Travis Sleight

Student Reporter

Travis Sleight is a student reporter for WCMU, joining our staff in early 2017. You can hear him report daily for 'Morning Edition' and 'All Things Considered.'

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A Genesee County nonprofit is working to provide relief for pets who have to be left out in the cold.

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The new year will bring a new program to Michigan on the state’s many lakes. It’s titled the ‘Introduction to Lakes Education Course’ and it’s aimed at helping Michigan natives and transplants learn more about one of the state’s most distinctive features.

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In the new year, Michigan’s minimum wage will increase. It’s the last scheduled bump under the Wage Act of 2014.  

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The state is offering grant funding to help county fairgrounds become more usable year round.

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Organizers of Michigan’s longest running dog sled race said they’re expecting a good turnout this year. The Winterfest race in Kalkaska is slated for January 20.

City of Sault Ste. Marie

Community demand for new non-motorized trails in Sault Ste. Marie has led to resident support for a project along the hydro plant power canal.

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A national food movement is launching in the new year in rural northeast Michigan. Alcona County is starting a “Farm to Fork” program with an eye on promoting tourism.

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Bird watchers across the state are calling this a banner year for viewing snowy owls.

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Nearly 3.5 million Michiganders are expected to travel over the holiday season.

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Budget cuts in schools can make it difficult for teachers to get supplies they need. Now, there is relief for a music and an art teacher who have been covering the bill themselves.