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22 minutes | Jun 21, 2022
Focus - Potential Power Problems
Electricity demand is high and rising, especially on really hot summer days. Michigan utilities have so far been able to meet that demand, but they say something is threatening our electric reliability in the future. Tony Anderson from Cherryland Electric Cooperative, and Eric Baker from Wolverine Power give us a better idea of the trouble we could be in for.
16 minutes | May 27, 2022
Focus - The Truth About Gas Prices
There are all kinds of conspiracies and just plain wrong information out there about the reason we’re paying so much for gas right now. Patrick De Haan, the Oil and Refined Products analyst at GasBuddy clears up the confusion, rumors, and lies. He also explains what the “crack spread” is, and how it’s affecting you.
11 minutes | May 13, 2022
Focus - Less Money, More Problems
Prices for just about everything continue to rise. Inflation is causing increasingly more people to have a difficult time meeting household expenses. Just how many people? QuoteWizard by LendingTree’s Nick VinZant analyzes their latest report to paint a dire picture of what’s happening to family budgets in Michigan and nationwide.
15 minutes | May 6, 2022
Focus - Michigan's 1931 Abortion Ban
With the U.S. Supreme Court poised to overturn Roe Vs. Wade, a closer look at Michigan’s 1931 law that would take effect banning all abortions in the state except for cases where the mother’s life is in danger. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has said she will not prosecute anyone under the old law, and has a lot to say about what could happen if the high court follows through with taking away a woman’s right to choose.
20 minutes | Apr 15, 2022
Focus - Inside The Acquittal
The federal trial of four men in the alleged plot to kidnap Governor Whitmer is over. Two men face a retrial, but the jury acquitted two others. Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta are free men. With a mountain of evidence the government said proved they were plotting violence, how did their attorneys get them cleared? Let's ask them.
16 minutes | Apr 1, 2022
Focus - Building Michigan Together
Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the Building Michigan Together plan this week that will spend nearly $5 billion on infrastructure in the state. Alex Rossman from the Michigan League for Public Policy explains what it means for the people they advocate for, and what to expect as a result of the historic spending plan.
13 minutes | Mar 11, 2022
Focus - Fox News' Lauren Blanchard
Fox News correspondent Lauren Blanchard is from Traverse City. She's currently covering the Ukrainian refugee crisis in Poland for the cable news network. 9&10's Eric Lloyd asked her about the situation and her role in reporting it.
18 minutes | Mar 4, 2022
Focus - The Climate & Line 5
For the first time, the Michigan Public Service Commission is taking into consideration a proposed project's impact on climate change. It comes as they consider Enbridge's permits to construct a utility tunnel for their Line 5 pipeline that runs through the Straits of Mackinac. Kate Madigan is the Executive Director of the Michigan Climate Action Network, a group opposing Line 5 and the tunnel. She explains why her organization sees this as a breakthrough in protecting the environment.
17 minutes | Feb 25, 2022
Focus - Russia On The Move
Uncertainty looms after an unprovoked invasion of Ukraine by Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin is seemingly offering any and all reasoning to justify the incursion. But what does Russian history tell us about the real motives behind the war? Ferris State University’s Dr. Tracy Busch is a Russian history expert and guides us through the centuries leading to this moment.
15 minutes | Feb 18, 2022
Focus - Filmed In Michigan
There’s a new effort to restore a tax incentive for filmmakers in Michigan. The last incentives ended seven years ago. State Representative Jack O’Malley is among a group of bipartisan legislators to introduce a bill to revive filmmaking in Michigan and create jobs along the way.
13 minutes | Feb 11, 2022
Focus- Budget & Broadband
Governor Whitmer released her $74.1 billion 2023 budget proposal this week. We’re breaking down some of the big investments, and getting reaction from lawmakers in Lansing. There is also a call from a diverse coalition in northern Michigan to fund the new office tasked with bringing expanded broadband internet service to rural areas.
12 minutes | Feb 1, 2022
Focus - Peak Omicron?
Chief Medical Executive for the State of Michigan Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian joins us to talk about where we are in the fight against the Omicron variant of COVID-19, why the state case count numbers are becoming less accurate, and why that’s okay.
11 minutes | Jan 21, 2022
Focus - A Greener Meijer
The Grand Rapids-based retailer set some ambitious goals for cutting their carbon footprint. At the helm of those efforts is Erik Petrovskis, Director of Environmental Compliance and Sustainability at Meijer. I asked him about the new endeavor.
9 minutes | Jan 14, 2022
Focus - A Pig's Heart
A medical breakthrough this week with the successful transplant of a genetically modified pig’s heart into a man dying of heart disease. One of the doctors behind the procedure is from northern Michigan. We talk to him to learn more about what this means for the future of live-saving organ transplants.
14 minutes | Dec 24, 2021
Focus - Carp For Christmas
Can we keep invasive carp out of the Great Lakes? There are groups working hard to make sure we can. Marc Gaden from the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission joins us to explain the effort to get a permanent barrier built in Illinois to keep the carp out of Michigan waters.
9 minutes | Dec 17, 2021
Focus - Michigan's Top Doc
Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian is Michigan’s chief medical executive, and she is not pleased with how the state is doing right now, especially when it comes to vaccines. She talked with 9&10’s Eric Lloyd about where we stand with infections, variants, hospitalizations and vaccinations.
16 minutes | Dec 10, 2021
Focus - The Electric Highway
The switch to electric vehicles has begun in earnest, and all those cars are going to need a place to charge. Consumers Energy is boosting its effort to increase fast charging options in Michigan by joining the National Electric Highway Coalition. Brian Wheeler from Consumers Energy joins Kevin Essebaggers to explain what driving in the future will be like in Michigan.
15 minutes | Nov 24, 2021
Focus - FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is led by administrator Deanne Criswell, who is from Manistee. We caught up with Criswell to ask how she sees FEMA’s mission at a time that every state is under an emergency declaration because of COVID-19, the role of climate change in weather-related disasters, and making federal emergency help easier to get.
11 minutes | Nov 19, 2021
Focus - MI's Piece Of The Infrastructure Pie
The trillion dollar federal infrastructure plan is in motion. But how much of that money is coming to Michigan? Lance Binoniemi, Vice President of Government Affairs at the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association explains how it will be spent in our state.
6 minutes | Nov 12, 2021
Focus - Red Level Response
Hospitals are struggling to provide services on top of surging patient loads from COVID-19. Munson Healthcare even invoked what they call their “Red Level Response.” What that means, and how it will affect healthcare in northern Michigan.
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