Category Archives: Technology

Film credits could be back on chopping block as officials look to close budget hole

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Ending Michigan’s film incentive program could be part of a solution to close a large hole in the state budget. A new bill in the state House would end Michigan’s film credits in October. Continue reading

Central Michigan University is launching a STEM-Agriculture partnership

CMU is partnering with a rural school to help students with STEM- that’s science, technology engineering and math.

And the partnership has an agricultural twist.

Officials at CMU are launching the partnership this month between student-teachers, and classroom teachers in St. Johns-an agricultural community. Continue reading

Bay City Police to experiment with body-worn cameras

1384507875pem40Police officers in Bay City will start off the new year wearing body cameras for the first time, as part of a 90 day pilot program.

The body-worn cameras will be used in an effort to increase transparency within the department. The department will be testing camera systems from at least two different vendors.

Michael Cecchini is the Public Safety Director for Bay City.

He said use of the new cameras will be part of each officer’s daily routine.

“You’d have a policy that directs the officer to turn the camera on anytime he’s out for investigation or contacting a citizen, and then that interaction is recorded and then at the end of shift downloaded.”

Cecchini said the cameras would be switched on for things like traffic stops, field interrogations, or whenever an officer is dispatched to a call.

He said body cameras have been proven effective in studies conducted by the National Institute of Justice.

“Which indicates that the use of body worn cameras reduces citizens complaints by 40%. There’s a University of Cambridge study that indicates the the use of body worn cameras reduces incidents of use of force by officers by 57%.”

Cecchini said body-worn cameras are becoming highly sought after systems for their low-cost and effectiveness.

Following the trial period, Cecchini said a recommendation will be made to the City Commission to either purchase the equipment, or discontinue the program.

Students take field trips to learn about Michigan shipwrecks


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School kids across Michigan are stepping out of the classroom and onto buses for, what for many, is their favorite time of the year, field trips.

Some that are within driving distance of Alpena are learning about a unique part of Michigan history…shipwrecks. Continue reading

Petoskey Robotics Team fundraising for Super Regionals


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A sport for the mind. Robotics teams in Michigan have been experiencing significant growth, now boasting more than any other state in the nation.

One particular team comes from Petoskey Middle School, where the team is now experimenting with a different kind of technology. Continue reading

Unmanned research helicopter lands in CMU


Heumann and the the six-foot-long research helicopter

Heumann and the the six-foot-long research helicopter


It’s a bird, it’s a plane; no, it’s a helicopter. An unmanned helicopter has found its way to CMU this week and it’s not an ordinary type of helicopter.
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MDOT to replace overpasses using new technique


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Something that often frustrates Michigan drivers, other than the weather, is construction.

The state is hoping to reduce frustration, and delays with new bridge replacement technology. Continue reading