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Warm temperatures prompt concerns about ice safety

Warmer than average temperatures are expected to continue through the end of this week. And that means ice on area lakes and rivers is starting to melt.

Law enforcement officials say ice rescues are not unusual at this time of the year… but they would rather people avoid going on the ice altogether, than have to call for help.

Michael Boguth (bo-gith) is a meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Gaylord. He said ice fishermen need to take extreme precautions.

“If anyone is going to venture out ice fishing, please use extreme caution. You know with this warm up the ice is rapidly deteriorating. So please take your time and make sure you check that ice thickness.”

Officials said you should use the buddy system while out on the ice, have rope to use for rescues, and have a communication device to call for help.

Data finds link between Flint water and Legionnaires Disease

file0001912523872New test data from the Centers for Disease Control may show a link between Flint’s water during the water crisis to an uptick in cases of Legionnaires Disease.

But officials with the state health department say an ongoing probe into McLaren’s Flint hospital response to the disease outbreak will continue.

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How could ending NAFTA impact Michigan?

file8741346369542President Donald Trump has called the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, the ‘worst trade deal in history,’ saying he would like to either renegotiate the deal, or destroy it altogether.

The president has also indicated that he could impose a 20 percent tariff on goods coming into the U-S from Mexico.

Economists and local manufacturers are speaking up about the potential impacts those changes might have.

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Funding for developmental delay screening in Flint gets increase

The Genesee Intermediate School District will expand screenings for developmental disabilities in children potentially impacted by lead exposure due to the Flint water crisis.

The state has approved six and a half million dollars to expand existing programming for children age zero to three and expand the age range to be eligible for services to age five.

Steve Tunnicliff is the Associate Superintendent at the Genesee Intermediate School District. He said parents in the Genesee area can reach out to the school district to get connected with testing and other resources.

“One of the messages and the whole concept of ‘don’t wait, evaluate’ is there may not be any concerns, there may not be any problems, there may not be any delays. The purpose is to find that out now and if there are any concerns or delays to make sure we’re connecting families and providing the right resources.”

Tunnicliff said the goal is to make sure parents know that services are available.

State raffles exceeds one million dollars donated towards conservation projects

A statewide raffle is hitting a milestone this year, raising one million dollars for Michigan conservation projects.

Officials said the Pure Michigan Hunt raffle raised over a quarter million dollars this year alone. That was due to a 46 percent increase in applications.

Rachel Leightner is the spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. She said the money helps to fund Michigan wildlife projects.

“The money goes directly into our game and fish fund, which will also benefit our wildlife grant fund. And all of the money goes towards a multitude of wildlife projects across the state.”

Besides the financial benefit to the state, Leightner said the Pure Michigan Hunt raffle is a big deal for hunters. They receive licenses for four hunting seasons, a 12-gage shotgun, a one hundred dollar gift card, and a go-pro outdoor camera.

This year’s winners were from Montcalm, Lapeer, and Kent counties.


In the interest of transparency the Michigan DNR is an underwriter of CMU Public Broadcasting.

Michigan gains new skilled workers

A Michigan school that officials say is the second largest school of its type in the country is sending its most recent class of graduates into the job world. The Michigan Career Technical Institute trains students with disabilities for work in vocational careers. And 80-percent of their students find work.

Dozens of new workers are settling into their jobs this month.
Michigan Career Technical Institute recently graduated a class of over 150 students.

Erica Quealy is the spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Human Services. She said MTCI does a good job helping people who have barriers to employment.

“This is a great opportunity for any person in Michigan who is over 18 years old, and maybe experiencing some sort of disabilities and need some help finding the appropriate training to help them reach their career success goals.”

Quealy said approximately 320 students graduate each year in 13 vocational programs, including automotive technology, graphic arts, and nursing assistant.

Sault-area school receiving attention for success of low-income students

file2511249323684Student success across the state often correlates with economic status.

That trend is being broken by only a few schools in Michigan, including one in Sault Sainte Marie.

The Joseph K. Lumsden Anishinaabe School is a K through 8 grant school chartered by Northern Michigan University. It serves nearly 500 students.

The school received recognition because students on the lowest end of achievement were almost evenly represented by low-income, middle income and upper income students.

Statewide economically disadvantaged students are nearly three times as likely to have low achievement as the non-economically disadvantaged.

Carolyn Dale works for the JKL school. She attributes the success to a combination of school supports and cultural acceptance.

“It really goes back to that sense of family and community. A sense of bonding a sense of these are our children. The Anishinabe culture is huge it’s woven into everything we do.”

Dale said the school can serve as a rubric for student success across the state.