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State Police cracking down on seat belt laws this weekend

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The Michigan State Police is working to prevent accidents this holiday weekend. Additional patrols are set to watch highways for speeding, distracted driving, and tailgating. Lieutenant Michael Shaw said troopers are also running a “Click It Or Ticket” enforcement campaign. 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

Eight communities receive last of DEQ water quality monitoring grants

aboutDEQ_480120_7The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has awarded over $300,000 in water quality grants to eight universities, local governments and nonprofit organizations across the state.

One of the grants is going to the Clinton Conservation District in Clinton County, to track E.coli contamination in the Upper Maple River using canines. Continue reading

UAW Membership grows to largest point since 2008

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U-A-W membership grew to 400,000 people last year. That’s the largest the union has been since 2008. Kristin Dziczek is the Director of the Labor and Industry Group for the Center for Automotive Research. She says the U-A-W has been expanding for the past five years… but she’s not sure if the trend will continue.

“They represent teaching assistants, graduate students, at a number of universities. They also have a very high profile campaign to organize some of the southern automotive plants that are not yet members of the UAW.”

Dziczek says the union has experienced recent success recruiting members from higher education institutions… as well as from automotive plants in the Southern U-S.

“This is a cyclical industry, and after years and years of upticks, people who have been around for a while know that there’s a downturn coming at some point. So as long as, you know, a majority of the UAW membership is made up in the auto industry, they’re going to be subject to those cyclical changes in that industry.”

Dziczek also says at the peak of the auto industry, the U-A-W had about 650,000 members. She says the union will be renegotiating contracts with Detroit automakers this year.

This story was provided by WDET’s Marissa Gawel.

100,000 people in Michigan deal with vision impairment

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A new report from The Vision Council shows that an increasing number of people with vision problems is costing the U.S. billions of dollars in health care and lost productivity.

One in twenty-eight Americans have vision impairment.
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Local author presents her father’s World War II journey as told through his letters home

Theresa IrishAuthor Teresa Irish will bring what she calls a story of love, faith and World War II to the Clare and Harrison Libraries March 10.

It was Memorial day weekend 2006, one month after her father’s death, that Irish opened his army trunk, searching for one last connection with her father.
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Detroit is debating positives and negatives of Ilitch development

Ilitch development1Detroit media have given favorable reviews of the new hockey stadium planned along Woodward Ave. It’s a $650 million project. More than half, 58%, is coming from taxpayers. It’s expected to create thousands of jobs.

Last Thursday at City Council, Ilitch family business representatives asked for a zoning change that could allow them to demolish two historic buildings 100 feet from where the arena will go.
Michigan Now’s Chris McCarus heard from people who want to stop the Ilitch’s and save the buildings
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