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Over 2 million pounds of food have been delivered to Flint so far this year

food pantry-1As much as 400 thousand pounds of food are delivered to Flint residents every month. This according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The effort is part of a program that offers free high-nutrient foods available to residents to offset lead exposure.

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Michigan DNR assists in fire fighting efforts in southeastern states

DSC_0150Extreme drought conditions in the southeastern states has led to a series of wildfires across four states.

The state Department of Natural Resources has dispatched several teams to assist in fighting the fires.

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Project to bring Christmas gifts to foster children in need of pilots

AeroplaneA lot of adults know how Santa feels – giving presents to children during the holiday season. But if you’re a pilot and want to know what his reindeer might feel like, we have just the thing. The state is looking for volunteer pilots to help carry gifts to foster children across the state.

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Don’t double up doses this cold and flu season

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The peak time for cold and flu season is quickly approaching and health professionals are encouraging people to check labels for the recommended dosage of cold and flu medicines. Acetaminophen is a commonly found in the medicines, and it can lead to health problems if it’s not used correctly.


Health experts said acetaminophen overdoses contribute to 26-thousand hospitalizations each year. Some resulting in dysfunction of the liver.

Brett Snodgrass is a family nurse practitioner. She said there are four simple steps to follow to decrease your risk

“Always read labels, we never recommend take more than one medication with acetaminophen, know if your medicine contains acetaminophen, double-check don’t double up, and then always talk to your health care provider.”

Snodgrass said health professionals want consumers to use acetaminophen because it works. But they want people to take care and follow the directions.

Smart911 to be implemented statewide

911d995c3f544c56beea5d16133c50ef911 calls made from cell phones can now include user profiles with important information, thanks to a program called Smart911.

Lt. Governor Brian Calley announced says the state will provide two-million dollars to make the technology available to dispatch centers across the state.

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Anti-Trump protests at CMU is large, peaceful

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Credit: CMU

In cities across the country protesters have gathered to show their opposition to president elect Donald Trump.

On the campus of Central Michigan University Tuesday roughly 300 students and faculty gathered to show solidarity with the national protests.

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Trees can help reduce air pollution researchers say

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One environmental group has found a way to help reduce the air pollution across the globe. Their solution is putting nature back into the environment.


A new survey shows planting trees can help reduce air pollution and extreme heat during summer.

Robert McDonald is the lead scientist for the Nature Conservancy, which conducted the survey. He said there are two issues the study focuses on.

“One is how trees cool the air and they do that by shading pavement, and asphalt preventing it from getting the sun’s energy. And then the reports focuses on particulate matter, which globally the most damaging type of air pollution. So when we burn gasoline and other fossil fuels there are little particles that float around in the air.”

McDonald said particulate matter pollution contributes to strokes, heart attacks, asthma and other diseases. It kills some three million people a year. He said trees help by serving as a giant filter, and cool surrounding areas by up to four degrees.

State takes public comment on Nestle Water’s request for more groundwater withdrawals

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The state is taking public comment on a request by Nestle Waters to withdraw additional groundwater in Osceola county. Concerns have already popped up about local rivers and wells. Nestle says the move will bring jobs to the area.


The company says it needs the increased water in order to expand. The expansion would bring some 20 new jobs to the neighboring county of Mecosta.

Officials with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality say the water withdrawals could affect areas around the Muskegon River and Chippewa Creek.

Carrie Monosmith is the with the DEQ. She said the state has received close to 2,000 emails from residents.

“They are concerned about lost of water, decreased in levels in the creeks, possible impacts to their private wells, and many think Nestle shouldn’t be able to withdraw additional water for profit.”

Monosmith said right now, public comment is scheduled to close December 3rd. A decision on Nestle’s request will not be made until after a formal hearing. A date for that has not yet been set.