Michigan’s ballot recount is delayed until at least next week

Example of a voting machine in Michigan.

Example of a voting machine in Michigan.

Plans to move ahead with a ballot recount in Michigan are on hold. The state Republican Party and President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign have filed an objection to the recount request by Green Party nominee Jill Stein. A state elections board meets tomorrow morning to consider the objection.

Fred Woodhams is with state Bureau of Elections. Continue reading

Michigan DNR assists in fire fighting efforts in southeastern states

DSC_0150Extreme drought conditions in the southeastern states has led to a series of wildfires across four states.

The state Department of Natural Resources has dispatched several teams to assist in fighting the fires.

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Google to hold small business event in Flint

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The event is called Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map.

It’s aimed at helping small business owners understand how to reach customers through the internet.

Experts say 97-percent of consumers look for local businesses online, but less than 30-percent of small businesses report having a website.

Whitney Cox is with Google.

“It’s so important for businesses to be online, like I said 97 percent of consumers use the web to find local goods and services, so no longer do we turn to our computer throughout the day, now we turn to our phones.”

Cox said 10 Google experts will be available to help small business owners start a website, and get their business on Google Maps.

“If I need directions I turn to my phone, if I wanna read reviews I turn to my phone, if i’m waiting in line a the coffee shop I turn to my phone. So now our phones are indispensable shopping tools, and it’s so so important that businesses get online and reach customers in those moments that matter.”

The event is taking place at the Flint Institute for the Arts from 9am to 12 pm. Cox said the first half will be seminar, and the second will be workshop based. The event is free and registration can be found at https://events.gybo.com/events/246/register

Scientists are taking a deeper dive into the sometimes bewildering world of micro-plastics

0e82d91ed9e1504d9ccf7db9467c3937One year after the United States banned microbeads – the small plastic particles you might see in a face scrub – scientists are now turning their attention to microfibers – hairlike plastics in our clothing. Both types of plastic have been cluttering up oceans, rivers, and lakes. But clothing and personal care products aren’t the biggest sources of microplastics.
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The state is creating rules for utilities to protect against cyberattacks

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The Michigan Public Service Commission says utilities are seeing attacks daily, from domestic and international sources. Now the state is creating rules to protect Michigan’s utilities from cyber-attacks.

The Lansing Board of Water and Light announced this month they paid a ransom of 25-thousand dollars to unlock their own communication system from a cyber-attack that occured in April. Continue reading

Project to bring Christmas gifts to foster children in need of pilots

AeroplaneA lot of adults know how Santa feels – giving presents to children during the holiday season. But if you’re a pilot and want to know what his reindeer might feel like, we have just the thing. The state is looking for volunteer pilots to help carry gifts to foster children across the state.

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Scientists say microfibers are to blame

file000340177611If you’re one of those people who stopped using microbeads because you care about the environment, we have some bad news. Microbeads are those tiny plastic bits in your toothpaste and facewash. They pollute oceans, rivers, and lakes. But scientists say there’s a new microplastic to blame – and it’s lurking in your laundry hamper. Plastics in our clothes are sending billions of microfibers into our waterways – making fish and other aquatic life sick.
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Northwestern Michigan College and faculty members settle on three year contract

6a3146dbdf81597192112ac03d77c7e4Northwestern Michigan College and its faculty members agreed on a contract that includes an enhanced formal evaluation process, adjustments to a 20 step salary plan and participation in campus decisions.
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