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If you’ve recently purchased food from salad bars, olive bars, or ready-to-eat hot and cold food areas at several mid-Michigan grocery stores, you’re being urged to throw it out by state health officials. They say it may have been deliberately contaminated by a mixture of mouse poison, hand sanitizer and water. Continue reading
Jeanne Schaller of Midland, at her graduation from Rotary’s Peace Fellows program
For years, Rotary clubs have been making a difference in communities around the United States. Many people know of the organization’s efforts at the local level… but very few are aware of its efforts to promote peace internationally.
Every year, Rotary International selects 100 people from around the world to be “peace fellows.” These are people who have been actively involved in promoting peace and conflict resolution in their communities. Continue reading
Michigan Public Radio Network Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta.
Each Friday, the Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta joins us to discuss politics. This week, he chats with Mike Horace about the Flint water crisis and some newly proposed guidelines for supporting LGBT students. We also ask what it means to leave the state legislature, either through resignation or expulsion. The answer is not as clear as you may think. Continue reading
Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint)
Congressional hearings on the Flint water crisis resume in Washington Thursday. Governor Rick Snyder and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy are both expected to testify. Continue reading
As you head to the polls Tuesday, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure the process goes smoothly. Continue reading
Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint)
More than two dozen members of Congress visited Flint on Friday, to learn more about that city’s water contamination crisis. Before the visit, he spoke with CMU Public Radio’s Mike Horace about Flint’s water woes, and his hopes for the congressional visit. Continue reading
A new poll has former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton up 10 points in Michigan on her opponent for the Democratic presidential nomination, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
Clinton is leading Sanders 50 to 40 percent, with 10 percent of voters undecided. That’s a big improvement for Sanders, who was trailing Clinton by 30 points in Michigan earlier this month. Continue reading
A new documentary exploring the history of the Black Panther Party premieres tonight on PBS stations nationwide.
‘The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution’ is the first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party and its significance in American culture and to the cultural and political awakening of black people. Continue reading
Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association.
The Michigan Legislature is considering bills that would ban so-called teacher sickouts in Michigan. The practice has closed dozens of Detroit schools in recent weeks, as teachers try to draw attention to what they say are deplorable conditions in classrooms. Continue reading
Central Michigan University’s Speak Up Speak Out discussion series returns to campus this week. The topic is one sure to elicit strong emotions: “Racism, Police, Communities.”
Mike Horace sat down with the forum’s organizer, Dr. Liz Bradshaw of CMU’s sociology department, and student panelist Donovan Watts, to learn more. Continue reading
An Amber Alert has been cancelled for 2-year-old Mileah Hill of Saginaw. She was found with her cousin, 15-year-old Mikelah Williams after 3:00 today. Police say both children are safe
For nearly 20 years, Jane Keon has been on the front lines of a major environmental cleanup effort in mid-Michigan.
She’s from St. Louis, a town that gained national attention several times for all the wrong reasons: first an incident where a type of fire retardant entered the food supply, and later for an environmental mess left by a former chemical manufacturer. Continue reading
Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint)
Canada recently announced it was delaying the approval process for a new nuclear waste storage facility near the shore of Lake Huron.
Rep. Dan Kildee has been one of the most outspoken American critics of the facility. He is optimistic the newly-elected government of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will reconsider placing such a facility so close to the shore of Lake Huron. Continue reading
Tuesday is so-called “Giving Tuesday.” It’s a short break from the holiday shopping season, when the focus shifts to giving back to your favorite causes.
But for all the good that comes with the day, there are also bad actors out there, trying to take advantage of your generosity. Continue reading
15-year-old Megan Mahoney was last seen at the Culver’s in Gaylord at 5pm Saturday. Authorities believe she is being held against her will.
UPDATE 11:41AM: The Amber Alert for Megan Mahoney has been cancelled. According to the Gaylord Police Department, Mahoney was found Sunday morning in the Petoskey area. We will bring you additional details as they become available. Continue reading
Rep. Dan Benishek (R-Crystal Falls)
Congressman Dan Benishek has announced he will not run again for congress in 2016, just months after he broke a campaign pledge to not seek a fourth term in office. Continue reading
Our ‘On The Map’ tour of Bay City wraps up with a stop right near the foot of the of the Independence Bridge.
There, moored along the shore of the Saginaw River, sits the USS Edson. It’s a Forrest-Sherman class destroyer that served, with distinction, during the war in Vietnam.
The USS Edson is one of the engineering marvels to come out of the 1950s. Built in Maine, she was commissioned in late 1958, and remained in service for over 30 years. Continue reading
Take a drive through Bay City, and you’ll undoubtedly come across one of the more opulent neighborhoods in central Michigan.
It’s called the Center Avenue Historic District, and it’s the next leg of our ‘On The Map’ tour of Bay City. Continue reading
CMU Public Radio’s broadcast tower in Mt. Pleasant.
If you’ve been having trouble recently picking up your favorite radio or television station over the air, you’re not alone. A phenomenon known as “tropospheric ducting ” is affecting broadcasts across the Midwest.
It’s causing distant signals to be received sometimes hundreds of miles away from their source, while at the same time making some local stations nearly impossible to pick up. Continue reading
Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint)
The deadline to submit public comments on a proposal to build a nuclear waste storage facility on the Canadian shores of Lake Huron is fast approaching.
Now, one of Michigan’s congressmen is urging Michiganders to write to the Canadian government, in opposition to the plan. Continue reading
A dairy cow at Paramount Dairy in Caro, MI. The collar around the cow’s neck monitors activity and rumination.
Technology and healthcare are slowly becoming ingrained in our society. Just look at the explosion of health tracking devices, including Fitbits and Apple Watches, for example.
Similar devices are now becoming more and more popular in the farming community. They’re helping create more efficient farms. Farms that are full of healthier, happier cows. Continue reading
Ambassador Thomas Pickering
Congress has a little over a month left to approve or reject the nuclear agreement negotiated between the Obama Administration and Iran.
One prominent U.S. diplomat is lending his name to the approval effort: Thomas Pickering. He’s the former U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Russia and Jordan, and was the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations during the first Gulf War. Continue reading
Back in 2011, Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation codifying the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program, or MAEAP, into law.
It’s a voluntary program that invites farmers to identify potential environmental issues on their farms, and fix them before they become a problem.
CMU Public Radio’s Mike Horace spoke with the Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Jamie Clover-Adams, about MAEAP late last month. She says it’s changing how farmers view their role as stewards of the environment. Continue reading
Jamie Clover-Adams, Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Summer is obviously a busy time for Michigan’s agriculture industry… and for the state agency that regulates farmers, producers, and food establishments.
Late last month, Jamie Clover-Adams, the director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, was traveling around the state, checking in with her employees and getting a first hand look at just how the industry is doing.
She also stopped by the studios of CMU Public Radio to speak with Mike Horace about the industry. Continue reading
Gay state employees are being given until the end of July to enroll their spouses in the state’s benefits program.
Couples married out-of-state prior to the Supreme Court’s June 26th decision legalizing gay marriage have until July 27 to enroll for benefits. Continue reading