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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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Mary Stewart Adams
7:40 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Dark Sky Park: Lyrid Meteor Shower

On Tuesday next week the Lyrid Meteor Shower will happen overhead. Like all such events, the meteor shower takes its name from the constellation in front of which the stars appear to ‘shoot’, which in this case is the constellation Lyra, the lyre or stringed instrument of Orpheus.

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Live from Studio A
3:39 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

A Song Of Blessing: Tibetan Monks Perform Live

Tibetan monks in IPR's Studio A

Several members of the Mystical Arts of Tibet stopped by Interlochen Public Radio for a conversation and performance live in Studio A today.  These Tibetan Buddhist monks are in Traverse City this week, constructing an elaborate sand painting at the Dennos Museum.

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Extreme Winter
2:24 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Governor Declares Emergency In Marquette Over Frozen Pipes

Workers dig for a water main that broke on Seventh Street in Marquette.
Credit Marquette Fire Department / Mining Journal

A winter of freezing pipes and broken infrastructure has hit one community in the Upper Peninsula hard enough to prompt Governor Rick Snyder to declare a state of emergency for the area Thursday morning.

The declaration paves the way for state aid in Marquette County, where water and sewer pipe damage has already cost the county $1.6 million dollars. Several local communities have run out of money to pay for repairs. Officials say they expect the situation to get worse before it gets better. 

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Michigan Healthcare
12:18 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Traverse Health Clinic Expands, Expects Increased Patient Demand

A clinic for the uninsured is expanding its office in Traverse City, and adding a new doctor.

The Traverse Health Clinic also has begun accepting Medicaid. It’s planning for a surge of new patients who could struggle to find a doctor in private practice.

The clinic surveyed area physicians in 2012, says Development Director Sherri Fenton
“The majority of them had indicated to us that they have a cap on the number of Medicaid patients that they take,” she says. “And that that cap would likely not be changing.”

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Live from Studio A
1:15 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Tibetan Buddhist Monks Create Sand Painting In Traverse City

Tibetan Buddhist monks create a mandala, an intricate sand painting at The Dennos Museum Center.
Sara Hoover

NOTE: Monks from the Mystical Arts of Tibet who are in Traverse City this week will also perform at Milliken Auditorium this Saturday, and live on Classical IPR Thursday April 17, in the 10 a.m. hour.

The Dennos Museum Center of Northwestern Michigan College is hosting Tibetan Buddhist monks this week.

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Extreme Winter
5:23 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Flooding Subsides Up North

Flooding in the Mesick area Tuesday.
Credit Tom Carr

  The Boardman River and the upper Manistee have crested and are expected to fall slowly overnight. Both rivers reached record high levels Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service office in Gaylord.

Wexford County's state of emergency continued Tuesday, even as spring flooding in the region slowed. The county's worst-hit area is along the Manistee, north of Mesick.

Wexford Lieutenant Richard Denison says police in dry suits waded up to doorsteps of flooded homes to make sure nobody was stranded.

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Oil and Gas Drilling
4:48 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

When Williamsburg Erupted

One of hundreds of cauldrons that erupted in Williamsburg, Michigan in April of 1973 when a nearby drilling rig punctured a pocket of gas under high pressure.
Credit Geology Department at Northwestern Michigan College

Starting with President Nixon in 1973, every U.S. President has pledged to make America energy independent. That same year, 500 drilling permits were issued in Michigan, and the quest for domestic oil nearly destroyed one small village in Northern Michigan.

Williamsburg is about halfway between Traverse City and Kalkaska. It was settled in a place American Indians called the Weesh Ko Wong, or clear cold water, because of the many natural springs that bubble up there. Spring-fed trout ponds and a state fish hatchery were once the pride of Williamsburg.

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Michigan Food & Agriculture
4:17 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Warm Up Could Bring Quick Halt To Maple Syrup Season

Joe Woods among his maple trees in Rapid City.
Credit Tom Carr

Warm days and cool nights have the sap running steadily through a web of plastic tubes into Joe Woods' sugar shack in Rapid City.

But the cold winter started things about three weeks late for Woods and other commercial syrup makers in the area.

So far, Woods has produced about 400 gallons, which is about half of an ideal year.

He thinks he may be able to get one more week of good sap.

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Eco-Friendly Initiatives
3:58 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Traverse City To Get Water Bottle Filling Stations

The proposed model for the water bottle filling stations.
Credit traversecitymi.gov

It might get a little easier for the Traverse City community to be green this summer.

The city is getting three water bottle filling stations this summer. One new and two retrofitted stations will be installed in The Open Space. They will have a unified look and are forest green in color. 

The concept will go to the city commission next week for approval.

Katie Lowran is deputy city clerk for Traverse City. She says the purpose is two-fold.

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