Snyder announces Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week


The Great Lakes are home to more than 180 aquatic invasive species.

With more species on their way Governor Snyder has announced that the week leading up to the 4th of July is now considered Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week in Michigan.
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Comedy theater club to perform on Beaver Island

A theater stage waiting to open for a live theatrical performance

A theater stage waiting to open for a live theatrical performance

Students from Central Michigan University are hard at work this summer preparing for a series of performances led by director Steve Berglund. It is part of a comedy series that includes three productions, one of which is written by famed comedian Lewis Black. Continue reading

Same-sex marriages already underway across Michigan

Lauren Brown (L) and Lindsey Wren (R) of East Lansing got married at the Ingham County Courthouse shortly after the SCOTUS ruling on Friday.

Lauren Brown (L) and Lindsey Wren (R) of East Lansing got married at the Ingham County Courthouse shortly after the SCOTUS ruling on Friday.

A number of county clerks are already issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after today’s (Fri.) Supreme Court ruling.
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Gay marriage ban defenders Snyder, Schuette say they’ll respect SCOTUS decision

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette spoke with reporters in Lansing after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down marriage bans across the country – including Michigan’s ban, which Schuette fought to uphold in court.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette spoke with reporters in Lansing after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down marriage bans across the country – including Michigan’s ban, which Schuette fought to uphold in court.

Governor Rick Snyder and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette say they’ll respect and enforce today’s (Fri.) same-sex marriage ruling.
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Supreme Court decision means 230,000 Michiganders keep insurance subsidies

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About 230,000 Michiganders receive the federal healthcare subsidies upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday.

A number of state officials cheered the ruling. They say losing the subsidies would likely have meant higher premiums for everyone shopping on the health exchange in Michigan. Continue reading

“Grassroots” marijuana legalization campaign kicks off signature collection effort

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A campaign to legalize marijuana in Michigan started collecting signatures Thursday at a rally in front of the state Capitol.

Attorney Matthew Abel is with the group MI Legalize. He admits it’ll be a challenge to raise the money needed to collect enough signatures – but he’s optimistic. Continue reading

Update: Roscommon County suspect at large captured in Macomb County

Francisco Arroyo -Photo: Marlette Police Department

Francisco Arroyo -Photo: Marlette Police Department

The suspect in a fatal shooting in Roscommon County has been captured in Metro Detroit.

Francisco Arroyo allegedly shot two people in Roscommon County’s Nester Township on Wednesday afternoon. One of the victims died of a gunshot wound to the head, while the other is reportedly in stable condition.

The incident prompted a statewide response. Police initially believed the suspect was heading towards Lapeer County, but he was found further south in the City of Warren, in Macomb County.

Police say he was hiding in a relative’s house. His vehicle was found unoccupied nearby.

Arroyo was taken into custody without incident, and is being held on multiple charges including open murder.

He is currently being held in the Roscommon County Jail.

Lesbian couple alleges Kroger, union discriminated against them

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A lesbian couple is filing a federal employment discrimination complaint against a union and one of the state’s largest grocery store chains. Stephanie Citron works in the deli at a Kroger in Birmingham. She and her same-sex partner were married last year while it was briefly legal in Michigan. But her spouse was denied when they tried to add her to Citron’s benefits package.

Citron married her same-sex partner during the brief window last year when it was legal in Michigan. She says that’s when she learned that her health benefits fund only covers the spouses of opposite sex married couples. Continue reading

Lawmakers: Health departments should inspect prison kitchens

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Republican and Democratic lawmakers at the state Capitol say it’s time for prison kitchens to be inspected by local health agencies. That’s after the most recent instance of maggots found in a corrections food service facility.

Prison kitchens are currently exempt from local health inspections. Continue reading

Photography class takes a snapshot of Beaver Island life

Picture captured by Melanie Mrozek during the class.

Picture captured by Melanie Mrozek during the class.


In an interesting twist on a photography class, a CMU art professor left for Beaver Island with 15 honors students and a five day lesson plan.

The students were asked to explain the narrative of day-to-day life on Beaver Island, using nothing but pictures they took on their smartphones. Continue reading

EF-2 tornado confirmed in Saginaw and Tuscola Counties

A house with major damage near the 8000 block of East Birch Run Road in Tuscola County

A house with major damage near the 8000 block of East Birch Run Road in Tuscola County

Residents are cleaning up after a confirmed EF 2 tornado with winds up to 115 MPH tore through Saginaw and Tuscola Counties Monday Night, June 22nd.The tornado traveled east south-east, and most of the damage followed a path along Birch Run Road. Continue reading