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Senate impeachment process begins Tuesday

Both of Michigan’s Democratic Senators will have new job’s Tesuday. In addition to representing the people of Michigan, they’ll serve as jurors in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for water crisis victims to sue state and local government officials in Flint, Mich.

For years, Flint city officials and state regulators have argued that they are protected by "qualified immunity" from being sued for their role in the water contamination crisis. But lower courts have ruled to the contrary.

After more than 12 hours of action Tuesday, the Senate adopted the ground rules for the coming weeks in President Trump's impeachment trial. It brought a reminder that even this highly scripted ordeal may include a few surprises after all.

Senators did not agree to the first draft of rules proposed by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., notwithstanding his party's control of the chamber and his reputation as a savvy counter of votes.

Boeing's troubled 737 Max airplane will now remain grounded from passenger service until at least June or July, which is months later than the company had previously suggested.

And that means airlines will likely cancel Max flights through the busy summer travel season.

The three U.S. airlines that fly the 737 Max, American, Southwest, and United, had already removed the planes from their flight schedules into early June.

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Violists—may be the “Rodney Dangerfields” of musicians—they often get no respect. But Monday viola enthusiasts gathered at the CMU School of Music for a day filled with music and camaraderie at the fourth annual “Viola Day.”


Both of Michigan’s Democratic Senators will have new job’s Tesuday. In addition to representing the people of Michigan, they’ll serve as jurors in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. 


Detroit freeway closing this week

Jan 20, 2020

Commuters could face a rougher ride this week on one of Metro Detroit’s busiest freeways.


Matthew Clara / Department of Natural Resources

The Michigan State Parks are largely self sufficient, one way this is possible is through the Michigan Recreation Passport, which will go up in price in March.

The passport currently accounts for 26.5 percent of the park’s funding, but may account for even more after March 1st, when the price of the passport goes from $11 to $12. This marks the first price increase for the pass in nearly 7 years, and only the second increase since its creation. 

MichMash - Police

Jan 17, 2020

A growing number of defense attorneys are criticizing Michigan State Police after the agency halted use of breathalyzers across the state.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk about how this problem dredges up old debates over law enforcement and forensics.


Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she has concerns about the Attorney General’s decision to appeal a recent court ruling in a lawsuit against the state’s unemployment insurance agency.

A computer glitch at the agency wrongfully accused more than 40 thousand people of fraud. 

State officials admit the mistake, but continue to file appeals.

Governor Whitmer says she’s asked for a briefing on the U-I-A case.


Courtesy of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary presents its 8th Annual International Film Festival January 22-26.  Films about the oceans and our Great Lakes will be shown in Alpena, Harrisville, and Rogers City. Festival Director Stephanie Gandulla joined David Nicholas for a preview.


On her latest CD, violinist Rachel Barton Pine plays concertos by Dvorak and Khachaturian.  She spoke recently about the new recording.


NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Labratory

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is continuing to challenge the constitutionality of a state agreement with Enbridge energy to build a tunnel to house the line 5 pipeline.


Collection sheds light on Sault Ste. Marie history

Jan 17, 2020

In today's edition of 'Let's Go Back - Stories from the Clarke Historical Library,' we delve into the Bingham Collection. It's an amazing archive documenting the life of one of Sault Ste. Marie's early families. 

In the video below, you'll learn more about the Bingham family and the role they played in Sault Ste. Marie. We'll also hear a touching letter from one of the Bingham daughters, describing the cold winter months in northern Michigan.

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