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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Michigan Newsletter for Sunday December 22, 2019 ( 30 items )  

ACLU of Michigan Defends Amish Community's Religious Freedom Against Lenawee County's Threat to Bulldoze Homes
MORENCI, Michigan, Dec. 19 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan issued the following news release: The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan (ACLU) and the law firm Wright & Schulte, LLC counter-sued the Lenawee County Health Department for violating the constitutional and civil rights of an Old Order Amish community by threatening to demolish every Amish-owned home in the county, in effect expelling an entire faith community from its borders. The Amish community, which lives   more

American Concrete Institute Announces ACI 318-19 Building Code Seminars in South America, Central America and Mexico
FARMINGTON HILLS, Michigan, Dec. 16 -- The American Concrete Institute issued the following news release: The American Concrete Institute is offering a series of seminars in South America, Central America and Mexico with a focus on the new ACI 318-19, Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete and Commentary. "ACI 318-19: Changes to the Concrete Design Standard" seminars will feature face-to-face interaction with highly recognized speakers. The new ACI 318-19 Building Code Requirement  more

Beaumont Health Appoints New Chief Information Officer; President for Taylor, Trenton and Wayne Hospitals
ROYAL OAK, Michigan, Dec. 20 -- Beaumont Health issued the following news release: Two executive leaders will join Beaumont Health early next year. Hans Keil has been appointed senior vice president and chief information officer. Tammy Scarborough has been appointed president of the Beaumont hospitals in Taylor, Trenton and Wayne. Hans Keil Keil will be responsible for the vision, leadership, development and implementation of Beaumont's systemwide information technology program. He begins hi  more

Beaumont Health, Universal Health Services Break Ground on New Mental Health Hospital
ROYAL OAK, Michigan, Dec. 16 -- Beaumont Health issued the following news release: * * * - Specialty hospital, psychiatric clinical training and outpatient programs will enhance mental health services in Michigan * * * Beaumont Health and Universal Health Services broke ground on a new mental health hospital in Dearborn. The two organizations formed a joint venture to address the state's growing, unmet need for accessible, high-quality and advanced mental health services. Construction will   more

College of Healthcare Information Management Executives Applauds Language in Spending Deal to Support Patient Identification
ANN ARBOR, Michigan, Dec. 21 -- The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives issued the following news release: A bipartisan spending deal announced yesterday by Congress includes directives to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to address problems related to patient matching. Although the bill did not lift a ban on funding for a unique patient identifier, the deal "encourages HHS to continue to provide  more

College of Healthcare Information Management Executives Honors Most Wired's Top Tier in Most Improved, Small/Rural and Ambulatory Categories
ANN ARBOR, Michigan, Dec. 17 -- The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives issued the following news release: The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) recently spotlighted top performing healthcare organizations that participated in the 2019 CHIME HealthCare's Most Wired survey. The organizations were honored for being best in class in three categories: most improved; small and rural; and ambulatory. The Most Wired survey assesses the adoption, inte  more

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan Announces More Than $12 Million in Grants
DETROIT, Michigan, Dec. 21 -- The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan issued the following news release: The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan announced more than $12 million in grants to organizations and initiatives in areas including arts, education, health, human services, civic life, youth development, and community development. "From supporting the aspirations of young musicians to the development of programs designed to address substance abuse, the Community Foundation  more

Consumer Healthcare Products Association: Teen Misuse of OTC Cough Medicine Remains at Historic Lows
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- The Consumer Healthcare Products Association issued the following news release: The 2019 results from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and University of Michigan's annual drug abuse survey, Monitoring the Future, were released showing that the number of teens using over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicine containing dextromethorphan (DXM) to get high decreased slightly, coming in at under 3 percent. When first reported in 2006, the number of teens abusing OTC coug  more

