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Live from Studio A
3:39 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

A Song Of Blessing: Tibetan Monks Perform Live

Tibetan monks in IPR's Studio A

Several members of the Mystical Arts of Tibet stopped by Interlochen Public Radio for a conversation and performance live in Studio A today.  These Tibetan Buddhist monks are in Traverse City this week, constructing an elaborate sand painting at the Dennos Museum.

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Extreme Winter
2:24 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Governor Declares Emergency In Marquette Over Frozen Pipes

Workers dig for a water main that broke on Seventh Street in Marquette.
Credit Marquette Fire Department / Mining Journal

A winter of freezing pipes and broken infrastructure has hit one community in the Upper Peninsula hard enough to prompt Governor Rick Snyder to declare a state of emergency for the area Thursday morning.

The declaration paves the way for state aid in Marquette County, where water and sewer pipe damage has already cost the county $1.6 million dollars. Several local communities have run out of money to pay for repairs. Officials say they expect the situation to get worse before it gets better. 

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The Environment Report
2:22 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Restaurants and markets running low on a popular Great Lakes fish

Bernie Fritzsch gets ready for the lunch rush at Monahan's Seafood Market.

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 12:24 pm

Monahan’s Seafood Market in Ann Arbor carries soft-shell crabs from Maryland, Alaskan salmon, and Florida red snapper.

But at the moment, they’re fresh out of Great Lakes whitefish.

Bernie Fritzsch manages the fish market.

“We’re hoping to see it today, but we haven’t seen it for the last week,” he says.

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Michigan Healthcare
12:18 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Traverse Health Clinic Expands, Expects Increased Patient Demand

A clinic for the uninsured is expanding its office in Traverse City, and adding a new doctor.

The Traverse Health Clinic also has begun accepting Medicaid. It’s planning for a surge of new patients who could struggle to find a doctor in private practice.

The clinic surveyed area physicians in 2012, says Development Director Sherri Fenton
“The majority of them had indicated to us that they have a cap on the number of Medicaid patients that they take,” she says. “And that that cap would likely not be changing.”

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Michigan Business & Economy
12:09 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Michigan Jobless Rate Drops Slighly

Michigan’s unemployment rate dropped slightly in March to 7.5 percent.

This marks the seventh month in a row the rate has declined, and it’s the lowest it’s been since April of 2008. The jobless rate of seven and a half percent is a little more than a full percentage point below where it was at this time last year.

Most of the job gains over the past 12 months have been in the manufacturing, high-tech, and hotel-and-restaurant sectors. There were job losses in government and financial services.

Election 2014
12:01 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Schauer: Education Plan "Top Priority"

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer and running mate Lisa Brown announced their education plan Wednesday in Lansing.
Credit Jake Neher / Michigan Public Radio Network

The Democrat likely to challenge Gov. Rick Snyder in November says improving public schools would be his top priority in office.

Former Congressman Mark Schauer and his running mate, Lisa Brown, unveiled their education plan Wednesday in Lansing.

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The New Jazz Archive
11:10 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Rahsaan Roland Kirk

This week on The New Jazz Archive, it’s a new look at the life and music of multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk. We’ll talk with biographer John Kruth about Kirk’s life and art from his unequaled ability to make music on many instruments at once, to his eccentric, and often politically-charged stage persona. And we’ll talk with Rahsaan’s widow Dorthaan Kirk about his heroic return to the stage after suffering a stroke in 1975, and explore whether the jazz world has finally given this unsung hero his due now more than 30 years after his death.

Stateside
4:14 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

GM asks bankruptcy judge to look at its liability

GM Renaissance Center in Detroit.

General Motors is asking a bankruptcy judge in New York to take a look at its "shield" – the shield that protects it from liability lawsuits that stem from crashes or defects that happened before its bankruptcy.

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Live from Studio A
1:15 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Tibetan Buddhist Monks Create Sand Painting In Traverse City

Tibetan Buddhist monks create a mandala, an intricate sand painting at The Dennos Museum Center.
Sara Hoover

NOTE: Monks from the Mystical Arts of Tibet who are in Traverse City this week will also perform at Milliken Auditorium this Saturday, and live on Classical IPR Thursday April 17, in the 10 a.m. hour.

The Dennos Museum Center of Northwestern Michigan College is hosting Tibetan Buddhist monks this week.

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Paying for College
3:41 am
Wed April 16, 2014

How One Michigan City Is Sending Kids To College Tuition-Free

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 4:33 pm

Paying for college presents a tremendous hurdle to many families, from wading through paperwork and navigating financial aid to understanding the long-term implications of college debt.

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