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Michigan loosening up driverless cars rule

carMichigan is edging closer to clearing the roads for driverless cars.

A state senate committee OKed a package of bills that loosens existing rules for autonomous vehicles.

Pamela Fletcher is with General Motors. She testified in support of the changes at the committee hearing in Saginaw.

“We think it really is ground breaking in terms of modeling…and Michigan leading…and modeling what other states can do to bring this kind of development and this kind of deployment very quickly into the state.”

One state official says Michigan is in a “wrestling match” with other states … especially California … over which will be the future home of the “mobility Industry.”

The driverless car bills may be on the legislative fast track this fall.

Overhaul in the works for Michigan’s opioid tracking system

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Opioid tracking in Michigan is getting an overhaul in the future. A state task force has been working on using millions of dollars to put a dent in Michigan’s opioid drug problem. A big portion of the money and resources will go toward a new opioid tracking system.
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An estimated 275 deaths in Michigan every year are related to air pollution

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A report released this week found an estimated 275 deaths in Michigan each year are related to air pollution.

This according to a new study conducted for the American Thoracic Society.

The report took data from 2011 to 2013. Continue reading

‘On The Map’ visits VFW National Home helping veterans transition into civilian life

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Our latest “On The Map” series brings us around the state to visit transitions involving people, service animals, and technology.

We take a closer look now at a non-profit working to help veterans and their families transition into civilian life.

The VFW National Home for Children sits on 629 acres in Eaton Rapids.

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State plans trade mission; hopes to boost exports to China

Arnhem Market Sep 20 2013 (23)Michigan and China have a larger trading relationship than many consumers know. In the past decade, Michigan exports to China have grown by over 200 percent… and the state wants to see that number increase even more.


Officials with the state Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said, Chinese consumers like Michigan dairy products and cherries, and they hope to introduce more Michigan products to Chinese distributors.

Jamie Zmitko-Somers is the International Marketing Program Manager for the department. She said the trade mission aims to represent all Michigan companies.

“This would be for any Michigan companies looking to further their exports into the Chinese market or break into the China market for the first time. So it could be smaller companies or larger companies as well.”

Zmitko-Somers said, the trade mission is planned for this upcoming November. Companies interested in participating can find a link to the application at http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdard/China-Company_profile_form_528113_7.pdf

Native American health bill removing IRS oversight passes US House

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A bill removing a waiting period for Native Americans to add to their health savings accounts has passed through the US House.

Right now, Native Americans must wait three months after receiving care at an Indian health clinic before contributing to a health savings account. Continue reading

Michigan DNR’s longest serving veterinarian retires

Tom Cooley, Steve Schmitt, Al Stewert. Steve in hydrating newly arrived turkeys from Ontario that were part of a trade for moose at Rose Lake. January 1991

Tom Cooley, Steve Schmitt, Al Stewert.
Steve in hydrating newly arrived turkeys from Ontario that were part of a trade for moose at Rose Lake. January 1991

Steve Schmitt was hired as the wildlife veterinarian for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in 1978.
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