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Traffic crash reports to include data on driver distractions

Changes to traffic crash report forms will include the addition of driver distractions

Changes to traffic crash report forms will include the addition of driver distractions

State Officials have reported more than 800 traffic related fatalities in Michigan so far in 2015, which they say are largely due to driver distractions.

Starting next year, a new way of reporting traffic incidents will attempt to increase driver safety and awareness. Continue reading

Nathan Wolfe, the virus tracker, comes to SVSU


Courtesy of Stanford University

You may not know the name, but Nathan Wolfe is a microbiologist whose work has spanned the globe. He was voted one of Time magazine’s most influential people in 2011, and is the author of “Viral Storm”

He recently spoke at Saginaw Valley State University on Tuesday, October 13th. Continue reading

Lansing is introducing legislation concerning staffing levels at hospitals

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Michigan nurses are supporting legislation that would establish, what they say are, safe staffing levels at hospitals. Two new bills are scheduled to be introduced at press conference in Lansing on October 15.

The bills would require Michigan hospitals to maintain a minimum number of Registered Nurses on staff and to regulate overtime. Continue reading

Emmet county attorney charged with embezzling from elderly woman with Alzheimer’s disease

An Emmet County attorney has been charged with two 20-year felony embezzlement charges for allegedly stealing money from a client who suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease.

Law enforcement officials say 67-year old Michael Kennedy of Petoskey illegally transferred money out of the victim’s account, beginning in 2006.  However the statute of limitations only allows charges going back to 2009. Continue reading

Lee Cockerell and doing things the Disney way

Cockerell-CMUNews_miniUnique skills are needed for many jobs, but nearly every employer looks for good customer service and leadership traits in the people they hire.

Central Michigan University this week will host a man who honed those skills at a place where seven thousand (7,000) workers need it to be perfect every day — Disney World.

Lee Cockerell is a former executive vice president of operations for the number one tourist destination in the world. And he’s the definition of a busy guy.

David Nicholas found that out when catching up with him — on the phone — as Cockerell was boarding a plane — on another round of stops before coming to share his experience with CMU students…
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World-renowned guitarist to perform in petoskey

Pierre Bensusan is celebrating 40 years traveling the world performing a mix of classical, jazz, folk, and blues guitar this year.

Pierre Bensusan is celebrating 40 years traveling the world performing a mix of classical, jazz, folk, and blues guitar this year.

Residents in northern Michigan will be treated with the music of world-renowned solo guitarist Pierre Bensusan this week. His performance in Michigan is part of his 40th anniversary world tour this year. Continue reading

Drug resistant lice found in 25 states, including Michigan

Drug resistant lice has now been found in 25 states, including Michigan.lice

According to the American Chemical Society, the lice is resistant to over-the-counter treatments, so prescription treatments are still an option.

Jennifer Morse is the medical director for the Central Michigan Health Department. She explains how the lice became resistant.

“Just like a bacteria can become resistant, the lice basically will mutate. It’s just natural selection, so if there was one that had a mutation that made it resistant to that insecticide, then it will go on and have offspring and then they’ll keep living through it over and over again” says Morse.

Morse also says she has seen problems in patients at the health department.

“I had quite a few people who needed repeated therapies, or families where they would need treatment after treatment. Unfortunately for some families their insurance would not cover any other than a certain brand of medication, unless they failed that treatment repeatedly and that was usually your sign that it was resistant” says Morse.

Health officials in north-western Michigan say they have not seen any issues with the drug resistant lice, but they are not ruling out that it could be a problem.

Precautionary measures to avoid lice include limiting head to head contact and not sharing items that may be near the head, like brushes or hats. For more information about prevention and treatment, visit here.

Committee could meet this week to consider expelling Courser, Gamrat

CourserandGamratEarly this week, the public will find out the details of a state House investigation into two Tea Party lawmakers involved in a sex-and-cover-up scandal.

Preliminary findings released last week say Rep. Todd Courser (R-Lapeer) and Rep. Cindy Gamrat (R-Plainwell) both committed misconduct and misused taxpayer resources. But details have not been released.

