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AAA driving survey shows many drivers admit to running red lights

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The survey reveals that nearly one in three drivers, of all ages, admit to occasionally running red lights.

The survey was conducted by AAA. It found that 69 percent of drivers ages 16 to 18 and those 75 and up engage in risky behaviors.

That includes speeding, texting and driving, and running red lights.

Gary Bubar is with AAA Michigan.

He said 88 percent of young millennials, ages 19 to 24, report bad behaviors while driving.

“What you’ve also found is that you can drive a lot, and get away with a lot without wrecking your car. And so you’re going to do those things. If you got away with it once, the next time it becomes okay too. Its why a lot of people still, even though they know how dangerous it is they still do the kinds of things inside the vehicle that they probably shouldn’t do, and know they shouldn’t do.”

One-third of all drivers report running a red light on occasion.

“So one out of three drivers has run a red light knowingly? and almost one out of two for drivers in age 19-24. That tells me that’s an issue that needs to be addressed.”

Bubar said the study also found young millennial drivers are twice as likely as other drivers to type a text or e-mail on the road.

CMU researchers examin how contaminants in Great Lakes affect mussels

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Central Michigan University researchers are examining how freshwater mussels in the Great Lakes are affected by contaminants.

Biologists are testing the mussels with everyday contaminants found in things like shampoo and toothpaste. Continue reading

Special Olympics aims for $1.2 million Polar Plunge goal

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Special Olympics Michigan is looking to raise over $1.2 million through its Polar Plunge events.

The Mount Pleasant Polar Plunge alone raised over $80,000 for the Special Olympics. Several other events took place in Saginaw, Cheboygan and Alpena among others this past weekend. Continue reading

Mid Michigan Community Action celebrates 50 year anniversary

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It’s helped an estimated quarter of a million people since it began fifty years ago, and this year Mid Michigan Community Action agency is celebrating its half century mark.

The group is part of a statewide network of community service agencies. Offering programs like heating and food assistance and senior housing. Continue reading

Snyder’s proposed budget increases higher education funding

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Michigan’s fifteen public universities will see an increase in state funding in the next fiscal year if Governor Rick Snyder’s proposed budget passes.

The Governor’s proposed budget would increase funding for higher education by $36 million. That would bring total spending to $1.5 billion. Continue reading

Roscommon County program to help identify ‘fake news’

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You’ve probably heard the term ‘fake news’. Those headlines filling Facebook with misinformation, often shared by people who actually believe it.

The Houghton Lake Public Library is hoping to change that.

They’re hosting a panel discussion next month on “Detecting Fake News”.

Kimberly Young is the director of the library.

“What we’re going to be talking about is how to ascertain the difference between when you’re reading a headline and knowing who they’re coming from and what point of view the source has on the topic.”

Young said she hopes this will help to stop people from sharing fake news online.

“It’s a hot topic. I’m sure everybody’s heard of it. And what it is is that it’s often even just headlines that’s meant to grab someone’s attention in one direction of thought or another. That might be misleading and are not really talking about the actually story.”

The event is scheduled for February 21, at 6pm at the Houghton Lake Public Library.

CMU Public Radio’s Amy Robinson will be one of the panelists, along with Central Michigan University journalism professor Tim Boudreau, and Houghton Lake Resorter publisher Eric Hamp.

Sleeping Bear Dunes named one of 21 best beaches by National Geographic

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A popular Michigan tourism destination made it onto a National Geographic list of the 21 best beaches in the world.

Sleeping Bear Dunes named one of the best 21 beaches in the world by National Geographic. Continue reading

Protesters gather in Flint Wednesday against executive actions on DAPL

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A protest in Flint Wednesday evening was against President Trump’s executive order green-lighting construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Protesters are speaking out against President Trump’s executive order greenlighting construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The Flint based organization The People’s Army organized the protest. Continue reading

State says Flint’s water meets federal requirements for lead and copper, still not safe to drink

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A new state report finds lead and copper levels in Flint water levels meet federal requirements, though, officials say it’s still not totally safe to drink.

The state is still urging people to use water filters and bottled water for drinking and cooking. Continue reading

Bandit Industries reaches $3 million settlement with EPA

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A wood and waste equipment manufacturer in Mecosta County has reached a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency for violating the Clean Air Act.

The EPA fined Bandit Industries $3 million for the violation. Company officials say they’re disappointed in the penalty. Continue reading

Businesses create coalition against Line 5; congress introduces legislation to shut down pipeline

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Nearly a dozen businesses from around the state, and country, formed a coalition this month opposing Enbridge’s line 5 under the straits of Mackinac.

Bell’s Brewery, Shepler’s Ferry, and national outdoor retailer Patagonia are among the businesses in the new Great Lakes Business Network. Continue reading

Downtown development program extends to Cheboygan

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The city of Cheboygan has been selected for a downtown development program.

The Main Street Program helps communities build and revitalize their downtown area.

Traverse City, Saginaw and Alpena are among the 72 communities that are already part of the program as well.

Laura Krizov is with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. She is the manager of the Main Street program.

“It’ll be looking at the types of businesses that fit downtown, it could be bringing volunteers in for programming for promotions and things they are doing, it could be looking at their design elements downtown “

Krisov said the program has been running since 2003.

“I think the biggest thing is, is the leadership locally all getting together, and banding around the focus of their downtown. And they have the understanding that in order to have a strong community, you have to have a strong downtown.”

The following is a link to a list of all communities involved, http://www.michiganbusiness.org/community/development-assistance/#developers.