Month: January 2014

Governor Extends Statewide Energy Emergency Due To Prolonged Propane Shortage

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today issued Executive Order 2014-3, lengthening Michigan’s energy emergency as a result of continued heating oil and propane shortages across the Midwest. Record low temperatures, heavy snowfall and poor driving conditions, combined with pipeline issues and other factors have all contributed to Michigan’s propane shortage. The state is working to alleviate supply problems while continually monitoring the situation, and Snyder this week directed state agencies to reach out to consumers affected by the shortage. “The propane shortage affecting the Midwest continues to impact residents in our state, particularly in the Upper Peninsula and northern Michigan,” Snyder said. “This executive order extending the hours-of-service exemption for individuals transporting the fuel will better allow them to connect with customers.” This executive order amends Executive Order 2014-1, declaring the initial state of emergency in January. Originally set to expire at midnight tonight, the energy emergency will now extend through Tuesday, Feb. 11. Motor carriers and drivers carrying propane on Michigan highways will continue to be exempt from state and federal hours-of-service regulations in order to guarantee the most efficient delivery of resources. As a result of the extended waiver, drivers may continue to exceed the number of consecutive days and total hours in which they can operate a commercial motor vehicle. Transport vehicles and employees currently subject to an out-of-service order, in which operations are prohibited,...

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‘School Choice Week’ in the Great Lakes State Featured Record-Breaking 130 Events

Lansing – If Michigan parents want to choose new schools for their children for the upcoming (2014-2015) school year, they need to start researching the schooling options available to their children right away. That’s the message from organizers of National School Choice Week, which this week featured 130 events across the Great Lakes State and a history-making 5,500 events nationwide. School Choice Week focused attention on the importance of empowering parents with the freedom to choose the K-12 schools that best meet their children’s individual learning needs. The effort’s president, Andrew Campanella, said that the longer parents wait to exercise the options available to them, the less choices they’ll have. “The process of beginning to research new schools for your children for 2014-2015 should begin right now,” Campanella said. “Seats in great schools are already filling up for the next school year, so parents can’t afford to wait until the spring or the summer if they want to select a different school for their children. The winter is the time to start.” Campanella said that parents should start the school selection process by making a list of desired attributes that they hope to see in the ideal school for their child — such as student achievement in key subject areas, parental involvement at the school level, class sizes, the theme of a school, or the qualifications of school personnel...

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Michigan Legislators Introduce Resolution Asking Women to Take Heed of their Number One Killer—Heart Disease

LANSING, Mich.— Ten years after the introduction of American Heart Association Go Red for Women movement, we can celebrate the strides that have been made against the No. 1 killer of women, including: · 650,000 lives have been saved · 330 fewer women are dying every day due to heart disease · More women realize that heart disease is their No. 1 health threat · More physicians recognize that women’s symptoms can differ and better screenings and treatments are saving lives. · Clinical trial results are now reported by gender · Fewer people are smoking; cholesterol has decreased While we can celebrate these successes, heart disease remains the number one killer of women, killing approximately one woman every minute. In an effort to bring awareness to Michigan residents and lawmakers, Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton, D-Huntington Woods and the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement have teamed up to introduce resolutions in the state Senate and House. On January 30th at 11 a.m. in the Capitol Rotunda Michigan lawmaker’s will announce the 2014 American Heart Month resolution. The event will also educate women and men about the risk factors for heart disease and how they can support the movement to save lives. “For more than a decade, millions of women have united to raise their voices about this silent killer. While we’ve made remarkable...

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Michigan Propane Shortage: Supplies Improving But Still Tight as Snyder Directs Agencies yo Assist Residents

Consumers advised to use supplies wisely, seek assistance, take precautions LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder is directing state agencies to reach out to consumers affected by the ongoing propane shortage, which has eased slightly though supplies remain tight. The state is working to alleviate supply problems while continually monitoring the situation. “The state is working diligently to help improve the propane shortage situation,” Snyder said. “The health and safety of our residents is most important, and I’ve directed relevant agencies to work with those who have been affected by the shortage and offer assistance and available resources until propane levels are restored.” Michigan is one of more than 30 states to declare a propane energy emergency, and Snyder said he would issue another executive order on Friday to extend an exemption for motor carriers and drivers transporting propane and heating oil within Michigan from hours-of-service regulations and requirements until Feb. 11. The governor issued similar executive orders in December and early January to help service residents with available supply as quickly as possible. Record low temperatures, heavy snowfall and poor driving conditions, combined with pipeline issues and other factors have all contributed to Michigan’s propane shortage. The state has been working closely with the propane gas industry to resolve the supply chain issues, and this week supplies in the Upper Peninsula improved slightly as a facility in Rapid...

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