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Coverage from across Michigan and  the state Capitol with the Michigan Public Radio Network and Interlochen Public Radio.

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Renewable Energy
2:48 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Help for wind farms not moving in lame duck

Legislation to protect wind farms from lawsuits appears likely to die in the lame duck session.

The legislation proposed by Republican state Senator Howard Walker would make it harder for neighbors to sue if wind turbines are noisy. Critics say it’s a favor for one company based in Traverse City.

Wind farms have popped up across the state since Michigan passed a new law encouraging them in 2008. Sometimes neighbors say the noise of the turbines causes headaches and interrupts sleep. In a few cases, homeowners have sued.

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Michigan Education
9:54 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Therapy dogs easing MSU student stress during final exam week

Therapy dogs are helping to ease MSU students stress during final exam week with a little "heavy petting" in 2 of the university's libraries.

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 3:45 pm

Therapy dogs are helping Michigan State University students take a break this week while they study for their final exams. 

The dogs are available to students at two of the libraries on campus where some students practically live during finals week.

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Michigan Education
6:24 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

MSU begins work on key part of FRIB project

A workers guides a pipe to spread concrete to form part of the base of the $730 million dollar Facility for Rare Isotope beams at MSU

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 2:09 pm

It’s a cold day in East Lansing, but many are braving the cold to catch a glimpse of the next major step in a $730 million nuclear physics project. 

Over the next day or so, truckload after truckload of concrete is being poured into a deep pit on the Michigan State University’s campus.

At the bottom of the 65-foot-deep trench, the concrete will form an 8-foot slab that will support a key portion of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams.    

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Thanksgiving
1:13 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

State police wants to cut accidents by 10 percent this Thanksgiving

Credit Michigan State Police

The Michigan State Police wants to reduce traffic accidents this Thanksgiving weekend by 10 percent.

Last year 12 motorists died on Michigan roads over the holiday. Sergeant Jill Gleason says that was an increase compared to 2012, when nine people died – but there have been worse years.

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Marriage & Family
11:18 am
Tue November 25, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court: Michigan files response brief in appeal over same-sex marriage ban

Michigan has filed its response with the US Supreme Court to the legal challenge to the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. The state is asking the court to take the case, and uphold the US 6th Circuit Court’s decision that voters and legislators – not judges -- should decide the question.

“This case comes down to two words: who decides,” is the opening to the state’s brief. “The history of our democracy demonstrates the wisdom of allowing the people to decide important

issues at the ballot box, rather than ceding those decisions to unelected judges.”

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