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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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Landowners Raise Concerns Over Proposed Gas Pipeline

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Unlocking the Secret World of the Snowy Owl

Snowy owls spend their summers in the Arctic. Sometimes, they fly south in the winter in big migrations called irruptions.  In a typical year, we might end up with a few dozen snowy owls in the Great Lakes region. We'll hear about people who are catching owls to learn more about their behavior when they're visiting us here.

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What Will Michigan's Energy Future Look Like?

In his State of the State address this week, Governor Snyder said we need a long-term energy policy to tackle all the changes coming down the pipe.

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Companies Allowed to Secretly Drill Test Wells in Michigan

Residents of northern Michigan got a surprise last summer. They found out some drilling for oil and gas can be done confidentially. That unnerved some people in Emmet County, who now want their local government to do something about it.

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Trends with State Environmental Laws & Buying Time for Cherries

Many Michigan fruit farmers lost their crops three years ago after spring came early, and then a frost wiped them out. We’ll hear about a researcher who’s testing out a way to delay the spring bloom in a warm year. 

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Hybrids, Electrics and Low Gas Prices

We'll hear how automakers are marketing hybrid and electric vehicles in this time of low gas prices.

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