Author Archives: Jeff Popovich

Coalition pushes for marijuana decriminalization

With marijuana reforms sweeping the nation, several cities in the state of Michigan may soon be seeing some changes as well. Read more

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Transportation Infrastructure meeting leaves members hopeful

MABA logo BrownMichigan roads may see less agricultural traffic if transportation infrastructure plans continue to move forward. Read more

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CMU students help to preserve shipwreck artifacts

Central Michigan University students ventured north as volunteers this weekend at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

They spent their weekend in Alpena through the University’s Alternative Breaks program.

Students from various fields and majors gained hands-on experience working with shipwreck artifacts that help tell the tale of our region’s history.

Stephanie Gandulla is media and outreach coordinator for the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

She said, “With those shipwrecks there are literally thousands of artifacts that are collected here at the sanctuary. So there’s a lot of work that goes into maintaining such an important collection. You’ve got to clean the artifacts, and perpetually really preserve them and conserve them. And then we also put them on display in our visitor’s centers. The CMU students are going to play a role in all of those aspects of artifact conservation and preservation.”

Gandulla said the students will also partake in an underwater robot build.

She said the team building exercise is meant to engage students in science, technology, engineering and mathematic principles.

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Health officials reflect on deadly flu season

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With the flu season coming to an end, doctors and health department officials are saying they saw an increase in influenza H1N1 hospitalizations. Read more

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CMU commits to increasing Study Abroad participation


Central Michigan University students will soon have more opportunities to travel the world. Read more

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MidMichigan Medical Center receives level 2 trauma verification


MidMichigan Medical Center in Midland will now be better suited to handle trauma cases with its recently announced trauma center verification. Read more

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Excessive alcohol consumption report

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA new report confirms what some people may have suspected; excessive alcohol consumption is a leading cause of preventable death. Read more

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Secretary of State launches pilot program

file0001255763054The Michigan Secretary of State has announced a new program to expand campaign finance reporting rules to smaller races. The program will give Michigan residents electronic access to campaign finance records for local candidates and ballot questions.
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CMU Hosts 25th annual Pow wow


This weekend Central Michigan University will host its 25th annual Pow Wow Read more

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Ferris hosts 15th annual Spaghetti Bridge Competition

spaghetti_bridgeBridges can take several months or years to plan and build.
And sometimes they can be built in two days. By high schoolers. Using pasta.

Ferris State University is hosting it’s 15th annual Spaghetti Bridge Competition Saturday and Sunday. Read more

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