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NPR Story
5:16 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Calvin and Zatera Spencer Have Midas Touch

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 8:23 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Our last word in business is an old saying: Sooner or later, everybody's luck evens out.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It's impressive that saying has lasted so long - given so much evidence that it isn't true. Consider the story of Calvin and Zatera Spencer, they won the lottery three times in less than a month.

INSKEEP: The Spencers won a million dollars playing the lottery in March. They also won another million dollars.

GREENE: And they picked up an extra 50,000 bucks in a daily drawing.

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Community
4:15 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Washtenaw County Considering Refinancing Bonds To Save Nearly $800,000

Washtenaw County continues to pay about $1.6 million annually on bonds issued to fund the county jail construction project about eight years ago.  The county is now considering refinancing the bonds at a lower interest rate to save about $800,000 over the remaining life of the bond issue.   County Administrator Verna McDaniel thinks it's another case where small savings can build up to a big difference.

Washtenaw County Administrator Verna McDaniel discusses how small annual savings will result in big overall savings.

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Ypsilanti
4:15 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Ypsilanti Attorney Challenging Debbie Dingell

Ypsilanti Attorney Raymond Mullins.
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Ypsilanti Attorney Raymond Mullins wants to be elected to John Dingell's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, and part of the reason he's running is that Dingell's wife Debbie is running.

"I think that we should have a chance of giving the public a different choice," Mullins said. "I don't believe in straight out inheriting a position."

Mullins says if elected to the 12th Congressional District seat he'll work to improve educational opportunities for everyone, and fight for a criminal justice system that's equitable for all.

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Michigan News
4:15 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Michigan Veterans OK To Use Medical Marijuana For PTSD Symptoms

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The US Department of Veterans Affairs says Michigan vets will not lose their federal benefits if they legally use medical marijuana. The VA's statement is a response to the state's decision to add post-traumatic stress disorder to its medical marijuana program.

Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) Director Steve Arwood approved the change a couple weeks ago. But he urged veterans to consult with a VA representative first. He said it was unclear whether using medical marijuana would put their federal benefits at risk.

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Michigan News
4:13 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Healthy Michigan Enrollment Starts Today

The state starts enrollment today for Healthy Michigan, which extends Medicaid eligibility.
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       LANSING - Michigan is launching its expanded Medicaid plan to provide health insurance for hundreds of thousands of low-income adults.

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Michigan News
4:04 am
Tue April 1, 2014

GM Starts Another Recall

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       DETROIT - General Motors is recalling 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S. because the electronic power-steering assist can suddenly stop working.

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Michigan News
4:00 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Judge Rejects Right To Work Challenge

AFL-CIO attorney Andrew Nickelhoff says the case will continue against Michigan's "Right To Work" law
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       DETROIT  - A judge has rejected a challenge to a key portion of a Michigan law that allows workers to have a job without giving financial support to a union.

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Michigan News
7:59 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Another Republican Michigan Congressman Announces Retirement

Representative Dave Camp (R).
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Dave Camp, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, says he will not seek another term.

     The Michigan Republican said in a statement Monday that he will retire after 12 terms in the House. He was term-limited as chairman of the committee.
 
     His district is strongly Republican and the GOP is expected to hold the seat.
 
     Camp is the second senior Michigan Republican to announce his retirement. Rep. Mike Rogers said Friday he would retire.

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Education
1:56 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Eastern Michigan University Hires Firm To Help Manage Investments

Eastern Michigan University has chosen NEPC to manage the school's $58 million endowment fund. The firm was chosen from nine companies that responded to a request for proposals in November. 

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Transportation
11:35 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber Backs Transit Millage

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The Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber is throwing its support behind the Ann Arobr Transportation Authority transit millage.

AAATA is asking voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township to approve a .7 mil issue in May to expand service.

In a statement supporting the millage, the A2Y Chamber said it has been its policy for many years to support increased regional mass transit.

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Europe
7:41 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Russian City Honors Oscarless Leonardo DiCaprio

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 7:55 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. Leonardo DiCaprio's been nominated for four Oscars. He's 0-for-four but he's getting love from a Russian city that knows a thing or two about feeling down and out. Chelyabinsk is a polluted industrial place. Oh, and it was hit by a meteorite last year. A region nearby is known for producing cast iron and cast iron sculptures.

Around the Nation
7:01 am
Mon March 31, 2014

2nd Annual Baconfest Held in Juneau, Alaska

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 7:55 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Elsewhere today, we report that cutting back fat may not help your health. People in Juneau, Alaska knew that. They held the Second Annual Juneau Baconfest this month. It includes a hog-calling contest, a bacon eating contest and special dishes like bacon caramel brownies. The star attraction was a bacon bustier worn by a model. Its creator said the only real problem here was keeping her cats away while she made it.

NPR Story
5:05 am
Mon March 31, 2014

New GM CEO To Face Congressional Panels Over Delayed Recall

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 7:55 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

General Motors' CEO Mary Barra takes questions in Washington this week. She'll be asked about a defective ignition switch linked to at least 13 deaths and 30 injuries. General Motors has known about it since at least 2004, but only ordered a recall last month.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

The House subcommittee examining the matter said on Sunday that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also knew about the issue and failed to investigate. The agency says there wasn't enough data to do so.

