Author Archives: Mike Horace

State Rep. Peter Pettalia dies in motorcycle crash

State Rep. Peter Petallia (R-Presque Isle)

State Rep. Peter Petallia (R-Presque Isle)

State Representative Peter Pettalia has died following a motorcycle crash in Montmorency County’s Loud Township Monday night.

Pettalia was in his third term in the Michigan House, where he served as the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He previously served as a township supervisor for 16 years, and as a volunteer firefighter for 15 years. He also operated an auto-repair business, and a seasonal cabin rental business. Continue reading

Kildee: Trump’s values “wrong for Michigan”

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint)

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint)

Congressman Dan Kildee is among the Michiganders gathered in Philadelphia this week for the Democratic National Convention. He spoke by phone this week with CMU Public Radio, and reflected on the campaign season so far, on the water crisis that is still affecting thousands of people in Flint, and on his own future political ambitions. Continue reading

Rotary program trains next generation of peace-makers

Jeanne Schaller of Midland, at her graduation from Rotary's Peace Fellowship program

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

Pluta on Politics: Flint water, LGBT student guidelines and more

Michigan Public Radio Network Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta.

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

Sanders closing gap in Michigan; trails Clinton by 10 points

voteA 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

PBS doc to examine history of the Black Panthers

PanthersA 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

NEA president speaks out against efforts to ban teacher ‘sickouts’

Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association.

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

CMU forum to discuss “Racism, Police, Communities”

1528_10208709380595338_8662011936619192713_nCentral 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

‘Tombstone Town’ reflects on St. Louis environmental cleanup

TombstoneFor 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

Kildee optimistic new Canadian government will reconsider location of nuclear waste storage facility

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint)

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

Amber Alert cancelled, missing Gaylord girl found in Petoskey

AMBER ALERT: 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.

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

USS Edson brings naval history alive in Bay City

USS Edson

USS Edson

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

Atmospheric phenomenon affecting TV and radio broadcasts

CMU Public Radio's broadcast tower in Mt. Pleasant.

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

Michigan lawmakers intensify efforts to block Canadian nuclear waste storage facility

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint)

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