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National Volunteer Week at the Y

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The YMCA of the Blue Water Area wants to remind everyone that National Volunteer Week is April 12-18, 2015. For more than 40 years, National Volunteer Week has been a great time to take action and discover opportunities to give back and make a difference in your community. As one of the leading nonprofits and…

Parts of Sex Offender Registry Ruled Unconstitutional

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Michigan’s Sex Offender Registry law is so vague that parts of it are unconstitutional, including the requirement that offenders stay at least 1,000 feet from schools, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland, in a 72-page ruling, struck down several reporting requirements of the 1994 law, which has been amended several times…

Most Outstanding Businesses Awards

Sarnia Chamber

Over 450 members of Sarnia Lambton’s business community gathered in Sarnia to see who would be crowned the county’s most outstanding businesses in 2015. Rory Ring, President and CEO of the Chamber offered congratulations to the winners, but noted that all nominees are winners, “When a peer or a customer or someone notices that you…

NerdWallet’s Best Michigan Cities

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NerdWallet identified the communities in Michigan that offer young families the best combination of solid schools, great neighbors and affordable housing. Here’s their analysis of 173 cities and towns and census-designated places in Michigan.  NerdWallet’s analysis looked 4 key indicators Home affordability, Prosperity and growth, Quality of education and Family friendliness.  Here’s t their list of…

Michigan Sees Job Growth

Governor Rick Snyder

Gov. Rick Snyder released data showing Michigan has added 400,000 private sector jobs since December 2010, ranking the state fifth in the country for job growth. Michigan also has created 105,000 manufacturing jobs in that time period, more than any other state. In addition, the state’s unemployment rate of 5.9 percent in February was at its…

Seven Michigan Institutions Getting Scrutinized

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Seven Michigan colleges and universities are among more than 500 nationwide undergoing extra scrutiny from the federal Department of Education of their financial practices. Many, but not all of the schools are for profit or career schools. All of the Michigan schools on the list are private schools. The federal government released the list of…

Lake Levels Are Up

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Boaters will be happy to learn that the Great Lakes have bounced back for some of the lowest levels recorded. Each of the Great Lakes ended March near or above their historical averages for this time of year. Those levels will likely hold for the next six months as Michigan residents head outdoors, according to…

M City

M City

M City, is a new soon-to-open 23-acre mini-metropolis at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where automakers can test autonomous cars to prepare for the driverless future expected within a decade. Seeking to replicate a modern city’s chaos—traffic jams, unpredictable pedestrians, weaving cyclists, and a variety of weather conditions—M City starts running on July 20 and has…

Veterinarian Medicine Recall

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The Michigan Bureau of Heath Care Services has alerted Michigan veterinarians who may have been affected by a recall of veterinarian medicine provided by a North Carolina pharmacy. Prescription Center Pharmacy, also part of E-Compounding Pharmacy, was closed by the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy. The North Carolina Board of Pharmacy has issued a recall…

Wind Turbines Challenged in Court

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A legal challenge of Suncor Energy and NextEra’s 46-turbine Cedar Point Wind Power project in Lambton County is moving on to the Divisional Court for Ontario. Lawyers for Aberarder residents Kimberley and Richard Bryce filed an appeal of a recent Environmental Review Tribunal decision to uphold Ontario’s environmental approval of the project being built in Plympton-Wyoming,…