Senate adopts no-fault overhaul

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The Michigan Senate has taken a first step toward overhauling the state’s auto no-fault system. The measures are aimed at making rates more affordable – especially in urban areas — by containing costs for insurance companies.
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State’s jobless rate drops to 5.6 percent

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Michigan’s unemployment rate has dropped to 5.6%. That decline in the monthly rate is mostly due to fewer people in the workforce competing for jobs. But the rate is down two points from where it was a year ago. And that is because more people are working. Continue reading

Young conservatives push for change in GOP platform on marriage

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A group of young conservatives is in Michigan to meet with state Republican leaders. Its goal is to get the party to adopt a change in its platform at the Republican National Convention in the summer of 2016. It wants the GOP to drop its opposition to same-sex marriage. Continue reading

Health study looking for participants 50 years or older

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Saginaw Valley State University is looking for people to help with an upcoming health study.

The study will be conducted in several waves of 12-week long classes. Participants must be 50 years and older.

Some of the participants will focus on eating healthy, others will increase physical activity. The goal is to study the effectiveness of each. Continue reading

USDA grants $1.4 million to protect and restore wetland and agricultural lands

The Michigan Department of Agriculture is using a $1.4 million grant from the federal government for two land easement programs in the state.

The programs focus is on keeping wetlands and agricultural lands precisely that: wetlands and agricultural lands. Continue reading

New veteran assistance coalition forms in mid-Michigan

veterans 11-13-13Mid-Michigan area veterans and their families will soon have a new support network to turn to.

The Great Lakes Bay Veteran’s Coalition aims to provide assistance to members of the military, veterans, and their families. Continue reading

2nd Annual 5K-9 Race in Bay City

On Saturday, April 11th, the second annual 5K-9 race will take place in Bay City, Michigan.

The race proceeds go to the Judy V. Spencer fund, which is equally monitored by the Humane Society of Bay County and the Bay Area Women’s Center.

Michael Spencer said he promised his mother before she died in 2011 to keep her memory alive.

Judy Spencer was a victim of domestic violence several years ago. She also had a deep love for her dog, Montana.

Montana was there for Judy as she battled ovarian cancer for 23 months.

Michael says he wanted to do something that would help support pet coming out of domestic violence homes.

The fund now supports the care and shelter of pets being taken out of an abusive environment.

To sign up for the race, or to just donate to the fund, visit www.active.com/bay-city-mi/running/races/5k-9-judy-v-spencer-fund-2015.