Category Archives: Public Safety

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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Some Paradise residents struggling to keep their homes afloat

Cannon beforeResidents in Paradise, Michigan are worried their homes may be slipping into Lake Superior. High water levels have washed away large chunks of shoreline and left some homeowners scrambling to keep their houses intact. Continue reading

State commission calls for new protections for trafficking victims


Sex traffickers in Michigan may face increased penalties, under recommendations made to the legislature by a state commission.

Removing prostitution offenses for trafficking victims, and providing them with a safe place to stay are just some of the recommendations being made to the legislature by the Michigan Human Trafficking Commission.

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Hefty petition rejecting nuclear dump hits the desk of Canadian Prime Minister

A new petition with nearly 100-thousand signatures, and over 30-thousand comments is calling on the Canadian Minister of the Environment to reject a nuclear waste dump on the shores of Lake Huron.
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Scientists hunt link between Legionella and Flint water

Michigan scientists said it’s early, but as of now, there isn’t enough evidence to confirm or deny any possible link between the rise in Legionnaires Disease in Genesee county and the water crisis in Flint. Continue reading

Snyder says Flint will be fixed


Governor Rick Snyder devoted most of Tuesday’s State of the State speech to the Flint water crisis. He promised to fix the problems that started while the city was under state emergency management. And he promised to do a better job of helping the public understand what went wrong.

It was a humbled Governor Snyder who took to the podium for the sixth State of the State address of his administration.

A year ago, he was just-reelected to a second-term, pondering a bid for the presidency, and basking in the apparent success of Detroit’s exit from bankruptcy.

Today, the governor’s reputation for can-do accomplishment has been shredded by the water crisis in Flint. Children are showing elevated lead levels that could lead to all sorts of neurological and developmental health risks.

A visibly emotional Governor Snyder told Flint residents fixing that is a responsibility he takes personally.

“I give you my commitment that Michigan will not let you down.”

That’s after months of administration officials denying was a problem, followed by a shakeup that cost at least two senior environmental officials their jobs, and last week, the state asking the federal government for help.

The Obama administration partially approved the request for assistance. This is White House Press Secretary Joshua Earnest.

“This is obviously an effort that should be led by state and local officials, but the federal government is mobilizing significant resources to support that ongoing effort.”

That includes sending bottled water from emergency reserves and sending advisors to help the city tap into more federal resources.

Governor Snyder said he will ask the federal government to send more help. He also promised a short – and long-term strategy for helping Flint and other cities with water infrastructure.

The governor called the Flint water crisis a failure at “every level of government” – city, county, state, and federal.

“We will not stop working for the people of Flint until every single person has clean water every single day no matter what.”

The sounds of protests could be heard inside the Capitol even as the governor delivered his speech.

“What do want?” “Clean water!” “When do we want it?” “Now!”

Nayyarah Shariff was one of those demonstrators. She said it took too long for the state to acknowledge the problem and to start doing something about it.

“And now we’ve got the whole world looking at Rick Snyder and, hopefully, that will force him to change, because we had to drag him kicking and screaming into this fight.”

In the speech, Snyder promised to release his e-mails related to the Flint water crisis to show what his administration did right, and to help the public understand how things went wrong.

Rick Snyder and his aides said they understand the reality that he owns the problem. And that it’s up to Rick Snyder to fix it.

Issues concerning Pine River will be discussed in Gratiot County Wednesday night


Community members in Gratiot County will be discussing issues concerning the Pine River on Wednesday night.

The Pine River, which flows through Gratiot County, has contamination issues dating back decades. Continue reading

Old-order Amish communities consider change

IMG_7402Residents and representatives in the Clare Gladwin county are trying to find the right balance between religious freedom and personal safety after a series of Amish buggy collisions culminated in a death this past December.

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EPA says Tittabawassee river cleanup is speeding up

The Environmental Protection Agency says by the end of 2016, it will be halfway done with cleanup of the Tittabawassee river.

Mary Logan is a spokeswoman for the EPA.

She said the cleanup is running ahead of schedule.
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Bill Regarding Sex Offender Exclusion Zones Passes Michigan Senate

Capital_Building_Lansing (1)The state Senate has passed new legislation that clarifies Michigan’s sex offender laws. This, after U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland declared parts of those laws unconstitutionally vague earlier this year.

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Conspiracy of silence: New website shines light on elderly abuse in Michigan

Sad Old PersonThe rate of elderly abuse in Michigan is roughly 3 times more than the national average. In an attempt to raise awareness of the issue the Stern Law Group has sponsored a website that lists nursing homes and their violations nationwide. Continue reading