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Friday, January 31,2014

This week from Capital News Service

Pothole-resistant road materials; Michigan cities preparing for climate change; Michigan colleges among snowiest in nation; and more

by CNS correspondents
A sculpture at Michigan Technological University\'s winter carnival. Courtesy of Michigan Tech.
Friday, Jan. 31 — Each week, City Pulse runs a series of stories produced by Capital News Service correspondents at Michigan State University’s School of Journalism. This week’s topics include some new road materials being tested, how Michigan cities are preparing for climate change and more.
  • Old tires could be a solution to creating Michigan roads that are resistant to potholes. A plan to pave a west Michigan road with a substance made in part with tires could also be a solution for disposing of some of the 11 million tires discarded each year in the state. By Ashley Weigel.
  • Michigan counties can choose to allow prospective jurors to fill out questionnaires online as part of a statewide attempt to improve courtroom efficiency. We talk to the Grand Traverse and Wexford county clerks who have mixed reactions to the move. By Darcie Moran.
  • Cities across Michigan are trying to prepare for a changing climate. Among the greatest concerns are handling life-threatening heat and an expected increase in flooding. By Danielle Woodward.
  • Michigan lawmakers are considering how to regulate the use of carbon dioxide to extract more oil from northern Michigan wells.  By Nick Stanek.
  • Two of the nation’s 10 snowiest college campuses are in Michigan. And seven of them suffer from that lake effect snow produced by the Great Lakes region. The list by the AccuWeather forecasting service puts Michigan Technological University in Houghton as number one with about 200 inches of snow each year. Western Michigan University ranks eighth. By Evan Kreager.
  • Buried under huge, rolling sand dunes on Michigan’s southwest coast lies a town once called Singapore. By Evan Kreager.
  • The official picture of a world-record-setting kayak flotilla in northern Michigan was taken from an unmanned aircraft. That’s among the unique portfolio of images taken by a father and son team from Linden. By Erik Stiem.
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