Author Archives: Mike Horace

NEA president speaks out against efforts to ban teacher ‘sickouts’

Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association.

Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association.

The Michigan Legislature is considering bills that would ban so-called teacher sickouts in Michigan. The practice has closed dozens of Detroit schools in recent weeks, as teachers try to draw attention to what they say are deplorable conditions in classrooms. Continue reading

CMU forum to discuss “Racism, Police, Communities”

1528_10208709380595338_8662011936619192713_nCentral Michigan University’s Speak Up Speak Out discussion series returns to campus this week. The topic is one sure to elicit strong emotions: “Racism, Police, Communities.”

Mike Horace sat down with the forum’s organizer, Dr. Liz Bradshaw of CMU’s sociology department, and student panelist Donovan Watts, to learn more. Continue reading

‘Tombstone Town’ reflects on St. Louis environmental cleanup

TombstoneFor nearly 20 years, Jane Keon has been on the front lines of a major environmental cleanup effort in mid-Michigan.

She’s from St. Louis, a town that gained national attention several times for all the wrong reasons: first an incident where a type of fire retardant entered the food supply, and later for an environmental mess left by a former chemical manufacturer. Continue reading

Kildee optimistic new Canadian government will reconsider location of nuclear waste storage facility

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint)

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint)

Canada recently announced it was delaying the approval process for a new nuclear waste storage facility near the shore of Lake Huron.

Rep. Dan Kildee has been one of the most outspoken American critics of the facility. He is optimistic the newly-elected government of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will reconsider placing such a facility so close to the shore of Lake Huron. Continue reading

Amber Alert cancelled, missing Gaylord girl found in Petoskey

AMBER ALERT: 15-year-old Megan Mahoney was last seen at the Culver's in Gaylord at 5pm Saturday. Authorities believe she is being held against her will.

15-year-old Megan Mahoney was last seen at the Culver’s in Gaylord at 5pm Saturday. Authorities believe she is being held against her will.

UPDATE 11:41AM: The Amber Alert for Megan Mahoney has been cancelled. According to the Gaylord Police Department, Mahoney was found Sunday morning in the Petoskey area. We will bring you additional details as they become available. Continue reading

USS Edson brings naval history alive in Bay City

USS Edson

USS Edson

Our ‘On The Map’ tour of Bay City wraps up with a stop right near the foot of the of the Independence Bridge.

There, moored along the shore of the Saginaw River, sits the USS Edson. It’s a Forrest-Sherman class destroyer that served, with distinction, during the war in Vietnam.

The USS Edson is one of the engineering marvels to come out of the 1950s. Built in Maine, she was commissioned in late 1958, and remained in service for over 30 years. Continue reading

Atmospheric phenomenon affecting TV and radio broadcasts

CMU Public Radio's broadcast tower in Mt. Pleasant.

CMU Public Radio’s broadcast tower in Mt. Pleasant.

If you’ve been having trouble recently picking up your favorite radio or television station over the air, you’re not alone. A phenomenon known as “tropospheric ducting ” is affecting broadcasts across the Midwest.

It’s causing distant signals to be received sometimes hundreds of miles away from their source, while at the same time making some local stations nearly impossible to pick up. Continue reading

Michigan lawmakers intensify efforts to block Canadian nuclear waste storage facility

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint)

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint)

The deadline to submit public comments on a proposal to build a nuclear waste storage facility on the Canadian shores of Lake Huron is fast approaching.

Now, one of Michigan’s congressmen is urging Michiganders to write to the Canadian government, in opposition to the plan. Continue reading

‘Wireless’ cows becoming more common on Michigan farms

A dairy cow at Paramount Dairy in Caro, MI. The collar around the cow's neck monitors activity and rumination.

A dairy cow at Paramount Dairy in Caro, MI. The collar around the cow’s neck monitors activity and rumination.

Technology and healthcare are slowly becoming ingrained in our society. Just look at the explosion of health tracking devices, including Fitbits and Apple Watches, for example.

Similar devices are now becoming more and more popular in the farming community. They’re helping create more efficient farms. Farms that are full of healthier, happier cows. Continue reading

Former Ambassador Pickering voices support for Iran deal

Ambassador Thomas Pickering

Ambassador Thomas Pickering

Congress has a little over a month left to approve or reject the nuclear agreement negotiated between the Obama Administration and Iran.

One prominent U.S. diplomat is lending his name to the approval effort: Thomas Pickering. He’s the former U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Russia and Jordan, and was the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations during the first Gulf War. Continue reading

MAEAP teaching farmers to be better environmental stewards

file0001167317982Back in 2011, Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation codifying the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program, or MAEAP, into law.

It’s a voluntary program that invites farmers to identify potential environmental issues on their farms, and fix them before they become a problem.

CMU Public Radio’s Mike Horace spoke with the Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Jamie Clover-Adams, about MAEAP late last month. She says it’s changing how farmers view their role as stewards of the environment. Continue reading

Michigan’s agriculture industry continues to grow

Jamie Clover-Adams, Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Jamie Clover-Adams, Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Summer is obviously a busy time for Michigan’s agriculture industry… and for the state agency that regulates farmers, producers, and food establishments.

Late last month, Jamie Clover-Adams, the director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, was traveling around the state, checking in with her employees and getting a first hand look at just how the industry is doing.

She also stopped by the studios of CMU Public Radio to speak with Mike Horace about the industry. Continue reading

U.S. House urges Iran to free imprisoned Americans

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe U.S. House of Representatives has unanimously approved a resolution calling for the release of three Americans who are imprisoned in Iran.

Among the Americans being held in Iran is Flint-native Amir Hekmati, who was arrested there nearly four years ago on charges of spying. He says he was in the country visiting family. Continue reading

Class assignment turns into effort to help journalists overseas

Press Uncuffed is offering supporters bracelets containing the engraved name of an imprisoned journalist.

Press Uncuffed is offering supporters bracelets containing the engraved name of an imprisoned journalist. Photo courtesy Press Uncuffed.

In the United States, freedom of the press is often taken for granted. But in other parts of the world, journalists are often imprisoned, or even killed, simply for reporting the news.

A new project aims to shine a light on some of these trouble spots for reporters worldwide. Continue reading

Michigan breaks top 10 list nationally for Medicare overpayments

moneyMore than 50 million Americans count on Medicare for health coverage, but there is growing concern Medicare is not doing enough to root out waste within the program.

According to data from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, in 2013, Michigan had $108 million in Medicare overpayments — a dramatic increase over previous years. Continue reading

Resolution calling on Iran to free Amir Hekmati moves forward in U.S. House

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint)

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint)

The U.S. House could soon consider a resolution calling for the release of a Flint-native who has been imprisoned in Iran since 2011.

Amir Hekmati was detained in Iran during a trip to visit his grandmother. He was accused and convicted of being an American spy — charges his family flatly denies. Continue reading