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A new bill would allow for real-time access to insurance for law enforcement

A bill being considered in Lansing may make it easier for motorists to show proof of auto insurance to police. And easier for police to get up-to-date information

Legislation in the State Senate would allow law enforcement to access real-time auto insurance information.

Currently, police may receive information that is weeks old as insurance companies send data every two weeks to the Secretary of State office. That information is then distributed to law enforcement data systems.

The new bill would allow drivers to show proof of insurance on their cellphones.

Susan Hiltz is with Triple A Michigan.

“It’s really about sharing of knowledge and it’s really more of a computer based sharing of knowledge and information. And it’s really just to validate insurance on folks,” Hiltz said.

Lori Conarton with Insurance Institute of Michigan said Michigan is ranked sixth highest in the nation for uninsured drivers.

She said part of the high uninsured rate is because Michigan has some of the most expensive insurance nationwide. However, she said, it’s necessary to insure motorists safety.

The bill has been passed by the state house and referred to the Senate Committee on Insurance.

Consumer’s Energy working to fix outages in NW lower Michigan

power linePower outages are affecting several northern mid-Michigan counties today.

More than 4,500 people are without power in Wexford, Missaukee, Osceola, and Clare counties.

Cadillac Schools is sending students home early due to power outages in multiple buildings.

A Consumer’s Energy spokesperson said restoration work should be completed by mid afternoon.

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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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