Mecosta, Osceola Counties declare local state of emergency

State Police have partially activated the State Emergency Operations Center in Lansing due to the severe weather and flooding occurring throughout the Lower Peninsula. On Tuesday afternoon, Mecosta, Midland, Newaygo, Osceola and Wexford counties each declared a local state of emergency. The declaration enables a county or municipality to execute emergency operations plans, administrate local aid and assistance and issue declarations.

Gay marriage stay extended by appeal court

The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals is extending its hold on gay marriages in Michigan. The appeals court voted 2-1 yesterday (Tue) to extend its temporary stay on same-sex marriages until formal arguments are heard in the case, as requested by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, who is considering asking the U.S. Supreme Court for another stay to keep same-sex couples from marrying.

Thousands in Michigan may have to re-apply for Medicaid benefits

Thousands of Michigan residents who have applied for Medicaid since October 1st do not have benefits yet.  The delay is being caused by problems with the federal website. Officials with the Michigan Department of Community Health say they have not been receiving complete applications back from the federal government.  Approximately 84-thousand residents who qualify for Medicaid are affected because of the incomplete applications. 

DNR raises prices for deer and fish licenses

Hunting and fishing licenses will cost you more this year in Michigan, as the Department of Natural Resources is raising those fees for the first time in 17 years. The prices of deer licenses are going up from $15 to $31, while fishing licenses now cost $26, up from $15. All fishing licenses will be good for all species. The all-species fishing, base hunting and hunt/fish combo licenses will include a new $1 surcharge. Non-Michigan residents will bear the brunt of the increases, with their licenses now at $170 each.

Gov. Snyder extends State of Energy Emergency in Michigan

Governor Snyder has extended a State of Energy Emergency in Michigan until March 1 due to a shortage of propane in the state. The propane shortage and severe winter weather have caused delivery delays and unusually high prices for customers in the state who rely on heating oil and propane. The executive order extends hours of service waivers for those who deliver heating oil and propane, enabling these individuals to exceed the number of hours and consecutive days in which they can work.

Lawmakers to look at creating a meth abuser registry

A state Senate committee today may consider a bill creating a Michigan methamphetamine abuse registry. Under the proposal, anyone convicted of a meth-related crime would be required to get a prescription before being allowed to buy any simple cold medicine that contains Pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in making meth. There are already caps on the amount that any person is allowed to buy over a certain period. (MRN) Have Twitter? follow us @bigrapidsDN

Governor Snyder proposes budget

Governor Rick Snyder in Lansing today (Wed) proposed a 52 (b) billion dollar state budget for 2015 that includes a six percent pay increase in the higher education budget, and a tax break for more homeowners in the state.
The Governor's spending proposal for next year also includes a three percent increase for k-12 spending, along with increases in road and bridge funding and pre-schoolers.

Prison escapee from Ionia caught

A nationwide manhunt for a convicted murderer who escaped from a Michigan prison Sunday night has ended. Authorities in Indiana confirmed Monday that Michael Elliot was captured and is in custody. The 40-year old Elliot escaped from the Ionia Correctional Facility Sunday night by cutting a hole in a fence at the facility. He then kidnapped a woman, stole her car and drove to Elkhart, Indiana where the woman got away when they stopped at a gas station.  The woman is now back home in Ionia. (MRN)

Could cold weather boost weight loss?

Some interesting new research says exposure to cold may help boost weight loss. So why aren't we all skinny? Researchers in the Netherlands say regular exposure to mild cold may help people lose weight. But here’s the sticking point: They say our warm, cozy homes and offices might be partly responsible for our expanding waistlines. Most of us are exposed to indoor conditions 90 percent of the time, so what happens if we let our bodies work to control body temperature?

Report: Tax cuts won't grow the economy

When Gov. Rick Snyder delivers his State of the State address today, many Michiganders will be waiting to hear if his plans for the estimated $1 billion budget surplus include tax cuts. However, a new report suggests that's not the way to stimulate the economy. Karen Holcomb-Merrill, policy director, Michigan League for Public Policy, said across-the-board tax cuts only serve to drain resources from the very programs and services that fuel economic growth.


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