Hans Ahlström

Operations Manager/Program & Music Director/Continuity Coordinator/Program Producer and Web

Hans Ahlström is the host of several programs including the daily musical variety show Weekday, the mostly straight ahead jazz show Night Studio, the self explanatory Blues Today, and the eclectic Sound Spectrum. You can also hear Hans as the local host of NPR's All Things Considered news magazine. He also helps manage Public Radio 90's web content, interviews local and visiting writers and artists, works with NMU student interns, and writes the occasional news story.

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(ASSOCIATED PRESS)- A tea party favorite in the Republican race for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow has dropped out and thrown his support to Clark Durant.

Gary Glenn told The Associated Press on Thursday that he doesn't think GOP front-runner Pete Hoekstra can beat Stabenow because he voted for the Wall Street bailout, which Stabenow opposed.

Glenn broke the news to supporters Thursday evening.

The Durant campaign is expected to announce Glenn's decision shortly.

(ISHPEMING)- The names have been released in a car-pedestrian accident in Ishpeming.

City police say 50-year old Richard Charles Jordan, of Ely Township, was the driver of a pick-up truck which struck a pedestrian crossing North Third Street yesterday.

The victim, 64-year old Linda Marie Vanginkel of National Mine, was taken to Marquette General Hospital where she remains in critical condition.

Police say Jordan was driving with a denied and revoked license at the time of the accident.

(MANISTIQUE)- Four people have been arrested by the Upper Peninsula Drug Enforcement Team in Manistique.

U-P-S-E-T detectives say two females and one male were arrested last night (Wednesday) for delivery of prescription pills.

Later the same evening, they arrested another man on three counts of delivery of prescription pills.

The arrests are the result of several investigations over the past 6-months.

U-P-S-E-T says further arrests are expected.

(ISHPEMING)- A National Mine woman is in critical condition after being struck by a pick-up truck in Ishpeming.

City police say the accident happened on North Third Street by the National Ski Hall of Fame.

Officers say a 50-year old man from Ely Township driving a 1995 Chevrolet pick-up truck left the Holiday Gas Station parking lot going south on North Third Street.

The pick-up struck a 64-year old woman who was crossing the street to the Ski Hall of Fame.

The woman was taken to Marquette General Hospital and is listed in critical condition.

photo by a trail camera

(MARQUETTE)- A nonprofit group has released what it describes as perhaps the clearest photograph of a wild cougar taken in Michigan.

The Michigan Wildlife Conservancy said Wednesday the close-up picture was taken June 1 by a trail camera on private property in southern Marquette County. The group declined to identify the landowner.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologist Adam Bump said the agency is familiar with the camera's location and has confirmed the photo is authentic.

(ASSOCIATED PRESS)- The state says Michigan's jobless rate rose 0.1 percentage points in June, the second consecutive monthly increase after a yearlong decline.

Michigan said Wednesday that June's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stood at 8.6 percent, compared with April's 8.5 percent.

The Michigan jobless rate in June was 2 percentage points below the state's June 2011 rate of 10.6 percent. The national jobless rate decreased by 0.9 percentage points over that period.

(MANISTIQUE)- A Manistique man has been arrested on charges of embezzlement from the Manistique Moose Lodge.

Fifty-six-year old Ray Hayfordwas charged with four felony counts of ‘forgery’ and one felony count of embezzlement of over $1,000 but under $20,000.’

He faces a possible 24-years in prison if convicted as charged.

Hayford was arraigned in the 93rd district court and is currently lodged in the Schoolcraft County jail.

Lester Graham/Michigan Radio

(ASSOCIATED PRESS)- Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger says Republican lawmakers want more questions answered before they'll consider giving fellow Republican Governor Rick Snyder the approval he wants to start work on a website for purchasing health insurance that's required under the federal health care law.

In a statement Wednesday, Bolger said Republicans object to the law as "federal overreach." He says putting a health insurance exchange is place "would be our last option."

(LANSING)- The Michigan Senate has rejected the House version of a bill that would end state-provided health care coverage in retirement for new public school hires and require current employees to pay more toward their pensions.

Wednesday's action delays long-sought changes to the state's public school employees' retirement system. No more legislative sessions are scheduled until mid-August.

A compromise now will need to be forged in a conference committee with House and Senate members.

(UNDATED)- Owners of Great Lakes waterfront property in Michigan still need a federal permit for shoreline maintenance activities, even though the state no longer requires one.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will continue regulating leveling and grooming of sandy or vegetated areas between the water's edge and the ordinary high water mark.

The corps says people who have gotten authorization for sand grooming and leveling under a previous regional permit don't have to apply again. Those who do need a permit can apply online from the Detroit district office.