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West Virginia University College of Pharmacy Guests at Parke-Davis Home Laboratories in Detroit (1959)

In search of the Hillbilly Highway

Between 1940 and 1960, seven million Appalachians left their home region to find work in places like Detroit. In the first of a two-part series, native-West Virginian Courtney Balestier writes about the history of the migration, and speaks to people who experienced it. 

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On the verge of quitting: Virtual schools offer high school students a second chance

Whether it’s bullying, health issues or sheer boredom, some students are not cut out for sitting in a classroom seven hours a day, five days a week. Online and blended learning helps meet students where they are and provides options beyond just dropping out.    

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Will Metro Detroit buy into regional transit?

Next week, Metro Detroiters face a ballot decision on whether to fund the Regional Transit Authority. Patrick Dunn talks with transit coalition leaders in other cities across the nation to find out how efforts to fund regional transit have fared.


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Voices: Itís time to rethink how we grow and shrink

As some cities lose population, should Michigan provide a path for governments to downsize? Kate Cherry, a member of Metromode's Emerging Leaders Advisory Board, makes the case.

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Innovative language programs expose online learners to new languages and cultures

Technology continues to transform the way people learn, breaking down borders and providing students of all ages with global learning experiences that wouldn’t have been possible 10 years ago.  
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