The Midwest Report – Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Midwest Report is a daily news-roundup dedicated exclusively to the American Midwest.


1)   Ohio – Story One

Ohio’s Gay Community Rattled By Three Alleged Hate Crimes,” written for the Huffington Post, and published on 06/11/13.

“New York’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community may continue to be rattled after a series of alleged hate crimes. Now, however, a spate of incidents is making headlines in another state.”

2)   Ohio – Story Two

Superman’s ‘S’ might fly soon on Ohio license plate,” written by Ian Kullgren for The Columbus Dispatch, and published on 06/12/13.

“For Superman’s 75th birthday, state lawmakers are moving on a plan to create a license plate honoring the character’s Ohio roots. The plate would feature a Superman ‘S’ insignia and an inscription at the bottom that reads ‘Truth, Justice & The American Way.’”

3)   Indiana

Cave with Ice Age fossils opening in Indiana,” written by Jayne Clark for USA Today, and published on 06/11/13.

“A cave littered with the bones of Ice Age creatures will open for the first time to the public on Saturday… Located in southern Indiana about 25 miles west of Louisville, the new attraction is part of the 36-mile-long cave Binkley cave system (the nation’s 11th longest). Portions have been explored for more than half a century, but the section opening Saturday was only discovered three years ago by a group of caving enthusiasts.”

4)   Michigan

University of Michigan study links social media and narcissism,” written by Jenniffer Weigel for the Chicago Tribune, and published on 06/11/13.

“For those Americans unnerved by the popularity of social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, a new study from the University of Michigan will come as little surprise. And it might even add some smugness. The gist of the study:  Narcissists “like” Facebook and Twitter. A lot. And social media in general “reflect and amplify” our culture’s deepening narcissism…

The study found that narcissistic college students prefer Twitter, using it as ‘a megaphone’ for their lives. Older adults, meanwhile, use Facebook more as a mirror, the researchers said. They curate their image, using frequent status updates and then gauging how people react to their updates, photos, etc.”

5)   Illinois

Marking a century of suffrage in Illinois,” written by Tom Kacich for the Chicago Daily News, and published on 06/12/13.

“Mary Perkins has a special place in the history of Champaign County.

One hundred years ago next month, Perkins became the first woman in the county to cast a ballot. She voted shortly after the polls opened at 7 a.m. July 29, 1913, on a proposal to issue $17,000 in bonds for the purchase of Champaign’s first motorized fire trucks. The bond issue passed, 514-471, with the votes of 120 women.”

6)   Wisconsin

Wisconsin Democrats delay vote on bill requiring ultrasound,” written by Kevin Wang for the Associated Press, and published on 06/11/13.

“Gov. Scott Walker said Tuesday he will sign a measure that’s quickly working its way through the Republican-controlled Legislature that would require women seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound.

The Senate debated the measure Tuesday, a week after it was introduced, but Democrats used a procedural move to delay a vote until Wednesday morning. The Assembly hoped to take it up Thursday. While Democrats were able to temporarily hold up the bill, they don’t have the votes to kill it.”

7)   Minnesota

Minnesota campaign raises alarm on toll of elder abuse,” written by Nicole Norfleet for the Star Tribune, and published on 06/11/13.

“An ambitious public-awareness campaign launched Tuesday aims to put the brakes on abuse and exploitation of Minnesota’s growing elderly population…

Abuse of the elderly, which can range from physical violence to neglect to financial exploitation, sometimes can be difficult to recognize, especially when it comes to interactions between loved ones. Elder abuse is often committed by someone the person trusts, such as a spouse, child or caregiver, says MN S.A.F.E. Elders (which stands for Stop Abuse and Financial Exploitation of Elders in Minnesota).”

8)   Kansas

Kansas approves new science standards,” written for the Associated Press, and published on 06/11/13.

“The Kansas school board has approved new multistate science standards for public schools that treat evolution and climate change as key concepts to be taught from kindergarten through the 12th grade.

The State Board of Education voted 8-2 on Tuesday for standards developed by Kansas, 25 other states and the National Research Council. The new guidelines are designed to shift the emphasis to doing hands-on projects and experiments and blending material about engineering and technology into lessons.”

9)   South Dakota

VIDEO – Time lapse video captures South Dakota’s glorious night sky,” written by Claudine Zap for The Sideshow, and published on 06/10/13.

“Photographer Randy Halverson is a native South Dakotan, and this time-lapse video, ‘Horizons,’ is his love letter to the state.

Watch the captivating video, which features the dark skies of central and western South Dakota. The film captures night vistas up above—including shooting stars and the Milky Way—and tall stalks of corn waving in the breeze down below.”

10) North Dakota

VIDEO – Fractured: North Dakota’s Oil Boom,” written by Christine Hurley for Chicago Tonight, and published on 06/11/13.

“Hydraulic fracturing or fracking is the process of forcing pressurized water and sand mixed with chemicals underground to release oil and gas. ‘It’s an enormous process of industrialization of formerly rural land to get at deep shale oil,’ says Elizabeth Farnsworth, correspondent for PBS NewsHour and co-creator of Fractured: North Dakota’s Oil Boom.

Farnsworth worked with photographer Terry Evans on this Field Museum exhibit. The women traveled to North Dakota to capture the effect fracking is having on the land and communities…The Field Museum exhibit, Fractured: North Dakota’s Oil Boom, runs through January 2014. Watch Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm for more on this story.”

Compiled by Corey McLaughlin for Common Culture and The Big Slice.


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