Category Archives: Public Safety

Saginaw gas line break leaves 325 without service

Impacted areas streets are drawn in red. Covenant HealthCare is also without gas.

Impacted areas streets are drawn in red. Covenant HealthCare is also without gas.


A gas main break in Saginaw Tuesday left around 325 homes and businesses without gas service.
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DNR stresses safe celebrations for the Fourth

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This August marks the 70th year that Smokey Bear has been telling people that ‘Only YOU can prevent wildfires’
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Police crack down on drunk driving over the holiday

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Police patrols are out in force over the Fourth of July holiday to crackdown on drunk driving.
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Background checks coming for home-aid workers, state can’t exclude all felons

jailMichigan cannot ban all felons from being caregivers in the state’s Medicaid in-home care program. That’s according to state officials who outlined an upcoming background check system on Monday.

People convicted of patient abuse or neglect, health care fraud, or drug-related crimes will be barred from working with in-home Medicaid patients. But state officials say federal law prevents them from excluding people based on crimes that are not related to in-home care.

Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) Director Jim Haveman said the state will still screen for violent crimes so patients can choose not to work with a caregiver.

“What’s important is that they have the information,” Haveman told reporters during a media roundtable Monday. “And then it’s up to them to make that decision and to verify it with us, that they’ll well aware of what decision they’re making.”

A recent state audit suggested MDCH and the Michigan Department of Human Services (MDHS) failed to protect patients in the program and misspent millions of dollars over three years. It showed the state allowed felons convicted of murder, assault, Medicaid fraud, and other crimes to work with Medicaid in-home patients.

“The bottom line is that we’re taking steps to reinvent government,” said MDHS Director Maura Corrigan. “We know that this takes time, but that our Michiganders deserve better and we are committed to making the changes needed to protect vulnerable adults.”

MDCH Director Jim Haveman said the department hopes to begin conducting the new background checks on October 1st.

(WEB COPY) State of Michigan Audit http://audgen.michigan.gov/finalpdfs/13_14/r391070813.pdf

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MSP fights elder abuse

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The Michigan State police are asking for the public’s help in fighting elder abuse.
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Mt. Pleasant fire ordinance made permanent

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The Mt Pleasant City Council Monday night passed an ordinance making it a misdemeanor to be with 300 feet of a fire.
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Northern Michigan residents get answers at pipeline symposium

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Michigan residents are more prepared after a symposium Tuesday in Petoskey that educated them about underground pipelines.
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New security equipment to be installed in Traverse City schools

TheBootRecent school shootings across the country have some local districts looking for ways to improve security. Read more

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Following deadly shooting in California, Michigan health officials promote mental health first aid training

The recent deadly shooting in California may turn out to be the latest example of violence related to mental illness. Michigan public health officials are promoting trainings this month on what they call mental health first aid. Read more

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DNR restores flow to Ocqueoc River in Presque Isle County

Ocqueoc River before debris removal

Ocqueoc River before debris removal

Ocqueoc River after debris removal

Ocqueoc River after debris removal

Just in time for summer travel, a popular river in Presque Isle county is looking a bit better and a lot safer. The DNR has removed an old, crumbled grist mill from the Ocqueoc River. Read more

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