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Breeding a Stronger Honeybee

Researchers are teaming up with backyard beekeepers to breed a honeybee that can fight back against its pests.

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Fish Farming on the Great Lakes

The Canadians raise fish commercially in open-water pens on the Great Lakes. Should Michigan businesses get in the game too? Proponents say producing seafood like this has the potential to be a billion dollar business. They say Michigan could be a leader in the aquaculture industry. But critics say it's too risky, and it wouldn't mix well with the state's sport fishery. State officials are taking a close look at the idea and are expected to come out with recommendations.

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Michigan Drilling Drops Off & The Debate Over Isle Royale

Drilling for oil and gas in Michigan is down to levels not seen since the Great Depression. And we'll hear about why the National Park Service wants you to chime in about the future of wolves and moose on Isle Royale.

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Washing Away Invasive Hitchhikers

Invasive species love to sneak a ride on boats. There are more than 180 exotic species in the Great Lakes, and we help move them around. We hang out with a mobile boat washing team that's trying to convince anglers and boaters to get a quick rinse to wash away invasives.

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Sex, Death and Sea Lampreys & Tree-Killing Beetle

Researchers at Michigan State University have been testing out ways to attract sea lampreys into traps in a river near Mackinac City. And we'll hear about a tree-killing bug that federal officials want you to keep an eye open for.

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Company Continues to Mine Critical Dune Sand Near Lake Michigan

Since the 1930s, Sargent Sand Company has held a permit to mine sand from its property inside Ludington State Park. For years, the 400 acre mine was dormant as the company negotiated to sell its land to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. That sale fell through. Last year, the mine cranked back up again, and the neighbors aren't too happy about it.

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Detective Work Traces Bacteria in Michigan Rivers Back to Septic Tanks

The case of the leaking septic tanks.

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The Search for the Next Great Bee

Honey bees pollinate about a third of the crops in the U.S—that's about $15 billion of the agricultural economy. But honeybees have had a tough time lately: a combination of diseases, stress, parasites and pesticides have all hurt the honey bee population. Scientists are starting to look at how other species of bees could help pick up the slack.

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Keeping an Eye on the Toxic Bloom in Lake Erie

We'll hear what people are doing to try to prevent a drinking water crisis like last year's in Toledo from happening again.

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What European Demand for Caviar Means for a Great Lakes Fish

Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area, and it has something the other Great Lakes don't — stable populations of mostly native fish species. But scientists say a key fish in Superior's food web is now in trouble because of mild winters and an appetite for caviar in Europe.

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