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Campus free speech subject of new state bill

Courtesy NPR

Courtesy NPR

College students who block protesters or speakers from speaking on public colleges and universities would be penalized under a bill now in the state Senate.

The “Campus Free Speech Act” would penalize people who infringe on protester’s, speaker’s, student’s and professor’s first amendment rights.

The rules would apply to the state’s public universities and community colleges. Continue reading

Experts say Medicare cuts may occur as soon as next month

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Two million Medicare users in Michigan could be affected by cuts perhaps sooner than expected.

A little known Independent Payment Advisory Board – or IPAB – was created under the federal Affordable Care Act. It’s formed when Medicare spending hits a level, which is determined by a complicated formula. The group is charged with bringing costs back down. Continue reading

Michigan bound passengers aboard Titanic focus of lecture in Flint

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Nearly 70 passengers aboard the Titanic were heading for Michigan.

Their stories are the focus of a lecture this Thursday at the Sloan Museum in Flint.

The Great Lakes Titanic Connection is hosting the lecture.

Margaret Micoff is the president of the Titanic connection.

“In it’s own way, through us, we’ll also help the younger generations that’s coming up realize that these were people who were alive that had dreams and everything else, if you can touch on that, if you can get them to really feel deeply about something like that, then possibly, just possibly, we can get them to feel deeply about their ancestors.”

Micoff said historians and group members will talk about Michigan bound Titanic passengers, and the history of the famous shipwreck.

“We like to preserve the memories of the passengers. We’d love to preserve them all, but we’re geared toward the Michigan passengers at the present.”

Micoff said the organization is raising money to create the state’s first Titanic memorial in Marine City.

The lecture is scheduled to begin at 7 pm, at the Sloan Museum, 1221 E. Kearsley St Flint, MI 48503.

Pilot program to help the homeless get state IDs

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We’ve all been there, waiting in line for hours at the secretary of state’s office.

But what if you wait for hours – only to be told you need a valid birth certificate, and permanent address – but you have no way to prove who you are. Continue reading

Michigan Blood asks for O-Negative blood donors

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Michigan Blood is in need of donations while spring break has many schools and universities closed.

Michigan Blood said people who are universal donors, O-Negative, are especially needed.

O-Negative can be used by hospitals when a blood type is unknown.

Only seven percent of the world is O-Negative.

Michigan Blood has a database to find blood drives in your area.

Kildee speaks out against possible Great Lakes funding cuts

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Congressman Dan Kildee said hundreds of thousands of jobs would be compromised if funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is eliminated.

President Trump’s proposed budget plan eliminates the 300-million dollar initiative that, for the past seven years, has been used to protect and maintain the Great Lakes. Continue reading

Isabella County Sheriff Office reports 10 instances of pornographic material on cars

POLICE CAR- BLUE LIGHTS Police are looking for the suspects involved in the latest report of pornographic material left on a windshield. The occurrences have taken place in Isabella County, incidents in Manistee and Grandville are also being investigated. Continue reading

Lawsuit filed for removal of liquor store proximity law

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA A lawsuit has been filed against the state for rescinding a proximity law for liquor stores. The law prohibited liquor stores from opening within a half-mile of each other. The state lifted the law last week without a public hearing. The trade group that filed the suit is alleging that it was illegal to remove the law without the public’s input or knowledge. The Associated Food and Petroleum Dealers filed the suit against the state and the Liquor Control Commission. Continue reading