Archives for June 2017

Where Are Asian Carp

Asian Carp…where are they???

Officials say an intensive search so far has turned up no additional Asian carp in a Chicago-area waterway system where one of the invasive fish recently was found. The discovery of a live silver carp June 22 about 9 miles (14 kilometers) from Lake Michigan raised fears that Asian carp might be evading an electric barrier meant to keep them out of the Great Lakes. Crews will continue the search through July 7.

How to deal with Line 5

How to deal with Line 5…

Michigan officials have released a consulting firm’s draft report listing alternatives for dealing with twin oil pipelines beneath the waterway where Lakes Huron and Michigan meet. The state commissioned the report as environmental groups push to decommission the nearly 5-mile-long (8-kilometer-long) section of Enbridge Inc.’s Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac, which was laid in 1953. State Attorney General Bill Schuette endorsed a shutdown Thursday.

New speed limits taking effect in some areas of the UP

New speed limits taking effect in some areas of the UP

The speed limit increase has finally made its way into the Upper Peninsula.
The Michigan Department of Transportation finished putting the new speed limit signs up on US-2 from St. Ignace to Rapid River. Speed limit have been increased from 55 to 65. Any areas where speeds were reduced in the past will remain reduced. The next area to be getting the speed limit increase should be M-28 as they work their way westward. MDOT is encouraging drivers to follow whatever the posted speed is despite the future change.

Child welfare database problems

Child welfare database problems continue….

State auditors say problems remain with the state’s child welfare database. There were 208 cases as of March 1 without a case worker assigned to them, and the Department of Health and Human Services notes those were from the previous database and should have been closed. The Michigan Auditor General is still concerned that the system doesn’t have the necessary controls and more cases could be unassigned in the future. DHHS officials say their new database is updated and the risk of unassigned cases has fallen.

Look Who’s Running For Governor

The first petitions for the 2018 governor’s race are in the hands of the Michigan Secretary of State’s office. Republican Dr. Jim Hines turned in what said was roughly 22-thousand-500 signatures. In order to qualify for the ballot, candidates need to collect signatures of at least 15-thousand registered voters by April 24 of next year. State Senator Patrick Colbeck of Canton is also running for the Republican nomination, while Attorney General Bill Schuette and Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley are both likely to announce their candidacies soon.

More Prescriptions than people

More prescriptions than people….

Michigan’s opioid epidemic can be summed up in a new MLive report that found there are more prescriptions for opioid drugs than there are people in the state. In 2015 and 2016, doctors wrote eleven-million opioid prescriptions, up 41-percent from 2009 when eight-million prescriptions were written. Heroin and opioid-related overdose deaths have doubled in Michigan from 2012 to 2015, and now outnumber both guns and traffic accidents for deaths in the state.

State Issues Hemlock Quarantine

The State Has Issued A Hemlock Quarantine…

A quarantine is in place to protect Michigan’s 170-million hemlock trees from a pest. According to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid has been found in four West Michigan counties: Allegan, Muskegon, Oceana, and Ottawa. MDARD says the infestations are due to shipments of invested nursery stock that came in to the state before 2002, when the first quarantine was put into effect.

Asian Carp Caught Causing A Stir

Asian Carp caught…causes a stir…

There is a bipartisan push in Michigan for immediate action to keep invasive Asian carp out of Lake Michigan after a live, eight-pound Silver carp was caught just nine miles from the lake in Illinois. State lawmakers are all calling for the Trump administration to come up with a permanent solution to separate Illinois waterways where the carp have already been found from the Great Lakes.

Takata Corp. Files For Bankruptcy Protection

Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. has filed for bankruptcy protection, here’s Lisa Rodman with the story…

Takata filed in both Tokyo and the U.S., saying it was the only way to ensure it could carry on supplying replacements for faulty air bag inflators linked to the deaths of at least 16 people. and 180 injuries. So far 100 million inflators have been recalled worldwide. Under the agreement, what’s left of Takata’s operations will continue to make inflators to be used as replacement parts in the recalls.

Boater Safety

Michigan law enforcement plan increased enforcement of boating safety laws as the Fourth of July holiday approaches.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says this year’s Operation Dry Water campaign runs from June 30 to July 2.Officials are asking boaters to operate watercraft while they’re sober, wear a life jacket and take boating safety courses. Boating under the influence is punishable in Michigan by fines of up to $500, community service and up to three months in jail.