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Genesee County Health Department tests children and babies for lead

file0001956473055The Genesee County Health Department has scheduled what officials call a massive lead screening event this month. The county is working in partnership with state health officials. The event is a part of an ongoing effort to have all children (and babies) within Flint tested for lead poisoning by April 1st.

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Congressional delegation makes stop in Flint

Setting up for the event at Grace Emmanuel Church in Flint

Setting up for the event at Grace Emmanuel Church in Flint

Today, A delegation of members of Congress went to Flint to listen to the grievances of local residents.

More than 100 people showed up to tell their stories, and attempt to be heard at the national level.

The overarching theme for the event, as Nancy Pelosi addressed a church full of Flint residents, was looking forward.
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Health officials are warning that shoveling heavy, wet snow could trigger a heart attack

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Cold weather mixed with moving hundreds of pounds of wet and heavy snow can be the recipe for a heart attack.

Especially for those who don’t exercise regularly.

Leslie Kinnee is with the Mid-Michigan District Health Department. She said the simple activity of shoveling snow can be more strenuous than running on a treadmill. Continue reading

First case of Zika virus in the state confirmed in Ingham county

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The first case of Zika virus in Michigan has been confirmed in Ingham county.

Health officials say the 61 year old female contracted Zika on vacation in Barbados, where the virus is present. She returned to Michigan with symptoms a few weeks ago, and the test results confirmed the virus.

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National Wildlife Federation files intent to sue

mackinac-03On Monday the National Wildlife Federation filed an intent to sue the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, which oversees pipeline safety.

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Conservationists worry what new bill could mean for the Great Lakes

DSC_1116A state house bill has come under fire from conservation groups for allowing information about pipeline integrity to remain secret. In particular, opponents say they’re worried about line 5, the Enbridge pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac.

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Will there ever be an end to poverty?

file0002103408351 (1)As a part of our ongoing series of reports on homelessness, Ben Thorp went to a Saginaw soup kitchen to talk about the services they offer. He wound up speaking to a CMU professor about poverty, its persistence, and what we can do to eradicate it.

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Snyder budget plan focuses on help for Flint, DPS

DSC04187-BGovernor Rick Snyder had to push past a throng of protesters as he prepared to present his budget plan for the coming fiscal year. As we hear from The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta, much of the plan focuses on crises that emerged last year, including the Flint water crisis.
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Transitional housing for veterans is one of a kind in northern Michigan

DSC_0201-largeStudies show the state of Michigan has roughly twelve hundred homeless veterans. Northern Michigan has one shelter to help transition veterans in that area out of homelessness.

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