Lead Stories

National Writers Series
8:01 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Nancy Horan

Credit Allen Kent

On this program from the National Writers Series, Nancy Horan talks about her latest book, "Under the Wide and Starry Sky." It tells the improbable love story between Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson and his American wife. Nancy Horan is the author of the 2007 bestseller "Loving Frank," which chronicles an obscure chapter in the life of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and his client, Mamah Borthwick Cheney. Her latest novel likewise tells the little-known story of Robert Louis Stevenson's life with his wife, Fanny Osbourne Stevenson.

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Knapping
1:23 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Carrying on an 11,000-year-old tradition

Credit Fred Keeslar

Stephen Drake, a math professor at Northwestern Michigan College, took up the hobby of knapping 30 years ago when his son Eric was a boy. 

Knapping is the ancient art of chipping stone into a desired shape.

“One day my son was banging on rock with a hammer,” Drake recalls. “I asked him what he was doing and he said he was trying to make an arrow head. I took him to the Con Foster Museum and we looked at arrowheads and started experimenting. There weren’t many books at that time.”

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The Environment Report
12:12 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Drilling for oil and gas is on the decline in Michigan

In this map from 1999, the green dots represent oil wells, the red dots indicate gas wells, and the black dots are dry holes.
Randall Schaetzl, MSU

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 10:52 am

News of a decline might sound surprising since there has been so much excitement and controversy over horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," in recent years.

But not many high-volume, horizontal wells were actually drilled since 2010, and the company that led the recent fracking boom has left the state.

That leaves the industry and its watchdogs wondering where new action will come from.

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Transportation
4:48 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

MDOT to hold public forum on Division Street improvements

The Michigan Department of Transportation is looking for public input on what to do with Division Street in Traverse City. The busy street has long been considered dangerous for pedestrians and bicyclists.

It’s often difficult and dangerous to cross Division Street – a major artery that divides residential neighborhoods. The debate over what to do about safety and congestion on the state-managed street has been going on for years.

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Election 2014
4:06 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Ballot questions not the final word on wolf hunting

Credit Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Michigan voters will get to weigh in on two laws that allowed wolf hunting in the Upper Peninsula. The Humane Society just started airing ads aimed at persuading voters in the closing days of the campaign season. But whether people vote “yes” or “no” on wolf hunting, the two ballot questions are not the final word on the issue.

That’s because the ballot campaign on its own will not determine the future of wolf hunting in Michigan.

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