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An event in Midland is hoping to raise awareness on gun violence

Photo courtesy: Wear Orange Day

Photo courtesy: Wear Orange Day

An event in Midland next week, June 2nd, is aimed at raising awareness of gun violence. The event coincides with a larger, national effort.

National Wear Orange Day is a day to honor people killed by gun violence and their families.

It began last year in Chicago in memory of a 15-year old girl who had been killed in gun violence. June 2nd was her birthday.

Kathy Kinkema is with the organization, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. She is organizing the Midland event.

“We’re planning on June 2nd we’re planning a picnic in Midland and we’re going to have a short program, and a light picnic. And the whole intentional of the wear orange is to honor any individuals families that have been impacted by gun violence.”

Kinkema said she hopes the event will help raise awareness of the dangers of gun violence.

More information on the Midland event and others can be found at, http://act.everytown.org/event/2016-wear-orange-events/search/

Asian carp closer to Great Lakes than ever

Silver Carp drawing courtesy of the DNR

Silver Carp drawing courtesy of the DNR

Asian carp were found within 80 miles of the Great Lakes, roughly 60 miles closer than they were at the beginning of this year.

Two juvenile Silver Carp, a type of Asian carp, were found in the Illinois River. The fish have been steadily making their way north over the last several years. Continue reading