(HURON COUNTY) -- The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has set up a three-mile radius around the location of a Huron County feedlot where a steer tested positive for bovine Tuberculosis in March. The circle is a boundary established to conduct bovine TB disease surveillance testing in cattle and is the second testing circle announced in Huron County this year. Tests indicated a genetic link between infection in this steer and infection found at a Saginaw County dairy last year. A public meeting to discuss the disease surveillance testing and the strain type of bovine TB in the steer is scheduled for next Thursday, May 22 at 7 p.m. at the Sand Beach Township Hall, located at 1170 S. Lakeshore Road in Harbor Beach. Michigan has been testing for bovine TB in cattle while working to eradicate the disease since 1995.
(PORT HURON) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will survey the St. Clair River starting next week to estimate the parasitic sea lamprey population. The survey will take place from May 20 to June 26. Sea lampreys are parasites that attach to fish and feed on their blood and other fluids. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says a lamprey can destroy up to 40 pounds of fish during its adult stage. Mike Twohey is a supervisory fish biologist at Fish and Wildlife offices in Marquette and Ludington. He worked recently with a crew in the St. Joseph River where crews captured larval lampreys from the river bottom. Sea lampreys invaded the Great Lakes in the 1920's.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - The state is seeking a subpoena against another propane company following consumer complaints tied to pricing. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports the office of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette last week filed a petition in Circuit Court in Marquette following allegations that AmeriGas Partners LP overcharged several Michigan customers, including a Traverse City couple. Subpoenas are part of Schuette's investigation into propane pricing this winter. He says there have been more than 400 complaints statewide, including "dozens" from AmeriGas customers. His office earlier sought subpoenas against some other businesses. AmeriGas spokeswoman Kate Stickel said the company is reviewing the allegations and is confident that consumer protection law wasn't violated. Stickel says the company plans to cooperate and is "looking forward to this being over very soon."
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- Sanilac County "Free Disposal Day" will take place on Saturday, May 31 from 8 a.m. - 12Noon at the Tri-City Landfill located at 426 Ruth Road. Restricted items include tires, appliances containing freon, household cleaners, paint, and oil. Call the Tri-City Landfill with any questions at 810-657-9313.
(CARO) -- Tuscola County Sheriff's deputies received a report of a patient that had run from the Caro Center Psychiatric Hospital and possibly entered the Cass River Wednesday morning. Officials believed the patient was floating downstream. A short time later, deputies advised that the patient had been found and was being returned to the center. No other information has been released at this time.
(AREA) -- The city of Saline says a contractor's error caused about 29,000 gallons of partially treated sewage to flow into the Saline River. The city says 146,000 gallons was released from the City of Saline Wastewater Treatment Plant on Tuesday. Of that amount, the city says 29,000 gallons flowed into the storm water collection system that empties into the Saline River. The city says the rest of the partially treated sewage went back into the wastewater treatment plant. The overflow lasted about an hour. The overflow comes a day after the Port Huron Wastewater Treatment Plant reported an overflow into the St. Clair River due to rainfall. That discharged 245,000 gallons of water, including 17,000 gallons of sanitary wastewater.
(LEXINGTON) -- The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is looking to Atlantic salmon to help boost the fish population in Lake Huron. About 19,500 were deposited Tuesday into the Lexington State Harbor. They join about 60,000 stocked in the Thunder Bay and AuSable rivers. Jim Baker, manager of the southern Lake Huron fisheries management unit, says 2014 is the second year that the state has stocked Atlantic salmon in the harbor. Lexington State Harbor received about 5,000 more Atlantic salmon than it did last year. Baker says the stocking is experimental as a replacement for dwindling Chinook salmon. Lake Superior State University for years has successfully stocked salmon in St. Mary's River, which connects Lake Superior and Lake Huron.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The use of food stamps in Sanilac County increased during the recession, assisting families in stretching their food dollars, contributing to local spending and helping spark a national debate about the future of the federal nutrition program. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services, Sanilac County residents receiving food stamps hit 19.8 percent in 2011, which is an increase of 4.8 percentage points from 2007. Across the state, 18.8% of residents in 2011 received support from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP. Nationally, 14.8% of the population receives SNAP benefits. Average SNAP benefits nationally fell about $30 a month per family in November after a temporary increase that was part of the 2009 economic stimulus package. Recently, Congress agreed to trim about $8 billion from SNAP over the next decade. Backers of the cuts said the program had expanded too much in recent years and was creating too much reliance on government assistance. SNAP expenditures increased 135% between 2007 and 2011. The data was compiled by Dr. Roberto Gallardo, an associate professor with the Mississippi State University Extension.
(TUSCOLA COUNTY) -- A motorcycle driver was seriously injured in a collision with a vehicle Monday just before 7:30 a.m. on M-81 near Dixon Road in Tuscola County. Michigan State Police Troopers from the Caro Post report that witnesses stated that a vehicle traveling west on M-81 attempted to pull into the Big Boy restaurant parking lot and pulled into the path of the motorcycle traveling east. The driver of the motorcycle was flown to Hurley Hospital in Flint by Flightcare. Trooper say the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, which remain under investigation. The Tuscola County Sheriff's Department and Caro Police and Fire assisted at the scene.
(PORT HURON) -- Blue Water Habitat for Humanity has finalized the lease on the old Farmer Jack space in Fort Gratiot for a Blue Water Habitat ReStore. With generous support from early sponsors, Blue Water Habitat secured the over 34,000 square feet of space and are starting plans for renovation. The Blue Water Habitat ReStore is a retail outlet for affordable used or recycled building materials, appliances, and furniture, as well as new paint, fixtures, and household goods. The funds generated by the purchase of donated materials in the ReStore are used to support Blue Water Habitat's building program. At three times the size of the current ReStore in Marysville, the new space will allow for more inventory, workshop space, and conference space. Officials anticipate a late 2014 opening at the Fort Gratiot location.