Author: Johnathon Gustin

Michigan Legislature Approves of Sports Betting, Online Gambling

Michigan lawmakers voted today to legalize sports betting and internet gambling. The bills passed after talks with Governor Whitmer. In exchange for her support, the legislation puts a higher tax on internet gambling than what was first proposed. Supporters say the bills will protect gamblers. They say many were already betting through illegal sports books or foreign websites. Some estimate…

Michigan Considering New Rules for Manure Fertilizing

The state of Michigan is considering new rules that would change the way many farmers grow their crops. Regulators are thinking about a seasonal ban on livestock manure. The Michigan Department of Environment Great Lakes and Energy may restrict farmers from applying manure fertilizer from January through March. The goal is to prevent manure from sliding into waterways when the…

Governor and Legislature Close to Deal on Legalized Sports Betting and Online Gambling

In this update, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and lawmakers are close to a deal on legalized sports betting. This agreement between the Republican-controlled legislature and Governor Whitmer would also cover internet gambling in Michigan. This would give residents and tourists even more options on where they can bet. Detroit is homes to three commercial casinos, there are 24 tribal casinos across…

Surplus Public Landing Going to Auction

If you are looking at buying a new property soon, the state of Michigan could have just the gift for your holiday wish list. Almost 150 parcels of land are heading to the auction block. Michigan’s surplus land auction begins Tuesday and runs until January 8. Some properties feature lake views, rivers access or scenic trails. They range in size…

Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Osceola County Field

  A small plane was forced to make an emergency landing Saturday evening in a field east of Reed City. The sheriff’s department says two people were flying from Greenville to Traverse City. They say engine problems forced them to make an emergency landing on a field in Hersey Township near the intersection of 175th Ave. and US-10. Deputies say…

Gaylord Man to Spend Up to 30 Years in Prison for Peeping in Windows

A Gaylord man could spend up to three decades behind bars following a state police investigation into peeping. In May troopers began investigating a complaint about a man peeping in the Michaywe area. After talking with residents, they found reports went back to July of last year. MSP says Michael Estes of Gaylord confessed to inappropriately touching himself in front…

Gov. Whitmer: Legislature Should Help Pause Medicaid Work Rules

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she wants to pause work requirements for Medicaid expansion health plans, but says she needs the Legislature’s support. Starting January 1, people in Michigan’s Medicaid expansion program must show 80 hours of workforce engagement per month. These requirements were passed last year by then-Governor Snyder and the Republican-controlled Legislature. Governor Whitmer says lawmakers should work with…

Munson Medical Center Must Post Signs Asserting Nurses’ Rights

The National Labor Relations Board just released a ruling in favor of nurses at a northern Michigan hospital. The Michigan Nurses Association filed a charge with the National Labor Relations Board. It comes after a nurse at Munson Medical Center says she was threatened for talking about the impact of working excessive hours. The National Labor Relations Board ruled that…

100+ Antique Snowmobiles to Take Part in ‘Snowmobile the Mac’ Event

More than 100 antique snowmobiles will soon be crossing the Mackinac Bridge. It’s for the fourth annual Snowmobile the Mac. Riders cross over from Mackinaw City up to St. Ignace. The St. Ignace Chamber of Commerce says the event first started in 2016 with more than 3 dozen antique snowmobiles. To participate, your snowmobile must be at least 25 years…

Gov. Whitmer Launches Campaign to Get Students to Fill Out FAFSA

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is launching a campaign to get more students to fill out college aid information. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly referred to as FAFSA, is for current and future college students. It helps determine how much financial aid students can qualify for. The governor’s office says the completion rate was down this year to 55.9%….