Health officials testing sewer contaminated water in Grand Traverse Bay

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Health officials in Traverse City expect to know Tuesday, June 13, whether or not they can lift a public health advisory in the Grand Traverse Bay

Three-thousand gallons of untreated sewage leaked out of a sewer, and into a creek that flows through the Boardman River, and into Grand Traverse Bay on Saturday, June 11. Continue reading

Parties on the Fourth of July might not be as wild as past years on Torch Lake, new court ruling suggests

Photo courtesy of the Torch Lake Protection Alliance. The photo was used as evidence for the civil case.

Photo courtesy of the Torch Lake Protection Alliance. The photo was used as evidence for the civil case.

A Torch Lake protection organization has won a lawsuit against party promoters who brought more than 10,000 people to the lake last Fourth of July.

The Torch Lake Protection Alliance filed a lawsuit against party promoters from Lansing. They say the DJ and party bus company enticed more than 10,000 people to come to the lake for Fourth of July last year. Continue reading

Changes Coming to Great Lakes Coast Guard Stations

Coast guard station scheduleSecurity and rescue operations on Great Lakes waters are changing. The U-S Coast Guard is planning to temporarily shut down 8 Coast Guard stations around the Great Lakes. It’s the beginning of a larger transition aimed at improving the efficiency of stations around the nation. But Great Lakes Today’s Elizabeth Miller in Cleveland reports on one Ohio community that doesn’t want to see its Coast Guard unit go.

A new charity license plate in Michigan aims to recruit more bone marrow donors

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The Michigan Secretary of State’s Office and Michigan Blood this week released the first charity license plate in the nation supporting bone marrow donations.

Michigan Blood is hoping to add more bone marrow donors to the registry. Over 70 percent of marrow matches come from strangers, rather than family members — and the organization says expanding the registry is vitally important. Continue reading

New study shows Michigan corrections officers suffer from PTSD, depression symptoms

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Michigan corrections officers have a greater chance than the general population of having PPTSD or depression. That’s the finding of a new study.

A study conducted for the Michigan Corrections Organization shows that 34% of corrections officers have PTSD symptoms. 36% have symptoms of depression. Continue reading

An action agaency works to reduce homelessness in the veteran community

_DSC0393The program is called Support Services for Veteran Families. It helps homeless or nearly homeless veterans and their families get back on their feet.

Eva Rohlman is the Outreach services director for the Mid Michigan Community Action Agency which runs the program.

“We can also help veteran families who are nearly homeless. So families who are at risk of eviction.We can help them resolve their eviction or move to a new location, if they can no longer stay in the place that they are. We truly believe that nobody who’s ever served this country should ever be without a safe stable place to call home.”

Rohlman said the program also outlines a housing stability plan,to help them plan out how to keep their housing arrangements.

To find out more information about this program visit the Mid Michigan community Action’s website.

The state is offering to forgive student loan debt for medical professionals in Genesee County

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In a move to address health concerns among Flint residents related to the water crisis, the state is offering to forgive student loans for health care professionals in Genesee County.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human services is offering to forgive up to 50 thousand dollars of student loans for as many as 15 health professionals. Continue reading