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$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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Access to technology drives people to the library


Libraries in many cities, including Clare, Charlevoix and Traverse City say they’re seeing a change in library usage.

Officials say these days people are coming in less for books and more for technology. Continue reading

Events around Michigan will celebrate National Manufacturing Day


Events are planned around the state this Friday, October 2nd, in recognition of National Manufacturing Day.

The goal is to expose young people to America’s manufacturing industry. Continue reading

‘Wireless’ cows becoming more common on Michigan farms

A dairy cow at Paramount Dairy in Caro, MI. The collar around the cow's neck monitors activity and rumination.

A dairy cow at Paramount Dairy in Caro, MI. The collar around the cow’s neck monitors activity and rumination.

Technology and healthcare are slowly becoming ingrained in our society. Just look at the explosion of health tracking devices, including Fitbits and Apple Watches, for example.

Similar devices are now becoming more and more popular in the farming community. They’re helping create more efficient farms. Farms that are full of healthier, happier cows. Continue reading

Michigan seeking bids to replace old election equipment

Example of a voting machine in Michigan.

Example of a voting machine in Michigan.

Michigan is accepting proposals to replace outdated election equipment.

The Secretary of State is looking to replace the more than ten-year old election equipment found at local precincts around the state. Continue reading

Stay protected from cyber attacks this summer


Security experts say before you head out on vacation this summer, you may want to double check your online identity.

Hackers can access information from laptops, iPads, cell phones and ATMs. Data files, passwords and bank accounts can be found and hacked. Continue reading

Gladwin County recognized for improving internet access

Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo

Gladwin county officials said the county has struggled with internet access barriers for years. Now they have been awarded the latest Michigan certified connected status.

The status means the county met internet access goals and offers a variety of service providers to 95 percent of the county.

Officials said even though Gladwin is certified, they will keep improving broadband access. They said they are working on overcoming physical barriers like valleys and a scattered population. Continue reading

Bay City Police to experiment with body-worn cameras

1384507875pem40Police officers in Bay City will start off the new year wearing body cameras for the first time, as part of a 90 day pilot program.

The body-worn cameras will be used in an effort to increase transparency within the department. The department will be testing camera systems from at least two different vendors.

Michael Cecchini is the Public Safety Director for Bay City.

He said use of the new cameras will be part of each officer’s daily routine.

“You’d have a policy that directs the officer to turn the camera on anytime he’s out for investigation or contacting a citizen, and then that interaction is recorded and then at the end of shift downloaded.”

Cecchini said the cameras would be switched on for things like traffic stops, field interrogations, or whenever an officer is dispatched to a call.

He said body cameras have been proven effective in studies conducted by the National Institute of Justice.

“Which indicates that the use of body worn cameras reduces citizens complaints by 40%. There’s a University of Cambridge study that indicates the the use of body worn cameras reduces incidents of use of force by officers by 57%.”

Cecchini said body-worn cameras are becoming highly sought after systems for their low-cost and effectiveness.

Following the trial period, Cecchini said a recommendation will be made to the City Commission to either purchase the equipment, or discontinue the program.

US-131 closure to implement new bridge slide technology

Closure in red, detour in green (Jefferson Road east, Northland Drive north, 8 Mile Road west) and alternate route in blue (M-82 west, M-37 north and M-20 east).

Closure in red, detour in green (Jefferson Road east, Northland Drive north, 8 Mile Road west) and alternate route in blue (M-82 west, M-37 north and M-20 east).

Construction is finding its way to Mecosta County this weekend, but doesn’t plan on overstaying its welcome. Continue reading

Students take field trips to learn about Michigan shipwrecks


School kids across Michigan are stepping out of the classroom and onto buses for, what for many, is their favorite time of the year, field trips.

Some that are within driving distance of Alpena are learning about a unique part of Michigan history…shipwrecks. Continue reading

MDOT to replace overpasses using new technique


Something that often frustrates Michigan drivers, other than the weather, is construction.

The state is hoping to reduce frustration, and delays with new bridge replacement technology. Continue reading