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Photo Essay: Spring is in the air

Mother nature showed Michiganders a sneak preview to the next season today. Spring starts Mar. 20 and signs of the transition were prevalent today with a high of 52 degrees fahrenheit in Mid Michigan. The warm day was accompanied with a few rays of sunshine and light rain.

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A decade ago, the U.S. government claimed that ditching paper medical charts for electronic records would make health care better, safer and cheaper.

Ten years and $36 billion later, the digital revolution has gone awry, an investigation by Kaiser Health News and Fortune magazine has found.

Veteran reporters Fred Schulte of KHN and Erika Fry of Fortune spent months digging into what has happened as a result. (You can read the cover story here.)

Darrell Blatchley received a call from the Philippines Bureau of Fisheries and Acquatic Resources (BFAR) early Friday morning to report that they had a young Cuvier's beaked whale that was weak and vomiting blood.

Within a few hours it was dead.

Blatchley, a marine biologist and environmentalist based in the Philippine city of Davao, gathered his team to drive two hours to where the whale had washed up.

When the necropsy was performed, Blatchley told NPR, he was not prepared for the amount of plastic they found in the whale's stomach.

Turkey and Iran launched a joint military operation against Kurdish militants along the the mutual border between the two countries on Monday, according to an announcement from the Turkish interior minister.

Turkey says the two unlikely allies — one a NATO member, the other a target of U.S. sanctions — have joined forces to target a common enemy: the Kurdistan Worker's Party or PKK, which the U.S., Turkey and others consider to be a terrorist group.

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A new study has found that landfills are a source of a new class of contaminants that state officials are working to combat

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After more than a year of negotiations, Munson Medical and the its nurses union have announced a tentative union contract.

Sunshine and tornadoes

Mar 15, 2019
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Officials with the National Weather service were in the field today in Shiawassee county, assessing the strength of a tornado that touched down last night.

The county experienced two tornadoes at Corunna and Vernon.

Officials said the tornadoes weren’t unusually strong, but they did result in damages.

Bryan Tilley is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Detroit.

“I think right now, in a general sense, I would expect it to be classified as a damage type, a moderate type of classification.

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If it seems like this has been a tough winter repair crews from Michigan’s electric utilities may agree. Power outages have been a bigger problem this winter than they have previous years.

Around 100,000 homes and businesses lost power over the weekend, in the Consumers Energy service area.

“In terms of power outages, we’ve had more activity this year compared to last. I think back to late 2013 where we had an ice storm that caused 350,000 outages,” said Brian Wheeler, the Senior Public Information Director for Consumers Energy.

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Food assistance benefits for March and April will be released early in Michigan.

Bob Wheaton, a spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, said the department is phasing back to a regular schedule by releasing the benefits early after the partial government shutdown.


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Cathy Wusterbarth was invited by Democratic Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee to attend the President’s State of the Union Address.

The Iosco County woman was recognized for her work on bringing attention to PFAS contamination near Wurtsmith Air Force Base in her hometown of Oscoda.

PFAS, or perfluoroalkyl substances are a class of chemicals linked to health problems in humans.

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A small business in Presque Isle county, Moran Iron Works, recently received the “Historically Underutilized Business Zone”, or HUBZone certificate.

The U.S. Small Business Administration has a goal of awarding at least 3% of all federal contracting dollars to HUBZone certified businesses every year.


In 2017, that amounted to over 80,000 contracts.

Photo Essay: Spring is in the air

Mar 15, 2019
Xavier Mendoza | WCMU

Mother nature showed Michiganders a sneak preview to the next season today.

Spring starts Mar. 20 and signs of the transition were prevalent today with a high of 52 degrees fahrenheit in Mid Michigan. 

The warm day was accompanied with a few rays of sunshine and light rain. 

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The governor’s office and the Legislature could soon be covered by open records rules similar to those that must be followed by state agencies and local governments.

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State officials were in court on Wednesday responding to reports about ongoing problems with Michigan’s child welfare system.


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