Depending on those details, a state House committee could meet this week to determine if the two are fit to serve.

“We had the committee created specifically so that it would be ready to go as soon as we needed it, and that could be as soon as this week when the report comes out,” said Gideon D’Assandro, a spokesperson for state House Speaker Kevin Cotter.

“The committee will be empowered to go through every bit of evidence that we’ve collected and to air it out in a public hearing for us all to see. We want to make sure that any instance of wrongdoing is found, evaluated, and that we put a stop to it.”

D’Assandro says the speaker is still deciding who would serve on the panel if it meets. That could be a step toward removing Courser and Gamrat from the House.

On the Map examines the European history of Sault Ste. Marie

SSM MI MapThe European history of the Sault starts in the sixteen-hundreds, when explorers arrived. 



Bernie Arbic is a long time resident of Sault Ste. Marie Michigan. We talked Sault history on the deck behind his home. He said an under-appreciated bit of history is the French influence. “The first European to be in this area, was a Frenchman, Etienne Brule, he was here, I give the date 1620 just because that’s such an iconic date in our history, give or take a couple years maybe, 1618, 1622, sometime this young Frenchman was this far in the interior.”

To give you a perspective on how early that was… ”This area was known to the French almost 50 years before they knew anything about the Detroit River,” Arbic said. “We tend to think everything comes from the south, I like to say the first man to visit Detroit made his travel arrangements with an agent here in Sault Ste Marie, ‘cause we do pre date Detroit by about 50 years in terms of the European knowledge of geography.”

Arbic said when the French discovered Sault Ste Marie, they were searching for the Northwest Passage. Because of the rapids, they had to stop. Since they were fur traders, they set up a trading post. They interacted with Native people, and then, as the story often goes, they tried to ‘save’ them.”First mission was established here in 1668 by Father Marquette, that’s, he’s perhaps the best known of the french explorers.”

Sault Ste Marie survived on the fur trade for many years. Then in the 1800’s the city took leaps forward. In 1822, Fort Brady was built.  Thirty years later, one of the Sault’s most famous attractions appeared. Although, Arbic said, the Soo locks of the mid-1800’s looked and operated differently than the ones tourists visit today. ” The first lock opened in 1855, and it was really, it was built by the state of Michigan, they charged tolls, uh, it was what’s called a tandem, a pair of locks really, now a days, ever since 1881, the locks is a single chamber, with a 20 ft lift, the first looks were two in tandem, with 10 ft lifts.”

But, Arbic said, the building boom of the 1800’s wasn’t done yet. in 1888, the railroad was built.  And that brought in tourists.”In the late 1800s folks that would run people down the rapids in a canoe. For some reason it seems to be mostly women that wanted to do it, that’s kind of interesting it, wearing hats and stuff, and here they are shooting the rapids with these two Native American river guides, taking them down the rapids, so, there were, there were those things; fishing and shooting the rapids.”

Sault Ste Marie had one more use for it’s precious river. In 1898, construction began on a hydroelectric power plant. Think of it as a sort of farewell to the 19th century. Work was completed in 1902, and the city began harnessing the power of the St Mary’s to light homes and businesses. Even today the plant produces power. 

Some of the notable industries in the Sault included Union Carbide and Northwestern Leather; both major employers for half a century. Fort Bradley was decommissioned; the property is now home to Lake Superior State University. In 1962 the International Bridge opened, linking Sault Ste Marie Michigan with its Ontario sister-city. 

Time has changed the city, but the river has provided consistency.  It is Sault Ste Marie’s past, present and undoubtedly it’s future. Continue reading

On the Map explores Sault Ste. Marie Native history

SSM Chippewa logoThe old adage says ‘history is written by the winners’. In this story, we’re going to let it be written by the survivors. Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan was one of the first white settlements in the state.  But for centuries before, it was home to Native American tribes.  

When the French voyagers arrived, the ensuing culture clash devastated native peoples.  Continue reading