Author: Johnathon Gustin

Michigan Launching New $2 Million Campaign to Boost Recycling

Michigan is launching a new, $2 million campaign to try and boost recycling. The “know it before you throw it” initiative is reminding residents to rinse and dry all plastics, glass and metal before recycling. They also say plastic bags are not recycled by most cities. Michigan’s 15% recycling rate is the lowest in the region, despite the 10 cent…

Michigan Legislature Votes to Honor Queen of Soul With Highway Designation

The Michigan Legislature has voted to honor the Queen of Soul. The Senate voted Thursday to designate part of M-10 in Detroit as the Aretha L. Franklin Memorial Highway. Franklin died last year after battling pancreatic cancer. Governor Gretchen Whitmer is expected to sign the legislation. Supporters say it is a way to honor a Michigan icon who learned the…

First West Nile Virus Activity of the Year Detected in Michigan

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services say the first West Nile virus activity of the year has been found downstate. The department says it was confirmed in mosquitoes collected in Saginaw and Oakland counties. It was also found in a Canadian goose in Kalamazoo County. There were 104 serious illnesses and nine deaths related to the West Nile…

Gov. Whitmer Names June 19 ‘Juneteenth Celebration Day’

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed a proclamation making Wednesday Juneteenth Celebration Day. Juneteenth recognizes the day slavery was abolished in the U.S. 1865. She says it is an important day and the state’s strength comes from its diversity. Whitmer also says everyone must work together to make sure everyone can get ahead in Michigan.

Groups Starting to Collect Signatures for Anti-Abortion Ballot Drive

Groups are starting to collect signatures for two anti-abortion ballot drives. One measure would prohibit an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected. Another would ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure, but allow exceptions if the mother faced serious health risks. The initiatives could be enacted by the Republican controlled Michigan Legislature without the approval of Governor Whitmer.

EPA Announced Proposal to Roll Back Regulations on Energy Production

The EPA announced a proposal to roll back President Obama era regulations on energy production. The proposal would get rid of the regulations which favored using natural gas and reducing a reliance on coal.  Now, the EPA would leave it up to individual states to control the emission rates of coal powered plants. A number of states are expected to…

Kalamazoo Police: Woman, Twin Daughters Die After Driving Into River

Officer say they’ve found the bodies of a woman and her twin daughters after she intentionally drove into a river downstate. Kalamazoo police responded to a call Monday night just before 11. They say they were told by two girls a family member had drove her car into the Kalamazoo River. Police say they rushed to Verburg Park, where they…