Lead Stories

104th State House District
2:05 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Moderate vs. idealist in race for Grand Traverse County's state house seat

The race for Grand Traverse County’s state house seat is open for the first time since 2008.

So far the campaign has been a relatively polite affair, but the two candidates are appealing to voters in totally different ways.

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Election 2014
11:47 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Eleven more Michigan cities could legalize small amounts of pot

Safer Michigan Coalition Executive Director Chuck Ream is leading the effort to legalize small amounts of cannabis in eleven Michigan communities. Voters in Oak Park and Hazel Park already approved ballot measures in August. Questions will not appear on ballots in East Lansing, Utica, Portage, or Benzie County - despite what the shirt says.
Credit Michigan Public Radio Network

On Election Day, eleven Michigan cities will consider legalizing small amounts of marijuana. That’s the largest number of municipalities to consider the question in a single election in Michigan.

Little money, expecting success

Chuck Ream is the guy working to bring a pro-marijuana law to a city near you. He directs the Safer Michigan Coalition, which is organizing all of these local ballot campaigns. He expects this to be a banner year for the proposals despite not being able to actively promote them.

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National Writers Series
8:01 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Nancy Horan: Under the Wide and Starry Sky

Credit Allen Kent

On this program from the National Writers Series, Nancy Horan talks about her latest book, "Under the Wide and Starry Sky." It tells the improbable love story between Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson and his American wife. Nancy Horan is the author of the 2007 bestseller "Loving Frank," which chronicles an obscure chapter in the life of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and his client, Mamah Borthwick Cheney. Her latest novel likewise tells the little-known story of Robert Louis Stevenson's life with his wife, Fanny Osbourne Stevenson.

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1:23 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Carrying on an 11,000-year-old tradition

Credit Fred Keeslar

Stephen Drake, a math professor at Northwestern Michigan College, took up the hobby of knapping 30 years ago when his son Eric was a boy. 

Knapping is the ancient art of chipping stone into a desired shape.

“One day my son was banging on rock with a hammer,” Drake recalls. “I asked him what he was doing and he said he was trying to make an arrow head. I took him to the Con Foster Museum and we looked at arrowheads and started experimenting. There weren’t many books at that time.”

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The Environment Report
12:12 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Drilling for oil and gas is on the decline in Michigan

In this map from 1999, the green dots represent oil wells, the red dots indicate gas wells, and the black dots are dry holes.
Randall Schaetzl, MSU

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 10:52 am

News of a decline might sound surprising since there has been so much excitement and controversy over horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," in recent years.

But not many high-volume, horizontal wells were actually drilled since 2010, and the company that led the recent fracking boom has left the state.

That leaves the industry and its watchdogs wondering where new action will come from.

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