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Great Lakes Land Use & Helping Scientists Study Baby Birds

We'll hear about ways land use is changing in the Great Lakes region and get advice for becoming certified as a "nest-watcher."

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Senators Spar Over Competing Chemical Safety Bills

Lawmakers want to overhaul our nation's chemical safety law, but there's a lot of disagreement about how to do that. The law we currently have on the books is 39 years old. It's called the Toxic Substances Control Act or TSCA. It's been widely criticized as toothless and outdated. Over the years, some lawmakers have attempted to update it, but nothing's panned out. Now there are two competing bills in the Senate.

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Debate Swirls Around Bat Species in Trouble

We'll hear about the northern long-eared bat and why it might be put on the endangered species list.

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Can Technology Keep an Eye on the Fracking Industry?

Some people think drones could help detect pollution and dangerous leaks from the oil and gas business. But it's difficult to get permission from the FAA to fly them.

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Pine River Study & Dog Sledding

Dog sledding isn't just for Alaskans. People go mushing in our region too. We'll go for a ride.

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Backyard Birders Break a Record

Thousands of people turned into citizen scientists this winter and braved the bitter cold to collect data on birds. We'll hear about a record-breaking worldwide bird count.

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Report Calls for Better Regulations on Asian Carp

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service commissioned the report on the commercial grass carp industry. Grass carp are one of four species of Asian carp officials are concerned about. They're used to control vegetation in lakes and ponds, and some people like to eat them. But officials worry if they get out of control, they could eat plants that ducks, geese and native fish need.

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Flint River's Image Problem and Smartphone Pollution Trackers

We'll hear about the Flint River's image problem and talk with a researcher who's tracking air pollution with smartphones.

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Researchers Looking Into How Babies Might Be Exposed to Arsenic

A research team has found breastfed infants have lower exposure to arsenic than babies who exclusively drink formula.

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Investors Move Into Michigan Hops Industry

This month, an investment group in Traverse City finalized plans to plant up to 400 acres of hops. That would roughly double the amount of hops now growing in Michigan.

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