Ingham County http://michiganradio.org en Group wants "Health" to be a key consideration in all government decisions http://michiganradio.org/post/group-wants-health-be-key-consideration-all-government-decisions <p>A handful of Michigan county health department leaders say “health” should play a bigger role in local decision making.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Health department officials from Wayne, Genesee, Ingham, Kent, Kalamazoo, Saginaw and Washtenaw counties met in Lansing this past week to strategize how to change the way local governments do pretty much everything.&nbsp;</p><p>Linda Vail is Ingham County’s Chief Health Officer.&nbsp;&nbsp; She says city and county leaders often fail to consider the potential effects their decisions will have on their community’s health.</p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 17:23:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18185 at http://michiganradio.org Group wants "Health" to be a key consideration in all government decisions Eco-protesters get probation in Enbridge pipeline protest http://michiganradio.org/post/eco-protesters-get-probation-enbridge-pipeline-protest <p>A judge has sentenced a trio of environmental activists to probation for their role in an oil pipeline protest near Stockbridge last July.</p><p></p><p>The protesters attached themselves to heavy equipment at the Enbridge pipeline work site.&nbsp; They were convicted of trespassing and obstruction in January.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The protesters could have faced up to two years in prison.</p><p></p><p>Protester Vicci Hamlin says she remains committed to the fight against Canadian tar sands oil.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 22:02:39 +0000 Steve Carmody 16734 at http://michiganradio.org Eco-protesters get probation in Enbridge pipeline protest Eco-protesters to be sentenced this week http://michiganradio.org/post/eco-protesters-be-sentenced-week <p>A trio of environmental activists will find out this week whether they will face prison time for a 2013 protest.</p><p></p><p>The three women were convicted in January of trespassing and obstruction charges. They and a fourth member of the group Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands attached themselves to heavy machinery to protest the installation of a new oil pipeline near Stockbridge.</p><p></p><p>The four did not detach themselves after being ordered to by law enforcement officers during the 2013 incident.</p><p></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 14:19:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16672 at http://michiganradio.org Eco-protesters to be sentenced this week Commission puts brakes on money for expanded bus service between Lansing and Detroit Metro Airport http://michiganradio.org/post/commission-puts-brakes-money-expanded-bus-service-between-lansing-and-detroit-metro-airport <P>A federal grant to expand bus service between Lansing and Detroit Metro Airport is stalled.</P> <P></P> <P>The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission split nine to nine on authorizing a $600,000 grant to help the Michigan Flyer expand its daily trips from eight to twelve.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The commissioner with the potential tie-breaking vote did not attend Wednesday night’s meeting.</P> <P></P> <P>State and federal transportation agencies have already approved the grant, which would essentially help offset the costs for the first few months of the added service between East Lansing an Thu, 30 May 2013 03:19:28 +0000 Steve Carmody 12802 at http://michiganradio.org Commission puts brakes on money for expanded bus service between Lansing and Detroit Metro Airport Lansing city leaders concerned about apparent problems with Ingham County's 911 system http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-city-leaders-concerned-about-apparent-problems-ingham-countys-911-system <p>The Lansing City Council received a report last night looking at serious problems with Ingham County’s 911 system.</p><p></p><p>The new 911 center opened last summer. It dispatches fire and EMS crews for Lansing and East Lansing, as well as Ingham County.</p><p></p><p>But the system has trouble pinpointing mobile phone calls, and that’s led to dispatching mistakes and slow response times. A new report suggests three deaths may be connected to problems with the 911 system.</p><p></p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 04:32:39 +0000 Steve Carmody 10414 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing city leaders concerned about apparent problems with Ingham County's 911 system Shots fired at vehicles along I-96 corridor in three Michigan counties http://michiganradio.org/post/shots-fired-vehicles-along-i-96-corridor-three-michigan-counties <p>WIXOM, Mich. (AP) - The Oakland County sheriff says authorities are investigating at least 16 shootings for any common threads in many Michigan communities.<br><br>Sheriff Mike Bouchard says no one has been injured but there have been "some very close calls." He told reporters Friday that cars and people appear to be the targets. Shootings have been reported in Oakland, Livingston and Ingham counties.<br><br>Bouchard says the shootings occurred Tuesday through Thursday. Someone shot at five vehicles in Wixom in just a few minutes Thursday.