Health

Health/Safety
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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Health/Business
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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Health
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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Health/Government
10:47 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Legislation introduced to make vaccination rates readily available

LANSING, MI (AP)--   New legislation would require Michigan schools and daycare providers to post their immunization rates online or in their building. 

Senator Curtis Hertel, Jr. says his bills introduced Thursday would keep parents better informed about vaccinations after recent outbreaks of whooping cough and measles cases.

Michigan has one of the country's highest rates of kindergartners exempted from at least one vaccine for medical, philosophical or religious reasons.

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Health/Business
11:04 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Vehicle ignition deaths ever increasing

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Families of at least 74 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 67 last week.

An additional 126 injured people also are eligible for compensation.

The fund received a total of 4,342 claims by the Jan. 31 deadline. Of those, 1,326 are still under review. Feinberg says more than half were ineligible or lacked documentation.

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