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MDOT continues to keep travelers safe with Mi Drive App’s first update

Looking to drive around Michigan? There’s an app for that The Michigan Department of Transportation has updated its MI Drive app.

Jeff Cranson, MDOT Director of Communications said the app uses cameras to notify users in real time. Users are also able to save their favorite cameras.

“Everything we do is about safe travel and trying to help people avoid congestion, avoid construction zones, anything that causes backups because it’s in backups that people get impatient and do things that can lead to crashes,” Cranson said.

Cranson said he hopes to see more cameras in rural areas.

The MI Drive App was originally released in November. The new version has faster loading speed and new map layers.

Cransons said it also helps cut down on pollution as well.

“It’s about the environment because any time you can avoid congestion and sitting stalled in traffic, you’re not idling, and you’re conserving fuel and cutting down on emissions too,” he said.

Transportation officials say they plan to continue updating the app as it receives feedback.

State Transportation Director Kirk Steudle said the app has some 38,000 downloads.

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Mi Drive App

www.michigan.gov/drive

Home heating representatives say homeowners are using dangerous methods to stay warm

According to data from the U.S. Fire Association, 130 people died in residential fires in Michigan last year.

Even though it’s officially spring, officials said homeowners are still struggling with heating their homes.
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Michigan locations in the running for best travel nationwide

Spring break may be a great time to travel, and not all travelers choose warm southern beach destinations. Some travel around Michigan.

USA Today is running a 10 Best, Readers Choice Awards contest.

Michigan has three destinations in the running.

Saugatuck, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, and Seney Wildlife Refuge are in the running.

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USA Today 10 Best Readers Choice Contest http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/

Constitutional amendment would allow tax credits for private school tuition

State Rep. Gary Glenn (R)

State Rep. Gary Glenn (R)

A proposed amendment to the state constitution would make it easier for some parents to send their children to private schools.

The amendment would allow tax credits for tuition expenses – for both private and public schools. It would leave in place a constitutional prohibition on vouchers – that is direct payments by the state to cover tuition costs. Continue reading

CMU recognized again for online programs, moves ahead with CMED and Bio Sciences

Ross Jan 2015george_rossWith the new semester underway, Central Michigan University is once again receiving recognition for its distance learning initiatives and online programs.
CMU President Dr. George E. Ross sat down with David Nicholas is studio to talk about that and progress with the construction of the Bio Sciences Building…
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CMU recognized again for online programs, moves ahead with CMED and Bio Sciences

george_rossWith the new semester underway, Central Michigan University is once again receiving recognition for its distance learning initiatives and online programs.
CMU President Dr. George E. Ross sat down with David Nicholas is studio to talk about that and progress with the construction of the Bio Sciences Building…

President Ross said the interviews and campus visits with the CMED Dean candidates are concluding this week.
He hopes the decision will be made (QUOTE) “not too much further into this spring semester.”