politics
5:37 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Obama Calls On Congress To Act To Reduce Gun Violence

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 11:11 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

President Obama says he's done what he could on his own. Yesterday he signed 23 executive orders related to gun control. They will allow federal agencies to strengthen the existing background check system and improve the tracking of stolen guns. The big ticket items, like universal background checks and a ban on assault weapons and high capacity clips, will need congressional action.

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Around the Nation
5:37 am
Thu January 17, 2013

FAA Grounds Boeing's New Jetliner In The U.S.

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 11:11 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Still more trouble for Boeing's newest passenger jet, the 787, known as the Dreamliner. The FAA has grounded all U.S.-owned 787s because of safety concerns. This follows an earlier move by Japan doing the same. NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports for today's Business Bottom Line.

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Mental Health
5:37 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Mental Health Advocates Welcome Obama's Gun Orders

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 6:40 am

While many of the proposals President Obama unveiled Wednesday focused on toughening gun laws, they also included efforts to address the nation's fragmented and porous mental health system.

Shots - Health News
3:48 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Bad Flu Season Overshadows Other Winter Miseries

People line up at a Duane Reade pharmacy in New York behind a sign announcing the recent flu outbreak.
Andrew Kelly Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 11:11 am

Dr. Beth Zeeman says she can spot a case of influenza from 20 paces. It's not like a common cold.

"People think they've had the flu when they've had colds," Zeeman, an emergency room specialist at MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham, Mass., tells Shots. "People use the word 'flu' for everything. But having influenza is really a different thing. It hits you like a ton of bricks."

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Losing Our Religion
3:46 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Making Marriage Work When Only One Spouse Believes In God

Peyer says that even though she and her husband believe different things when it comes to God, they have found ways to accept and support each other's beliefs.
Leah Nash for NPR

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 11:11 am

Maria Peyer and Mike Bixby are one of those couples who just seem made for each other. They hold hands when they sit and talk. They're happy to spend the morning cooking brunch with their children in their home in southern Washington.

Bixby and Peyer have known each other since they were young, but got married only a few years ago.

"It just hadn't been the right time, until it was. God bless Facebook," says Peyer.

"She Facebooked me, and asked if I remembered her, and then it just went from there," Bixby says.

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Losing Our Religion
3:46 am
Thu January 17, 2013

On Religion, Some Young People Show Both Doubt And Respect

NPR's David Greene leads a discussion about religion with a group of young adults at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C.
Coburn Dukehart NPR

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 11:11 am

This is the second of a two-part discussion. Read Part 1.

A third of young adults in this country say they don't identify with any organized religion. NPR's David Greene wanted to understand why, so he met with a group of men and women in their 20s and 30s, all of whom have struggled with the role of faith and religion in their lives.

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Shots - Health News
12:40 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Mental Health Gun Laws Unlikely To Reduce Shootings

State Senator Jeff Klein (L-R), Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy and Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins congratulate New York Governor Andrew Cuomo after he signed the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act on Tuesday.
Hans Pennink Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 11:11 am

States aren't likely to prevent many shootings by requiring mental health professionals to report potentially violent patients, psychiatrists and psychologists say.

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Shots - Health News
7:17 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Schedule Of Childhood Vaccines Declared Safe

Some parents have worried that kids get too many vaccinations too quickly. A review of all the available research suggests those concerns are misplaced.
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Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 7:16 am

Childhood vaccines for diseases like measles, polio and whooping cough have repeatedly been proved safe and effective. Even so, some parents still worry that the schedule of vaccinations — 24 immunizations by the age of 2 — can be dangerous. That worry is likely misplaced, according to a yearlong review of all available scientific data.

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