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Bills that could bring 75 MPH speed limits on Michigan freeways clears House panel

IMG_1255A state House panel has approved raising speed limits on some Michigan roadways. The bipartisan bills could increase speed limits up to 75 miles-per-hour on interstates. They also include studies that would look at increasing speeds up to 80 miles-per-hour in the future. The legislation also make changes to speed limits on state highways, gravel roads, and in school zones.

It now goes to the full state House.

Tuesday storm to impact Michigan

Courtesy of: Bill Steffen from Bill's Blog. The GFS model showing the low pressure developing on Monday--moving its way north into Michigan for Tuesday.

Courtesy of: Bill Steffen from Bill’s Blog. The GFS model showing the low pressure developing on Monday–moving its way north into Michigan for Tuesday.

Groundhog day may turn out to be a stormy one in Michigan. Meteorologists are tracking a system that has the potential to bring a mixed bag of precipitation.

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Heavy lake effect snow caused by a warmer than average start to winter

Courtesy of Star Tribune. Example of intense lake effect snow banding. This photograph was taken in Buffalo NY. But the same process occurs on Lake Michigan in northern Michigan.

Courtesy of Star Tribune.
Example of intense lake effect snow banding. This video screenshot was taken in Buffalo NY. But the same process occurs on Lake Michigan in northern Michigan.

Michiganders are no stranger to lake effect snow. Especially when feet of it can fall in a week.

We take a look at the science behind the lake effect snow machine, and how it’s linked to this season’s above average start to winter and warmer than normal lake water temps. Continue reading

Emmet county sheriff encourages residents to avoid thin ice

Ice must be 5 to 8 inches thick to safely hold the weight of a person. Never attempt to cross over ice that may be thin.

Ice must be 5 to 8 inches thick to safely hold the weight of a person. Never attempt to cross over ice that may be thin.

Although the weather has cooled down enough for ice to form on lakes and rivers, officials are advising people to avoid heading out on that ice fishing trip. Continue reading

Evart puts in an ice rink and begins a new era for the community

 

DSC05376The community of Evart, in Osceola county, is glad to see the recent cold weather. Residents can finally skate on their new outdoor ice rink.

The ice rink started as an idea in the mind of Deb Booher, a local resident, Director of the local community volunteer group, and all around spit fire. She wanted to give community members, and particularly kids, something to do over the winter months.

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‘Tombstone Town’ reflects on St. Louis environmental cleanup

TombstoneFor nearly 20 years, Jane Keon has been on the front lines of a major environmental cleanup effort in mid-Michigan.

She’s from St. Louis, a town that gained national attention several times for all the wrong reasons: first an incident where a type of fire retardant entered the food supply, and later for an environmental mess left by a former chemical manufacturer. Continue reading

Mt. Pleasant Broadway Theatre is clear of CO after leak Wednesday night

Photo courtesy of A Celebration of Christmas

Photo courtesy of A Celebration of Christmas

Officials confirm Mt Pleasant’s Broadway Theatre is clear of carbon monoxide today after a leak Wednesday night sent 18 people to local hospitals.

The Mt. Pleasant Fire Department said the leak was the result of a faulty furnace. Continue reading

Finding Santa in a sea of red and white

The workshop

The workshop

When I walked into the replica of Santa’s workshop and was confronted by well over 40 real-bearded, bright red suit wearin’ Santas, this somewhat-mature 23-year old reporter immediately turned into a 10 year old boy.
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Santa’s not so little helper: Reindeer man

Bronner the white deer.

Bronner the white deer.

Ladies and Gentleman drop everything and listen, I’ve solved a Christmas mystery! I’ve located the man who takes care of Santa’s reindeer in the off season.
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New report shows suffering from hunger directly affects health

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While many Americans are getting ready to gorge out and celebrate Thanksgiving — 50 million people are suffering from hunger.

The 2016 World Hunger Report shows the main causes of poor health as well as the main drivers of healthcare costs, are related to diet. Continue reading

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