Background checks coming for home-aid workers, state can't exclude all felons
Michigan cannot ban all felons from being caregivers in the state's Medicaid in-home care program. That's according to state officials who outlined an upcoming background check system on Monday.
People convicted of patient abuse or neglect, health care fraud, or drug-related crimes will be barred from working with in-home Medicaid patients. But state officials say federal law prevents them from excluding people based on crimes that are not related to in-home care.
Approximately 15 percent of Americans under age 70 have preventable noise-related hearing loss. New research is showing that seemingly benign levels of noise can have impacts, and the effects can go far beyond just hearing loss. In this month’s edition of 89.1 WEMU's “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas explores sound in our environment and it’s potential effects.
A new Michigan allows families and health professionals to seek involuntary treatment for substance abusers. The law was signed last week by Governor Rick Snyder. It establishes a procedure under which a family member or health professional can petition a judge for the forced treatment.
Shortly after rideshare services Uber and Lyft came to Ann Arbor the city sent the companies cease and desist letters. Now a proposal to amend the city's taxi cab ordinance is being considered to but some teeth behind the letters.
Ann Arbor Public Schools could gain more than just Whitmore Lake's approximately 1,000 students if annexation plans move forward. That's because Whitmore Lake Public Schools currently accepts schools of choice students from Livingston County.
Additional students, a freeze on employee pay, and outsourcing custodial work are keys to Ann Arbor Public Schools having a balanced budget for next year. The school board approved the $197 million general fund plan early Thursday morning.
ANN ARBOR – Independent businesses will be the stars of the show Saturday night when Think Local First of Washtenaw County throws a street party to celebrate its second annual Washtenaw Indie Awards.
The party, featuring local food, live jazz and RnB music and craft beers from Arbor Brewing Company, will take place from 6-10 p.m. on Washington Street between Main and Fourth. The award presentations will begin shortly after 7:30.
Ypsilanti Mayoral candidate Amanda Edmonds believes Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and neighboring communities will succeed or fail together. She made these remarks Thursday at the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber's unique mayoral forum that brought together candidates for the job in both cities.
Schauer says he'd push stricter regulations on charter schools as governor
Former Congressman Mark Schauer says he would put tougher regulations on charter schools if he's elected governor. The Battle Creek Democrat says Gov. Rick Snyder has given bad charter operators a "free pass."
"We need to write into law the oversight that was left out when Rick Snyder lifted the cap on the number of charter schools," said Schauer. "It's the Wild West right now, and these schools see kids with dollar signs on their foreheads."
Ann Arbor's shift from public housing to a voucher based program is being helped by changes in federal policies. Washtenaw County is receiving about $2.6 million in US Housing and Urban Development Grants.
The Thunder over Michigan air show has a new title sponsor.
The show is now the Baltia Air Lines Thunder over Michigan Air Show.
Baltia Air Lines is the country's newest passenger airline, with offices at Willow Run airport. It plans to start non-stop 747 service between New York and St. Petersburg, Russia after receiving FAA certification in September.
Baltia Vice President of Finance Barry Clare says the Thunder over Michigan Air Show was a good fit for the airline.
An upcoming show about a Detroit-area strength coach is set to hold its local premiere. The first episode of Discovery Channel's "American Muscle" series is to be screened Thursday at Barwis Methods Training Center in Plymouth. The show follows Mike Barwis and the work he does at his gym. Not only does Barwis train top pro, college and Olympic athletes, but he also works with patients who have suffered various injuries, including some who were told they would never walk again.
A House Bill was recently passed that reclassifies coal ash and a handful of other petroleum byproducts from hazardous waste to low-hazard materials that are suitable for “beneficial uses”.
The coal ash and byproducts will be repurposed to pave roadways and enrich farmland, but environmental watchdog organizations warn that the mercury that is trapped in the ash could eventually leach into groundwater and soil.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed laws exempting gun records from the state's Freedom of Information Act.
The legislation signed Tuesday codifies a 1999 Michigan Supreme Court decision that found disclosure of gun registry records to be an invasion of privacy. The information will still be available to law enforcement officials for certain purposes, though there are new restrictions on when police can access the records.
A log of who accessed the records and the reason for doing so also is now required by the new laws.