Flint-Area Nurse Hits Teamsters Union Bosses and Genesys Hospital With Lawsuit for Violating Michigan's Right to Work Law
FLINT, Michigan, Dec. 17 -- The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation issued the following news release: * * * - State court lawsuit: Teamsters union bosses and Genesys Regional Medical Center illegally rejected six different requests by nurse to end union dues deductions * * * With free legal aid from the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, Flint-area nurse Madrina Wells has sued the Teamsters Local 332 union, after union bosses illegally demanded she pay them union   more

Ford Motor Company Expansions, Community Development Projects, Support for Entrepreneurial Programs Will Provide Economic Impact Throughout Michigan
LANSING, Michigan, Dec. 17 -- The Michigan Economic Development Corp. issued the following news release: * * * - Ford expected to create 3,000 new jobs, invest more than $1.45 billion at two of its key Southeast Michigan manufacturing sites - Support for tech and small business startup programs demonstrates Michigan's commitment to growing state's entrepreneurial ecosystem * * * At final meeting of 2019, the Michigan Strategic Fund board approved projects demonstrating support for companies  more

Gerrymandering Prevents States From Passing Tougher Gun Laws, Center for American Progress Report Finds
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- The Center for American Progress issued the following news release: States could save lives by passing tougher gun laws, but partisan gerrymandering keeps progress out of reach, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress. The report examines the strong public support in the United States for gun safety measures and how partisan gerrymandering has blocked efforts toward sensible reforms in several key states, including Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsy  more

Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion Issues Research Articles in December 2019 Edition
GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan, Dec. 17 -- The Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, a journal from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, published research articles, including the following topics, in its December 2019 edition: * Group Identification and Support for the Supreme Court: Evidence from Evangelical Protestants * Identification with Religion: Cross-National Evidence from a Social Psychological Perspective * Plagues, Pagans, and Christians: Differential Survival, Social  more

Journal of Clinical Investigation-Insight Issues Research Articles in Dec. 19, 2019 Edition
ANN ARBOR, Michigan, Dec. 20 -- The Journal of Clinical Investigation-Insight, a peer-reviewed journal that says it features preclinical and clinical research studies from the American Society for Clinical Investigation, published research articles, including the following topics, in its Dec. 19, 2019 edition: * Exosomes from mesenchymal stromal cells reduce murine colonic inflammation via a macrophage-dependent mechanism * L-Citrulline increases nitric oxide and improves control in obese asth  more

Journal of Personality Disorders Issues Research Articles in December 2019 Edition
ANN ARBOR, Michigan, Dec. 20 -- The Journal of Personality Disorders, a journal that says it features diagnosis and treatment of personality disorder from the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders, published research articles, including the following topics, in its December 2019 edition: * Are Borderline Personality Symptoms and Psychopathy Differentially Related to Drinking Motives of Former Jail Inmates? * Comparing the Triarchic and Five-Factor Trait Models: Relations  more

Leading Corporate Services Provider Morley Establishing Customer Service Center in Delta Township
LANSING, Michigan, Dec. 19 -- The Michigan Economic Development Corp. issued the following news release: Corporate services provider Morley Companies is establishing a customer service center in Delta Township to support an existing client in the healthcare insurance company, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced. The project is expected to generate a total private investment of up to $7.8 million and create 500 new jobs in the professional services industry over the next two  more

Mackinac Center for Public Policy VP Appointed to Federal Panel
MIDLAND, Michigan, Dec. 19 -- The Mackinac Center for Public Policy issued the following news release: * * * - Patrick Wright will serve on the Federal Service Impasses Panel * * * The Mackinac Center for Public Policy's Patrick Wright, vice president for legal affairs, has been appointed a member of the Federal Service Impasses Panel. He will serve the remainder of a five-year term on the panel, which is a component within the Federal Labor Relations Authority. Wright will continue in his r  more

Mercy Health - Children's Hospital and Nationwide Children's Hospital Announce Affiliation
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 17 -- Nationwide Children's Hospital issued the following news release: Mercy Health - Children's Hospital and Nationwide Children's Hospital are pleased to announce an innovative affiliation to enhance pediatric health care services for children and their families in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. The two children's hospitals have entered a partnership to offer patients at Mercy Health - Children's Hospital greater access to cost-effective pediatric services, outs  more

