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Courtesy image / Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency

There’s been increasing scrutiny in recent years of how Michigan treats juveniles who are tried and convicted as adults in the state’s justice system. A bipartisan coalition of Michigan lawmakers is proposing big changes to the way the state handles these cases. We talk to Sen. Rick Jones, one of the sponsors of the bill package being introduced Wednesday, and Kristen Staley, Associate Director of Youth Justice Policy for the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency.

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Kevin Lavery / WKAR

History buffs, break out your pick axes! Michigan Archaeology Day 2015 is coming this Saturday to the Michigan Historical Center in downtown Lansing. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with Michigan Historical Center director Sandra Clark about the program.

Neighbors in Action: Haven House East Lansing

Oct 7, 2015

There is more to the struggle of homelessness than just finding a place to live. Haven House in East Lansing goes beyond sheltering homeless families and helps them prepare for permanent housing by promoting self-sufficiency, stability, and financial responsibility. For Neighbors in Action this week, we speak with Haven House Executive Director Angie Mayeaux and Carla, a former Haven House resident.

Flickr/Michigan Municipal League

Michigan officials are admitting they have “changed paths” regarding the safety of drinking water in Flint.  A state government effort is now underway to address unsafe levels of lead in the city’s drinking water.  

Late last week, Genesee County health authorities declared a public health emergency after learning that drinking water in some parts of the city contains several times the levels of lead it should.   Lead poses a variety of serious health risks, especially to young people.

Reports say tens of thousands of homes in the city have lead issues.

Courtesy Moheb Soliman

The shorelines of all five of the Great Lakes add up to almost 11,000 miles.

That’s about the same distance between Lansing and Perth, Australia.

Or to visualize it another way, if you took a piece of string as long as the Great Lakes shoreline, you’d be able to wrap it around 44 percent of the Earth’s circumference.

Traveling that much ground in just four months might sound a little intimidating.