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LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan State Police say a program to help people struggling with drug addiction is now available at all 30 of its posts. 

The Angel Program allows people to walk into a post during regular business hours and seek help without fear of arrest or investigation.

If that individual is accepted into the Angel Program, a professional assesses and places them in a drug treatment program. A community volunteer known as an "angel" provides support and transportation during the process.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Peter White Public Library is hosting a film about one of the most misunderstood diseases in the world: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or CFS. 

“Unrest” film coordinator and CFS sufferer, Kelly Parks, says it’s a neuro-immune disease whose symptoms include profound fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, sleep abnormalities, and pain. It causes dysfunction of the immune, nervous, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, endocrine and energy metabolism systems.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow and others are sounding the alarm over the expiration of federal funding that provides health insurance to 116,000 lower-income children in Michigan, saying cancellation notices may be sent to families as early as next month despite bipartisan support for 

continuing the program.

The Children's Health Insurance Program wasn't reauthorized by the Republican-led Congress, and lawmakers are at odds over how to pay for a five-year extension.

MARQUETTE, MI--   UPHS-Marquette and Bell hospitals have put visitor restrictions in place.

Spokesman Victor Harrington says the rate of respiratory illness and the flu has increased recently, and hospital officials are trying to protect patients. Visitors who are ill with cough, fever, sore throat, and other related symptoms are not permitted to visit.

In the Family Birthing Center visitors are limited to parents, labor coaches, and grandparents, and in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit only parents are allowed to visit.

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   Dickinson County Healthcare System has signed a letter of intent to be acquired by Bellin Health. 

The hospital announced the decision at a press conference in Iron Mountain Monday. DCHS Administrator and CEO John Schon says a small system like Dickinson County’s can benefit from the human and financial resources of a larger partner.

LANSING, MI--   The state House Health Policy Committee heard testimony Wednesday on bills sponsors say would increase patient safety in Michigan hospitals. 

The Safe Patient Care Act consists of three bills. One establishes limits on the number of patients a nurse can be assigned. Another caps the number of hours a nurse can work consecutively to 12, with exceptions for special circumstances. The third bill would require hospitals to reveal their RN-to-staff ratios.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette County Health Department Continuum of Care Program is holding a ceremony to commemorate World AIDS Day 2017 Thursday. 

The tree-decorating event will honor the theme Increasing Impact through Transparency, Accountability, and Partnerships. Red ribbons and red ornaments bearing the names of loved ones lost to AIDS will be placed on the tree, which will be part of the Winter Wonderland Walk at Peter White Library through December.

The ceremony will include a memorial.

Tree decorating begins at 6:30 p.m. at the library.

LANSING, MI--   The state has announced the price tag for applications to grow, sell or transport medical marijuana: $6,000. 

It’s a one-time, non-refundable fee. That’s on top of up to $5,000 that municipalities can charge for an application.

The fee is meant to cover the costs of a background investigation and processing the application.

Andrew Brisbo is with the state Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation. He says the background investigation is in-depth, which is why it costs so much.

FLINT, MI (AP)--   A university professor says conditions in the Flint River were a "recipe" for the bacteria that cause Legionnaires' disease. 

Civil engineering professor Shawn McElmurry testified Wednesday at a court hearing for Nick Lyon, the Michigan health director who is charged with involuntary manslaughter and other crimes in the Flint water crisis.

McElmurry says the Flint River had organic matter and iron, which can contribute to legionella. Flint used the river for water in 2014 and 2015.

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   Employees at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain are holding a rally Tuesday. 

Members of American Federation of Public Employees Local 2280 are asking the Veterans Administration to fill more than 49,000 vacancies at the VA nationwide. They say veterans are being deprived of the health care they’ve earned, and current staffing levels are creating risks to patient safety and a hazardous work environment for employees.

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