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Dark Sky Park
7:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Autumn Equinox

Autumn Equinox is next Monday evening, September 22nd. Equinox, from the Latin, means “equal night” and is the time when it appears that the Sun crosses the plane of the Earth’s equator.

But how do we know it’s Equinox? Who’s measuring, and how do they do it?

Measuring time and our place in the universe is an ancient task. Many areas of our world are populated with the ruins of what can rightly be called “astronomical observatories”, designed specifically for timekeeping. Think of StoneHenge in England or the Great Pyramid at Giza.

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Stateside
6:58 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Taking notes from Kalamazoo College in recruiting and graduating low-income students

Kalamazoo College campus

 

When it comes to recruiting and graduating low-income students, one school that is clearly getting it right is Kalamazoo College.

The New York Times ranks Kalamazoo College No. 12 in the nation among elite colleges that enroll a large percentage of PELL-grant eligible students.


The PELL grant is a solid indicator, since many students in families above the poverty level do not qualify for these grants.


Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran is president of Kalamazoo College. She says attracting and keeping low-income students have been a priority of the college and part of its institutional mission: 

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Education
4:56 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Student accused of bringing handgun could face expulsion

The head of Kingsley Area Schools says students and staff are doing surprisingly well one day after an 11-year-old allegedly brought a loaded handgun to school.

Superintendent Keith Smith says he’s proud of the quick response from his staff Wednesday – when another student alerted a teacher. He says word of the situation traveled quickly from the teacher to the principal.

“The weapon was in-hand within probably 90 seconds,” says Smith.

Smith says the gun was loaded with a single bullet. But it turned out the bullet did not match the caliber of the gun.

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The Environment Report
10:26 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Enbridge's internal problems that contributed to 2010 oil spill have changed, company says

In August of 2010, crews prepare to remove the broken section of Enbridge's Line 6B pipeline.
EPA

Federal, state, and local agencies took part in a mock oil spill Wednesday in northern Michigan along the Indian River.

The emergency drill conjured memories of the 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill. About a million gallons of crude oil have been cleaned up from that spill. There’s some concern about whether Enbridge has made important internal changes to avoid future pipeline problems.

Carl Weimer with the Pipeline Safety Trust said one of the reasons Enbridge failed to prevent the pipeline break near Marshall, Michigan in July 2010 is not because the company was completely unaware of corrosion and a cracks in the pipeline.

He says Enbridge inspection teams weren’t sharing information with each other.

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Stateside
8:17 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

A debate in the U.S. Senate race more likely?

Terri Lynn Land

With 48 days to go until the Nov. 4 election, many people are wondering if Michigan voters would ever get a chance to hear a debate between the candidates for U.S. Senate and for governor.

Republican Terri Lynn Land took the first step today toward holding a debate with Democratic rival Gary Peters.

Land's campaign just named Lansing attorney Richard McLellan as its debate negotiator. Land says McLellan will work with Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV and Peters' campaign to possibly find a West Michigan journalist to co-moderate a debate with WXYZ Editorial Director Chuck Stokes.

Peters named former Lt. Gov. John Cherry as his debate negotiator Aug. 6. Peters has accepted three debate invitations outright and two others on the condition that Land also agrees.

Zoe Clark and Rick Pluta are co-hosts of Michigan Radio's It's Just Politics. In their views, Michigan voters are clearly looking for the candidates' debates. 

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