Author Archives: Jeff Popovich

National Premature Birth Awareness Month

baby Health advocates say a problem that has been on the decline in recent years, now only affects one out of every nine babies instead of one out of eight . That problem: preterm or “premature” birth. Read more

Redhead duck poaching case is resolved

redhead ducksTwo Kawkawlin men are facing charges for poaching redhead ducks.

Conservation officials said the men have been sentenced with $4,000 each in restitution fines, $625 each in court fines and five days of jail time.

The two admitted to shooting 20 redhead ducks while hunting last month in Arenac county.

The bag limit for redhead ducks is two per hunter.

Students protest the Michael Brown verdict on CMU campus

20141125_112033Following the announcement of the grand jury’s decision on the Michael Brown verdict, protests have sprang up across the country.

One took place on the campus of CMU today.

A crowd of more than 70 students gathered to show solidarity with the protesters in Ferguson. Students held signs and chanted things like , “Hands up, don’t shoot!”.

Kim Raymond, a senior at CMU, attended the protest.

She said, “I think it’s sad but seeing all the violent protests in Ferguson I think that’s even sadder. I feel like they should practice non-violence like Martin Luther King did and not light things on fire or hurt people.”

CMU Senior Hannah Mollett helped organize the protest.

She said she’d like to see a couple of changes in society.

“I think one is underlying racist culture. I think that the exponential amount of young black boys and men that are killed by police in this country is absolutely disgusting. I also think that relates back to violence and gun violence in our culture, the police misuse of power, so I think it’s kind of a combination of factors.”

Another protest also took place in front the University Center on campus later in the afternoon.

The family of Michael Brown and President Obama have called for protests to be peaceful in the wake of the verdict.

House bill to protect late night gas station attendants heard in Committee

11 07 Michigan VisitLate night gas station attendants in Michigan may see increased security at their workplace under a bill making its way through Lansing.

The move would require gas stations to staff at least two employees between 11pm and 5am, or have security cameras installed.
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November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month

10641207_10152857893583799_1387017803333480468_n November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. Epilepsy is a group of related disorders characterized by a tendency for recurrent seizures. Around 1% of the population worldwide, or around 65 million people, have epilepsy.

Jeff Popovich sat down with Amanda Smith, a Central Michigan University senior who has epilepsy, to learn more about this neurological disorder. Read more

What changes with marijuana decriminalization in Mount Pleasant

potLaw enforcement officials in Mt. Pleasant say the decision of voters earlier this month to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, won’t have much of an impact on their operations.

Under the city’s charter, adults 21 and older may use, possess, or transfer less than one ounce of marijuana on private property. Read more

Time for shots, flu season is underway

flu shotsWith the temperatures starting to drop, it’s time to bundle up…and get your flu shot. The flu season is underway.

Flu activity commonly peaks between December and February. But health officials say it can begin as early as October and last until May. Read more

Michigan strategic fund approves investment plans for Bay County corporation

Stack of MoneyThe Michigan Economic Development Corporation is stepping in to help a Bay County company expand its business, and create jobs.

The Mando America Corporation facility in Monitor Township is receiving a $200,000 grant from the state to help with the expansion. Read more

Congress to consider new legislation aimed at improving health care for Veterans

veterans 11-13-13Veteran’s Day will be fresh in the minds of congress as they return to work this week and consider legislation that aims to improve the health care system for the growing number of vets.

With veterans returning home in unprecedented numbers, veteran care officials say health care issues for veterans need to be addressed. Read more