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Rafael Alicea and Jose Burgos

Irredeemable update: Jose Burgos resentenced

Jose Burgos says he always felt like dying in prison was probably one of the loneliest ways to die. And – for nearly 27 years – that's what he was told would happen to him. Even after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled all juvenile lifer sentences – including Jose’s – had to be reviewed, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy still recommended life without parole. That's where things stood when we initially did a story about Jose last October.

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Grand Traverse County

Nate Alger is the new Grand Traverse County administrator. On Wednesday, the county board of commissioners unanimously approved Alger’s contract. Alger is expected to sign the contract with a starting salary of $124,000 and a start date of July 1.

 

Alger takes over a county that is dealing with instability as it tackles pension debt, suicides in the jail and employee dissatisfaction. Alger says stagnant pay and reduced benefits have caused some animosity with employees in the past, but he plans to work on that.

Here is a music video in which the things you don't see or hear are almost as important as the things you do.

Michigan Department of Corrections

Michigan’s prisons face a crisis: The state cannot find enough corrections officers to staff them. Older officers are retiring, others are quitting, and there are hundreds of officer positions waiting to be filled.

For corrections officers, like Lorraine Emery, that shortage means an exhausting, dangerous job is getting even tougher.

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents Opera Broadcasts from the UK's recent production of George Benjamin's Lessons in Love and Violence.

This production stars Stephane Degout, Barbara Hannigan, Gyula Orendt and Peter Hoare.

Aaron Selbig

A new federal law requiring stricter background checks could force some child care providers out of business. Starting in October, all adults living in a home with a day care will have to be cleared by the F.B.I.

The new regulations forbid anyone convicted of a violent crime – or any crime against children – from living in a day care home. Anyone with a misdemeanor drug conviction would be banned for five years.

Flutist Ana de la Vega has rediscovered a flute concerto by Josef Myslivecek that was previously thought to have been lost. She performs that concerto as well as two by Mozart on a new album on the Pentatone label.

Endangered plovers face new threat: snowy owls

Jun 20, 2018
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A new predator has emerged for piping plovers in the Great Lakes.

Snowy owls were recently seen eating plovers in several locations along the Great Lakes, including Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in lower Michigan and Vermilion Point in the Upper Peninsula.

Interlochen Public Radio has won a Bronze Medal for Best Music Feature from the 2018 New York Festivals International Radio Program Competition, honoring its work with the New York Philharmonic and the University of Michigan’s University Musical Society in the broadcast: “Interlochen Presents: The New York Philharmonic Live!, from the University Musical Society.” 

Caroline MacGregor

A group of veterans who took part in a secret military operation in China during WWII were in Traverse City last week, celebrating their 62nd reunion.

The men were part of SACO - the Sino-American Cooperative Organization. It was an effort between the U.S. Navy and the National Military Council of China put together just weeks after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

The Thistle & Shamrock: Combos

Jun 20, 2018

What goes with what? When it comes to Celtic music combos, almost anything goes, as long as it sounds good. So you be the judge when host Fiona Ritchie revels in the joyous sounds of multi-instrumental line-ups this week.

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