Michigan Employers Invited To Unemployment Seminars

Michigan employers will have an opportunity to learn more about the state’s unemployment insurance tax and benefit programs at free seminars that will be held around the state through September.

The first of the 2017 Employer Seminars, presented by the Talent Investment Agency, will be held in Ann Arbor on June 7 at Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 Huron River Drive.

Each seminar begins at 8 a.m. and concludes at noon.


Secretary Of State Branch Offices Closed Until Tuesday

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson reminds residents that all offices and the Office of the Great Seal will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 29.  Secretary of State SUPER!Centers normally offer Saturday hours but will be closed on Saturday, May 27.

Customers can hop online at ExpressSOS.com, which allows customers to renew their tabs and driver’s licenses, get a duplicate registration, duplicate title, change their address and register to be an organ donor.


Charter Pilot Accused Of Being Drunk Found Guilty

Acting U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge announced that Sean Michael Fitzgerald, 35, of Boca Raton, Florida, was convicted Friday by a federal jury of operating a common carrier under the influence of alcohol.

Chief United States District Judge Robert J. Jonker presided over the four-day trial. Fitzgerald faces a statutory maximum term of imprisonment of fifteen years at the time of sentencing.

The proofs at trial established that on August 25, 2016,


Bergman Wants Action On Veteran Over-Medications

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U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) and Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) were joined by their colleagues, Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), Rep. Jack Bergman (R-MI), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) and Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL), for the bipartisan introduction of H.R. 2652,  the ‘Veteran Overmedication Prevention Act of 2017’. The legislation is intended to prevent the overmedication of veterans and combat suicide deaths through the use of comprehensive data. The bill mirrors legislation S.992 in the Senate,


Casperson Honors U.P. Vietnam Veteran At Capitol


Sen. Tom Casperson welcomed Roy and Julie Hinkson of Manistique to the state Capitol on Thursday for the Michigan Senate’s 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service, which honored Michigan’s fallen soldiers.

Roy Hinkson served in the U.S. Army. While serving in Vietnam, Roy was shot 13 times and was awarded a Purple Heart.

“I was proud have Roy and Julie Hinkson as my guests for the Senate’s solemn tribute to our fallen heroes,” said Casperson,


Gasoline Appraisal Issued Entering Holiday Weekend

As drivers finalize plans for their Memorial Day and summer vacations, they can expect to pay slightly more for a gallon of gasoline than they did last year, according to a Summer Fuel Price Appraisal released today by the Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE).

Those who drive diesel fuel vehicles will see a bigger bump in prices at the pumps compared to a year ago.

Based on federal Energy Information Administration forecasts,


Michigan DNR Looking For More Fish Hatchery Visitors

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has reared fish at its state fish hatcheries for more than a century. This summer, the DNR encourages the public to pay a visit to these unique facilities and see this important work up close.

Located throughout Michigan, the DNR’s six state fish hatcheries rear and stock fish for a variety of reasons, including to restore ecosystem balance, provide diverse fishing opportunities, rehabilitate depressed fish populations and reintroduce extirpated species.


State Police Ready For Memorial Day Holiday Travelers

As Michiganders take to the roads to get to their Memorial Day weekend destination, Michigan State Police troopers will be on patrol to encourage safe and responsible driving.

Again this year, MSP troopers are joining their counterparts from across the country in the international traffic safety initiative Operation Crash Awareness and Reduction Efforts (C.A.R.E.) to promote traffic safety during this busy travel period.

“Our troopers will be on patrol as part of Operation C.A.R.E.


Emergency 911 Bills Pass Michigan House, Senate

As technology evolves, legislation to update Michigan’s 911 systems and improve communication was introduced in both the Michigan Senate and House this week. The bills use framework recommended by the State 911 Committee to move forward with Next Generation 911, also known as NG911.

Fully deployed, NG911 allows for callers to send text messages, pictures and videos as well as enhanced location information and crash data from systems such as OnStar and Sirius.


M-DOT Begins Work On M-77 In Schoolcraft County

The Michigan Department of Transportation is investing $1.2 million to resurface 6.6 miles of M-77 from north of Pine Street in Germfask to south of the CN Railroad in Schoolcraft County.

A small amount of milling was set to be done on Thursday, and resurfacing work will begin on May 31.

The estimated completion is in October of this year. One alternating lane will be open under flag control.

This project will result in a smoother driving surface and increased safety,