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Cadillac
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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Energy
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

Copyright 2014 Michigan Radio. To see more, visit http://michiganradio.org/.

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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Michigan Healthcare
7:04 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Report: Lack of autism specialists creating long wait times for children

A new report says Michigan lacks enough autism specialists to handle the number of children being diagnosed and treated with the disorder.

The Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation (CHRT) says that means long wait times before many children and their families can get help.

“We actually talked to all of the treatment programs to get a sense of the average waiting time for appointments, and it was anywhere from a month to, in some cases, two years, depending on the particular program,” said CHRT Director Marianne Udow-Phillips.

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Great Lakes Water Levels
4:24 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Why Are The Great Lakes On The Rise?

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 6:03 pm

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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