Category Archives: Public Safety

Debate and controversy surround proposed nuclear waste dump near Lake Huron shore in Ontario

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Controversy surrounding a proposed nuclear waste dump that would be built near the Lake Huron Shoreline in Ontario is heating up.

The main issue surrounding Ontario Power Generation’s, or OPG’s, proposed nuclear dump can be boiled down to three things.
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Debate and controversy surround proposed nuclear waste dump near Lake Huron shore in Ontario

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Ontario Power Generation, or OPG, has talked themselves hoarse defending their proposal for a nuclear waste storage facility near Lake Huron.
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Pro-gun groups blast state Senate for passing “no-carry zone” exemption

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Retired federal law enforcement officials would be able to carry concealed weapons in “no carry zones” under a bill approved by the state Senate. The bill got overwhelming bipartisan support. Continue reading

Fifth-grader enrollment for emergency preparedness program grows

schoolsMore schools in Michigan are enrolling their fifth graders in a state program that aims to prepare them for emergencies.

It’s called Student Tools for Emergency Planning, or STEP. It’s a curriculum that helps teachers prepare students for emergencies like tornadoes, flooding and storms. Continue reading

Alpena police seeking the public’s help in missing persons case

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Thursday marks one week since an Alpena woman went missing. Now police are asking for the public’s help in locating her.

Police say 57-year old, Mary Carol Allen is in need of medication and is considered endangered. She was last seen January 22nd at her home on Avery street in Alpena.

Joel Jett is Chief of Police for the Alpena City Police Department.


He said there is growing concern to locate Allen due to the cold temperatures and her medical condition.

“From the time that it was reported Sunday afternoon up until today, we are expending all resources that we can in our attempts to locate her.”

Jett said air search crews from the state police have been working in along with ground searchers and canine units.

Mary Allen is described as 5 feet 3 inches tall, 130 pounds with graying brown hair and brown eyes. Police say she might be wearing glasses.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Alpena Police department at (989) 354-1800 or the Michigan State Police.

State check finds more stores sell tobacco to minors

117A check by state health officials over the past year found an uptick in the number of retailers illegally selling tobacco to minors. The Department of Community Health Survey found 18 percent of retailers sold tobacco to minors. That’s a seven percentage point jump from two years ago.
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Flu update: problems continue into the new year

flushotIf you still have yet to get a flu shot, health officials suggest making that that your new years resolution.

185. As of January 6th, Health officials said that was the number of influenza hospitalizations so far in Michigan. Continue reading

No-Spills conference coming to Mt. Pleasant

In January specialists in the oil industry will be flocking to Mid-Michigan. The 25th annual No-Spills conference is scheduled for Mt. Pleasant.

Linda Hensel is Committee Chairman for what’s called the No-Spills conference. She said the conference will be an informative forum.

“Although we have vendors and they’re there because they want to meet potential clients, everybody in this conference is here because we want to know what’s actually going on in our field and related fields. I think that’s one thing that’s really important, this is not a hype type conference. The scope is very limited so that we are able to discuss the important things that need to be discussed.”

The organization is moving to a larger facility this year. The conference will be held in the Soaring Eagle Resort.

Hensel said the move is necessary because the conference is growing in size. She also said the location in the center of the state will be more accessible to the masses.

For more information on the event visit here.

In the interest of full disclosure, No-Spills is an underwriter of CMU Public Radio.

NRC adopts eat-what-you-road-kill policy

IMG_2713A new rule makes it easier for drivers who hit and kill an animal to claim their road kill.

The new rule replaces the previous policy that said people who want to claim road kill have to wait for an officer to show up and issue a special permit. Now, they can phone the police, report the accident, and take possession of the carcass. Continue reading

Police say it ‘tis the season to be careful about fires

The holidays bring people together for family meals, warm fireplaces and tree lights, but police say all of those things can increase the risk of fires.

Michigan State Police said most home fires happen in the winter. U.S. Fire Administration data shows that in Michigan, most residential fires last year occurred in December and February. Continue reading

Gov. Snyder will have final say on eliminating county gun boards

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASignificant changes could be coming soon to the way Michigan issues concealed pistol licenses (CPLs).

The state Legislature approved a bill in the early morning hours on the last day of its “lame duck” session that would get rid of county gun boards. The boards currently oversee background checks and issue CPLs. Continue reading

House bill to make the drunk snowmobiling limit the same as when driving a car

Governor Snyder has until the end of the year to sign a bill making the drunk snowmobiling limit the same as it is when driving a car.

The 0.08 alcohol limit would apply to anyone driving a recreational vehicle. Things like snowmobiles, boats and ORVs.

Northern Michigan police said drunk driving isn’t just a problem on the road. They said drunk snowmobiling should also be taken seriously.

They said more than a decade ago state lawmakers changed the alcohol limit from 0.10 to 0.08 for people driving cars.

However, this law did not change the limit for anyone driving ORV’s, snowmobiles or boats. Continue reading