The 13th annual international ROV competition is happening this weekend at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena.
59 teams of students from 13 countries around the world are competing to show just what their underwater robots can do.
The competition is in two levels with the Ranger class made up of High School age teams and College-level students in the Explorer class.
WCMU’s David Nicholas is on scene and will be sending us information periodically, but in the mean time the Marine Tech website has a live feed at this link:
ON THE WEB:
ROV Live Feed http://www.marinetech.org/live-videostream/
A group of US and Canadian citizens is calling for the immediate replacement of an oil and gas pipeline running under the Straits of Mackinac.
Michigan voters will have a chance to drive the final nail into the coffin of the state’s old Personal Property tax.
Governor Snyder hopes the state House will turn its attention soon to a proposal to increase the state’s minimum wage.
Backers of same-sex marriage are launching what they call ‘an education campaign’.
It may eventually evolve into a ballot effort to reverse Michigan’s constitutional ban on gay marriage.
Emily Dievendorf is part of the “Michigan for Marriage” campaign. She says Michiganders need to understand why gays and lesbians want the same ability to marry as heterosexuals….
“We want marriage and need marriage for all the same reasons that you do. And it certainly is ‘legal rights’, but it’s also we’re falling in love for all the same cheesy, beautiful reasons that you are … and that’s hard to get out of,” said Dievendorf.
A federal judge recently struck down Michigan’s same- sex marriage ban. The case is currently before a federal appeals court.
Dievendorf says … if necessary … the education campaign can morph into a political campaign … to put the issue on the 20-16 ballot.
Inbreeding is wreaking havoc on the wolf population at Isle Royale National Park. That’s according to John Vucetich, head of a decades-old study of the predator/prey relationship between the island’s wolves and moose.
Governor Rick Snyder has declared a state of emergency for Marquette County due to freezing and broken water and sewer pipes caused by a deep frost line.
A study of the predator-prey relationship between moose and wolves on Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior has been inducted into the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame. WNMU’s Nicole Walton has more.
If a personal emergency hit tomorrow, nearly 40 percent of Michigan residents would have little or no savings to cover the costs, according to a 2014 Assets and Opportunities Scorecard, which ranks the state 27th in the nation for household financial security.
When people take generic drugs, they may be unwittingly surrendering some of their legal rights, according to Allison Zieve, an attorney with the watchdog group Public Citizen, who explained that that’s because of a 2011 Supreme Court ruling.
Today is World Autism Awareness Day.
One in 68 U.S. kids now has autism, a 30 percent increase from just two years ago, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Continue reading
Michigan’s harshest winter in decades has helped create some of the state’s largest potholes in decades.
Attorney General Bill Schuette (R-Midland).
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette kicked off his re-election campaign Monday in his hometown of Midland.
In his speech, Schuette touted his record in office, including efforts to combat human trafficking and protect pensions.
“A record that’s strong and clear,” Schuette said. “It’s a record of being a voice for victims. A voice for the constitution and a voice for Michigan.”
Schuette listed his efforts to fight human trafficking and protect pensions among his accomplishments during his first term.
“It’s a long election and I’m going to win,” he said. “I’m going to take my case to the citizens across the state of Michigan.”
Schuette did not directly mention his fight against same sex marriage or to curb access to medical marijuana in his speech to his supporters.
He told reporters afterward he would not shy away from the marriage issue.
A federal judge struck down Michigan’s gay marriage ban last week.
A federal appeals court put the decision on hold Saturday, after about 300 gay couples married.
Schuette expects the U.S. Supreme Court will have to decide the case.
Story produced by Steve Carmody of Michigan Radio.
The Highland Park Police Department is investigating an incident of an endangered missing child Nevaeh Cantrell-Jones. The father, Brandon Cantrell with his brother Maurice Brown went to an address in Highland Park and forcibly took the child from the mother (Sade Jones) Continue reading
The Michigan Department of Corrections has fined the company that handles food operations in state prisons.
Meryl Davis and Charlie White at the 2011 World Figure Skating Championships
Gov. Rick Snyder honored Olympic Ice Dancing Champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White at the state Capitol Tuesday. The two University of Michigan students won gold medals at the recent Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia. Continue reading
More Michigan kids are making college dreams come true while still in high school. That’s according to a new report that finds the number of low-income Michigan pupils taking Advanced Placement coursework has increased eight-fold over the past ten years.
County road commissioners meeting in Lansing Wednesday heard from a Pennsylvania transportation official on how Michigan can spend more money on its crumbling roads.
Tax season is here, and so is free help for those in need.
AARP’s Tax-Aide program, the nation’s oldest free tax-preparation service, can help middle- and lower-income older Michiganders prepare basic federal, state and local income tax returns – for free.
Electronic cigarettes often are advertised as a safer alternative to tobacco cigarettes, but there are a lot of questions about those claims.
While it’s good to come home to family and friends after military deployment, getting back into the swing of daily life can be difficult for armed services members, and social workers in Michigan are helping to ease the transition for many veterans.
As school districts across Michigan continue to cope with dwindling budgets, new research examines the impact of class size and the role that crowded classrooms can play in students’ educational outcomes.
Detroit’s Regional Transit Authority has failed to meet at least one of the goals set for it by the legislature.
It doesn’t yet have a director and it won’t ask voters for tax money until 2016.
Michigan Now’s Chris McCarus reports.
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, but for many Michigan children there isn’t much to smile about when it comes to their oral health.
The rising cost of college tuition, room and board isn’t the only financial obstacle to higher learning.