Podcast: What You Should Know for Oct 28

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CMU Insider is starting a new format for “What You Should Know.” In addition to telling you what’s happening on our campus, state and nation, we are adding a world, science/technology and business section. There is also a podcast version.

The city of Mount Pleasant is working with Central Michigan University on a possible roundabout.

Despite objections from Mayor Jim Holton, a roundabout at Washington and Bellows streets is a likely possibility.
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Public Works Director John Zang said CMU is in the process of getting bids for what the roundabout would look like so the city can approve its design. Each party would pay for half of the project. The cost will be finalized if plans for the roundabout are signed off on by the city and university.
“In the long run, CMU wants to have a lot more roundabouts on campus,” Zang said. “Hopefully it would help move traffic along in that area, especially around noon when it gets busier.”
Commissioners discussed the positives and negatives of a possible roundabout, comparing it to one on Mosher Street.
“We had so many people saying it was a bad idea (to build it), then they said it actually worked out pretty well,” said commissioner Kathy Ling. “I think that was the only city project I’ve seen where that happened.”
The roundabout is awaiting approval from the city, as part of its 2016 proposed operating budget.

As many as 1,200 gallons of cider produced at Uncle John’s Cider Mill produced in mid-October could be contaminated with Shiga-toxin producing E. coli bacteria.
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The cider mill, at 8614 U.S. 127 in St. Johns, voluntarily ceased sales of the cider while test results continue to come in, according to an email from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Any customer who purchased cider at Uncle John’s produced Oct. 17 is urged not to consume the product and to dispose of it immediately.
According to the email, the affected cider was sold at the mill from the retail cooler and packaged in plastic jugs labeled with a sell-by date of Oct. 30, and served directly as cold cider, slushies and hot cider between Oct. 18 and 21.
As of now, no illnesses have been reported. Shiga-toxin producing E. coli was picked up by a “routine, random” sample collected by an MDARD inspector.
E.coli symptoms vary but typically include stomach cramps, bloody diarrhea and vomiting. Most people recover within a week, according to the email.

Federal authorities have opened a civil rights investigation into a white deputy’s arrest of a black high school student in South Carolina.
A video shows him slamming the teenager to the ground and dragging her across a classroom.


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The actions by officer Ben Fields at Spring Valley High School in Columbia on Monday drew swift condemnation after video recordings of the incident went viral and raised fresh concerns over whether the use of police in schools can criminalize behavior once handled by educators.
At a time of heightened scrutiny of use of force by police, particularly against minorities, the president of the South Carolina chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said he felt race was a factor in the arrest and called for Fields to be charged with assault.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said he would entrust the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department with leading the criminal probe, with the state law enforcement division assisting.
“We do not want any issues with the community or those involved having questions concerning conflicts of interest in this investigation,” Lott said in a statement.
A hashtag #AssaultAtSpringValleyHigh trended nationwide within hours of the 18-year-old student’s arrest, which also garnered attention on Tuesday from Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
“There is no excuse for violence inside a school,” Clinton tweeted. “The #AssaultAtSpringValleyHigh is unacceptable —schools should be safe places.”
Fields, who did not reply to an email request for comment, has been placed on administrative duties and barred by Richland School District Two from working in any of its 40 schools during the investigation.

The body of the first Russian serviceman to be killed in Syria has been delivered to his parents, who are not convinced by the military’s account that their 19-year-old son hanged himself.
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Alexander and Svetlana Kostenko told the Reuters news agency at their home in the village of Grechanaya Balka, in southern Russia, before receiving the body of their son Vadim on Tuesday, that they were suspicious about the circumstances of his death.
“I will never believe this version [suicide],” said Svetlana, who was wearing a black head scarf.
“We spoke every day by phone for half an hour. [On Saturday, the day of his death] he was cheerful, happy, and he laughed,” she said.
Alexander, Vadim’s father, said: “We were told he had hanged himself because of a girl. He would never have done it. I know my son really well.”
After the family saw the body on Tuesday, Vadim’s younger sister, Katya, 14, told Reuters the corpse had marks on his neck and otherwise appeared undamaged.
Kostenko was one of the Russian air force’s support staff.
He signed a contract on June 20 and was dispatched to Syria by plane on September 14, two weeks before the Kremlin’s air campaign began, his father said.
He said they had only discovered Vadim was in Syria when he was already there.
Russia’s Interfax news agency quoted a source in the defence ministry’s press service confirming the death.
“A contract serviceman stationed at the Hmeimim airbase [in Latakia] as a technician committed suicide while he was resting after duty,” the source told Interfax.

Home prices in 20 U.S. cities rose at a faster pace in the year ended August. This is seen by many as a sign the industry is continuing to strengthen on improving demand.
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The S&P/Case-Shiller index of property values climbed 5.1 percent from August 2014 after rising 4.9 percent in the year ended in July, the group said Tuesday in New York. The gain was the biggest in a year and matched the median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg. Nationally, prices increased 4.7 percent after a 4.6 percent advance in the 12 months through July.
A tight supply has supported price appreciation, which may in turn entice more owners to put their properties on the market as the payoff grows. More homes that are affordable for first-time or young buyers will be needed to keep the housing recovery on track, providing a boost to consumer spending in the process.
“Inventories are lean, which is putting upward pressure on home prices from coast to coast,” Ryan Sweet, a senior economist at Moody’s Analytics Inc. in West Chester, Pennsylvania, said before the report. “Housing continues to do well, through the ups and downs. The trend is still favorable.”

Uber, the ridesharing app, which has exploded in popularity and garnered a presence in more than 50 countries and 300 plus cities across six continents, is potentially looking at an additional $1 billion in funding.
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The company is said to be eyeing an extra $1 billion in venture capital funding, people close to the deal told the New York Times. As the outlet points out, a resulting possible valuation of $60 billion to $70 billion would make Uber the most valuable private startup globally.


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