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Health expert to speak on eating disorders next month

An expert on eating disorders will be speaking in Mount pleasant next month as part of Eating Disorder Awareness Week.

According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa, more than 30 million people in the U.S. have an eating disorder. That includes anorexia, bulimia and binge eating.

Rachael Steil is an author and speaker, and an advocate for people with eating disorders. She said in college, she dealt with her own personal form of an eating disorder.

“I was in a big state of denial, which a lot of people are these days, because we this image of eating disorders of being someone who is super thin. Part of my goal is to break the stigma and show that eating disorders could be any weight or size.”

Steil said often, the best thing you can do to help someone with an eating disorder is listen. She said some signs of an eating disorder include isolation, strict dieting and overexercising.

Steil (style) will be speaking at Center of Hope Counseling on March 2nd.

Study shows customers want free and faster delivery

Just a few years ago, consumers were willing to wait a few extra days for a package if shipping was free. Now, a new study says, customers have higher expectations, not only wanting free but faster shipping.

Officials say startup companies are now specializing in next day and same day delivery.

Brody Buhler is the global managing director for the post and parcel industry at Accenture. He said customers want free delivery, fast delivery and they want to be able to track the shipment in real time.

“I can see where the delivery agent is, when my delivery is going to come. I’m watching it all on my phone and then I can take action if something is not going to be right. I can ask them to bring it later or deliver it tomorrow.”

Buhler said investments in personalized and faster delivery services will continue to grow. He said we can expect to see online companies using autonomous cars and drone deliveries.

Warm temperatures prompt concerns about ice safety

Warmer than average temperatures are expected to continue through the end of this week. And that means ice on area lakes and rivers is starting to melt.

Law enforcement officials say ice rescues are not unusual at this time of the year… but they would rather people avoid going on the ice altogether, than have to call for help.

Michael Boguth (bo-gith) is a meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Gaylord. He said ice fishermen need to take extreme precautions.

“If anyone is going to venture out ice fishing, please use extreme caution. You know with this warm up the ice is rapidly deteriorating. So please take your time and make sure you check that ice thickness.”

Officials said you should use the buddy system while out on the ice, have rope to use for rescues, and have a communication device to call for help.

State raffles exceeds one million dollars donated towards conservation projects

A statewide raffle is hitting a milestone this year, raising one million dollars for Michigan conservation projects.

Officials said the Pure Michigan Hunt raffle raised over a quarter million dollars this year alone. That was due to a 46 percent increase in applications.

Rachel Leightner is the spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. She said the money helps to fund Michigan wildlife projects.

“The money goes directly into our game and fish fund, which will also benefit our wildlife grant fund. And all of the money goes towards a multitude of wildlife projects across the state.”

Besides the financial benefit to the state, Leightner said the Pure Michigan Hunt raffle is a big deal for hunters. They receive licenses for four hunting seasons, a 12-gage shotgun, a one hundred dollar gift card, and a go-pro outdoor camera.

This year’s winners were from Montcalm, Lapeer, and Kent counties.


In the interest of transparency the Michigan DNR is an underwriter of CMU Public Broadcasting.

New clinical drugs help fight cancer

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Immunotherapy has been named Advance of the Year in clinical cancer research for 2017.

Just last year,the FDA approved a set of clinical drugs to help fight cancer.

Immunotherapy has been named Advance of the Year in clinical cancer research for 2017.

Just last year,the FDA approved a set of clinical drugs to help fight cancer.

In immunotherapy, physicians use certain drugs to help the body’s own immune system fight off cancer.

Harold Burstein is a Breast Cancer Specialists at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Co-Executive Editor of Clinical Cancer Advances. He said immunotherapy is better for cancer patients’ overall health.

“These drugs both improve survival for advanced cancer patients and also allow them to feel better. They often lack the side effects that we often think of as being apart of cancer treatment, like chemotherapy, drugs and things. They are usually much easier for cancer patients to take than that.”

Burstein said researchers have seen the most success in using immunotherapy to treat melanoma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and bladder cell cancer.

The therapy is also in clinical trials, for use in other cancers like lung, head and neck cancer, among others.

Michigan gains new skilled workers

A Michigan school that officials say is the second largest school of its type in the country is sending its most recent class of graduates into the job world. The Michigan Career Technical Institute trains students with disabilities for work in vocational careers. And 80-percent of their students find work.

