SNAP benefits cannot be automatically taken away from people with felony warrants

b27a0a61ebcfc9395dc218d841ec1657The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is going to have to change how it handles some of its food assistance claims. Under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, benefits can be revoked from anyone who committed a felony and is fleeing authorities.
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American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan says Michigan State Police policy could lead to descrimination

Traffic Stop 1Traffic stop requirements for Michigan State Troopers could lead to racial discrimination. This according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan.

The organization sent a letter this week to the Michigan State Police asking for an end to the practice.

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Capital projects rescheduled

New paint and other improvements on the International bridge in Sualt Ste. Marie have been rescheduled in an effort to save money.

Officials said two large projects will be pushed into next year. One job would install new mechanical hardware, the other is a new coat of paint. The delay will give the bridge governing board time to investigate cost saving measures.

Dan Weingarten is the spokesman for the Michigan Department of Transportation in the Upper Peninsula. He said the projects are not expected to affect toll prices.

“The toll rates are set by their boards, and there wouldn’t be any increase in the toll rates due to the projects. These are things that have been scheduled and budgeted well in advance.”

Weingarten said, if everything goes a planned both projects should be completed next year.

Saginaw credit union under conservatorship

Valley State Credit Union in Saginaw has been placed into conservatorship by state regulators to address the credit union’s financial stability.

The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services will act as a conservator for Valley State Credit Union.

Andrea Miller is the spokeswoman for the Department of Insurance and Financial Services. She said conservatorship will take place effective immediately.

“Upon review of a current review Director McPharlin determined that a conservatorship of that credit union was necessary to protect the public interest.”

Miller said members of the credit union will have uninterrupted access to their funds.

Lawmakers advocate for healthy food access at the Farmers Market at the Capitol

FarmerMarket1Lawmakers and regular folks strolled past more than 70 venders at the Farmers Market at the Capitol Thursday. But while goers ogled the plethora of fruits and vegetables, State Representative Dave Pagel (R-Berrien Springs) was there to bring attention to the lack of healthy food access in Michigan.
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Marquette veteran’s home says it has already fixed problems in report

flagA veteran’s home in Marquette says it’s already fixed problems found by the state Auditor General. After a four month review, the auditor raised concerns about the D.J Jacobetti Home for Veterans control over medications and its background checks of volunteers.
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MI Supreme Court next stop for marijuana campaign

potThe campaign to legalize marijuana in Michigan is taking its case to the state Supreme Court. That’s after a Michigan Court of Claims judge rejected its bid to get on the November ballot. The M-I Legalize campaign wants state elections officials to count petition signatures gathered outside a 180-day window. The judge says the elections officials were following the rules when they rejected the signatures as too old.
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“On the Map” visits Alma to explore Padnos, a manufacturer in the recycling industry

Padnos signThe family owned business has been recycling materials for four generations.

Padnos settled/ opening in Holland, Michigan in 1905. The family originally went to farms and sawmills trading goods for iron. Then they shipped the iron to large cities for manufacturers to use.

The company has grown. In the last century expanded to 20 locations throughout Michigan. It employs 500 people statewide.
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Midland is the first city in Michigan to become a designated Safe Community


The city of Midland has been designated a Safe Community through a national organization.

The National Safety Council’s Safe Communities America program accredited Midland.

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Bay County, Michigan recognized as logistics leader

6fd362441e6d6c96fc8a48c52604e26bBay County was ranked ninth nationally when it came to logistics — that’s the industry responsible for transporting goods, either by air, road, train or sea.

Trevor Keyes is the Vice President of Economic Development for Bay Future.

He said things like MBS International Airport and the Saginaw River helped Bay County land on the list.

“I think we’ve always known locally that we have shipping channels and logistics channels that work well with business but to be recognized nationally is one of those really special things. We’re so glad that these facilities made the designation for us.”

Keyes said the county hopes to dredge the Saginaw River in the near future, so large ocean-going ships can traverse the waterway, further increasing its logistics capacity.

The rankings come from Business Facilities magazine. It also named Memphis, Tennessee and Houston, Texas as leaders in logistics.