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Theatre
9:51 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Extreme Happiness coming to New York

Playwright Francis Ya-Chu Cowhig taught an intermester course at Interlochen this January. Her play "The World of Extreme Happiness" opens in New York in February.
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The Chinese economy and its rapid expansion is a wonder of the modern world. But its ugly side drives the story in Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s new play.

"The World of Extreme Happiness" opens in New York next month. It’s a dark comedy about the hopes of rural migrants in China whose dreams look rather American.

The hero of the drama, 19-year old Sunny, works as a janitor and wants a promotion. She meets an older worker who explains the power of positive thinking.

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Stateside
10:59 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Senator Gary Peters on his proposed amendments to the Keystone XL bill

Part of the Enbridge Pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.

With national attention being paid to the Keystone XL pipeline, Michigan Democratic Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters have introduced amendments to the controversial legislation.

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Michigan Education
4:36 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

ACT loses appeal over Michigan’s decision to switch to SAT

The state has rejected ACT’s claim that Michigan unfairly switched its free college entrance exam to the SAT starting in spring 2016.

ACT protested two aspects of the bidding process. It said the state changed the timeline of the proposed contract and penalized ACT for having a writing portion. It says both of those things unfairly benefitted SAT.

State officials say they reviewed those concerns carefully.

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Stateside
12:44 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

The economic impact of Michigan's struggling millennials

The millennial generation has had the challenge of dealing with record-high student debt rates.

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 4:12 pm

They tend to not want credit cards or cars. They are postponing marriage, frequently choosing to live at home with mom and dad.  They are grappling with a distressed economy and have high poverty rates to prove it.

They are the millennials, the 18-34 year olds of American society today.

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The Environment Report
9:09 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Michigan officials considering a 10,000 acre land deal in the UP

Graymont is seeking to buy thousands of acres of state-owned land and mineral rights for a proposed limestone mining operation near Rexton.
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Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 10:42 am

Next month, a decision could be made on whether to sell thousands of acres in the Upper Peninsula to a Canadian mining company, Graymont Inc.

It would be the largest sale of public land in Michigan’s history.

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