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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Meteorologists said Michigan is in for a reversal of fortunes, weather-wise, over the next ten days. Heat moving in from Canada is expected to warm the state beginning Sunday. The warmest temperatures are expected in northern lower Michigan and in the UP. Southern parts of the state will be a bit cooler.


The annual Special Olympics summer games kicked off at Central Michigan University. Organizers, coaches, and of course the athletes were as excited as ever.


Twenty-six hundred athletes and an estimated thirty-four hundred volunteers, and spectators attend the summer games, making it the largest Special Olympics event in Michigan.


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A Northern Michigan Health official is being recognized for his efforts to help to raise the immunization rate in Michigan and his progress in raising the smoking age.

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Researchers at Alma college said tattoos interfere with the basic functions of the sweat glands. They said this phenomenon could impact even our national defense.

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Northern Michigan communities said they’re looking forward to the summer, with at least one travel official predicting travelers will be more likely to come north rather than a stay-cation in urban areas.


Carlin Smith is the President of the Petoskey Area Chamber of Commerce. He said northern Michigan communities have the benefit of offering safe, family-friendly locations.


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Michigan lawmakers have introduced proposals to bring a higher level of technology to the state’s 911 system.


Bills in the state house and senate would provide more than 16 million dollars for communities to upgrade to the new 911 system, known as Next Generation 911.


Harriet Miller-Brown is the State 911 Administrator. She said with NG 911, callers will be able to send additional information like pictures, video, and text messaging directly through the 911 call centers.


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A statewide collaborative is working to create a new tool to help lakeside communities improve their ports. The Michigan Port Collaborative is sharing software with smaller ports to show the economic value ports have to local communities and to the state.


Donald Gilmet is the Harbor Official for the City of Alpena and a board member of the Michigan Port Collaborative. He said the data gained from the new value reports will give communities the information they need to access funding.


Officials in Clare County are celebrating a centennial this year.

100 years of the Cooperative Extension.That’s the program that offers information on agricultural issues and homemaking skills, think: canning and gardening.

Abraham Lincoln said knowledge and education should be available to all Americans without having to go to an ivy league school. Lincoln started land grant universities to provide that access.

In the early 1900’s Michigan State University, a land grant university, became a Cooperative Expansion member.

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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.