Northern Michigan
5:52 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Kalkaska judge overturns 1996 murder conviction

Jamie Peterson (third from left) in Kalkaska County Court last month. File photo.
Credit Tom Carr

A judge has overturned the conviction of a man serving life in prison for the 1996 rape and murder of a Kalkaska woman.

The prosecutor must now decide whether Jamie Peterson will be re-tried or set free.

In the original trial, prosecutors had DNA evidence they said could be Peterson’s. New technology and better testing has proven that’s not the case.

Now, the judge says Peterson’s guilt is in question.

Defense lawyer Caitlin Plummer says he will remain behind bars for now.

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Northern Michigan Elections & Government
5:26 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Plan to revamp Hickory Hills Ski Area moves forward

Credit Hickory Hills Multi-Season Recreation Master Plan

Traverse City has approved a plan that could bring millions of dollars in upgrades to Hickory Hills Ski Area.

The City Commission adopted the master plan on Monday. Planners say the investment would make the park more financially stable by attracting more guests.

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Radio Collage
3:13 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

A Look Back: Highlights from the 2013-14 Arts Academy year

Interlochen Arts Academy Percussion Ensemble

  For this Radio Collage, we revisit performances from the recently completed Interlochen Arts Academy year.  There's lots of diversity, with music by Maurice Ravel, Sir Arthur Sullivan, and Dave Brubeck.  We'll also hear works by students from the Comparative Arts, Creative Writing and Singer-Songwriter programs.

Radio Collage - July 2014 - A Look Back: Highlights from the 2013-14 Arts Academy year


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The Environment Report
2:42 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Dioxin cleanup downstream from Dow Chemical to enter next stage

Dow Chemical corporate headquarters in Midland, Michigan.
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Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 11:46 am

The Environment Report for Tuesday, August 19, 2014- Dow cleanup

The Environmental Protection Agency has a plan for cleaning up soil contaminated by dioxins along the Tittabawasee River floodplain. The floodplain extends along 21 miles of the river below the Dow Chemical plant in Midland.

The EPA says the dioxins, which can cause cancer and other serious health effects, came from waste disposal, emissions and incineration from the plant.

The EPA has been directing Dow to do temporary cleanups around people’s homes whenever the river floods.

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Michigan Food & Agriculture
10:59 am
Tue August 19, 2014

The growth of the gourmet food truck industry is charted in new UM study

It's estimated there are about four thousand ‘gourmet’ food trucks, in U.S. cities with more than 100,000 residents.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Gourmet food trucks have seen remarkable growth in recent years.

A new University of Michigan study looks at the phenomena.

Researcher Todd Schifeling is a doctoral candidate in sociology at UM.  He’s also a big fan of food trucks. In fact, he says he was spending so much time eating at his local food truck, he thought he might as well get some research done at the same time.

Schifeling says gourmet food trucks tend to grow in communities with active locally grown food scenes and more than the average number of college graduates.

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