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Election 2014
5:53 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

VIDEO: Schauer Talks Straits Oil Pipelines, Roads & Taxes

Credit MarkShauer.com

Democratic candidate for governor Mark Schauer has vowed to not let “one drop” of oil spill in the Great Lakes if he’s elected.

Environmental groups say a 60 year old pipeline under the straits of Mackinac is in poor condition and could rupture. The pipeline is operated by Enbridge. That’s the company responsible for the 2010 oil spill in the Kalamazoo River.

Schauer made the comments on Michigan Public Radio’s statewide call-in program Michigan Calling.

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Michigan Environment
2:09 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Oil Spill At Straits Would Affect 'Immense' Area -- According To New Study

Credit David J. Schwab of the University of Michigan Water Center

An oil spill at the Straits of Mackinac could affect an 'immense' area of the upper Great Lakes – according to a new study. A University of Michigan researcher has simulated how oil would spread if a major spill happened there. Enbridge runs a pipeline under the Straits, which has drawn criticism from people concerned with the 60-year old pipe's safety.

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Mary Stewart Adams
7:05 am
Fri July 11, 2014

A Story of New Zeland for Mars and Spica

"A blaze of light marked the passage of Tane."

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

On Sunday, July 13, the red planet Mars will makes its closest approach the blue-white star Spica in the constellation of Virgo, the maiden. This will be visible in the southwest, one hour after sunset.

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6:30 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Governor's race: where it stands now

How accurate are current polls that show Snyder and Schauer neck and neck?

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 9:31 am

Tomorr0w morning at 9:00 a.m. on Michigan Radio, it's your chance to ask questions of Mark Schauer, the Democrat who wants to be your next governor.

Rick Pluta and Zoe Clark, co-hosts of Michigan Radio’s It’s Just Politics joined Stateside today to talk about where this race for governor stands right now.

Pluta discussed what issues Mark Schauer and Governor Snyder are focused now.  He said the governor is focusing on the state's economic recovery and the fact that overall trend is improving. Schauer will likely focus on topics such as charter schools, and policies surrounding abortion coverage. 

Clark added that the issue with the Schauer campaign is the lack of excitement to get out the vote among Democrats. Also, Pluta pointed out that Schauer still needed to work on public identification.

Check out our Facebook page for details on the number to call in tomorrow morning.

* Listen to the interview above.

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Writers & Writing
2:31 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Michigan authors reflect on lives near water through writing

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 4:00 pm

No matter the season, if you live in Michigan, water isn't far away.

The Great Lakes. One of Michigan's 11,000 inland lakes. A river, like the Manistee or Au Sable.

Traverse Magazine invited five Northern Michigan women writers to share their thoughts on water. Two of those writers join us today on Stateside from Interlochen Public Radio.

Anne-Marie Oomen grew up on a farm near Lake Michigan. She says that besides understanding from the very beginning the reliance of agriculture on water, she felt related to water in a spiritual way.

Fleda Brown recalls fond memories of summer times spent near Michigan lakes as a child. “Driving up from Arkansas … and getting closer and closer to the lake and the woods, the first glimpse of water I saw through the trees was like miracle,” she said.

* Listen to full interview above.

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The New Jazz Archive
1:31 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Les Paul

Les Paul tinkering with a board at his New Jersey home 1963.

Here's a little fact about Les Paul that you might not know: rock icon Steve Miller is Les Paul's godson. The week on The New Jazz archive, it's the life and legend of the great Les Paul. We’ll talk with Steve Miller about his memories of his legendary godfather, and find out how Les Paul shaped Millers’ own life as a man and musician. And we’ll talk with Sue Baker of the Les Paul Foundation about Les’s life and legacy, and how the many famous inventions of the Wizard of Waukesha transformed 20th-century music.

Listen to this episode.

National Writers Series
1:12 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Emily Giffin: Not Just 'Chick Lit'

Emily Giffin speaks with guest host and journalist Stefanie Murray
Credit Allen Kent

Emily Giffin has written seven novels that have been commonly described by critics as "chick lit," but Giffin takes exception to that characterization. Her novel "Something Borrowed" was made into a movie starring Kate Hudson and John Krasinski. Giffin's latest book, "The One and Only," debuted on the New York Times Bestseller list at number one for hardcover fiction. Guest host and journalist Stefanie Murray talks to Emily Giffin for this broadcast from the National Writers Series.

Cold Case
11:06 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Kalkaska Judge Considers New Trial Over 1996 Murder/Rape

Jamie Peterson (third from left) in Kalkaska Count Court Wednesday.
Credit Tom Carr

Jamie Peterson returned Wednesday to the same courtroom where he was sentenced to life in prison 16 years ago. Now, a judge is deciding whether he will get a new trial for the rape and murder he was convicted of in 1998.

DNA from the crime now points to a new suspect. Attorney Caitlin Plummer says that helps show Peterson falsely confessed and should get a new trial.

"The new DNA of course casts even more doubt on the already problematic confessions," she says. "It was one thing for the jury to credit them at the first trial. It's quite another now."

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Great Lakes
10:51 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Coastal Revolution In Lake Michigan?

Credit Michigan Sea Grant

Lake Michigan was recently recognized as one of the best places in America to fish for bass. The booming fishery is one sign of what might be a major shift of the lake’s food web. One biologist recently referred to the change as a "revolution."

Even though there are winners, like people fishing for bass, the change is being driven by an invasive species. And it could mean trouble for the most popular sport fish in Lake Michigan.

Chris Noffsinger has an unusual specialty as a fishing guide. He shows you where to catch bass.

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Michigan Environment
10:22 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Conservation Group Releases 'Scorecard' For Michigan Lawmakers

Credit Michigan League of Conservation Voters

Two northern Michigan lawmakers are being praised by the Michigan League of Conservation Voters in a new “environmental scorecard.” The report rates lawmakers on the group’s key environmental causes.

Rep. Frank Foster (R-Pellston) is singled out as an environmental “advocate” for a bill designed to protect water as companies drill for oil and gas using a method known as “fracking.”

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