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(PORT HURON) -- An investigation into heroin sales in the Port Huron area resulted in the arrest of three people Wednesday night. St. Clair County Drug Task Force Officers raided a home in the 400 block of 10th Street and seized $350 in heroin, analog pills, $600 in cash and drug paraphernalia. Two men ages 24 and 34 from Port Huron and Detroit and a 22-year old Port Huron woman were arrested and remain lodged in the St. Clair County jail awaiting arraignment on drug related charges.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Health officials say they've confirmed the first cases of influenza in Michigan during the 2013-2014 flu season. The Michigan Department of Community Health announced Wednesday that the four cases are the first identified by a state lab this flu season. The department says the illnesses occurred in children and adults from two southeast Michigan counties. Three of the cases have been confirmed as influenza A (H1N1) 2009 viruses and one has been confirmed as being an influenza A (H3N2) virus. The department is urging people to get flu shots. Officials say it's too early to tell what influenza viruses will circulate or how severe the influenza season may be. Michigan's flu activity is to be reported by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as "sporadic." 

Thursday, 24 October 2013 10:49

Bat tests positive for rabies in Kingston

(KINGSTON) -- The Tuscola County Health Department recently confirmed that a bat tested positive for rabies at a Kingston area dog kennel. Reports say the bat was found by the kennel's owner after being exposed to the dogs. Those dogs have been quarantined and vaccinated. No human exposure has been reported, but health officials urge residents to play it safe. If a bat is found in your home, collect the bat in a safe manner and bring it in to the health department to have it tested. Health departments only test bats that have been exposed to humans. Bats that have been exposed to animals are handled by a veterinarian and the Department of Natural Resources. Rabies are transmitted from saliva or neural tissue. The last time a bat tested positive for rabies in the Thumb was in September 2011 in Huron County.

(AREA) -- The House of Representatives' strong, bipartisan vote of 417 to 3 in passing the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 was praised by Congresswoman Candice Miller this week. Included in the legislation was Congresswoman Miller's provision designating  all ports and harbors on the Great Lakes as a single, comprehensive navigation system for budgeting purposes, essentially allowing the Great Lakes ports and harbors to create a unified front when it comes to federal funding.

The Water Resources Reform and Development act authorizes key missions of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop, maintain, and support our nation's waterways. Additionally, the bill allows Congress to update our nation's infrastructure policies to meet the demands of our maritime economy.

Congresswoman Miller says the Great Lakes Navigation System is important because for far too long, all the individually authorized commercial and recreational navigation projects in the Great Lakes have been pitted against one another to obtain needed funding. By designating the Great Lakes Navigation System, the Corps of Engineers will be required to look at the Great Lakes system in its entirety, rather than port by port, when allocating funding for dredging or maintenance.

The Water Resources Reform and Development Act will now move to conference with the U.S. Senate. 

(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The Sanilac County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday afternoon and scheduled a public hearing to discuss the Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, program. The PACE program is designed to help businesses save money and create jobs while creating green energy, and requires no taxpayer money. Any decisions regarding the implentation of PACE in Sanilac County will be made after the public hearing, which is scheduled for Tuesday, November 12 at 2:30 p.m. in the commissioner's chambers. In other business, commissioners appointed David Robinson to the Department of Human Services Board. This will be his 4th term on the board, set to expire on October 31st, 2016. Commissioners also elected Kurt VanConant as the Gulf War Veteran Representative for Sanilac County's Veteran's Affairs Board. Kurt spent 22-years with the Navy and retired in 2003. Commissioners also awarded a bid to Stull's Construction to replace every window in the county courthouse at a cost not to exceed $103,495. Funding for the project will be drawn from the county's physical resource fund.

(SANDUSKY) -- The Sandusky Arts Council met Tuesday night and is making progress on organizing the seventh annual Lawn Chair Music Series at the gazebo on the courthouse lawn. The council discussed possible performers for the free concert series, which runs Friday evenings from June 27th to August 1st. More details on the final line-up are expected to be released in January. Arts council members also discussed possible locations to move the concert to in the event of bad weather. Anyone who would like to sponsor or contribute to the arts council is asked to contact Rick Cook at 810-837-0132.

(HURON COUNTY) -- Quick action and unforeseen luck led to the safe escape of a Harbor Beach man after a live power line landed on the sugar beet transfer cart he was operating Tuesday morning. Huron County Sheriff Sergeant James Hunt was sent to the scene on Toppin Road near Buhl Road shortly before Noon. Sheriff Kelly Hanson says Sgt. Hunt was aware of Detroit Edison trucks in the area and was able to locate the trucks driven by DTE employees David Ahleman of Standish and Eric O'Connell of North Branch. The live wire was found on the sugar beet cart with the tractor driver, 67-year old Larry Sieman, still inside. Sheriff Hanson says the DTE workers were able to cut the power and Siemen got out of the tractor without injury. Authorities say the conveyor on the beet cart was extended and struck the line.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 12:04

National Teen Driver Safety Week is Oct. 20-26

(AREA) -- When it comes to new and inexperienced drivers, nighttime and after school are the most dangerous time of day for traffic crashes nationally and in Michigan. According to Michigan crash data, nearly 30 percent of crashes involving drivers age 16-20 occur in the after-school hours. More than 15,000 people were involved in a crash with a teen driver from 3-6 p.m. in 2012. The highest numbers of fatal crashes involving teen drivers happen between 9 p.m. and midnight. In 2012, 34 people were killed including 11 drivers who were 16-20 years old. This week is National Teen Driver Safety Week, which encourages parents and teens to talk about reducing common crash risks by limiting the number of passengers, putting away cell phones, obeying traffic laws and wearing a seat belt. Teen drivers with Level 1 or Level 2 licenses under the Graduated Driver License program are prohibited from using a cell phone while driving. Teens with a Level 2 license also have enhanced driving restrictions after 10 p.m. Established in 2007, National Teen Driver Safety Week is an effort to raise awareness of teen driver safety and encourage safe teen driver and passenger behavior.

(SANILAC COUNTY) -- Sanilac County producers are reminded to certify 2014 wheat, perennial forage such as alfalfa and hay, and fall-seeded crops. Producers who fail to report crops before November 15 will be charged a late-file fee minimum of $46 per farm for an inspection. Annual certification of crops is required to participate in many USDA-Farm Service Agency programs. Farmers are encouraged to call the Sanilac County Farm Service Agency Office at 810-648-2998 to set up a certification appointment.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 14:17

Michigan vehicle buyers will get a tax break

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan residents who trade in their vehicle for a new one will get a tax break under a deal struck between lawmakers and Gov. Rick Snyder. The House and Senate on Tuesday voted to phase out a requirement that buyers pay sales tax on the full price of a car or RV without subtracting the value of their trade-in. The legislation is expected to win final approval Wednesday. Starting in December, buyers will no longer pay the 6 percent sales tax on $2,000 or the value of their trade-in, whichever is less. Each year after, the value of the trade-in that would lower the tax bill would rise $500. Michigan is among just six states to make car buyers pay sales tax on the full price without subtracting their trade-in.