Lead Stories

1:13 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

State police wants to cut accidents by 10 percent this Thanksgiving

Credit Michigan State Police

The Michigan State Police wants to reduce traffic accidents this Thanksgiving weekend by 10 percent.

Last year 12 motorists died on Michigan roads over the holiday. Sergeant Jill Gleason says that was an increase compared to 2012, when nine people died – but there have been worse years.

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11:52 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Are we hard-wired to look for those Black Friday deals?

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 4:51 pm

Thanksgiving is almost here, and with it comes Black Friday – one of the largest shopping days of the year.

Many stores begin Black Friday by opening their doors to shoppers at the crack of dawn, and even more have begun to open to shoppers on Thanksgiving Day itself.

To examine what goes into this shopping mania, we talked to University of Michigan marketing professors Scott Rick and Aradhna Krishna.

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Thanksgiving Stories
2:39 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

'Roofless' in Traverse City, not homeless

Credit Peter Payette

Just before Thanksgiving at IPR, we hear the story of a family in difficult or unusual circumstances. This year, we meet a group of people who you might not think of as a family – but they do. They’ve lost a lot of members in the last year, people who might have been forgotten but are not thanks to a little house in Traverse City.

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Marriage & Family
11:18 am
Tue November 25, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court: Michigan files response brief in appeal over same-sex marriage ban

Michigan has filed its response with the US Supreme Court to the legal challenge to the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. The state is asking the court to take the case, and uphold the US 6th Circuit Court’s decision that voters and legislators – not judges -- should decide the question.

“This case comes down to two words: who decides,” is the opening to the state’s brief. “The history of our democracy demonstrates the wisdom of allowing the people to decide important

issues at the ballot box, rather than ceding those decisions to unelected judges.”

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Great Lakes
5:45 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Undercover agents go after illegal commercial fishing

A two-year investigation of illegal fishing in the Great Lakes led to raids on businesses in Charlevoix and Beaver Island earlier this month. The raids were part of an undercover operation. It involved creating a fake business in the Upper Peninsula to buy and sell fish. Federal agents involved claim the business made 550 sales and 400 involved fish taken illegally by commercial fishers.

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