Morning Edition http://wemu.org en A Strange Political Dustup Clouds Kansas Governor's Future http://wemu.org/post/strange-political-dustup-clouds-kansas-governors-future Kansas's Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is locked in an unexpectedly tough re-election battle for doing exactly what he said he would do – cut taxes.<p>Citing mounting evidence that those tax cuts are creating a budget crisis – not stimulating the Kansas economy as promised – some in the state's moderate Republican establishment recently did the unthinkable: endorse a Democrat for governor.<p>That's not only endangering Brownback's re-election hopes, it's also tarnishing his plans to turn one of the reddest of red states into a national model.<p>Sam Brownback left the U.S. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:13:00 +0000 Jim McLean 49270 at http://wemu.org A Strange Political Dustup Clouds Kansas Governor's Future What Would Demilitarizing Gaza Entail? http://wemu.org/post/what-would-demilitarizing-gaza-entail <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=What+Would+Demilitarizing+Gaza+Entail%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MzM1ODU4MDEzMTg5NjcxOTBkZGJhOA004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:13:00 +0000 editor 49273 at http://wemu.org As Millions Of People Fast For Ramadan, Does The Economy Suffer? http://wemu.org/post/millions-people-fast-ramadan-does-economy-suffer <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=As+Millions+Of+People+Fast+For+Ramadan%2C+Does+The+Economy+Suffer%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM1Njk5MDEyMTY5MDg4MzEyOTc5Ng004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:13:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 49274 at http://wemu.org Judge Denies Injunction To Delay Scio Township Oil Well http://wemu.org/post/judge-denies-injunction-delay-scio-township-oil-well <p>Washtenaw County Circuit Court Judge David Swartz has ruled against Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards request for a temporary injunction to prevent the drilling of an exploratory well in Scio township. &nbsp;It's a victory for West Bay Exploration and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:21:43 +0000 Andrew Cluley 49260 at http://wemu.org Judge Denies Injunction To Delay Scio Township Oil Well Ann Arbor Asking If Properties Are Available To Become Parkland http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-asking-if-properties-are-available-become-parkland <div>A pair of properties that developers have had a challenge in using could become Ann Arbor parks. &nbsp;8<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;acres of Woods and brush separate U-S 23 from Ann Arbor's quiet Burton Road on the city's eastside.&nbsp;</span></div><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:08:56 +0000 Andrew Cluley 49232 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Asking If Properties Are Available To Become Parkland Issues Of The Environment: The Urbanwood Project In Ann Arbor http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-urbanwood-project-ann-arbor <p><strong><em>In this week's installment of 'Issues of the Environment', we explore the growing benefits of salvage wood and the difference it's making right here at home. &nbsp;</em></strong></p><p></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:30:00 +0000 David Fair 49168 at http://wemu.org Issues Of The Environment: The Urbanwood Project In Ann Arbor As Gaza Fighting Rages, West Bank Palestinians Can Only Watch http://wemu.org/post/skype-vital-bridge-palestinians-west-bank-gaza At least three times a day, Imad Abudayyah, 49, fires up his laptop at the West Bank hotel where he's currently living with his 11-year-old son, Ghassan, to reach out to relatives in the Gaza Strip. Abudayyah says Skype is the only way they can see the family members they have left behind.<p>He is a Western-educated budget expert who is working with the Palestinian Authority on finance reform, a post that makes it easier for him to obtain an Israeli permit to come and go from Gaza. But even for Abudayyah, getting permission is tough these days. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 49219 at http://wemu.org As Gaza Fighting Rages, West Bank Palestinians Can Only Watch Don't Make Me Come Back There: Toyota's New Parent-Friendly Options http://wemu.org/post/dont-make-me-come-back-there-toyotas-new-parent-friendly-options <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Don%27t+Make+Me+Come+Back+There%3A+Toyota%27s+New+Parent-Friendly+Options&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxOTQ5MTI3MDEyMjA5MDI1OTZmMjJkOQ001)"/></div><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:24:00 +0000 editor 49220 at http://wemu.org $500,000 Gets You A 170-Foot-Tall Ketchup Bottle In Illinois http://wemu.org/post/500000-gets-you-170-foot-tall-ketchup-bottle-illinois <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=%24500%2C000+Gets+You+A+170-Foot-Tall+Ketchup+Bottle+In+Illinois&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwNzczMDA2MDEzNTg3ODA1MTAzZjYxNg004)"/></div><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:19:00 +0000 editor 49221 at http://wemu.org U.S. Intelligence Tracking What Happened To Flight MH17 http://wemu.org/post/us-intelligence-tracking-what-happened-flight-mh17 Senior U.S. intelligence officials say they have proof that a surface-to-air missile was launched when the airliner went down and have ID'd people in a recorded conversation implicating the culprits. