Category Archives: Federal Government

Congressional hearings on 2018 farm bill planned this weekend in Michigan.

It’s months away, but members of congress are already taking input on the new farm bill, due in 2018.

The Senate committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry is in Michigan tomorrow (Friday) to tour conservation projects in the Bay City / Saginaw area.

And then on Saturday (tomorrow) the committee will hold a hearing in Frankenmuth on the farm bill. Continue reading

Young immigrants confused by Trump’s immigration agenda

TrumpIn President Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress last week he said he hopes to switch to a “merit-based” immigration system. The details of what exactly that would entail have not yet been laid out. In the meantime, many young immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children say they are confused about what Trump’s immigration agenda will mean for them.
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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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Mid Michigan Community Action celebrates 50 year anniversary


It’s helped an estimated quarter of a million people since it began fifty years ago, and this year Mid Michigan Community Action agency is celebrating its half century mark.

The group is part of a statewide network of community service agencies. Offering programs like heating and food assistance and senior housing. Continue reading

CMU Board of Trustees sells PBS station in Flint for $14 million

WCMZ Tower Courtesy Mark Brown

WCMZ Tower
Courtesy Mark Brown

Central Michigan University announced today that it has sold its television station in Flint as part of the FCC’s broadcast spectrum auction. The station, which was purchased by CMU in 2009 for $1 million, sold for $14 million.

University President Dr. George Ross said, “This was a difficult decision. Two facts, however, greatly influenced our conversation. First, nearly all viewers will continue to have access to PBS through other sources. If that weren’t the case, we wouldn’t have participated in the auction. Second, our students are our core mission. Our mandate. We must focus our resources on their success. This decision was made to benefit Michigan families, including those in Flint.”

Additionally, Ross said said the Board of Trustees will discuss and determine how the auction revenue will be invested.

The station was sold in a historic auction conducted by the Federal Communications Commission to  gain spectrum for the nation’s mobile wireless companies.

CMU will continue to operate 8 radio stations and 4 TV stations throughout central and northern Michigan.

CMU invests more than $3 million a year in its public broadcasting system