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Election 2014
11:47 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Eleven more Michigan cities could legalize small amounts of pot

Safer Michigan Coalition Executive Director Chuck Ream is leading the effort to legalize small amounts of cannabis in eleven Michigan communities. Voters in Oak Park and Hazel Park already approved ballot measures in August. Questions will not appear on ballots in East Lansing, Utica, Portage, or Benzie County - despite what the shirt says.
Credit Michigan Public Radio Network

On Election Day, eleven Michigan cities will consider legalizing small amounts of marijuana. That’s the largest number of municipalities to consider the question in a single election in Michigan.

Little money, expecting success

Chuck Ream is the guy working to bring a pro-marijuana law to a city near you. He directs the Safer Michigan Coalition, which is organizing all of these local ballot campaigns. He expects this to be a banner year for the proposals despite not being able to actively promote them.

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Election 2014
4:06 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Ballot questions not the final word on wolf hunting

Credit Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Michigan voters will get to weigh in on two laws that allowed wolf hunting in the Upper Peninsula. The Humane Society just started airing ads aimed at persuading voters in the closing days of the campaign season. But whether people vote “yes” or “no” on wolf hunting, the two ballot questions are not the final word on the issue.

That’s because the ballot campaign on its own will not determine the future of wolf hunting in Michigan.

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1:32 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Volunteer labor last chance for county ice rink

Credit Tom Carr

We’ve all heard of pay-to-play sports. Well, for Cadillac recreation league hockey players it’s work-to-play. That’s because it is now up to them to keep their county-owned hockey rink open.

Volunteers are also helping several other counties and cities around Michigan and elsewhere in this era of tight budgets.

Eric Gustafson, for instance, could have been working around the house on a recent Saturday. Instead, he stepped into what feels like a refrigerator with classic rock blaring.

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3:22 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Energy crisis brewing in the Upper Peninsula

There are plenty of questions about how we’ll generate electricity in the U.S. in the next century. But the problem is particularly pressing in the Upper Peninsula. The owners of the Presque Isle power plant in Marquette are ready to close it. The agency that regulates the energy grid won’t allow that, and residents of the UP are paying millions of dollars to keep it running.

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Around Michigan
10:58 am
Tue October 21, 2014

What Ferguson, Mo., Could Learn From A Small Michigan Town

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 8:16 am

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