Dozens of new workers are settling into their jobs this month.
Michigan Career Technical Institute recently graduated a class of over 150 students.

Erica Quealy is the spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Human Services. She said MTCI does a good job helping people who have barriers to employment.

“This is a great opportunity for any person in Michigan who is over 18 years old, and maybe experiencing some sort of disabilities and need some help finding the appropriate training to help them reach their career success goals.”

Quealy said approximately 320 students graduate each year in 13 vocational programs, including automotive technology, graphic arts, and nursing assistant.

Pertussis cases rise in Michigan

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The state is encouraging parents across Michigan to vaccinate their children and themselves against pertussis, also known as whooping cough..

State health officials say they’re seeing an increase in pertussis cases in Michigan.

Last year there were 448 cases of pertussis reported in Michigan. In the first month of 2017,there have already been 185 reported cases.

Angela Minicuci is the spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. She said babies, who are not yet fully vaccinated, are most vulnerable to the disease.

“We are most concerned about are the ones who are going to be around infants. So caregivers of infants, and pregnant women as well are recommended to get it during their pregnancy so they can pass on some immunity to the child.”

Minicuci said because it begins with cold-like symptoms, pertussis is hard to identify. Typically after one or two weeks, the more identifiable symptom of whooping cough begins to emerge.

New recreational park for Saginaw region

A public-private partnership has set the stage for a new public park in Saginaw.
It will be built on top of about 300 acres of what had been a landfill for GM.

The park will include hiking and biking trails, wildlife viewing, and catch-and-release fishing in the Saginaw river.

Marc Miller is the Deputy Director of Regional Initiatives for the Michigan DNR. He said the property only cost 10 dollars, however there will be capital cost to develop the site.

“Our first phase we imagine it will be around 290,000 dollars, for trail development and some of the other amenities, and so, that is one of our first phases of development. We’re hoping, also, that the partners will raise enough money that an endowment will be there to pay for the operations and maintenances site by the county.”

Miller said the site will provide the opportunity for healthy recreation, and enjoying nature. He said it will give the DNR a new area to work on things like water quality, reforestation, and increasing wildlife habitat.

The DNR hopes to close the deal by summer and begin development.

Two foundations merge to create Parkinson’s Foundation

The Michigan Parkinsons Foundation says more than one million people in the U.S live with Parkinson’s disease. It’s most common in people over the age of 60, but it can be diagnosed as early as age 20.

Now two national foundations are merging,in order to help further research for a cure.

The National Parkinson’s Foundation and the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation are joining forces. Under a new name, the Parkinson’s Foundation, the organization hopes to do more good more efficiently.

Officials said the organization’s goals for 2017 are to complete the merger, make resources for patients more accessible, and increase funding for research.

John Lehr is the Chief Executive Officer for the Parkinson’s Foundation. He said the Parkinson’s community supports the merger..

“I think the community is looking for there to be some consolidation, so that you can get efficiencies, you can have a uniformity of programs, that you can go to one website and get all the information that you need, and really just feel like you can turn to one organization that represents you and doing all the things you would want the organization to do.”

Lehr said the foundation will look to the community for their input on how the organization can better serve them.

Michigan a “no kill” state

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Dogs – and for many people – cats are known as man’s best friend. However, many pets in Michigan shelters are waiting for a best friend of their own.

In 2010, over 100-thousand animals in Michigan animals shelters were euthanized. The state now encourages shelters to choose alternatives methods, to work towards a “no kill” status, and avoid euthanizing healthy or treatable animals.

The state is encouraging animals shelters across Michigan to adopt the “no kill” philosophy.

Matthew Pepper is the President and CEO for the Michigan Humane Society. He said this is a way for shelters to balance their responsibilities to the animals and communities.

“So I think it came from the need to do better in shelters, the need to continue to evolve, which I think naturally would have happened anyways. But I think it’s a natural revolution to see what more we can do for the animals in our care.”

Pepper said community members can help by adopting pets from local shelters, volunteering, and advocating for responsible pet care and ownership.

24/7 PBS kids channel

If you’re feeling frazzled because yours kids favorite tv show went off, relax. On Monday, PBS is launching a new 24/7 kids channel.

The new channel, which is strictly for kids, will include shows like Daniel Tiger, Sesame Street, and Ready, Jet, Go!

Tanya Schripsema is the program director for CMU Public Television. She said the new channel will keep the same educational mission as the primary channel.

