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Drug Enforcement
4:50 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Money Woes Hamper Drug Enforcement, Prevention In Benzie County

Credit Sarah Esper

Recent deaths in Benzie County from drug overdoses have left the community stunned.

The sheriff has been trying to track down the sources of those drugs. A suspect was arraigned just this week on charges related to an overdose back in February. But the drug community is notoriously tight-lipped and getting at the biggest pushers is a real challenge for law enforcement – especially under the tight budget constraints of Benzie County.

Even In Beulah


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Drug Enforcement
3:54 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Law Enforcement Officials: Clean Out The Medicine Cabinet

People with unused and expired medications can get rid of them through police and sheriff’s departments across the state Saturday. It’s an effort to rid medicine cabinets of expired and unwanted medications that are at risk of being abused or stolen.

Enforcement officials across northern Michigan say drugs are a growing problem, especially prescription opiates and the related street drug heroin.

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The New Jazz Archive
2:08 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Jazz and Comedy

A lot of people probably don't think of jazz as all that funny. But there's more than one way to get a laugh out of all things jazz. In this hour, we’ll talk with stand-up comic Jeff Cesario about how his former life as a jazz musician helps make him a better comedian. And we’ll bring in our jazz historian Lewis Porter to talk about jazz’s vaudeville roots and how jazz lost its sense of humor in the 1950s. That plus a look at jazz prankster Dizzy Gillespie and plenty of  jazz guaranteed to make you smile, are all coming up in this episode of The New Jazz Archive.

Writers & Writing
1:00 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Michigan Writers on the Air - April 2014

Ann Marie Oomen

Anne-Marie Oomen reflects on coming to literacy in the third grade and her duel careers as a writer and educator. Then she reads from her forthcoming memoir, Love, Sex, and 4-H.

Peter Payette provides a primer on the art of audio storytelling. After a quick survey of the hardware and software requirements, he gets to the bones of writing, recording, and producing memorable stories.  Featured in this segment are audio essays by Emily K. Bright and Nancy Bazilchuk. 

Fleda Brown reads from and comments on the work of contemporary American poet, Maxine Kuman.

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Year-Round School
5:40 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Northern Michigan School District Could Switch To Year-Round Calendar

Credit Baldwin Community Schools

Summer vacation would be cut in half for students in Baldwin under a proposal for year-round school. Other breaks would be longer, however, amounting to the same number of school days in a year.

Baldwin Community Schools could make the switch next fall.

Superintendent Stiles Simmons says kids forget too much over the summer, especially math.

“That’s what we found here in Baldwin,” he says. “Our students are losing well over a month of knowledge and skills in the area of math due to the summer vacation.”

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Historic Preservation
4:33 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Deal Nixes New Hotel On Mackinac Island

This walkway between the Arnold dock and Main Street will not be overshadowed by a new hotel under a deal signed this week.
Credit Peter Payette

The view of Mackinac Island’s oldest ferry terminal has been protected. Island officials worked out a compromise this week with a developer who wanted to build a new hotel in front of the Arnold Transit dock. It looks like a victory for supporters of new historic protections on Mackinac Island.

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Mackinac Island
8:47 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Oldest Mackinac Ferry Service Could Be Out

Mackinac Island officials have not heard whether this boat and others owner by Arnold Transit will run this summer.
Credit Peter Payette

UPDATE: Tuesday April 22nd, 9:00 AM

The president of Arnold Transit Company says boats will be ready to run to Mackinac Island when the ice breaks.

Brent Rippe acknowledged the company is having some financial difficulties and says the situation is “fluid.”

On Monday, the Mayor of Mackinac Island, Margaret Doud, said Arnold had missed a deadline to declare whether it would operate this season. Rippe says he spoke with a representative of the mayor over the weekend, stating the company’s intention to operate.

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Election 2014
6:18 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Peters Files For Michigan U.S. Senate Race

Democratic U.S. Congressman Gary Peters.

Congressman Gary Peters has filed petition signatures to put his name on the ballot. Peters is a Democrat running to succeed retiring US Senator Carl Levin. Peters’ support for the federal healthcare law has been an issue in the campaign. Peters says that’s OK with him.

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Election 2014
6:10 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Ruth Johnson Announces Re-Election Bid For Secretary Of State

Johnson speaking with reporters at a campaign stop in Lansing on Monday.
Credit Jake Neher / Michigan Public Radio Network

Ruth Johnson will seek another term as Michigan’s Secretary of State.

Johnson made the announcement Monday and kicked off a four-stop campaign tour across the state. She says the Secretary of State’s office has become more efficient under her direction, largely because of technological improvements.

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Earth Day
4:30 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Cloned Sequoias Will Be Planted At Interlochen Center for the Arts

Hundreds of clones from ancient redwoods grow at Archangel Ancient Tree Archive in Copemish, Michigan. They will be sent to five countries on Earth Day.
Credit Sara Hoover

Near the shores of the Lake Michigan sits a grove of sequoias. They stand on the site of a former Morton Salt factory, where men once mined salt brine out of the Great Lakes. Sequoia trees are not native to Michigan, but this grove has grown in Manistee for more than 65 years, ever since Mrs. Morton brought the saplings with her from the West Coast. Since then, the giant trees have grown accustomed to tough Michigan winters.

Those trees are going to take another trip. Or their clones will.

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