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Third part of Michigan water strategy announced

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The Michigan Office of the Great Lakes has released the third part of its water strategy for the state. It’s part of a 30 year strategy to ensure clean water is available across the state.


Part three of Michigan’s water plan focuses on the restoration of water quality and the protection public health.

Officials said 158 million dollars in low interest loans will be awarded to local communities to fund infrastructure projects.

Jon Allan is the director of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes.

“These investments help communities piece by piece make sure that we’re delivering back to the citizens clean and safe drinking water. But also clean and safe rivers, beaches, harbors, and lakes as we deal with the waste issue as well.”

Allan said communities will be reimbursed for the cost of eligible projects once they’re complete.

The state is expected to announce a fourth part of its water strategy within the next month.

Flint residents to receive new water test kits

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As officials continue investigating the Flint water crisis, some attention is turning to the water faucets in people’s homes.


State officials said older faucets and other fixtures can provide a significant amount of lead in water. They said lead begins to seep into the water when it’s stagnant in the faucet.

Officials are encouraging Flint residents to test their water immediately after turning a faucet on, and again after the water has run. George Krisztian is the Flint Action Plan Coordinator for the DEQ.

“Residents will be receiving a kit with two bottles in it. One 250 to highlight that the lead is coming from the fixture, and a second going to demonstrate that after the 250 mL bottle that lead should go down significantly.”

Krisztian said current water fixtures have lower lead levels than older fixtures. The state wants to collect testing data and then make recommendations to residents on whether or not they should consider replacing fixtures.

A Central Michigan University researcher uses a new method to target diseased cells

Dr. Neeraj Vij lab with Dr. Maish Bodas (back) a postdoctoral fellow in the medical research facility. Central Michigan University photos by Steve Jessmore

Dr. Neeraj Vij lab with Dr. Maish Bodas (back) a postdoctoral fellow in the medical research facility. Central Michigan University photos by Steve Jessmore

The method is called nano-delivery. It sends drugs directly to diseased cells in the lungs, without harming surrounding cells.
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Designation makes Flint eligible for healthcare worker recruitment programs

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A new federal designation will make the area eligible for healthcare workforce recruitment and retention programs.


The designation indicates a shortage of personnel in the areas of medical, dental, and mental health care.

Jennifer Eisner is the spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Health. She said with the designation, the Flint area can tap into programs that will help keep healthcare professionals from leaving the region…

“So this is a really good opportunity to keep physicians in Flint, and recruit those who may consider going elsewhere to practice and entice them to come to Flint and service the population there.”

Eisner said the goal is to provide more healthcare options and create better patient outcomes in the Flint community.

Michigan is working on passing a bill that would grant immunity to anyone reporting an overdose

DSC05701Officials say a similar bill was passed last year that granted immunity to prescription drug overdose reports in minors. The new bill would expand immunity to all ages, and all substances.

Al Pscholka is a State Representative and Chairman of the house Appropriations Committee. He developed the bill and its predecessor.

“You know we should never be afraid to save a life so that’s what really started this whole conversation about expanding the Good Samaritan Act, and allowing for people to escape prosecution if it’s a medical emergency and you’re in the commission of saving someone’s life.”

Pscholka says in the state of Michigan, opioid drug overdoses kill more people than car accidents.

He says the original legislation has saved lives, and he hopes the passing of this bill will save more.

A northern Michigan organization is educating people on why AA doesn’t work for everyone

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September is Celebrate Recovery Month — celebrating those who have found sobriety, after conquering an addiction to alcohol or drugs.

One of the most well-known recovery options is Alcoholics Anonymous, or AA. But the 12-step program doesn’t work for everyone.

CMU Public Radio’s Devon Rademacher has been looking into this issue, and she spoke with Mike Horace on Morning Edition.

Northern Michigan organization educating people on alternative recovery treatment

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September is Celebrate Recovery Month — celebrating those who have found sobriety, after conquering an addiction to alcohol or drugs.

A northern Michigan organization is working to educate people on some lesser known, alternative, recovery options.

Most people associate recovery with Alcoholics Anonymous, or AA. The program has been helping people address alcohol addiction for more than 80-years. Continue reading

A health department in Cadillac is looking to get more information on how young adults view drugs and alcohol

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District Health Department number 10 in Cadillac is looking to get more information on drug and alcohol habits of 18-25 year olds.

They’ve released a survey that asks a variety of questions on alcohol, marijuana and opioid use. Continue reading