The petition campaign to outlaw fracking in Michigan is asking the state Court of Appeals to overturn a 180-time limit on gathering signatures. The campaign is asking the court to strike down a law signed in June by Governor Rick Snyder.
Lu Ann Kozma is with the anti-fracking campaign. She would like the court to rule soon so the campaign can decide whether to continue gathering signatures. Continue reading
This year’s event will bring in speakers and organizations to talk about things like safer sex, hunger, volunteering, and more.
Lauren Lynn is the events student coordinator at the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center at CMU.
“Someone was sitting here and was like how can we provide students with education that will preempt them to then do service and then allow to have that reflection. So someone came up with the idea, they had people come in and speak and for the last 16 years we’ve been doing it that same way.”
Lynn says the goal is to inspire students to become more active citizens and help within their community.
Issue Day is scheduled to run Saturday October 15th from 9am to 1pm in the UC rotunda at CMU.
Some Democrats in the Legislature say a state health care fund for firefighters and other first responders should cover breast cancer treatments.
State Senator Curtis Hertel (East Lansing) says firefighters are commonly exposed to benzene and other chemicals linked to breast cancer. He says it’s only fair that breast cancer is covered by the first responders fund.
“Those that protect us should always be protected,” he said.
Detroit Senior Firefighter Elizabeth Szmrecsanyi says women in her profession are three times more likely than the average woman to develop breast cancer.
“We put our lives on the line, just like our brethren do in the fire department,” she said, “and I don’t see why females – why our parts shouldn’t be covered just as the gentlemen already are.”
Unions for police, firefighters and other first responders support the expansion.
Hertel says policymakers were slow to recognize the risk to female firefighters, in part, because there are so many more men in the profession. But he says new studies show the dangers to female first responders.
“Some of it’s just common sense,” he said. “We know that dangerous chemicals like benzene lead to breast cancer, and that’s what people in a fire are fighting. So, oftentimes, people are going to have exposure and we should make sure they’re protected.”
Michigan’s first responder health care fund already covers 10 types of cancer – including prostate and testicular cancer. It was created in 2014, but it wasn’t funded by the Legislature until this year.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services awarded the funding to health departments in Detroit, Muskegon, and Genesee county.
A report recently released by Alma College explores the science behind long-term exposure.
Central Michigan University sophomore Austin Brittain created a prosthetic hand with the university’s 3-D printer.
A disability advocacy organization hopes to raise funds and provide access to Lake Michigan in Wilderness State Park in Mackinaw City.
After building access infrastructure for people with disabilities at nine different public beaches throughout the region, Disability Network of Northern Michigan now has their sights set on Wilderness State Park. Continue reading
Mike Kostka started running at 5:30 this morning and plans to continue running until the the Bay County YMCA closes tonight at 9:30.