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 49209 at http://wemu.org Jenny Lewis Stands Out With 'Voyager' http://wemu.org/post/jenny-lewis-stands-out-voyager <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Jenny+Lewis+Stands+Out+With+%27Voyager%27&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODc1ODA5MDEyMjg1MDYxNTFiZTgwZg004)"/></div><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 49217 at http://wemu.org Rubio Interview Sparks Heated Comments On Immigration, Economy http://wemu.org/post/rubio-interview-sparks-heated-comments-immigration-economy Steve Inskeep talks to Amy Walter of Cook Political Report about the social media response to his two-part interview with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 editor 49218 at http://wemu.org 12th U-S House Seat Candidate Ray Mullins Challenges Opponent Debbie Dingell To Debate http://wemu.org/post/12th-u-s-house-seat-candidate-ray-mullins-challenges-opponent-debbie-dingell-debate <div>Ray Mullins thinks America needs some people in congress who "give a damn about the poor and middle class." &nbsp;The Ypsilanti Attorney faces Debbie Dingell in the Democratic primary for the 12th&nbsp;U-S House district.&nbsp;</div><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:35:59 +0000 Andrew Cluley 49199 at http://wemu.org 12th U-S House Seat Candidate Ray Mullins Challenges Opponent Debbie Dingell To Debate Ann Arbor Charter Amendments Heading To November Ballot http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-charter-amendments-heading-november-ballot <div>Ann Arbor Voters will get the chance to once again create requirements to serve as an elected or appointed official in the city. &nbsp;A&nbsp;pair of charter amendments will appear on the November ballot.</div><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:26:13 +0000 Andrew Cluley 49200 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Charter Amendments Heading To November Ballot Federal Court Throws Out Health Care Subsidies In 36 States http://wemu.org/post/federal-court-throws-out-health-care-subsidies-36-states Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News explains a federal appeals court ruling Tuesday that overturns subsidies provided to low- and middle-income people in states that use the federal health exchanges. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:13:00 +0000 editor 49173 at http://wemu.org Sheriff Puts Inmates Back In Stripes As Orange Jumpsuits Gain Fame http://wemu.org/post/sheriff-puts-inmates-back-stripes-orange-jumpsuits-gain-fame Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. A sheriff in Michigan is concerned that the popular series "Orange Is The New Black" has turned orange prison jumpsuits into a fashion statement, like it's cool to be in jail. So concerned, he's requiring inmates to wear old-fashioned black-and-white-striped jumpsuits in place of the orange ones. Sheriff Will Federspiel told The Saginaw News that a lot of inmates don't like the new jumpsuits. His response - too bad, don't come to jail. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.<p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:27:00 +0000 editor 49158 at http://wemu.org Woman Will Officiate Big 12 Football Game For The First Time http://wemu.org/post/woman-will-officiate-big-12-football-game-first-time Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with congratulations to Catherine Conti. Cat Conti will be the first woman to officiate a football game in the Big 12 Conference. She'll be part of the crew when Kansas plays Southeast Missouri State. The officiating supervisor says she got that job because she's, quote, "darned good." Kansas coach Charlie Weis says because of Ms. Conti, he will try not to swear as much.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Actually, Coach Weis, equality means curse away.<p>INSKEEP: It's [bleep] MORNING EDITION. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:25:00 +0000 editor 49153 at http://wemu.org Kerry's Aim In Egypt: First, Get Israel And Hamas To Cease Fire http://wemu.org/post/kerrys-aim-egypt-first-get-israel-and-hamas-cease-fire <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Kerry%27s+Aim+In+Egypt%3A+First%2C+Get+Israel+And+Hamas+To+Cease+Fire&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM0MjIyMDEyMTY4NDM0NjllZGJiNw004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>The death toll continues to climb as Israel presses on with its ground operation in Gaza.