Ben Thorp

BIG RAPIDS, MI (MPRN)--   Officials with the Ferris Faculty Association say they expect to take a vote of “no confidence” in Ferris State University President David Eisler later this week. 

The vote cites what the faculty calls Eisler’s lack of leadership, poor handling of negotiations, and use of a high paid attorney in union negotiations.

The faculty union has been particularly frustrated by what it sees as the University's unwillingness to budge on salary increases.

Michigan firefighters still using foam with PFAS

Sep 21, 2018

MT. PLEASANT, MI (MPRN)--   At the same time state officials are working to fight contaminants left over from firefighting foams, the state fire marshal says the foam is still being stocked at fire stations across Michigan.

The problem is firefighting foams contain perfluoroalkyl compounds, a family of chemical compounds that have been linked to cancer and other health problems in humans.

Kevin Sehlmeyer is the State Fire Marshal. He says his office surveyed 1,000 fire stations across the state to determine how many still have firefighting foams with PFAs in them.

MOUNT PLEASANT, MI (MPRN)--   Two new invasive species have been added to Michigan’s watch list.

The state has added the spotted lanternfly and a Japanese chaff flower to the list.

Joanne Foreman is with the Department of Natural Resources. She says a risk analysis of both species shows they could spread into the state.

“With the spotted lanternfly the concern initially is agricultural. It likes grapes, it likes fruit, and it also likes hops, and that’s a blooming industry here in Michigan.”

MT. PLEASANT, MI (MPRN)--   An audit of Michigan’s Child Protective Services released Thursday found a pattern of failures to follow state requirements.

The audit reviewed CPS investigations between May of 2014 and July of 2016.

The report noted CPS investigators failed to complete criminal history background checks in over 50 percent of the cases, and that at least 257 confirmed perpetrators of child abuse or neglect were not added to a mandatory statewide registry.

Former air base site receives DEQ grant

Aug 30, 2018

OSCODA, MI (MPRN)--   The Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport Authority has been awarded a $60,000 grant to assess chemical contaminants. 

The airport, which is on the site of the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base, is a known site of several chemical contaminants, including PFAS - which are linked to cancer among other maladies.

The grant comes through the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

Garry Kellan is the airport manager at the Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport.

No investigation into Schuette, judges say

Aug 21, 2018

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The Ingham County Circuit Court Monday determined there will not be a grand jury investigation into alleged wrongdoing by Attorney General Bill Schuette. 

A petition brought by former Wayne County Executive Bob Ficano called for a grand jury investigation into Schuette, alleging the Attorney General broke the law by using state employees to help sell personal real estate. It also alleged that Schuette “stacked his office with political loyalists and cronies.”

But judges unanimously decided to deny the request for an investigation into the claims.


TRAVERSE CITY, MI (MPRN)--   The only Democrat running in Michigan’s First Congressional District has filed suit against the state Board of Canvassers and Secretary of State for not allowing him to appear on the ballot.

Last week the Board disqualified many of the signatures that Matt Morgan submitted on behalf of his campaign, saying the campaign should have listed a street address and not a P.O. Box.

Fred Woodhams is with the Michigan Secretary of State. He said the department is reviewing the suit but the use of a P.O. Box does disqualify signatures.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A bill in the state House would block insurance companies from increasing car insurance premiums on drivers who have made claims for damage caused by Michigan’s failing roads. 

Lawmakers behind the bill say the state’s roads have been underfunded and poorly maintained, and residents shouldn’t be punished for driving on them.

Democratic State Representative John Chirkun is the bill’s sponsor. He says he’s heard from constituents who have needed thousands of dollars’ worth of repairs because of the state’s roads.

Tribe says 'no' to Nestle water

May 9, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (MPRN)--   The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians has declared a moratorium on bottled water from Nestle. 

The moratorium was announced Monday after the tribe’s board of directors unanimously approved the ban at all tribally owned and operated facilities.

The board called on tribal members to uphold the moratorium. They say they have shared their resolution with other tribes.

Aaron Payment is the chairperson of the Soo Tribe. He says the tribe is opposed to the expanded water withdrawal permit approved for Nestle by the state.

Straits cables to be capped

Apr 26, 2018
U.S. Coast Guard

MACKINAW CITY, MI (MPRN)--   The Coast Guard is developing a plan to cap two ruptured cables that leaked roughly 600 gallons of dielectric fluid into the Straits of Mackinac.

Coast Guard officials say an investigation into the break is ongoing but Attorney General Bill Schuette filed suit last week against a tug and barge company for dragging an anchor across the lines.

A remotely operated vehicle was sent to the straits to survey the lines and found they were completely severed.