“It is very exciting for us to give children the opportunity to watch quality programming with their families,during the primetime hours, after school, and during the weekend.”

Schripsema said improved technology allows CMU Public TV to offer the new children’s channel AND CONTINUE to offer the main channel – with shows like Poldark, Masterpiece and Nova, that they’ve been running for nearly 50-years.

For information on the new TV offerings, you can contact CMU PUblic TV at 800-727-9268. Or go online to WCMU dot org for the full program schedule.

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Roadwork to begin on I-475 in Genesee county

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One of Mid-Michigan’s most traveled freeways will soon be under construction. The state department of transportation plans to reconstruct I-475 in Genesee county. The state has reached out to local residents for their input on the changes to be made.

Construction is scheduled to begin in April of 2018 and run to the fall of 2019.

As part of the 39-million dollar project workers will remove two pedestrian bridges, and they’ll replace loop ramps with what are called diamond interchanges.

Ryan Doyle is the Cost and Scheduling Engineer for the Michigan Department of Transportation. He said reconstruction on I-475 is overdue.

“First and foremost it was in poor condition and we needed to address that, so we we’re looking to reconstruct, and we looked at everything through that section of road to what improvements we can make through there.”

Doyle said the work will also include reducing parts of the freeway down to two-lanes. He said that’s in response to population loss in and around the Flint area.

Michigan to expect colder temperatures in December

After a warmer than normal November, meteorologists said we can expect normal temperatures throughout the month of December.

Meteorologists said November saw some of the highest temperatures recorded for the month. They predict a turn around in December.Temperatures are expected to drop into the low to mid thirties, and by the end of the month,high temperatures likely in the upper twenties.

Andy Sullivan is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gaylord. He said snow is in the forecast for upcoming weeks.

“We’re seeing a pattern change right now, cold air is building up over northern and central Canada, and a piece is actually gonna come in here later this week. And we’re probably gonna get some decent lake effect snow, and that pattern should continue for the next few weeks.”

Sullivan said get ready for more snow and cold weather.

Don’t double up doses this cold and flu season

The peak time for cold and flu season is quickly approaching and health professionals are encouraging people to check labels for the recommended dosage of cold and flu medicines. Acetaminophen is a commonly found in the medicines, and it can lead to health problems if it’s not used correctly.

Health experts said acetaminophen overdoses contribute to 26-thousand hospitalizations each year. Some resulting in dysfunction of the liver.

Brett Snodgrass is a family nurse practitioner. She said there are four simple steps to follow to decrease your risk

“Always read labels, we never recommend take more than one medication with acetaminophen, know if your medicine contains acetaminophen, double-check don’t double up, and then always talk to your health care provider.”

Snodgrass said health professionals want consumers to use acetaminophen because it works. But they want people to take care and follow the directions.

Trees can help reduce air pollution researchers say

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One environmental group has found a way to help reduce the air pollution across the globe. Their solution is putting nature back into the environment.

A new survey shows planting trees can help reduce air pollution and extreme heat during summer.

Robert McDonald is the lead scientist for the Nature Conservancy, which conducted the survey. He said there are two issues the study focuses on.

“One is how trees cool the air and they do that by shading pavement, and asphalt preventing it from getting the sun’s energy. And then the reports focuses on particulate matter, which globally the most damaging type of air pollution. So when we burn gasoline and other fossil fuels there are little particles that float around in the air.”

McDonald said particulate matter pollution contributes to strokes, heart attacks, asthma and other diseases. It kills some three million people a year. He said trees help by serving as a giant filter, and cool surrounding areas by up to four degrees.

State takes public comment on Nestle Water’s request for more groundwater withdrawals

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The state is taking public comment on a request by Nestle Waters to withdraw additional groundwater in Osceola county. Concerns have already popped up about local rivers and wells. Nestle says the move will bring jobs to the area.

The company says it needs the increased water in order to expand. The expansion would bring some 20 new jobs to the neighboring county of Mecosta.

Officials with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality say the water withdrawals could affect areas around the Muskegon River and Chippewa Creek.

Carrie Monosmith is the with the DEQ. She said the state has received close to 2,000 emails from residents.

“They are concerned about lost of water, decreased in levels in the creeks, possible impacts to their private wells, and many think Nestle shouldn’t be able to withdraw additional water for profit.”

Monosmith said right now, public comment is scheduled to close December 3rd. A decision on Nestle’s request will not be made until after a formal hearing. A date for that has not yet been set.

