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MAPS officials to debate changing district logo

MARQUETTE, MI-- The Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education will deliberate on whether or not to respectfully retire the “Native Chief” logo at its monthly meeting Monday night. The chief head was used to represent the district from the early 1940s until the early 2000s. Officials say while MAPS has reverted back to the original block “M,” no action has been taken to determine the official logo. If approved by the Board, the retirement of the Native logo and re-adoption of the block ...

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The new album BUBBA from Haitian-born artist Kaytranada is a throwback to the black roots of dance music, says reviewer Miguel Perez.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced Monday he is committing $10 billion to fight climate change, which he calls "the biggest threat to our planet."

Bezos says the funds will go toward the creation of the Bezos Earth Fund.

The museum faced a docent dilemma.

When Ellen Owens, director of learning and public engagement at the Penn Museum, looked at her pool of docents, she saw a wonderful — and aging — group of largely white people. Docents explain exhibits to visitors and show them around the galleries. Owens thought that having docents from a range of ages and backgrounds might be a good way to connect with more diverse communities who might not otherwise be drawn to the Penn Museum.

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This is FRESH AIR. I'm Dave Davies, in for Terry Gross. It's President's Day, and today, we take a look at the Trump presidency through the eyes of two Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters from The Washington Post, Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig. I spoke with them in January when their new book was published, but our interview was preempted on most stations by special coverage of the impeachment trial in the Senate. Today, we'll air that interview along with an update on events since it was recorded.

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with author Brandon Taylor about his debut novel Real Life, inspired by his own experience as a black, queer student in a graduate science program.

Israeli settlers and Palestinians take a look at what it could mean to them if the U.S. peace proposal ends up making settlements in the occupied West Bank permanent.

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Aya Gruber, a former defense lawyer who teaches at the University of Colorado, about why the criminal case against Harvey Weinstein in New York is risky for prosecutors.

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Virginia's Democratic governor seemed poised to make broad changes to his state's gun control laws, but was dealt a stinging blow by his own party Monday when a state Senate committee blocked a bill that would have, among other things, banned sales of assault weapons.

Four Democrats on Virginia's Senate Judiciary Committee broke ranks with their party handing the Republican minority a victory in tabling the bill for the remainder of the year. It also sent the measure to the state's Crime Commission for further review.

Klages found guilty of lying

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LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Former MSU gymnastics coach Kathie Klages was found guilty of two counts of lying to police during their investigation into sexual assaults committed by Larry Nassar. 

Klages testified in her own defense Friday, sticking with her claim that she was unaware of sexual assault allegations against Nassar until 2016.

In closing arguments prosecutors for the Attorney General’s office said the testimony of the two athletes matched, and Klages had reasons to lie about such an encounter.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The Michigan Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether a law that makes it more difficult for petition drives to qualify for the ballot is constitutional. 

The lawsuit challenges an official opinion from state Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat. The opinion addresses a law that sets new standards for petition drives to succeed. One of the rules says no more than 15 percent of the signatures can come from one congressional district.

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