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What’s icy, metal and two miles long? A Great Lakes ice boom

Ice Boom Installation, delivery of Boom strings to harbor break wall from storage area. December 7, 2015. Photographer: Paul Pasquarello.

Ice Boom Installation, delivery of Boom strings to harbor break wall from storage area. December 7, 2015. Photographer: Paul Pasquarello.

The deep freeze has arrived in Great Lakes states and that means one thing: It’s time for the Lake Erie/Niagara River Ice Boom.
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Kalamazoo shooter asks judge to suppress statements

gavelLawyers for Kalamazoo accused mass shooter Jason Dalton will ask a judge to suppress some of Dalton’s statements. The Kalamazoo circuit court has set a hearing on that request for February 10. Dalton is accused of killing six people and seriously wounding two others during a shooting spree last February.

Kalamazoo Assistant Prosecutor Jeffrey Williams says his office has a “very strong” case.

We certainly want to present all the evidence that we possibly have for the jury, so that’s why we’re going to argue to keep those statements in and we hope the judge will make a decision we agree with.

After his arrest Dalton told police the ride-hailing app Uber had possessed him. The prosecutor’s office says it expects the court to set a trial date after the hearing in February.

Snyder says Michigan needs to invest billions in infrastructure

moneyA panel of business and government experts appointed by Governor Rick Snyder says Michigan needs to invest billions more in infrastructure spending.

The 21st century infrastructure commission says Michigan should raise infrastructure spending by four billion dollars each year.

That’s to fix its aging water, transportation, energy and communications systems.

It says Michigan spends less on infrastructure than the national state-average.

Evan Weiner is the C.O.O of Edward C. Levy Company. HE chaired the DEL commission.

“The point is, is that it’s going to take us a long time to get it done. But if we don’t decide to start today, it’s going to be a heck of a lot more expensive tomorrow.”

He says instead of pinning down a specific funding strategy, the report outlines a “menu” of potential funding options.

Scientists are taking a deeper dive into the sometimes bewildering world of micro-plastics

0e82d91ed9e1504d9ccf7db9467c3937One year after the United States banned microbeads – the small plastic particles you might see in a face scrub – scientists are now turning their attention to microfibers – hairlike plastics in our clothing. Both types of plastic have been cluttering up oceans, rivers, and lakes. But clothing and personal care products aren’t the biggest sources of microplastics.
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Scientists say microfibers are to blame

file000340177611If you’re one of those people who stopped using microbeads because you care about the environment, we have some bad news. Microbeads are those tiny plastic bits in your toothpaste and facewash. They pollute oceans, rivers, and lakes. But scientists say there’s a new microplastic to blame – and it’s lurking in your laundry hamper. Plastics in our clothes are sending billions of microfibers into our waterways – making fish and other aquatic life sick.
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CMU students and faculty gathered Tuesday for anti-Trump rally

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In cities across the country protesters have gathered to show opposition to president elect Donald Trump.

On the campus of Central Michigan University some 300 students and faculty gathered to show solidarity with the national protests. Continue reading

Challenge of getting “millennials” to vote

voted“Millennials.” Depending on who you ask, most agree the term is used to describe people born in the 1980s or 1990s, especially in the U.S. While a quick google search turns up hundreds of articles talking about the challenges of getting Millennials to vote, CMU Public Radio’s Sarah Adams discovered that this election has them singing a different tune.