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Pallet Wars and Goats Tackle Invasive Plants

We'll hear about a war between corrugated pallet makers and the wood pallet industry, and we'll visit a forest where goats are munching away on invasive plants.

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What the Supreme Court Ruling on EPA Mercury Rules Might Mean for MI

State Capitol Bureau Chief Rick Pluta weighs in on the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Michigan v. EPA.

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Green infrastructure in Detroit

A vision and some experimental projects for transforming Detroit's vacant land into a new kind of water infrastructure

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Why Scientists Are Calling for More Research into Chemical Mixtures

When scientists study chemicals for their potential to cause cancer, they usually study them one at a time. But we're exposed to mixtures of chemicals every day. We'll hear why a team of scientists around the world says we need to make this research a priority.

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A New Threat to Michigan Rattlesnakes

Michigan is a stronghold for the eastern massasauga rattlesnake. The snakes face a lot of threats though, including a recently discovered fungal disease.

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Decision Postponed on Nuclear Waste Site Near Lake Huron

The decision on a nuclear waste storage site near Lake Huron has been kicked down the road a bit.

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Why There Are Gaps in Public Health Studies on Fracking

We'll hear what's missing from research studies on potential health effects from fracking for oil and gas.

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Secrets of a Honey Bee Pest & Car Seat Chemicals

Researchers say varroa mites are the biggest threat to honey bees. They suck blood from bees, and can kill entire colonies. We'll hear how they sneak their way into bee hives. And we'll hear about the results of the latest car seat testing from the Ann Arbor-based Ecology Center.

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Michigan Officials Search for Deer Infected with Fatal Disease

Last week, state officials confirmed they found chronic wasting disease in a wild deer for the first time. Michigan now joins 22 states and two Canadian provinces where the disease has been found. Now, the DNR wants to find out how many more wild deer could be sick, and whether this is an isolated incident or the beginning of a bigger outbreak.

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Michigan Ready to Scrutinize Great Lakes Fish Farming

The State of Michigan is weighing whether to open the door to commercial fish farming in the Great Lakes. Millions of rainbow trout are raised for food by Canadians every year in Lake Huron and promoters of the business say Michigan should follow suit and could even become a world leader in aquaculture.

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