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Enbridge pipeline task force meets with students

State, education and business officials met Monday to discuss the impact if there were to be a leak in the Enbridge pipeline running through the Straits of Mackinac.

At the meeting, a team from CMU proposed an independent study on potential economic and environmental impacts of a spill in the Straits. Continue reading

Groups around Saginaw County plan to host human trafficking awareness event

Think human trafficking doesn’t exist in your zipcode? Think again.

That’s the message behind an awareness event in Saginaw County Feb. 11.

Advocates against human trafficking said, often people think of trafficking as a distant problem. But, they said, trafficking is everywhere, and they hope to inform residents- starting in Freeland.

According to the 2013 State of Michigan Report on Human Trafficking, officials don’t know how many people are trafficked in the state. Continue reading

A shortage of psychiatrists in the state has some hospitals turning to technology

A shortage of psychiatrists in the state has some hospitals turning to technology as a solution.

Some hospitals in Wexford County are planning to use a $35,000 state grant to make psychiatry more available in rural Michigan.

The funding will be used to develop telepsychiatry services. That’s basically specialized video teleconferencing between a patient and a psychiatrist. Continue reading

Centers for Disease Control report shows some Michigan hospital infections increased while others decreased

A new study by the Centers for Disease Control shows how hospitals are doing in the battle against infection.

In the CDC’s Healthcare Associated Infections Progress Report, Michigan hospitals saw a 25-percent increase in the rate of catheter-related infections, however bloodstream infections, and infections following colon surgery were lower than the national average. Continue reading

CMU awarded $10,000 for pilot alternative credit project

Central Michigan University is one of the 25 schools in the nation to receive a grant for a project for nontraditional transfer students.

Officials said the pilot program would allow certain transfer students, to transfer credits from a wider array of institutions potentially including credits from free or low-cost institutions.

CMU is the only recipient in Michigan to be awarded a grant for the ACE Alternative Credit Project.

The American Council on Education Alternative Credit Project awarded a total of $1.86 million to schools. CMU Global Campus officials said they received a $10,000 grant.

Many of the accepted transfer schools are low or no cost institutions. Continue reading

Bay City officer recovering following overnight shooting

A Bay City police officer is recovering after being shot by a home invasion suspect overnight.

According to published reports, Officer Brandon Murphy was shot in the thigh while pursuing a suspect on foot early Monday morning. Murphy then returned fire, striking the suspect several times. Continue reading

Arraignment set for Macomb County woman accused of leaving baby at recycling center

A 24-year-old Macomb county woman is expected to be arraigned Wednesday in connection with the the death of a baby whose body was found at a Roseville recycling center.

Police originally believed the baby may had come from Roscommon, Alpena or Midland counties. According to police, the woman now in custody gave birth on December 22 in a garage in the Detroit suburb of Eastpointe.

They said she kept the baby in the garage, with minimal care until it died about three days later. Continue reading

Community officials to gather in Clare to sign child abuse investigations protocol

State officials said most child abuse investigations in Michigan involve children between the ages of 7 and 12.

Officials in Clare County said they’re working to make investigations less stressful for abused children by working together.

Police, health care officials, and child advocacy officials are planning to sign a new child abuse investigation protocol Jan. 23. Continue reading

DNR seeks information in finding snowmobiler who hit and killed ducks

The DNR is looking for information about who was involved in the killing of a group of ducks during Tip-Up-Town last weekend on Houghton lake in Roscommon County.

Tip-Up-Town USA is a winter festival on Houghton Lake that brings thousands of visitors to the area.

DNR officials said this happened Jan. 17 They said late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, someone ran a snowmobile into a group of roosting mallards on Houghton Lake. At least half a dozen of the ducks were killed. Continue reading

Organization seeks volunteers to Walk For Warmth

If staying active was a new year’s resolution, then an upcoming fundraiser may be right for you.

It’s called Walk For Warmth. Volunteers raise money by walking for donations. The money goes to local heating assistance funds.

Three Walks for Warmth are planned this month. One each in Isabella, Montcalm, and Gratiot Counties. Continue reading

USDA awards telemedicine grant enabling students to directly communicate with mentors

Skype and other forms of video conferencing is the norm in social media. Now local healthcare professionals are also planning to make use of video technology.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded $298,000 grant to Central Michigan University’s College of Medicine.

The grant provides funding for third year healthcare students to work in rural communities, and at the same time, video conference with mentors in other locations. Continue reading

Michigan conservation officers use robotic decoy animals to catch poachers

Whitetail decoy. Custom Robotic Wildlife courtesy photo.

Whitetail decoy. Custom Robotic Wildlife courtesy photo.

Hunters often use decoy animals to lure in prey. In Michigan, DNR officers have turned the tables; they use decoy animals to catch poachers.

Conservation officers use robo-deer and other fake animals to catch poachers in the act.

Officers say they frequently get complaints of people hunting from their vehicles or trespassing in rural areas.

That’s when, they said, they break out the remote controlled robo-deer. The decoys have moveable heads, tails and sometimes legs. Continue reading

Upcoming Orchard and Vineyard Show to bring local fruit growers together after a bad year for local grapes

Fruit growers are taking some time in the middle of a cold, Michigan winter to network and talk grapes, apples and cherries.

Officials said the 2015 Northwest Orchard and Vineyard Show is an opportunity for growers to learn new techniques for better production.

They said 2014 was a dynamic year for Michigan’s commercial fruit growers because of last year’s harsh winter. And grapes in particular were impacted. Continue reading

Michigan leads the nation in gas price savings, AAA officials say

After the holiday spending season, people may find some financial relief with cheaper gas prices.

Officials with AAA said Michigan has been building up a history of continuous gas price declines in recent weeks.

They said supply, demand and distribution are major reasons for gas price fluctuations. Continue reading

Central Michigan University is launching a STEM-Agriculture partnership

CMU is partnering with a rural school to help students with STEM- that’s science, technology engineering and math.

And the partnership has an agricultural twist.

Officials at CMU are launching the partnership this month between student-teachers, and classroom teachers in St. Johns-an agricultural community. Continue reading

A Michigan organization is pushing for tougher poaching fines

Deer hunting season is wrapping up in much of the state, but one organization has another large mammal on its mind.

Officials with Michigan United Conservation Clubs said they are working on a resolution that would increase fines for elk poaching.

DNR officials say Michigan’s state elk population is around 900, that compares to millions of whitetail deer. Currently, elk poaching carries up to $2,500 in fines. Continue reading