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The Palestinian Ministry of Health says more than 600 Gazans have been killed - a quarter of them children. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 49145 at http://wemu.org Telecommuting Didn't Work Out For One Transplanted Worker http://wemu.org/post/telecommuting-didnt-work-out-one-transplanted-worker Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>This summer, we're also focusing on the high rate of youth unemployment and hearing what some out-of-work younger adults are doing to make ends meet. Christina Gastlelum is 32. She recently moved to Maine from New York City. She tried to keep doing her job as vice president of a nonprofit remotely which did not work out.<p>CHRISTINA GASTLELUM: That was not an ideal working situation for that particular job. So at the end of March, we broke up. While I'm collecting unemployment, it really isn't enough money to survive or even pay my mortgage at all. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 editor 49154 at http://wemu.org Rosetta Spacecraft Readies For Rendezvous With Comet http://wemu.org/post/rosetta-spacecraft-readies-rendezvous-comet Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Next month, the European Space Agency's Rosetta space probe will catch up with a comet, which it has been chasing across the solar system for a decade. Once there, the Rosetta probe will take pictures, make measurements and drop a probe down to the comet's surface. Last January, NPR science correspondent Joe Palca reported that for more than two years the spacecraft had shut off most of its instruments, including the radio for communicating with Earth, in order to save energy. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 Joe Palca 49155 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor's Materials Recovery Facility Could Serve As Model To Boost Recycling Across Michigan http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbors-materials-recovery-facility-could-serve-model-boost-recycling-across-michigan <div>Michigan's recycling rate falls well below the regional average. It stands at about 15-percent right now. &nbsp; Governor Rick Snyder wants to double the rate in the next two years. &nbsp;The head of the state's Department of Environmental Quality believes an Ann Arbor facility could play a role in boosting recycling across the state.&nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:19:31 +0000 Andrew Cluley 49137 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor's Materials Recovery Facility Could Serve As Model To Boost Recycling Across Michigan To Save These Pigs, Ky. Farmer Says We Have To Eat Them http://wemu.org/post/save-these-pigs-ky-farmer-says-we-have-eat-them Robertson County has the smallest population of any county in the state of Kentucky, and it's the only one, word has it, without a stoplight.<p>So it's an unlikely place to find a campaign to keep the food system more genetically diverse. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Leslie Guttman 49105 at http://wemu.org To Save These Pigs, Ky. Farmer Says We Have To Eat Them Company Says It Can Cure Your Hangover – For Up To $300 A Visit http://wemu.org/post/company-says-it-can-cure-your-hangover-300-visit Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. People waking up with a hellacious hangover often say they'd pretty much give anything to make it go away. And a new company promising to do just that is thriving in New York. For up to $300 a visit, it will send a nurse to your home armed with medicine and - this is key - an IV for instant rehydration. Given the treatment cost more than the night out at the bar, though, you might want to stick with the hair of the dog. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.<p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:36:00 +0000 editor 49101 at http://wemu.org How Many Frequent Flyer Miles Can You Get With A $36M Charge? http://wemu.org/post/how-many-frequent-flyer-miles-can-you-get-36m-charge <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=How+Many+Frequent+Flyer+Miles+Can+You+Get+With+A+%2436M+Charge%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM0MjcxMDEyMTY4NDQ0MzA5ZWJiNg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Last spring, a man bought an ancient Chinese ceramic cup. It was sold by Sotheby's Hong Kong. The price was $36 million. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:06:00 +0000 editor 49097 at http://wemu.org Arkansas Razorbacks Trademark Famous Hog Call http://wemu.org/post/arkansas-razorbacks-trademark-famous-hog-call The famous hog call chanted by fans of the sports teams of the University of Arkansas Razorbacks is now a registered trademark owned by the school. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:06:00 +0000 editor 49095 at http://wemu.org