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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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International competition brings underwater robots to Alpena

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The 13th annual international ROV competition is happening this weekend at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena.

59 teams of students from 13 countries around the world are competing to show just what their underwater robots can do.

The competition is in two levels with the Ranger class made up of High School age teams and College-level students in the Explorer class.
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WCMU’s David Nicholas is on scene and will be sending us information periodically, but in the mean time the Marine Tech website has a live feed at this link:

ON THE WEB:
ROV Live Feed
http://www.marinetech.org/live-videostream/

Michigan for Marriage campaign aims to educate public

Backers of same-sex marriage are launching what they call ‘an education campaign’.

It may eventually evolve into a ballot effort to reverse Michigan’s constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Emily Dievendorf is part of the “Michigan for Marriage” campaign. She says Michiganders need to understand why gays and lesbians want the same ability to marry as heterosexuals….

“We want marriage and need marriage for all the same reasons that you do. And it certainly is ‘legal rights’, but it’s also we’re falling in love for all the same cheesy, beautiful reasons that you are … and that’s hard to get out of,” said Dievendorf.

A federal judge recently struck down Michigan’s same- sex marriage ban. The case is currently before a federal appeals court.

Dievendorf says … if necessary … the education campaign can morph into a political campaign … to put the issue on the 20-16 ballot.

Schuette announces re-election bid

Attorney General Bill Schuette (R-Midland).

Attorney General Bill Schuette (R-Midland).

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette kicked off his re-election campaign Monday in his hometown of Midland.

In his speech, Schuette touted his record in office, including efforts to combat human trafficking and protect pensions.

“A record that’s strong and clear,” Schuette said. “It’s a record of being a voice for victims. A voice for the constitution and a voice for Michigan.”

Schuette listed his efforts to fight human trafficking and protect pensions among his accomplishments during his first term.

“It’s a long election and I’m going to win,” he said. “I’m going to take my case to the citizens across the state of Michigan.”

Schuette did not directly mention his fight against same sex marriage or to curb access to medical marijuana in his speech to his supporters.

He told reporters afterward he would not shy away from the marriage issue.

A federal judge struck down Michigan’s gay marriage ban last week.

A federal appeals court put the decision on hold Saturday, after about 300 gay couples married.

Schuette expects the U.S. Supreme Court will have to decide the case.

Story produced by Steve Carmody of Michigan Radio.