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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

AAA driving survey shows many drivers admit to running red lights

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The survey reveals that nearly one in three drivers, of all ages, admit to occasionally running red lights.

The survey was conducted by AAA. It found that 69 percent of drivers ages 16 to 18 and those 75 and up engage in risky behaviors.

That includes speeding, texting and driving, and running red lights.

Gary Bubar is with AAA Michigan.

He said 88 percent of young millennials, ages 19 to 24, report bad behaviors while driving.

“What you’ve also found is that you can drive a lot, and get away with a lot without wrecking your car. And so you’re going to do those things. If you got away with it once, the next time it becomes okay too. Its why a lot of people still, even though they know how dangerous it is they still do the kinds of things inside the vehicle that they probably shouldn’t do, and know they shouldn’t do.”

One-third of all drivers report running a red light on occasion.

“So one out of three drivers has run a red light knowingly? and almost one out of two for drivers in age 19-24. That tells me that’s an issue that needs to be addressed.”

Bubar said the study also found young millennial drivers are twice as likely as other drivers to type a text or e-mail on the road.

CMU researchers examin how contaminants in Great Lakes affect mussels

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Central Michigan University researchers are examining how freshwater mussels in the Great Lakes are affected by contaminants.

Biologists are testing the mussels with everyday contaminants found in things like shampoo and toothpaste. Continue reading

Special Olympics aims for $1.2 million Polar Plunge goal

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Special Olympics Michigan is looking to raise over $1.2 million through its Polar Plunge events.

The Mount Pleasant Polar Plunge alone raised over $80,000 for the Special Olympics. Several other events took place in Saginaw, Cheboygan and Alpena among others this past weekend. Continue reading