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Housing
11:32 am
Fri January 30, 2015

In Leelanau County, 'critical mass' on affordable housing

A meeting on affordable housing drew a crowd of more than 70 people Thursday in Leelanau County.
Credit Aaron Selbig

Experts say the affordable housing problem in Leelanau County has reached “critical mass” – the point where talk must turn to action. A meeting on the subject Thursday morning drew a crowd full of developers and government officials.

Sarah Lucas from Networks Northwest led the meeting. She says that when people think of the term “affordable housing,” they might see an image of a large, run-down apartment building on the edge of town. But in Leelanau County, that public perception is changing.

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Stateside
8:00 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Governor's road plan faces more problems

In the very final hours of lame duck last December, state lawmakers slapped together a complicated road funding package that is proposal one, which citizens will be voting on in May.

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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.
Credit Chris Hintz

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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