We’re learning more details about an incident that occurred earlier this month at the Kinross Correctional Facility in the eastern Upper Peninsula. The union that represents prison guards there says the state has played down the incident… which the union describes as a full blown riot. But the Department of Corrections disagrees.
Some state lawmakers are calling for new laws to punish people who attack lawyers, judges, and other court personnel during judicial proceedings.
Under the proposal, drivers would only be allowed to talk on hands-free phones. It’s part of an effort to eliminate as many distractions as possible for people behind the wheel.
Anyone would be able to call 9-1-1 to report a drug overdose – without worrying about getting prosecuted for drug possession. That’s under a bill on its way to the governor’s desk.
Michigan drivers are among the top ten most likely drivers in the United States to have a deer collision that requires an insurance claim to be filed, according to a new report from State Farm.
Officials say most young adults know supplying minors with alcohol has serious consequences.
Diane Dovico is the executive director of the Royal Oak Community Coalition. She said she’s working to ensure people are educated on the laws.
“Our first strategy was to reach our college students throughout Michigan, because that’s where there is a huge collection of minors, and the upper classmen who have turned 21 on campus.”
Dovico said the campaign has made posters and other giveaways to raise awareness. She said penalties for supplying alcohol to minors include up to 90 days in jail and a 1,000 dollar fine.
The state is addressing recent concerns from Gratiot county residents about the Pine river
Residents living along Pine River say it appears the river has shrunk. They say green algae stretches out from the banks to the middle of the river, and vegetation growth has narrowed the river.
Aaron Parker is a Aquatic Biologists with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. He said the plants may be unattractive, but they’re also harmless.
“We collected some algae samples and plant samples, and identified the plants, and tested the algae for toxicity. All of them came back with no toxins.”
Parker said, algae and increased vegetation is normal for water bodies like the Pine river. He said the river should appear more normal once we see an increase in rain.
Al Pscholka is a State Representative and Chairman of the house Appropriations Committee. He developed the bill and its predecessor.
“You know we should never be afraid to save a life so that’s what really started this whole conversation about expanding the Good Samaritan Act, and allowing for people to escape prosecution if it’s a medical emergency and you’re in the commission of saving someone’s life.”
Pscholka says in the state of Michigan, opioid drug overdoses kill more people than car accidents.
He says the original legislation has saved lives, and he hopes the passing of this bill will save more.
The $2.25 million grant will be distributed over three years by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
They hope to preserve these trees for use against the growing impact of global warming.
This is one of the questions that will be asked as new research begins into artificial intelligence at the University of Michigan.
The dam was slowly releasing water so it could undergo maintenance.
The organization sent a letter this week to the Michigan State Police asking for an end to the practice.
The city of Midland has been designated a Safe Community through a national organization.
The National Safety Council’s Safe Communities America program accredited Midland.
The program is aimed at helping communities create an action plan for areas of concern. Continue reading
Michigan health officials say as the the school year nears- now is the time to ask your doctor about vaccines your child needs.
If you live in northern lower Michigan and you’ve noticed smoke off to the west, it may be an island, that’s been burning since June. Firefighters are on the uninhabited island, working to protect a historic lighthouse.