Archives for March 2018

Michigan’s Insurance Rates Rising

Increased medical costs are prompting a jump in the amount drivers have to pay in an annual fee to the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association this summer.

The MCCA is hiking that fee from 170-dollars to 192-dollars in July. Last year, the association paid one-point-two billion dollars in claims for catastrophic injuries suffered in car crashes. The MCCA says 161-dollars of the fee will go toward new claims and expenses, while 31-dollars will be put toward an estimated two-point-three billion dollar deficit from current claims.

Pot Businesses Forced To Close

More than 200 medical marijuana businesses are being forced to close by the state.

The Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation sent out the new cease and desist letters this week to businesses that missed a February 15th deadline. That deadline was to apply to stay open under emergency rules put in place as the state works through how to license dispensaries as part of a new system. Most are in metro Detroit, Lansing, and Flint.

Chicago Joins In Fight Againt Carp

The state of Michigan has a new partner in the fight to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.

Governor Snyder says the city of Chicago has now joined with Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and Ontario to put resources into ways to prevent the invasive fish from reaching Lake Michigan and beyond. The carp are in Illinois and have been found within miles of Lake Michigan in the Chicago area. The Alliance for the Great Lakes is now calling on Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to recognize the threat posed by the fish and work with the partnership and federal government.

Public Input Wanted

The DNR is seeking public input regarding chronic wasting disease….

Michigan officials will host a series of public meetings about the threat to deer posed by chronic wasting disease. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan Natural Resources Commission say they want to hear from hunters and other residents about the health of the state’s deer population. Commission Chairwoman Vicki Pontz says they’re focused on slowing the spread of the fatal illness.

Equal Rights For State Prisoners

The Michigan appeals court says prisoners have protections under the state’s civil rights law.

In a 2-1 decision Tuesday, the court says civil rights safeguards in the Michigan Constitution trump any exceptions that lawmakers wrote in a 1999 law. Hundreds of prisoners are suing the state, saying guards failed to protect them from abuse by older inmates. Judges Kirsten Frank Kelly and William Murphy say the constitution is clear: No person shall be denied the equal protection of law.

UP Health Districts Awarded Funds To Fight Hepatitis A

A half-million dollars is being spent by the state to stop an outbreak of hepatitis A.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has awarded 500-thousand dollars in grants to 25 county health departments in the fight, including six in the Upper Peninsula. According to a MDHHS press release, the Chippewa County Health Department, Public Health Delta, Dickinson-Iron District Health Department, Mackinac-Schoolcraft District Health Department, Marquette County Health Department and the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department were all issued $20,000 each to increase vaccination outreach to high-risk populations.

Bat Research Project Disrupted

The DNR is Investigating Vandalism Of Bat Research Project…

The theft of security cameras and signs from a bat research project in the Upper Peninsula is being investigated by the Department of Natural Resources. Conservation officers say suspects illegally disrupted hibernating bats at an abandoned iron mine in Norway within the past few months. There were more than 20-thousand bats in the mine, and just a few thousand have survived due to white-nose syndrome, which is blamed for the deaths of millions of bats in eastern North America.

Gas Prices Headed North

Gas Prices are on the rise in Michigan….

AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have risen by about 14 cents per gallon in the past week. The auto club announced late Sunday that the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.71 per gallon. Michigan’s lowest average price was about $2.64 per gallon in the Marquette area. You can find fuel for as low as 2.54 a gallon in Ironwood today, according to GasBuddy.com

A Missing UP Man Found

A missing UP man found…

The remains of a missing 25-year-old man from the St. Ignace area have been found. Michigan State Police say the body of Raleigh Harrington was found Sunday in a heavily wooded area of Mackinac County after a five-day search for him. Investigators don’t suspect any foul play, but are continuing to investigate the circumstances of both his disappearance and death.

Schutte gets A Major Endorsement

Schutte gets A Major Endorsement In His Bid For Governor

State Attorney General Bill Schuette’s bid to become Michigan’s next governor is getting a boost from the business community. The Michigan Chamber of Commerce is endorsing his candidacy, with Chamber CEO and president Rich Studley saying they feel Schuette is the most well-qualified for the office and to “keep Michigan moving forward.”