7:33 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Deadline for Deal on Road Funding is Near

Leaders say a deal likely has to be completed Wednesday to pass before adjournment
Lansing - Legislative leaders and the governor's office continued formal and informal talks Tuesday toward a permanent funding plan that would pour $1.2 billion more into road repairs each year in Michigan. The four leaders emerged from a Tuesday morning meeting, prior to the day's legislative sessions, to say there still was no agreement but some progress.
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7:32 am
Wed December 17, 2014

AP Photographer Snaps Engagement Photo

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 11:29 am

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Animals
7:32 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Stray Cat In Russia Feasts On Fish

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6:20 am
Wed December 17, 2014

K-College Men's Basketball Falls to Defiance 60-59

The Hornets play Wisconsin-River Falls on Friday
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - The Kalamazoo College men's basketball team fell at home by one point 60-59 to Defiance on Tuesday night. The Hornets are now 4-4 overall this season and have lost two straight games. Kalamazoo jumped out to a 16-7 lead in the first seven minutes of the game.
6:17 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Battle Creek Commission Rejects Prevailing Wage Exemption

TRMI sought exemption for warehouse expansion
TRMI Inc. must abide by land contract requirements and pay a prevailing wage to workers for its warehouse-expansion project, the Battle Creek City Commission voted Tuesday. Commissioners shot down a resolution that would have granted the exemption to the automotive manufacturer, with only commissioners Mark Behnke and Susan Baldwin voting in favor of the waiver.
6:12 am
Wed December 17, 2014

County Approves $5-Million Bonding Plan For Community Mental Health Facility

Facility will be located in Kalamazoo Valley Community College's new health-focused campus
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Kalamazoo County should have a new community mental health facility by the end of 2015 after $5 million bonding plan to fund the building was approved by county commissioners Tuesday night. Kalamazoo County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services will use the funds to construct an 18,000 square-foot facility that would house psychiatric, pharmacy, access, information, referral and adult emergency mental health services.
Shots - Health News
5:04 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Too Little, Too Late For Many New Yorkers Seeking Hospice

Sandra Lopez (left) and her dog, Coco, greet hospice nurse Heather Meyerend last fall. In the weeks before Lopez died, Meyerend stopped by weekly to check her physical health, pain levels and medications.
Amy Pearl WNYC

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 4:27 pm

Sandra Lopez and her Chihuahua, Coco, were inseparable. He followed her everywhere, and kept Lopez's mood up when she was in pain — which was often.

On Oct. 15, 2014, Lopez died at age 49 of melanoma that had slowly spread throughout her body over the course of two years.

Lopez was in and out of the hospital in 2014, but during the months she was home, a hospice nurse from the Metropolitan Jewish Health System visited once a week to help manage the pain, backed up by a 24-hour, nurse-staffed phone line that Lopez called often.

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5:04 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Senate Adjourns, GOP To Take Over In January

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The 113th Congress has officially come to a close. The Senate adjourned late last night after passing a bill to extend tax breaks and confirming a slew of nominations. NPR's Ailsa Chang reports.

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5:04 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Pakistan Observes 3 Days Of Mourning After School Attack

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5:04 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Obama Expected To Impose New Sanctions On Russia

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 9:15 pm

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5:04 am
Wed December 17, 2014

DOJ Intervention May Help Conn. Police Regain Community's Trust

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 11:29 am

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8:02 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

13 of 28 Workers Suspended from Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital Returning to Work

Criminal complaints are being investigated against some workers and an independent investigation is being conducted
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Thirteen of 28 employees suspended during an investigation into patient abuse allegations at Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospita l are returning to work, the Michigan Department of Community Health announced today. "Although these individuals may have been involved in the issues being investigated, the quality of care being provided to patients can be ensured through appropriate training and supervision," a MDCH press release said.
7:54 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Protester Guilty for Enbridge Pipe Sit-in

Christopher Wahmhoff was protesting construction of a new Enbridge pipeline
A protester who sat in an Enbridge Inc. pipeline for a day in June 2013 could go to jail after his conviction Tuesday. "If I was getting put away for 50 years it would be worth it to me," Christopher Wahmhoff, 36, of Kalamazoo said after a Calhoun County judge found him guilty of trespassing and resisting police.
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6:07 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

On Nebraska's Farmland, Keystone XL Pipeline Debate Is Personal

Susan and Bill Dunavan own 80 acres of land in York County.
Melissa Block NPR

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 2:46 pm

Drive down gravel Road 22 in Nebraska's York County, past weathered farmhouses and corn cut to stubble in rich, black loam soil, and you'll find a small barn by the side of the road.

Built of native ponderosa pine, the barn is topped with solar panels. A windmill spins furiously out front.

Known as the Energy Barn, it's a symbol of renewable energy, standing smack on the proposed route of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline — a project of the energy giant TransCanada.

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WMUK News
5:13 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

How Dual-Language Learning Works at El Sol

"Welcome to Second Grade," a sign announces at El Sol.
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How do you teach students in two languages? The answer might seem obvious. Instruct them in one, then the other.

