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The dangers of lead have been on many people's minds for a number of years now. And now some residents are being given opportunities to have their homes checked for the poison.

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There have been eight cases of West Nile Virus confirmed in Michigan so far this year.  

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Federal funds are on their way to Michigan to encourage closer collaboration between different types of healthcare providers.

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Michigan’s first case of West Nile Virus this year has been reported in Sanilac County.

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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is offering a free two-week supply of nicotine alternatives to help smokers kick the habit.

Lynn Sutfin is a spokesperson for the department. She said the state hopes the offer will motivate people who are interested in quitting tobacco.

“Quitting tobacco is a process. It can be very difficult for folks,” she said. “Being able to offer them these free supplies can probably help jumpstart them. It gives them that little push like, ‘Hey, maybe I can do this’ type of thing.”