Bay County summit aims to tackle heroin addiction


Health officials say Bay County has seen a recent spike in heroin use. An event December 15 is looking to reach out to those affected by the drug.

A heroin summit is being planned by the Self Sufficiency Task Force and the Bay County Prevention Network. Speakers at the event will include past users, family members, law enforcement, and doctors. Continue reading

Lt. Gov Calley signs Executive Order supporting employment for people with disabilities

Brian Calley

An executive order supporting and providing employment for people with disabilities was signed November 18 in Lansing.

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley signed the measure called Employment First. It aims to improve workplace support and services for those who need it.

Calley said the order will encourage businesses to help employees with disabilities grow in their work, and personal lives.

Under the order, state departments that provide services and support to those with disabilities will ensure the policies, procedures, and funding that goes along with Employment First.

Calley is head of the Mental Health and Wellness Commission, who recommended the order.

The State Rehabilitation Council will oversee the implementation of the Employment First.

BATA implements new riding policy, deterring no-shows


The Bay Area Transportation Authority is hoping to deter no-call, no-shows with a new policy that began this month.

BATA implemented a new policy where depending on how often you ride, are allowed a certain number of no-shows. Continue reading

$10 million STEM institute coming to Midland

MSU CREATE for STEM Institute logo

MSU CREATE for STEM Institute logo

A new 10-million dollar science, technology, engineering and math institute is coming to Midland.

The facility will be funded by Michigan State University, Dow Chemical Company, The Herber H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation, and the Charles J. Strosacker foundations.
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Advocates hope state will reverse new Medicaid policy

hospital 11-08-13Patient advocates and hospital-affiliated HMOs say a decision to drop them from the state’s Medicaid program will impose hardships on the people they serve.

They say thousands of low-income patients could be forced to change physicians and treatment programs if the decision stands.
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CMU student studying abroad in Paris safe, staying for remainder of semester


A Central Michigan University student studying abroad in Paris is safe, and is staying for the rest of the semester following the terrorist attacks on the city.

The student, whose name is not being released, is studying fashion merchandising and design. After Friday’s attacks, she made contact with the director of the study abroad office at CMU, Diane Desalvo. Continue reading

State may have trouble changing vehicle registration fees to boost road funding

bad-yellow-line-roadjpg-55a2be0a87eeea1d_largeThe state may have hit a snag in its ability to raise vehicle registration fees to pay for road repairs.

Legislation that Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law last week depends in part on raising vehicle registration fees to boost road funding. But the Michigan Secretary of State’s office doesn’t have the source code it needs to make those changes to its computer system. So it’s suing Hewlett-Packard to turn it over. Continue reading

Wolf poaching Facebook hoax

Screenshot of the infamous photo.

Screenshot of the infamous photo.

A Facebook post prompted the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to be inundated with reports of wolf poaching in Clare county.

Officials with the DNR said the picture circulating on Facebook of a man holding a wolf he shot was, in fact, not taken in Michigan. Continue reading

Wayne Shorter tribute concert this weekend at SVSU

Wayne Shorter from the 'Blue Note' era. SVSU will host a tribute concert for Shorter's music performed by Jeff Hall and Michigan musicians.

Wayne Shorter from the ‘Blue Note’ era. SVSU will host a tribute concert for Shorter’s music performed by Jeff Hall and Michigan musicians.

Jazz musicians from around the state are hard at work putting together a tribute concert scheduled for Saturday, November 14th at Saginaw Valley State University. Continue reading

Bills would establish water as a “human right” in Michigan

bottled waterDemocrats in the state Legislature want to establish water as a “human right” under state law. It’s part of a package of bills meant to address tap water contamination and mass water shutoffs in cities like Flint and Detroit.
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Jeb Bush says slimmed-down tax code, fewer enviro regs would help Michigan

Bush0528-fotoFormer Florida Governor Jeb Bush says a slimmed-down tax code and fewer environmental regulations would boost the economies of manufacturing states – and promises to adopt that sort of “pro-growth” strategy should make the Republican ticket attractive to voters in industrial states like Michigan and Pennsylvania come November of 2016.
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Airlines are seeing the biggest increase in Thanksgiving flights since the great recession


Over 25 million people are expected to fly over the Thanksgiving holiday period from November 20 – December 1. Thankfully, airlines are prepared for the large number of travelers.

Airlines for America said this is the largest number of Thanksgiving holiday flights booked since the great recession in 2009. It’s also a 3% increase from last year. Continue reading

More travelers heading to northern Michigan during the fall season

IMG_1076Northern Michigan has rapidly changed over the last several years, seeing growth not only in visitors, but also in new businesses like wineries, breweries, and foodie restaurants.

Many of those visitors are now heading north during the fall. Business as usual is clearly changing in not only Traverse City, but all of northern Michigan.

Nearly a decade ago, Labor Day was essentially the end of the tourism season in northern Michigan. Students would head back to school, seasonal workers would depart, and many businesses would shut down for the long winter ahead. Continue reading