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A Bay County program that helps homeless or runaway teens is now hoping to help the young adults learn life-skills

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A program in Bay County that helps homeless and runaway teens is now expanding to help them learn life-skills.

Project Impact began last year in Bay and Arenac counties.

The program helps at-risk or homeless youth through age 21 or younger through mentoring and finding shelter. Continue reading

Transmitter work to affect 89.5FM in central Michigan

Broadcast tower of WCMU-FM 89.5 Mt. Pleasant.

Broadcast tower of WCMU-FM 89.5 Mt. Pleasant.

On Monday, November 14, CMU Public Radio will begin a major upgrade of our broadcast equipment for 89.5FM, serving Mount Pleasant, Midland, Big Rapids, Saginaw and surrounding communities. This will, at times over the next week and a half, have a significant impact on your ability to listen to CMU Public Radio in central Michigan. 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.

Transmitter maintenance to affect 98.3FM Sault Ste. Marie

CMU Public Radio's broadcast tower for WCMZ-FM 98.3 Sault Ste. Marie, located on Sugar Island.

CMU Public Radio’s broadcast tower for WCMZ-FM 98.3 Sault Ste. Marie, located on Sugar Island.

Beginning Wednesday, November 2, WCMZ-FM 98.3 Sault Ste. Marie will be at reduced power for necessary transmitter maintenance during daylight hours. Reduced power is necessary to protect workers from potentially dangerous radiation while they are working on the tower. Continue reading

Research shows studying abroad can increase job prospects for recent grads

David Fougere (right), Senior Vice President of Kaplan International - North America.

David Fougere (right), Senior Vice President of Kaplan International – North America.

New research is pointing to the value of studying abroad while in college. A recent study commissioned by Kaplan shows that students who travel internationally are more likely to land a job within six months of graduation, compared to those who don’t. Continue reading

Michigan Office of the Great Lakes releases part four of the water strategy

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The Michigan Office of the Great Lakes has released the final part of its state water strategy. The plan includes 75 strategic recommendations for sustainable management, and enhancement and protection of Michigan’s water resources.

The fourth part of the plan focuses on water monitoring systems and management tools, to improve stewardship of Michigan’s water resources.

Jon Allan is the director of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes.

“We like to call it blue accounting. How are we accounting for both the social, community, the cultural effects as well as the water related effects of fish, and flow and ecosystem health.”

Allan said water monitoring systems are very important, giving researchers a baseline to see what’s in the water, and how it’s changing over time.

Now that the full plan has been unveiled, the Office of the Great Lakes is planning education and outreach initiatives.

There has been another sighting of a bull Elk in Mid Michigan

file2211281264306The elk was spotted earlier in the month in Isabella and Clare counties. The most recent report of an ambling elk came from Gratiot County.

Officials speculate all the sightings are the same animal, but without a photo, there is no way to be sure.

Brian Mastenbrook is the Wildlife Field Operations Manager with the DNR.

“These are wild elk, from up in Otsego and Cheboygan and it’s pretty rare for them to wander this far, they’ve done it before they’ve been to the north side of Bay City, they’ve been down around Houghton Lake, but it’s like every two or three or five years ya know one or sometimes two take off and make these long travels.”

Mastenbrook says elk are typically not a hazard to humans or other animals. He says he expects the animal to eventually make its way back up north.

CMU Professor uses old photographs to create an imagined history of gay and lesbian relationships

On display at the 10th annual GETXOPHOTO festival in Getxo, Spain

On display at the 10th annual GETXOPHOTO festival in Getxo, Spain

A Central Michigan University Professor has traveled the world exhibiting her art.

Her exhibit Through the Lens of Desire was displayed in New York City and just finished displaying in Getxo, Spain.

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Tax incentives and public-private funding has been approved for development projects in Shiawassee County

file2081241837401One of the projects will renovate an abandoned armory into office space. The other, is construction of a new animal feed mill.

Justin Horvath is President and CEO of the Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership. He says the Michigan Strategic Fund approved the Community Revitalization Program.

