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Two U.P. Democrats join congressional race

Two more Democrats have jumped into the race for U.S. Congress in northern Michigan. Both are from the Upper Peninsula.

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Michigan Writers on the Air: April 2009

Apr 27, 2009

<p>Can you imagine the pain and anxiety caused by having two teenage children run away for months or years at a time? This week on Michigan Writers, Debra Gwartney will read from and talk about her bestselling new book: <em>Live Through This: A Mother's Memoir of Runaway Daughters</em>. On a lighter note, we will celebrate National Poetry Month with Fleda Brown, Anne-Marie Oomen, Doug Stanton, and Jenny Robertson.</p>

Michigan Writers on the Air: April 2009

Apr 27, 2009

<p>Can you imagine the pain and anxiety caused by having two teenage children run away for months or years at a time? This week on Michigan Writers, Debra Gwartney will read from and talk about her bestselling new book: <em>Live Through This: A Mother's Memoir of Runaway Daughters</em>. On a lighter note, we will celebrate National Poetry Month with Fleda Brown, Anne-Marie Oomen, Doug Stanton, and Jenny Robertson.</p>

Skeptics Emerge Over ArtPrize Competition

Apr 24, 2009

<p>It was announced yesterday that downtown Grand Rapids will host an annual competitive art fair called "ArtPrize." </p> <p>ArtPrize will turn 3 square miles of downtown Grand Rapids into an art gallery this fall. It will award the winner a quarter of a million dollars. The public will decide the winners by texting on their cell phones or by voting online. Not all artists like the rules and voting method for the new competition, including Northern Michigan Artist Richard Kooyman, who spoke with IPR's Brad Aspey.</p>

Points North: "Boardman River"

Apr 24, 2009

<p>The Boardman River is one of Michigan's most popular fishing spots. But the watershed has for decades been shaped by the presence of three aging dams. Now Traverse City and Grand Traverse County have decided to remove the dams. One of the big debates will be over what kind of fish should live in it. Also on the show today, we'll revisit last week's discussion about problems with Michigan's child protection system. The head of a family services agency will answer the critics.</p>

Points North: "Boardman River"

Apr 24, 2009

<p>The Boardman River is one of Michigan's most popular fishing spots. But the watershed has for decades been shaped by the presence of three aging dams. Now Traverse City and Grand Traverse County have decided to remove the dams. One of the big debates will be over what kind of fish should live in it. Also on the show today, we'll revisit last week's discussion about problems with Michigan's child protection system. The head of a family services agency will answer the critics.</p>

Points North: "Parents' Rights"

Apr 17, 2009

<p>The right to parent your children does not evaporate because you were less than a model parent. And if the state dismantles a family, it needs to use a fair process. That was the reasoning of the highest court in the U.S. more than 25 years ago. But recently Michigan Supreme Court justices decided trial courts and social workers in needed a refresher and provided one in a case out of Mason County.</p>

Points North: "Parents' Rights"

Apr 17, 2009

<p>The right to parent your children does not evaporate because you were less than a model parent. And if the state dismantles a family, it needs to use a fair process. That was the reasoning of the highest court in the U.S. more than 25 years ago. But recently Michigan Supreme Court justices decided trial courts and social workers in needed a refresher and provided one in a case out of Mason County.</p>

IPR News: Ecoli Research

Apr 9, 2009

<p>With more beach closings along Grand Traverse Bay due to elevated E.Coli levels, researchers have been trying to figure out what's causing the problem. But new research out of Pennsylvania may indicate our beaches are safer than we think - maybe. IPR's Linda Stephan talks with Biologist Steve Mauro. </p>

IPR News: FOIA Suit

Apr 7, 2009

<p>Grand Traverse County Judge Thomas Power has temporarily ordered Traverse City's Mayor, and several commissioners to NOT erase any records on their personal computers. It's part of a lawsuit over access to information brought by a former member of the Library Board. IPR's Linda Stephan reports.</p>

Points North: "Student Veteran"

Apr 3, 2009

<p>One question war veterans don't appreciate is "hey did you ever kill anybody?" Derek Blumke says he's heard of worse things said on college campuses. Blumke grew up near Petoskey and served six years active duty as an airman in Iraq. He says the transition to civilian life and college was difficult. So he founded a national organization to do something about it, Student Veterans of America.</p>

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