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Fewer people want to be cops in northern Michigan

7 hours ago
Grand Traverse Sheriff's Office

Last week IPR News Radio reported that police in Michigan are responding to many more incidents today than a decade ago, and they’re doing it with fewer officers. Part of the problem is not as many people want to be police officers these days, and it’s especially hard to hire new officers in northern Michigan.

 


Radio Diaries: Leaves for Mildred

13 hours ago

Mildred was a large, middle-aged woman who sat in the back row of my workshop and told me  she had to leave at the break.  “My husband is in the hospital,” she said and I wondered if she was just bored.

Two weeks later, I received a letter from Mildred, a letter that came from Hawaii.  “My husband died that afternoon,” she wrote, “and I sold my house and moved to Honolulu to be near my daughter.”

Classic rock will soon sound different on northern Michigan radios: WKLT has a new owner.

Blarney Stone Broadcasting, which operates rock station WQON (Q 100.3) in Grayling, has bought several stations from Northern Broadcast, Inc., including WKLT.

Blarney Stone intends to simulcast WQON on WKLT. 

“We believe that listeners in northern Michigan have a vast musical desire to hear more than just the same 300 songs over and over again,” says Sheryl Coyne, the president of Blarney Stone Broadcasting. “So we are going to transition [WKLT] … into a larger music library focused on listener requests.”

TC teachers could get pay increase through 2020

Sep 28, 2016
Morgan Springer

Traverse City teachers could secure a three-year contract giving them a pay increase into 2020. Officials in Traverse City Area Public Schools have reached a tentative contract agreement with the Traverse City Education Association, the teachers' union.

Under the agreement, teachers would get a 1.5 percent pay increase each year as well as step increases – a pay increase that reflects a teacher's years of service.  Teachers would also get a new, more affordable health insurance plan.

This week the Moon comes to New Phase ~ for the second time this month ~ which makes it a good time to talk about how the Moon moves through our sky.

The Moon moves around the Earth in roughly a circular orbit, and it completes one orbit in 27.3 days. This is called its “sidereal period.” But just because the Moon has completed one orbitdoesn’t mean that it comes right back to the same phase again…this is because over that 27.3 days, the Earth has also moved, so you could say the Moon has some “catching up” to do.

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