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Fire chiefs seek rules for disposal of risky firefighting foam

Fire retardant containing PFAS still could be used in case of emergencies.

Fifteen years ago, “way before anyone knew” about the dangers of the PFAS chemicals within, the Walker Fire Department purchased a stash of firefighting foam from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids to be used during training. Read More

Proposal to add school counselors comes without money

Each counselor in Michigan manages an average of 729 students.

February 15, 2019
Legislation that would require school districts to employ one academic counselor for every 450 students has been introduced in the House, but some educators say the unfunded mandate would pressure districts into making drastic and expensive changes. Read More

Auto insurance premiums also burdensome in rural areas

Some experts worry about rural Michiganders fleeing the state for cheaper rates.

February 15, 2019
During a seemingly endless legislative battle over how to rein in the nation’s highest auto insurance premiums, some experts worry about rural Michiganders fleeing the state for cheaper rates. Read More

Marijuana shops, approved by voters, now face regulatory gauntlet

With recreational users currently having no legal means of purchasing, law enforcement officials worry of growing black market.

February 1, 2019
Possessing and growing large quantities of recreational marijuana are now legal under a ballot proposal passed by voters in November. Read More