Law enforcement officers receive new domestic violence training



October is Domestic Violence awareness month, and law enforcement officers are now being trained in new ways to identify symptoms of abuse even if they aren’t visible to the eye.

The new training sessions will help officers identify signs of strangulation, and address them more effectively. That’s an important issue, police trainers say, as many as 68% of domestic violence victims are strangled at least once.

Hermina (Her-MEE-nuh) Kramp is the deputy executive director of the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards. She said a lot has changed over the past 30 years.

“One thing that have changed the most over the past 20 to 30 years since we’ve started working on this is we have a better understanding of what a domestic violence perpetrator is intending. We no longer place the burden on the victim to have to go forward. Which wasn’t the case 30 years ago but that is the difference for us to be able to better serve, protect, and assist.”

Kramp said this grant funded training draws on new research to develop better practices for investigations.

The new training was recently held in Traverse City. The next training session will take place on next month near Detroit.

Michigan Office of the Great Lakes releases part four of the water strategy

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The Michigan Office of the Great Lakes has released the final part of its state water strategy. The plan includes 75 strategic recommendations for sustainable management, and enhancement and protection of Michigan’s water resources.

The fourth part of the plan focuses on water monitoring systems and management tools, to improve stewardship of Michigan’s water resources.

Jon Allan is the director of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes.

“We like to call it blue accounting. How are we accounting for both the social, community, the cultural effects as well as the water related effects of fish, and flow and ecosystem health.”

Allan said water monitoring systems are very important, giving researchers a baseline to see what’s in the water, and how it’s changing over time.

Now that the full plan has been unveiled, the Office of the Great Lakes is planning education and outreach initiatives.

Soo Theatre to get a full restoration

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A 50-thousand dollar grant was awarded by the state to Sault Ste. Marie to help restore the Soo Theatre.

Officials said the first priority will be the roof and exterior of the theatre. The theatre was built back in the 1930’s and the city plans to keep the vintage theme.

Justin Knepper is the downtown manager for Sault Ste. Marie. He said they will continue to fundraise until next fall.

“In 2017, once the snow melts we’ll be working on continuing to raise money to match the grant that we were awarded by the Michigan Council of the Arts for the roof project, that’ll be done by this upcoming fall. And while all that is going on we’ll be continuing funding sources for the full restoration.”

Knepper said the total cost to restore the theatre is estimated at seven million dollars. He said the city hopes to have major progress by the city’s 350th anniversary in 2018.

Flint city council expected to vote on trash collection service Monday

Rizzo Environmental Services, a trash collection agency that was vying for a contract to pick up trash in Flint, is under investigation with the FBI for what federal investigators call a pay-for-play scheme in a nearby county.

Rizzo Environmental Services is under investigation for allegedly paying bribes to a Clinton Township official. Dean Reynolds was arrested Thursday and charged in federal court.

FBI officials said between 50-70 thousand dollars was paid to Reynolds to secure a lucrative contract to tune of 18 million dollars.

In the meantime, Flint’s mayor and city council are working to reach an agreement on who should collect trash in the city;  Rizzo, who the mayor wants or competitor Republic Waste Services, which most of the city council has voted for.

Scott Kincaid is the Ninth Ward City Council Member for the city of Flint.

“The tentative agreement is a one year contract starting November 12, 2016 through November 12, 2017, with the option for an extension of the contract from November 12 2017 through November 12, 2018 with Republic Waste Services at the bid price that Rizzo quoted in their three year bid proposal.”

Kincaid says  Rizzo’s legal woes did not influence the city council’s decision to oppose them. He says council member never believed that Rizzo was a “responsible bidder” to begin with.  

The Flint City council has reached a tentative agreement, awarding the trash contract to Republic. The agreement is expected to be voted on Monday.

Criminal justice reform is one focus for the upcoming election

One national non-profit organization is using this election season to address the link between the criminal justice system and poverty.

Bread for the World is encouraging people to make criminal justice reform a top priority for their presidential candidate in the upcoming election.

Eric Mitchell is the Director of Government Relations for Bread for the World. He says, the criminal justice system contributes to hunger in America in many ways.

“Many women who were formerly incarcerated have less access to food, less access to safety net programs like food stamps, housing vouchers, have a loss of household income, added debt, and most importantly it’s harder for them to find and maintain solid jobs to provide for themselves and their families.”

Mitchell said they want candidates not only talk about criminal justice reform but to take action.