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Dark Sky Park
11:38 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Zubenelgenubi

Credit August 2014 evening sky excerpted from Michigan State University Abrams Planetarium Sky Calendar, info available here: http://www.pa.msu.edu/abrams/skycalendar/

Hello, this is Mary Stewart Adams with “The Storyteller’s Guide to the Night Sky”. 

This week looking southwest an hour after sunset, the planets Mars and Saturn can be seen near the brightest, or ‘alpha’ star in the constellation Libra, the scales. This star’s name is “Zubenelgenubi”, from the Arabic, and it means the “southern tray of the scales”.  

With Mars and Saturn in the region of the southern scale, we can imagine that the two planets are literally ‘hanging in the balance’ this week. 

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Housing
11:24 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Rental market extremely tight in region

Kelly Lemcool
Credit Aaron Selbig

If you’ve been trying to rent a house or apartment, you probably noticed a lack of options in Northwest Lower Michigan. Affordable housing has long been an issue in the region. Those who follow housing say the rental situation has reached a “critical” point this year and many families are being pushed out of their rentals.

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Stateside
4:43 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Will we see candidate debates this fall?

We're about two and a half months away from the November general election and two big statewide races – the race for Governor and U.S. Senate.

We're seeing plenty of advertisements in the campaigns, but no debates between the candidates.

Jack Lessenberry, Michigan Radio’s political commentator, said the reason for this is that front runners of the elections don’t want to give their opponents a shot to upstage them.

Lessenberry said Governor Snyder doesn’t want a debate for this very reason, as it would give his opponent, Democrat Mark Schauer, a chance to win the public over.

However the same is not said for the Senate candidates. Republican Terri Lynn Land is falling behind Democrat Gary Peters in polls. Normally Land would want the debate and Peters would not, but in this case, it's the opposite.

Lessenberry said he expects at least one debate in the governor's race, but it is unclear whether there will be one for the Senate race.

*Listen to the full interview with Jack Lessenberry above. 

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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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