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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 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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Detroit
11:45 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Detroit "Grand Bargain," EAA On To-Do List At State Capitol

The state Senate returns this week after three weeks away from Lansing.

Lawmakers have some high-profile issues to address between now and June. That’s when the Legislature breaks for two months in the summer.

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Arts at Interlochen
3:04 pm
Sat April 19, 2014

Composers in Context at Interlochen: Ned Rorem

Composer Ned Rorem

Interlochen Arts Academy is featuring a series of concert performances built around music of American composer, Ned Rorem, who is celebrating his 90th year.    The IAA Band, Choir, and Orchestra perform a trio of concerts offering context for Mr. Rorem's music.  Band director Matthew Schlomer, Choral director John Bragle, and Orchestra conductor Carolyn Watson talk with IPR host Kate Botello about their approach to the Composer in Context series of concerts at Interlochen, April 23-25.

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Cold Case
3:52 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Kalkaska Prosecutor: No New Trial For Man Convicted Of 1996 Murder

Jason Ryan (pictured left) of Davison was charged with the murder last month. Some say that means Jamie Lee Peterson (right) should get reconsideration on his life sentence. He has served 17 years in prison for the crime.
Credit MLaw Newsroom

The Kalkaska County prosecutor doesn't see a need for a new trial for a man convicted of a 1996 rape and murder. Prosecutor Mike Perreault's office has filed a response in the case of Jamie Lee Peterson.

A team of lawyers is trying to free Peterson on DNA evidence that appears to link another man, Jason Ryan, to the crime.

Perrault's office says that doesn't mean Peterson is innocent. It argues that the same evidence was available when Peterson's trial took place in 1998.

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Radio Collage
3:38 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Uppin' Adam, That's What I'm Talking About

Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, 2013-2014

This month on Radio Collage,  an excerpt from the short story  What I'm Talking About by creative writer Ashanti Davis, the Interlochen Arts Academy band performs Uppin' Adam and the Theatre Department  takes a fresh look at Cinderella.  The Academy Orchestra performs Elgar's Nimrod, pianist Grace Zhang plays Ondine by Ravel and we'll hear the opening of a Radio Drama based loosely, very loosely, on Shakespeare's Two Gentleman of Verona.  ( listen to the full drama here )
 

Radio Collage - April 2014 -Uppin' Adam - That's What I'm Talking About!

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