Recycle your home?

By LUCY SCHROEDER Capital News Service LANSING — You may recycle in your home, but did you know the building itself can be recycled? A group of researchers at Michigan State University studying the science of domicology — the term … Continue reading →

Reclaiming buildings can create jobs

By LUCY SCHROEDER Capital News Service LANSING — Sometimes deconstruction can yield surprising finds—like human body parts. Workers with Reclaim Detroit, a nonprofit deconstruction organization, once saw a human arm among other trash in the basement of a blighted house. … Continue reading →

More people + more things to do = more 911 calls in Traverse City

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Although it may not be surprising, 911 calls increase during times of tourism peaks in this Northwest Michigan town (for example, the annual National Cherry Festival last week), but why is this? Jim Danek, a 911 dispatcher, says, “Calls increase due to the amount of alcohol consumed during the National Cherry Festival and around the Fourth of July holiday. Both for medical and behavior issues. Traffic collisions increase due to the increased number of vehicles on the roadways and add some really cool air shows to distract the drivers and it’s an obvious recipe for disaster.”

Danek worked a total of 40 hours of overtime during the National Cherry Festival week. He says, “There is hardly a shortage of overtime shifts available during the Cherry Festival.

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Marijuana advertising restrictions under consideration in Michigan

If you’re traveling through Lansing, you’re probably going to cross paths with one of Lansing’s many “High Lansing” billboards. Some Lansing residents assigned Lansing a new nickname: Lansterdam. Weedmaps advertisements can be found scattered throughout Lansing. Weedmaps’ website allows patients with medical marijuana cards to find dispensaries based on their location. It also rates dispensaries, offers deals, and allows users to write reviews.

Lansing’s struggle for better roads

 

The poor road conditions have made commuting in Lansing difficult for many residents and employees who drive in the city. City Chief Operating Officer and Director of Public Service Chad Gamble is very aware of the road conditions affecting these residents and employees. “Certainly commuting affects their vehicle, the quality of the vehicle, the life of the vehicle, the safety of their trip, the time it takes them to get there; it’s something we’ve been working on for decades,” Gamble said. The slow maintenance of roads in the area is due to the lack of funding and high cost of maintaining roads, particularly in the state of Michigan. The annual street funding for the City of Lansing dropped significantly between 2009 and 2010 and has yet to make a comeback 7 years later.

Big threat to first responders: traffic accidents

BIRMINGHAM, Mich. — According to the Federal Highway Administration, traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for emergency responders and law enforcement personnel in the U.S. Just a few weeks ago, on Wednesday June 14, Fire Chief Edward Switalski with the Comstock Township Fire and Rescue team was responding to a roadside emergency when he was struck and killed on I-94 by a distracted driver. Tragedies like this are happening across the country and beg the question why are first responders so vulnerable on roadsides? Commander Scott Grewe has been with the Birmingham Police Department for the past 18 years. During this time, he has had a chance to notice the evolution of safety procedures for first responders and make amends to some of the problems he thought existed.

South Korea’s government spending cash to create jobs

SEOUL — On June 5, South Korean President Jae-in Moon held a Cabinet meeting and proposed the Budget Supplement Bill on jobs. This 11 trillion won ($9.6 billion) supplementary budget will be used for creating 86,000 new jobs and improving the current working conditions of employees. Korean government submitted the Bill to the parliament on June 7. As of June 23, the Bill has not passed the congress yet. South Korea’s government proposed the Budget Supplement Bill on jobs to overcome the nation’s unemployment problem.