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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Fisheries biologists are bringing back a program to help combat sea lamprey in Michigan waters.  

Biologists said beginning Monday evening they’re releasing one-thousand sterile male lamprey into the Cheboygan river system.

Over the next few weeks, they’re planning to release three-thousand more sterile male lamprey into the river system.

Fisheries experts said the release is expected to interfere with the creature’s reproduction.

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It's time for perhaps the most important spring cleaning you can do -- cleaning your medicine cabinet. Amidst the ongoing opioid crisis organizations around the state are working to get unused prescription drugs out of the community.

According to a study by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services three out of five teenagers say prescription pain relievers are easily attainable from a parent's medicine cabinet.
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Health experts said rural communities across Michigan could be hit hard by the republican health care bill if it passes through the Senate.

The bill would end Medicaid expansions, known as the Healthy Michigan Plan, under which more than one-hundred thousand residents have gained affordable coverage.

Tara Straw is a Senior Health Policy Analysts at the Center of Budget and Policy Priorities. She said the bill could make coverage unaffordable for many rural residents.
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As Baby Boomers retire, more careers in law enforcement are becoming available. And that's leading the Michigan State Police to increase its efforts to recruit new troopers.

The State Police islooking to recruit candidates for a class early next year.
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Statistics show human trafficking is one of the most common crimes in the United States, second only to drug trafficking.

Now, the state of Michigan is encouraging new programs to help crime victims and particularly victims of human trafficking.

Lawmakers who battle human trafficking say there’s a need for Michigan to find new and unique ways to identify trafficking victims and to help them deal with the trauma they endured.
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  Farmers’ market season has started, and one community market is using technology to bring fresh produce to more people.

The Midland Chamber of Commerce has launched a new service that allows people to place an order from the farmers market online and have the goods delivered to their home.

Rachel Gray is the owner of Run-A-Round Errand Service. She said the service was launched to help bring fresh produce to more people.
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  The Michigan Department of Agriculture has issued a consumer advisory for certain lots of Pepsi. State Officials said some plastic bottles of the soft drink have been found to contain small flecks of metal.

Investigators said the flecks of iron and chromium came from an equipment malfunction during bottling. No injuries or illnesses have been reported, but there is concern that larger flecks could have formed when the equipment failed.
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  Michigan is looking down the road to the future, and many people see cars running on electricity or other alternative fuels. Now, state officials are beginning to plan for the infrastructure to fuel electric and natural gas vehicles.  

The Michigan Public Service Commision said they’re seeking public input before a conference in August to tackle issues around charging stations for alternative fueled vehicles.

Nick Assendelft is a spokesperson for the Michigan Agency for Energy and Public Service Commision.

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  Mecosta County officials are asking for public input on plans to improve broadband connectivity.

Some three years ago, Mecosta County got its first broadband connection. That technology, officials say, is already becoming obsolete. They’ve launched a survey to help gauge  what kind of internet speeds residents would like to see..