Author: Ryan Cole

Michigan Legislature Cancels Sessions After Senator Tests Positive for COVID-19

Michigan’s Legislature will not meet this week after a Lansing area senator tested positive for the coronavirus. Republican Senator Tom Barret of Charlotte says he doesn’t have “any significant symptoms” and will be self-isolating. The legislature cancelled Thursday’s voting session and hearings set for Wednesday and Thursday as a precaution. Barret has been critical of Governor Whitmer’s response to the…

Thomson International Inc. Recalls Onions Over Salmonella Risk

We have an important onion recall for you. A salmonella outbreak has been linked to several brands of onions, so the food and drug administration has announced a recall in all 50 states. It affects red, yellow and sweet onions distributed by Thomson’s 11 brands. That includes Thomson Premium Brand, Kroger, Food Lion, and Onions 52. The potentially contaminated onions…

Taquitos, Chimichangas Recalled Due to Possible Plastic Contamination

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has put out a health alert for frozen taquitos and chimichangas that might contain plastic, which could pose a choking hazard. Several types of beef and chicken taquitos and chimichangas are included in the alert. It covers ready-to-eat products with diced green chilies recalled by Sun Valley Foods. The USDA notice listed select products shipped…

Federal Agents, Officers Head to Detroit for Operation Legend

Federal officers are coming to our state’s largest city. The Department of Justice announced that dozens of agents will come to Detroit as part of Operation Legend. It’s President Trump’s initiative to curb violence in several cities, including Chicago and Albuquerque. The DOJ says 42 agents will head to Detroit, and 10 more agents are being reassigned to work on…

Opioid Overdoses in Michigan Surge During Coronavirus Crisis

The state of Michigan says opioid overdoses have surged during the coronavirus pandemic. The Department of Health and Human Services says EMS responses for opioid overdoses jumped by 33% from April to May. And their responses from April through June are up 26% over the same time last year. But the total number of visits to the emergency room for…

August Primary: Time Running Out to Return Absentee Ballots By Mail

Michigan’s primary election is one week away, and absentee ballots will be a much more common way to vote in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The state of Michigan sent all registered voters an application for an absentee ballot earlier this year. Almost 2 million people in Michigan requested absentee ballots. That’s nearly four times higher than the number…

Education Advocacy Group: Shield Low-Income Students From Pandemic Budget Cut

An education advocacy group wants to make sure Michigan’s low-income students are properly funded as potential budget cuts loom. The campaign is called Opportunity For All. It includes business and local leaders, along with Royal Oak-based Education Trust-Midwest. They’re calling on the state to shield poor students from the brunt of potential funding cuts, instead of making an across-the-board reduction…

First Case of Acute Flaccid Myelitis Confirmed in Macomb County Child

Michigan health officials just announced this year’s first case of a serious polio-like illness that mainly affects young children. It’s called acute flaccid myelitis, better known as AFM. The state says a child from Macomb County is the first to get it this year. Doctors say AFM can cause paralysis and life-threatening breathing problems. It also affects children’s nervous system,…