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Business
5:07 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Shopping On Shore Leave: How Seafarers Head To The Mall

First Officer Dheeraj Singh spends most of his time at the helm of a container ship, but on a three-hour shore leave from the Port of Oakland, he visits Old Navy at Bay Street Mall in Emeryville, Calif.
Julie Caine KALW

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 6:42 pm

Many of us are making lots of trips to the mall right now, but what if you could only go shopping for just a few hours once a month? That's what life is like for container ship crews who bring the vast majority of consumer goods from Chinese factories to stores in the U.S.

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Middle East
5:02 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Pakistan Near Watershed Moment, But It Will Take Work

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 2:46 pm

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Environment
5:02 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

In California, Fire Plus Drought Plus Rain Add Up To Mud

The King Fire burned 100,000 acres in the Eldorado National Forest in Northern California — 50,000 of those acres in one day. Now the danger is mudslides.
Andrew Nixon Capital Public Radio

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 2:46 pm

An hour east of Sacramento, Calif., trucks carrying burned timber from the Eldorado National Forest roar down the canyon as chain saws buzz in the distance.

But U.S. Forest Service ecologist Becky Estes says besides humans, not much else in this forest seems alive.

"We're standing in an area that ... is going to be probably 100 percent mortality of the trees," Estes says.

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3:08 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Drug, Alcohol Use Down For Teens Says U-M Study

The primary researcher on the study says alcohol use has gone down by about a third every year since 1997, and that smoking has taken a sharp decline.
According to the University of Michigan's 40th annual Monitoring the Future study released today -- which tracks substance abuse trends among 8th-,10th- and 12th-grade students nationally -- 41 percent of students surveyed said they had used alcohol in the past 12 months and 8 percent admitted to smoking cigarettes over that time period.
2:51 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Dingell Hospital Stay Extended

U.S Representative John Dingell from Dearborn has been in the hospital since Friday due to a broken hip. Dingell’s wife told the Detroit News that the congressman will be doing rehabilitation therapy for another two to three weeks.
Washington - Retiring U.S. Rep. John Dingell is "making steady progress" after being hospitalized at George Washington University Hospital with a broken hip Friday, his wife said Tuesday. "John is likely to be at GW Hospital in Washington for two to three weeks with the goal of intense rehabilitation therapy," Debbie Dingell said in a Facebook update Tuesday.
2:35 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Protests Arise Over Religious Freedom Restoration Act

The bill would let businesses and individuals seek exemptions to state or local laws that go against their religious beliefs. Those opposed to the bill worry it could be used to cancel out non-discrimination ordinances.
LANSING, MI - Protesters gathered outside Michigan Capitol on Tuesday morning, carrying colorful signs and chanting in opposition to a religious freedom bill they called a " license to discriminate." Nikki Gestwite, 28, helped organize the protest on Facebook after she and two friends first considered plans for a smaller rally in their hometown of Adrian.
2:21 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Senate Bills Crack Down On Drunk Boating

If Governor Rick Snyders signs the bills into law, the legal blood alcohol level would be dropped from 0.10 percent to .08 percent—the current limit for driving. The bills would also make the third violation a felony charge.
Driving a boat, snowmobile or off-road vehicle while drunk just got a little more dangerous and costly Tuesday. The state Senate unanimously passed a package of bills that stiffen penalties and lower the blood alcohol content for people who are found to be intoxicated while driving their recreational vehicles and boats.
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10:22 am
Tue December 16, 2014

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7:49 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Audit Shows Benton Harbor Budget in the Black

Surplus allowed city to pay off deficit from beginning of fiscal year
BENTON HARBOR - The city of Benton Harbor officially has no deficit and is on the road to recovery. That was the message given Monday by Stephen Blann, an auditor with Rehmann Robson in Grand Rapids, on the city's audit for the fiscal year that ended June 30.
7:35 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Portage Schools Facilities Committee Recommends New Schools, Improvements

School board is expected to consider the proposals over the next two to three months
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI - The Portage Public Schools facilities master plan steering committee recommends two new middle schools to replace North and Central, converting West Middle to early childhood uses, four new elementary buildings to replace five current schools and a swimming pool and a stadium at each of the two high schools.
Animals
7:31 am
Tue December 16, 2014

New York Bans The Tattooing And Piercing Of Pets

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7:17 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Robot Flies Economy From LA To Frankfurt

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 7:31 am

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Asia
7:12 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Dozens Killed As Taliban Gunmen Storm Pakistani School

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 7:31 am

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6:23 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Benton Harbor Activist Gets 10 Year Prison Sentence for Forgery

Edward Pinkney was found guilty in November of changing signature dates on a petition to recall Benton Harbor James Hightower
ST. JOSEPH - Benton Harbor activist Edward Pinkney will spend up to 10 years in prison for forgery. He was sentenced Monday to five concurrent terms of 2 1/2 to 10 years for changing signature dates on recall petitions.
6:17 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Boutique Hotel Could Come to Downtown Albion

City Council approved a brownfield plan for the project
There may soon be a new option for an overnight stay in Albion. The $9.2 million project - a three-story, 67,000-square-foot facility with 72 rooms, a restaurant and a ballroom - has been proposed for a 1.25-acres site at the Porter Square area.

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