9:38 am
Tue April 21, 2015

WI grapples with bird flu

MADISON, WI (AP)--   Governor Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency following an outbreak of the deadly bird flu in Wisconsin. 

Walker on Monday authorized the Wisconsin National Guard to assist authorities responding to the bird flu in Jefferson, Juneau and Barron counties. That includes helping with the response and clean up once the infected birds are killed.  Walker says the state must act "quickly and efficiently to contain the outbreak and protect domestic poultry."

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9:41 am
Thu April 9, 2015

VA hospital waits in MI shorter than national average

VA medical center in Iron Mountain

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Chronically long waits for care that have infuriated patients at Veterans Administration hospitals and clinics in some parts of the country are rare in Michigan.

The AP examined waiting times at 940 VA hospitals and outpatient clinics nationwide from September 1st to February 28th to gauge whether things have improved since a scandal over delays last summer. The review found that, nationally, the number of delays was not getting smaller, but long waits were relatively rare in the Midwest.

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9:42 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Troopers giving out motorcycle vests to class takers

LANSING, MI (AP)--   State Police are giving out specially designed high-visibility vests to motorcyclists who complete a rider training class this year. 

The state says it's part of a pilot project to increase the number of motorcyclists using high-visibility clothing or gear. Money comes from a federal grant.

The state police's Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning says it expects about 9,000 will have the vests by summer's end.

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9:37 am
Tue March 31, 2015

GM on the hook for at least 77 deaths

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Families of at least 77 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get compensation from the company. 

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the total Monday. It was up from 74 last week.

An additional 141 injured people also are eligible for compensation.

The fund received a total of 4,342 claims by the Jan. 31 deadline. Of those, 1,263 are still under review. Feinberg says more than half are ineligible or lack documentation.

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9:33 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Officials warn of new bird flu strain

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has asked

domestic bird owners to step up their biosecurity efforts and work to protect their birds from avian influenza.

Over the past several months, the department says the U.S. has seen an increase in cases of the highly pathogenic H5N2 strain of avian influenza, also known as bird flu, affecting poultry in multiple states.

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