Category Archives: Public Safety

Enbridge Energy reaches settlement over Kalamazoo River oil spill

f369230151edf0a4e0101cbd111732a1It was announced this week the company behind the 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill, Enbridge Energy, will pay 177 million dollars for the spill.

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Adults are urged to stay current with vaccinations

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Fewer than thirty percent of adults in America, receive their recommended vaccinations each year. The state is reminding people vaccinations aren’t just for children.


Health officials say adults living with heart disease, diabetes, HIV and chronic kidney disease are more at risk for complications from vaccine-preventable illnesses.

They say, staying current on vaccinations not only protects the recipient but helps prevent the spread of diseases within the community.

Jennifer Eisner is the spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services. She says, when mom and dad are vaccinated, it can protect the family.

“Often times adults may think that vaccines are for younger children and may forget about protecting themselves. What’s important to remember is that by staying up-to-date on your vaccines you’re actually helping to protect children you’re around as well.”

Eisner says, the CDC has a recommended vaccination schedule for certain age and high risk groups.

Here’s a link to the CDC vaccination schedule http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/adult.html

Disclosures reveal private wealth is being funneled into congressional races

THREE 100 DOLLAR ROLLSDisclosures released last week reveal congressional candidates in two primary races have spent a combined one million dollars of personal wealth on their campaigns just last quarter.

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Upcoming Summer Olympic Games prompt concern from Alma College political science professor

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The Summer Olympic Games will take place in Brazil next month – one local political science expert says his concerns for athlete’s safety are high.

Derick Hulme is a political science professor at Alma College.

He said with threats of terrorism and political revolutions throughout the country, Brazil is not stable enough to host the games. Continue reading

Changes Coming to Great Lakes Coast Guard Stations

Coast guard station scheduleSecurity and rescue operations on Great Lakes waters are changing. The U-S Coast Guard is planning to temporarily shut down 8 Coast Guard stations around the Great Lakes. It’s the beginning of a larger transition aimed at improving the efficiency of stations around the nation. But Great Lakes Today’s Elizabeth Miller in Cleveland reports on one Ohio community that doesn’t want to see its Coast Guard unit go.

An action agaency works to reduce homelessness in the veteran community

_DSC0393The program is called Support Services for Veteran Families. It helps homeless or nearly homeless veterans and their families get back on their feet.

Eva Rohlman is the Outreach services director for the Mid Michigan Community Action Agency which runs the program.

“We can also help veteran families who are nearly homeless. So families who are at risk of eviction.We can help them resolve their eviction or move to a new location, if they can no longer stay in the place that they are. We truly believe that nobody who’s ever served this country should ever be without a safe stable place to call home.”

Rohlman said the program also outlines a housing stability plan,to help them plan out how to keep their housing arrangements.

To find out more information about this program visit the Mid Michigan community Action’s website.

Federal officials urge President Obama to ask Canada to consider alternative location for storing nuclear waste

SignSenators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters wrote a letter to the President asking him and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to consider an alternative location for storing nuclear waste.Right now the plan is to bury it in Canada near the shores of Lake Huron.

Senator Debbie Stabenow said the President and the Prime Minister Trudeau are scheduled to meet at the North American Leaders Summit later this month. She expects the nuclear disposal location will be discussed.

“ There has been a proposal put forward to put right on Lake Huron a disposal site underground site. On the Canadian side to store nuclear waste. And this is something that I’ve raised concerns about.”

The Canadian Minister of the Environment has twice postponed issuing a decision on the dump location. Since the most recent postponement, a new decision date has not been set