Category Archives: Public Safety

Obama says Flint children “will be fine”

President_Barack_ObamaPresident Obama was in Flint today (Wed.). He called the city’s drinking water crisis a man-made tragedy. But he also said anti-government crusades have discouraged critical investments in infrastructure.

Addressing a crowd of about a thousand people gathered in a high school gym, the president promised a sustained federal effort to help Flint recover

The president it will be years before all the water lines in the city are safe. In the mean time, he said, people should feel safe drinking tap water – as long as it’s filtered.

Snyder: Flint water promise resumes following international trip

Snyder_courtesy_4Governor Rick Snyder arrives back home tomorrow (Sat.) following a week-long economic development trip to Europe.

The governor attended a manufacturing conference in Germany, toured a skilled trade training center in Switzerland, met with auto industry executives in Italy, and checked out state-of-the-art water infrastructure in The Netherlands – which, he says could serve as a model for lead pipe replacement in Flint.

The governor says he will resume his promise to drink filtered water from Flint for 30 days once he’s back.

“So I’ll be back drinking Flint water this weekend.”

The governor says he’ll add at least seven days of drinking Flint water to make up for the week he was in Europe.

Bay City follows anti-discrimination ordinance trend

LGBT_flag_02An anti-discrimination ordinance passed unanimously this week in Bay City, and looks similar to ordinances that are popping up in cities and counties across the state.

Some worry these ordinances will affect business. Others say they are essential for inclusive communities.

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More governments turning to local funding to fix roads 

IMG_8023-1 (1)Infrastructure across the state is notoriously out of date, but with the 1.2 billion dollar road funding plan approved last year, many counties felt like help was on the way.

What local communities across the state are coming to realize is that the road plan comes with a few strings attached.

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Poll: Majority of Michigan residents support recreational marijuana

pot53% of Michigan residents surveyed said they would vote yes if the legalization of recreational marijuana was on the November 2016 ballot.

That’s according to a poll conducted by the Michigan chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
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Michigan AG requests more info about Straits pipeline

DSC_1301Michigan Attorney General Bill Shuette has requested unrestricted access to documents from Enbridge Energy regarding its pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac.

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Conference to look at contamination issues near Alma

The city of Alma is surrounded by three contaminated EPA superfund sites.

In an attempt to educate the community, Alma College is hosting what it’s calling an Intergenerational Health Conference to examine the effects of living so close, to so much contamination.
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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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