Great Lakes ice cover remains low this winter

IceCoverAvg1973_2016_mediumLast week, 15 percent of the Great Lakes was covered in ice. That’s the highest level of ice cover recorded so far this winter and far less than the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 64 percent prediction. A lack of ice could have lasting implications for this year and beyond.
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How could ending NAFTA impact Michigan?

file8741346369542President Donald Trump has called the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, the ‘worst trade deal in history,’ saying he would like to either renegotiate the deal, or destroy it altogether.

The president has also indicated that he could impose a 20 percent tariff on goods coming into the U-S from Mexico.

Economists and local manufacturers are speaking up about the potential impacts those changes might have.

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Funding for developmental delay screening in Flint gets increase

The Genesee Intermediate School District will expand screenings for developmental disabilities in children potentially impacted by lead exposure due to the Flint water crisis.

The state has approved six and a half million dollars to expand existing programming for children age zero to three and expand the age range to be eligible for services to age five.

Steve Tunnicliff is the Associate Superintendent at the Genesee Intermediate School District. He said parents in the Genesee area can reach out to the school district to get connected with testing and other resources.

“One of the messages and the whole concept of ‘don’t wait, evaluate’ is there may not be any concerns, there may not be any problems, there may not be any delays. The purpose is to find that out now and if there are any concerns or delays to make sure we’re connecting families and providing the right resources.”

Tunnicliff said the goal is to make sure parents know that services are available.

State raffles exceeds one million dollars donated towards conservation projects

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A statewide raffle is hitting a milestone this year, raising one million dollars for Michigan conservation projects.


Officials said the Pure Michigan Hunt raffle raised over a quarter million dollars this year alone. That was due to a 46 percent increase in applications.

Rachel Leightner is the spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. She said the money helps to fund Michigan wildlife projects.

“The money goes directly into our game and fish fund, which will also benefit our wildlife grant fund. And all of the money goes towards a multitude of wildlife projects across the state.”

Besides the financial benefit to the state, Leightner said the Pure Michigan Hunt raffle is a big deal for hunters. They receive licenses for four hunting seasons, a 12-gage shotgun, a one hundred dollar gift card, and a go-pro outdoor camera.

This year’s winners were from Montcalm, Lapeer, and Kent counties.

 

In the interest of transparency the Michigan DNR is an underwriter of CMU Public Broadcasting.

Mid Michigan Community Action celebrates 50 year anniversary

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It’s helped an estimated quarter of a million people since it began fifty years ago, and this year Mid Michigan Community Action agency is celebrating its half century mark.

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New clinical drugs help fight cancer

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Immunotherapy has been named Advance of the Year in clinical cancer research for 2017.

Just last year,the FDA approved a set of clinical drugs to help fight cancer.


Immunotherapy has been named Advance of the Year in clinical cancer research for 2017.

Just last year,the FDA approved a set of clinical drugs to help fight cancer.

In immunotherapy, physicians use certain drugs to help the body’s own immune system fight off cancer.

Harold Burstein is a Breast Cancer Specialists at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Co-Executive Editor of Clinical Cancer Advances. He said immunotherapy is better for cancer patients’ overall health.

“These drugs both improve survival for advanced cancer patients and also allow them to feel better. They often lack the side effects that we often think of as being apart of cancer treatment, like chemotherapy, drugs and things. They are usually much easier for cancer patients to take than that.”

Burstein said researchers have seen the most success in using immunotherapy to treat melanoma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and bladder cell cancer.

The therapy is also in clinical trials, for use in other cancers like lung, head and neck cancer, among others.

31 cases of double voting found in 2016 election

Michigan Elections Director Chris Thomas says there a small number of double ballots cast by voters in 2016.

Michigan Elections Director Chris Thomas says there a small number of double ballots cast by voters in 2016.

Michigan’s elections chief says it appears there were 31 instances of people casting two ballots in the 2016 election. The cases are being referred to the state Attorney General’s office for possible criminal action.
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