Cut Melons Linked to Foodborne Illness in Michigan

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), and local health departments are working closely with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and public health and regulatory officials in several states to investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Adelaide linked to consumption of cut melons. Most people who have been infected with this strain of Salmonella bought pre-cut melon at Walmart or Kroger stores in the Midwest. Consumers who have purchased pre-cut…

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Mayor Weaver Scolds City Council Over Budget Add-Ons

By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer Mayor Karen Weaver said she was not happy with the Flint City Council’s budget plan for the 2018-2019 fiscal year that begins July 1. The Council’s plan calls for add-ons to the mayor’s proposed $54 million budget that include a $20,000 pay raise for the city clerk; creation of a deputy clerk and parliamentarian position; and the addition of health benefits for part-time employees.  Council members would be eligible for the health benefits. In response, Mayor Weaver issued a terse warning during a special…

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Arcell Simmons Named Judge Marable Student of The Year

FLINT—67th District Judge Herman Marable, Jr. and his Citizens Advisory Committee announced that Marcell Simmons of Flint has been selected as the Judge Marable Student of the Year for the 2016-2017 school year. Marcell, 17, is currently a junior in the Gateway to College program at Mott Community College. He was a 10th grade student at Flint Northwestern High School when he was selected as a Judge Marable Student of the Month. He was honored in a ceremony in Judge Marable’s Courtroom in Flint last month where he received a $500 award, trophy, and certificate. His name has been engraved on a plaque on permanent display and was unveiled during the ceremony.…

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Genesee County Court Announces Amnesty Program

      Pay Late Court Fees Without Penalty in June The 67th District Court in Genesee County has announced an amnesty program for individuals delinquent on payments to the Court. The amnesty program is a one-time program designed to enhance collections and assist the Court in clearing a backlog of old files. The program offers waivers of late fees to individuals upon payments of fines and costs in full. All misdemeanor cases and civil infraction cases in which a late fee has been assessed are eligible for amnesty. Payment can…

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Fostering Futures Scholarship Applications Due By June 30

LANSING, Mich. – With National Foster Care Month ending May 31, the Michigan Department of Treasury reminds students who have experienced foster care about the financial resources available to help pay for college, particularly the Fostering Futures Scholarship. The Fostering Futures Scholarship Program—administered in partnership by Treasury’s MI Student Aid, the Michigan Education Trust (MET) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services—provides up to $3,000 for eligible college expenses to young adults who have experienced foster care. Awards are given based on need and paid to the students’…

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MCC Seeks Community Input for 2019-2021 Strategic Plan

Mott Community College (MCC) is planning for the future, and is looking for community input. The College launched its 2019-2021 Strategic Planning process in April, and the College is seeking community input on what MCC should accomplish in the next three years. The public is invited to participate in a Community Conversation for Strategic Planning session with MCC. The first is Wednesday, May 23 at 1 p.m. at the Workforce Development Center (709 N. Saginaw St. Flint, MI 48503) Room 1103. Lunch will be provided, but an RSVP is requested…

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Marvin Jennings, Jr. Announces Candidacy for 7th Circuit Court

By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer Marvin Jennings Jr. has announced his candidacy for one of two open seats on Genesee County’s 7th Circuit Court.  He will join seven other candidates on the ballot in the Aug. 7 primary election.  The top four candidates will move on to the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Jennings said it was a chance encounter in the late 90s that sparked his interest in the field of law.  Once headed to medical school, he changed plans and opted to study law instead. Today,…

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Michigan Voters to Decide on Pot Legalization

By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer Michigan could soon join the growing list of states that have passed marijuana legalization measures. Now that the state Board of Canvassers has confirmed supporters of the ballot measure turned in enough valid signatures to qualify for the fall ballot, it will be up for voters to decide in November. If the measure passes, it would allow adults over the age of 21 to possess and grow small amounts of marijuana for recreational use. Marijuana retailers would be imposed a 10 percent excise tax…

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The Weather Channel is Now Black-Owned — Comedian Byron Allen Just Bought it for $300 Million

  (BlackBusiness.org) – Most people know Byron Allen as a funny comedian, but he is also a successful entrepreneur and media mogul as the CEO/owner of Entertainment Studios, Inc., one of the largest independent producers and distributors of film and television. His Los Angeles-based company currently has 41 shows on the air, and owns eight 24-hour HD cable television networks reaching nearly 160 million aggregate subscribers nationwide. And now, his company is the proud new owner of the Weather Channel! The Weather Channel is one of the largest cable television…

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Criminal Record Expungement Fair – Friday, May 4

A Criminal Record Expungement Fair will be held Friday, May 4 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. a Bethel United Methodist Church, 1309 N. Ballenger Highway, Flint, MI 48504. Participants will receive information on expungement laws in Michigan; eligibility requirements to have convictions expunged; how to prepare the application for misdemeanor and/or felony expungement and will receive assistance from volunteer attorneys onsite. Participants in need of financial assistance must meet the eligibility guidelines of Legal Services of Eastern Michigan (LSEM), call 800-322-4512 to be pre-screened and reserve a spot, others…

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