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Northwest Michigan needs to build roughly 10,000 new affordable rental units and 4,600 new ownership houses, according to a new study commissioned by Networks Northwest and Housing North. 

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A new independent commission will re-draw Michigan’s political districts in 2020, and the state wants as many people as possible to apply to be on it.

The commission will consist of 13 randomly chosen voters — four democrats, four republicans and five independents.

It was created by a ballot initiative in 2018 to take redistricting out of the hands of legislators. The U.S. District Court ruled earlier this year that Michigan's political districts are unconstitutionally gerrymandered.

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Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg) appeared in court Tuesday for the first day of his criminal trial. He’s in federal court facing charges of extortion, soliciting a bribe and lying to the FBI.


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Michigan’s recreational marijuana businesses started selling cannabis Sunday and sold more than $200,000 worth of product. There are now four marijuana stores open for business. 

Munson settles with nurse union in labor dispute

Dec 2, 2019
Munson Medical Center

Nurses announced today that they reached a labor settlement with Munson Medical Center.

 

Rick Pluta / MPRN

State Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg) will go to federal trial Tuesday on charges of allegedly soliciting a bribe, extortion and lying to the F.B.I.

On Friday, December 6, the red planet Mars will sweep into the scales of Libra, as though he were a right jolly old elf, slipping into position to weigh and balance the naughty and nice on his Christmas list. 

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The state Bureau of Elections has tossed out petitions and thousands of signatures seeking a recall election against state Representative Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg). The decision is based on two typos on the petition form.

Benzie County

Papa J's in the Honor Plaza on US 31
Noon - 3 PM on Thanksgiving
Donations accepted for Toys for Tots

Petals & Perks
429 Main Street, Frankfort
12-2 PM on Thanksgiving
7th annual community Thanksgiving dinner with turkeys roasted over a wood fire.
Donations and volunteers are greatly appreciated

Charlevoix County

13th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner
St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, 1003 Bridge St.
Noon - 3 PM on Thanksgiving

Dave Black / Mackinac Straits Photography

High waves and vicious winds caused the local airport and the ferry service near Mackinac island to halt business Wednesday. 

 

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The speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) will testify at Rep. Larry Inman’s (R-Williamsburg) criminal trial next week, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

Chatfield and Inman exchanged text messages throughout the time period last year that Inman allegedly tried to sell his vote on Michigan's prevailing wage law.

Taylor Wizner / Interlochen Public Radio

Language to recall three members of the Traverse City Area Public Schools Board was approved Tuesday.

The recall efforts aim to remove Sue Kelly, Matt Anderson and Pam Forton from the board. They have 10 days to appeal.

This week the sky sets the perfect stage for one of America’s best-loved stories, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, written by Washington Irving in 1820, and it’s the perfect time for sharing it aloud around a cozy fire, as the horse constellation mounts to the zenith and the crescent Moon races past Venus and Jupiter in the deep rift of the Milky Way. What’s more, this week marks the anniversary of Washington Irving’s death, on November 28 in 1859.

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A second elk has been poached in northern Michigan.

The state’s Department of Natural Resources says a bull elk was shot earlier this week in Montmorency County, north of Atlanta.

Another elk was shot last weekend in the Pigeon River State Forest in Otsego County.

DNR Lieutenant Jim Gorno says he believes a hunter may have mistook the most recent elk for a deer.

Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist signed his first bill Thursday. He's the first African American lieutenant governor to sign a bill into law.
Cheyna Roth / MPRN

Lieutenant Gov. Garlin Gilchrist became the first African American Lieutenant Governor to sign a bill into law Thursday.

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When driving even a short distance through northern Michigan in the winter, the weather can feel contradictory. Keith Berger, the Observing Programs Leader at the National Weather Service in Gaylord, agrees. 

Tart cherry farmers in Michigan are suffering the fallout of an international trade war. While farmers wait to see where those political cards fall, many in northern Michigan are bearing down for the winter. 

Max Johnston / Interlochen Public Radio

Winter is on it’s way, and everyone in northern Michigan is getting ready.

Cherry farmers are protecting their crops from the cold, and they need to save as many cherries as they can. 

Plus, learn how you can help meteorologists stay on top of snowfall this winter.

  

Noelle Riley / Interlochen Public Radio

 Traverse City and the surrounding region are dealing with a workforce shortage.


Jobs are advertised on fast-food restaurant marquees, outside of Target at Grand Traverse Mall and at just about any business that’s feeling the workforce pinch.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Gaylord authorities say a bull elk was poached near Vanderbilt.

ANNETTE ELIZABETH ALLEN / NPR

The U.S. House of Representatives is holding open hearings in its impeachment inquiry into President Trump. All hearings will be streamed through this video player as they are live.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is in Israel all week on a trip aimed at strengthening Michigan’s business ties with the country. The goal is to help Michigan compete for tech jobs that pay well.

Whitmer will travel between Bethlehem, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem to meet with government, business and nonprofit leaders.

The trip, according to a statement from Whitmer, is all about relationships. She said, “I look forward to a number of productive conversations on how we can strengthen our ties with our partners overseas and help attract more businesses and jobs to Michigan.”

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Lakeshore property owners fighting erosion due to high water levels are getting some help from the state. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy is expediting the permitting process for sandbag use. 


All Summer long the giant planets Saturn and Jupiter stood as guardians on either side of the thickest region of Milky Way stars, where we find the Galactic Center. This week, Jupiter offers his hand to the planet Venus, goddess of love and beauty, so they can make their way through this very region of stars. So what’s the story? 

ANNETTE ELIZABETH ALLEN / NPR

The U.S. House of Representatives is holding open hearings in its impeachment inquiry into President Trump. All hearings will be streamed through this video player as they are live.

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