“CRP program that the state offers is really focused on, you know turning particularly downtown buildings particularly historic buildings into something of value you know one of the challenges is you know it does cost you know a fair amount of money to rehabilitate these older historic structures.”

Horvath says the projects could create more than 50 new jobs, and more than $19-million in capital investment.

The projects are expected to be completed within the next year.

Officers and state dispute whether protest turned into a riot at Kinross Correctional

Kinross_admin_building_503865_7We’re learning more details about an incident that occurred earlier this month at the Kinross Correctional Facility in the eastern Upper Peninsula. The union that represents prison guards there says the state has played down the incident… which the union describes as a full blown riot. But the Department of Corrections disagrees.

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State launches ’21 to Buy, not Supply’ campaign

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State officials are launching a new campaign called 21 to buy not supply to remind young adults not to supply minors with alcohol.


Officials say most young adults know supplying minors with alcohol has serious consequences.

Diane Dovico is the executive director of the Royal Oak Community Coalition. She said she’s working to ensure people are educated on the laws.

“Our first strategy was to reach our college students throughout Michigan, because that’s where there is a huge collection of minors, and the upper classmen who have turned 21 on campus.”

Dovico said the campaign has made posters and other giveaways to raise awareness. She said penalties for supplying alcohol to minors include up to 90 days in jail and a 1,000 dollar fine.

Trump booed on Flint visit

Donald Trump campaigning in Pella, Iowa on January 23, 2016.

Donald Trump campaigning in Pella, Iowa on January 23, 2016.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump kept a promise today Wednesday to visit Flint. But he was not greeted warmly in a city that’s struggling with a water crisis caused by government dysfunction.

Trump toured Flint’s water treatment plant and then traveled to an inner city church. Continue reading

Experts say the urge to procrastinate is really all in your head

IMG_4018Health officials say the urge to procrastinate comes from the the limbic system in our brain. It regulates our moods-and if we feel stressed it looks for ways to distract us.
Dawn Zier is the CEO of Nutrisystem.

She said procrastination is hardwired into us.

“It’s really easy to say hey I don’t want to be stressed. I’ll deal with this tomorrow.And then you know we have to let the part of our brain that urges not to procrastinate to take over. Which is that prefrontal cortex. Where reasoning and higher thought reside .”

Zier said the urge to procrastinate is not beyond our control and there are strategies to break out it

A few ways to overcome procrastination are:

-Get rid of the “I will do it tomorrow” mantra
-Take small steps towards your goals
-And simply just do it

Climate change threatens birds migrating along Great Lakes

IMG_0137_mediumSome of the migratory songbirds that pass through the Great Lakes region are already on the move, and volunteers at the Braddock Bay Bird Observatory are preparing for them. Hundreds of species – swallows, finches, warblers and more — visit the observatory on the shore of Lake Ontario, just west of Rochester.
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Organizer hopes to open free youth center in Cadillac

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A non-profit group is planning to open a new youth center in Wexford county. However the organization has a lot of fundraising to do before the doors can open.


Never Down for the Count is a non-profit group working to transform an abandoned warehouse in Cadillac into a new community center for youth.

Officials said so far they have raised 2,600 dollars towards renovations. They said to complete the project it will cost about a half million dollars.

Dana Wilson is the executive director for the center, and native to the area. He said they have a lot of work to do before the facility opens.

“The goal is to be done by the next year. To be prepared to be opening for the 2017-18 school year.”

Wilson said he’s scheduled two fundraisers in October.

SVSU professor to swim across Straits of Mackinac

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While many of us are enjoying a sunny holiday weekend, a Saginaw Valley State University faculty member is set to swim the longest race of his career.

 

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Adam Coughlin said he didn’t start to competitively swim until graduate school. On Monday he’ll swim five miles, across the Straits of Mackinac.

He said there is one thing he looks forward to most.

“Finishing! Just seeing this coming into fruition and seeing a goal I set for myself for months ago finally come true.”

The swim is a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity of Michigan.

Coughlin said he will also be running a personal record later this month. He’ll participate in a competitive 64-mile fun-run in Livingston county.