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NPR Story
5:05 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Researchers Detail How Climate Change Will Alter Our Lives

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 7:55 am

A United Nations panel has released a report from scientists who are getting a much better understanding of the effects of climate change.

NPR Story
5:05 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Politics In The News: Ukraine And Obamacare

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 7:55 am

Monday is the deadline to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act. And the U.S. continues to try to find ways to diffuse the crisis between Ukraine and Russia.

Minimun Wage
1:21 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

President Obama To Visit Ann Arbor Wednesday

President Barack Obama
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President Barack Obama will visit Ann Arbor next week to tout his plan for hiking the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

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The Green Room
8:13 am
Fri March 28, 2014

The Green Room: Chimney Swifts In Washtenaw County

Chimney Swift in flight
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In nature, Chimney Swifts nest in large hollow trees, but when the logging of Michigan did away with those, the swifts adapted to large chimneys.  

Now, suitable chimneys are also in short supply, and Swift numbers are dwindling.  In the March installment of The Green Room​, Barbara Lucas looks at what we can do to help out.

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Around the Nation
7:25 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Taco Bell Commercial Takes A Jab At McDonald's

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 12:12 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep. Taco Bell stuck it to McDonald's. The fast-food chain is broadcasting TV ads featuring Ronald McDonald. Dozens of people who are really named Ronald McDonald promote Taco Bell. While tweaking the McDonald's mascot, they also promote Taco Bell's authentic Mexican cuisine, including a breakfast waffle taco.

Around the Nation
7:22 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Fastest Growing U.S. City Is A Retirement Community

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 11:24 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Linda Wertheimer.

The fastest-growing city in the country is not what you'd expect, not a trendy tech hub, not an edgy edge city. It's The Villages, in Central Florida. Nobody under 55 can live there. Aging boomers have made The Villages the biggest retirement community in the world - specializing in microbrew, golf courses and November-December romance; also, the world's longest golf cart parade.

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

StoryCorps
6:47 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Marine Draws Strength From His Marriage To Recover From Burns

Jessica and Anthony Villarreal in December 2011, more than three years after the explosion that severely burned Anthony in Afghanistan.
Courtesy of Jessica Villarreal

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 11:24 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It is Friday, which is when we hear from StoryCorps, which tells the stories of everyday people, in fact people tell those stories themselves. Marine Corporal Anthony Villarreal served in Afghanistan. In June 2008 his truck was hit by a roadside bomb. He suffered third degree burns, severely disfiguring most of his face and body. His right arm and the fingers on his left hand were amputated. This is a common story, as we know.

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Around the Nation
5:22 am
Fri March 28, 2014

World Vision Reverses Policy That Allowed Hiring Of Gays

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 11:24 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

The Christian charity World Vision announced this week it would begin hiring married gay Christians, but then quickly reversed the decision because of a backlash from evangelicals. NPR's Sam Sanders has more on the controversy.

SAM SANDERS, BYLINE: World Vision is big. It brought in over a billion dollars in revenue last year. Its mission is simple: Raise money to fight poverty, and sponsor lots of children across the globe.

(SOUNDBITE OF WORLD VISION AD)

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NPR Story
4:58 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Landslide Debris Makes Search And Recovery Excruciating Slow

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 11:24 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

It's day six of the search and rescue operation at the site of the landslide in Oso, Washington. The death toll stands right now at 26. Ninety people are still reported missing. That's left many families in limbo waiting for news. NPR's Martin Kaste reports on why the recovery work has been so excruciatingly slow.

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NPR Story
4:58 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Russian Troops Mass Near Ukraine's Belgorod Border Region

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 11:24 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Here's some news we're tracking today. NATO and Ukrainian officials are warning about a sizable troop build-up by Russia along its border with Ukraine. Western estimates put the military presence on the Russian side at between 20 and 50 thousand troops. Sources told Reuters these include infantry and armored units along with some air support.

Now, why the Russian forces would have gathered is still not clear. Although some Western officials fear they're preparing to invade Ukraine's Russian-speaking east.

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Michigan News
8:52 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Labor Courses could cost MSU

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MSU could lose $500k for offering labor courses

Michigan State University could risk losing half-a-million dollars if it does not stop offering courses that allegedly promote unionization.

A state Senate panel approved a measure Thursday banning courses at public universities that promote or discourage organizing efforts. It's a reaction to MSU's recent decision to take over some programs from the National Labor College.

Republicans say those courses violate the proposed rule.

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Europe
7:08 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Dolphins In Crimea Join Russian Navy

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 7:56 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. Russia took over many Ukrainian military assets when it annexed Crimea, including dolphins at the oceanarium in Sebastopol. Trained to locate enemy divers and carry spy equipment, Ukraine planned to shut down the combat dolphin program in April - too expensive. Now these dolphins will raise their fins to the Kremlin, which apparently does have the rubles to upgrade their gear. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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