<br> Sat, 20 Oct 2012 14:53:27 +0000 The Associated Press 9547 at http://michiganradio.org Improving fire protection in Ingham County by working closer together http://michiganradio.org/post/improving-fire-protection-ingham-county-working-closer-together <p>Several Ingham County communities have taken a step toward creating a regional fire department.</p><p></p><p>Lansing, East Lansing and four other communities signed an agreement to begin implementing the first phase of the <a href="http://www.cityofeastlansing.com/Home/Departments/Fire/SharedServicesFireStudy/">“Shared Services” plan.</a></p><p></p><p>Randall Talifarro is Lansing and East Lansing’s fire chief. He says getting local fire departments to work more closely together will improve fire protection to nearly 300 thousand Ingham County residents.</p><p></p><p></p> Sat, 22 Sep 2012 18:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 9197 at http://michiganradio.org Improving fire protection in Ingham County by working closer together Appeal coming as Michigan governor's office pursues consent agreement for Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/appeal-coming-michigan-governors-office-pursues-consent-agreement-detroit <p>Aides to Governor Rick Snyder say the state will ask the Michigan Court of&nbsp;Appeals to lift a judge&rsquo;s order that prohibits a deal between Michigan and Detroit to resolve the city&rsquo;s budget crisis.</p><p>An Ingham County judge says the state cannot make any deals with Detroit until he decides late next week whether a state team reviewing Detroit&rsquo;s finances broke Michigan&rsquo;s open meetings law.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Monday is the deadline for the review team to give Governor Snyder its recommendations.</p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 21:01:38 +0000 Rick Pluta 6748 at http://michiganradio.org Appeal coming as Michigan governor's office pursues consent agreement for Detroit Michigan Governor to sign bill that will be the end of the road for some county road commissions http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-governor-sign-bill-will-be-end-road-some-county-road-commissions <p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">Legislation that will allow county boards of commissioners to take over duties of county road commissions is expected to be signed by Gov. Rick Snyder.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">Snyder is scheduled to sign the legislation Tuesday at the state Capitol.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">The bills were approved by the Michigan Legislature earlier this month.</span></p> Sun, 19 Feb 2012 18:56:47 +0000 The Associated Press 6279 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Governor to sign bill that will be the end of the road for some county road commissions Ingham County judge orders medical marijuana patient jailed http://michiganradio.org/post/ingham-county-judge-orders-medical-marijuana-patient-jailed <p>A medical marijuana patient in Ingham County is facing three days in jail for testing positive for marijuana. <a href="http://www.wilx.com/localnews/headlines/Father_Ordered_To_One_Weekend_In_Jail_125045609.html">Livingston Thompson</a> uses medical marijuana as a treatment for epilepsy. &nbsp;<a href="http://www.ingham.org/cc/2009JuvPages/Judges/Garcia.html">Judge Richard Garcia</a> ordered Thompson to stop using marijuana as part of a child custody case.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>But Thompson recently tested positive for marijuana, and the judge Tuesday ordered Thompson to be jailed for contempt for three days.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://newburglaw.com/category/michigan-medical-marijuana/">Matt Newburg </a>is Livingston Thompson&rsquo;s attorney.&nbsp; Newburg plans to ask the Michigan Court of Appeals to stay the judge&rsquo;s contempt order.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;The judge said&hellip;on the record&hellip;that he felt that (medical marijuana) card was a fraud&hellip;and it did not protect him.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>Newburg&nbsp;says Michigan&rsquo;s marijuana law protects medical marijuana patients from criminal and civil penalties. Wed, 06 Jul 2011 12:50:23 +0000 Steve Carmody 3161 at http://michiganradio.org Ingham County judge orders medical marijuana patient jailed Source of Michigan gasoline leak still not known http://michiganradio.org/post/source-michigan-gasoline-leak-still-not-known <p>The company that owns a pipeline that&#39;s leaking gasoline in Michigan is still searching for the source of the leak.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.ingham.org/">Ingham County</a> Emergency officials said in a statement Saturday that <a href="http://wolverinepipeline.com/">Wolverine Pipeline Company</a> crews hope to find the leak within the next 24 hours and repair it. The Portage, Michigan-based company has contained the leak near a farm and a large gasoline storage tank facility about 55 miles west of Detroit.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Some of the gas flowed about a mile down an open drain by the time the leak was reported Wednesday by a farmer.&nbsp;</p><p>Crews continued digging temporary ditches Saturday near the storage tank to keep it out of the drain.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Wolverine Pipeline says tests on wells in the area show that they pose no threat to human health. Sun, 17 Apr 2011 18:35:46 +0000 Kyle Norris 2104 at http://michiganradio.org Source of Michigan gasoline leak still not known