Michigan Economic Development: City of Swartz Creek Receives Certification as Redevelopment Ready Community
LANSING, Michigan, Dec. 21 -- The Michigan Economic Development Corp. issued the following news release: * * * - Designation facilitates private investment, improves economic development opportunities * * * For their efforts in establishing a solid foundation to attract private investment and further build on municipality assets, the city of Swartz Creek has been awarded the Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) certification, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced.   more

Michigan Environmental Council: Recommendation Looms for DTE Energy Plan That Advocates and the Public Have Called to Reject
LANSING, Michigan, Dec. 20 -- The Michigan Environmental Council issued the following news release: Advocates from across Michigan have been calling on the Michigan Public Service Commission to reject DTE Energy's long-term energy plan as the the case surrounding the plan comes to a close. On Friday, the judge overseeing the case will share her reading of the case and propose a recommendation to the Michigan Public Service Commission, which will give the final ruling early next year. To date,   more

Michigan League for Public Policy: Driver's Licenses for All Would Make Far-Reaching Economic, Community Impacts
LANSING, Michigan, Dec. 20 -- The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following news release: * * * - State Would See $100 Million in Revenue Over 10 Years * * * A report released from the Michigan League for Public Policy highlights the economic impact of restoring driver's licenses for undocumented Michiganders, including $100 million in new revenue over 10 years as a result of expanding access to driver's licenses. State law allowed undocumented residents to receive driver's lic  more

Michigan Nurses Association: 200 MidMichigan Medical Center - Gratiot Nurses and Community Members Picketed to Call for a Fair Contract
ALMA, Michigan, Dec. 21 -- The Michigan Nurses Association issued the following news release: Approximately 200 nurses at MidMichigan Medical Center - Gratiot and their community supporters held an informational picket last night to call on the administration to negotiate a fair contract. The RNs say they worry about their hospital's ability to recruit and retain quality nurses if the current policies continue. Video and images from the rally are available upon request. "I became a nurse becau  more

Michigan Retailers Report Growing Sales as Holidays Approach
LANSING, Michigan, Dec. 19 -- The Michigan Retailers Association issued the following news release: Retailers reported higher sales in November and the outlook looks strong for this winter, according to the Michigan Retail Index. The November Retail Index survey came in at 52.2, a decrease from November 2018's 63.5, and up from October 2019's 43.0. The seasonally adjusted performance index is conducted by Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) in cooperation with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chic  more

Michigan's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Receives Continued Support, Resources for High-Tech Startups, University Researchers
LANSING, Michigan, Dec. 20 -- The Michigan Economic Development Corp. issued the following news release: * * * - The Michigan Strategic Fund awarded more than $7 million to assist entrepreneurs in bringing innovations to market * * * In an effort to further grow Michigan's entrepreneurial ecosystem, the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) awarded more than $7 million in funding and extensions to business hubs and innovation programs across the state, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (  more

National Wild Turkey Federation Applauds Gov. Whitmer's Veto of HB 4687
EDGEFIELD, South Carolina, Dec. 20 -- The National Wild Turkey Federation issued the following news release: The National Wild Turkey Federation applauds Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer's, decision to veto House Bill 4687, a bill that sought to subvert the science-based process by which wildlife regulations are established in the state. Michigan's Natural Resources Commission, with recommendations from fisheries and wildlife professionals, sets regulations for the state's many fish and wild  more

New Beaumont Research Puts Scientists One Step Closer to Newborn Screening for Autism
ROYAL OAK, Michigan, Dec. 21 -- Beaumont Health issued the following news release: Simple blood test would identify key biomarkers Because early detection of autism is linked to significantly improved outcomes, the discovery of early predictors could make all the difference in a child's development. Dr. Ray Bahado-Singh, a geneticist and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology for Beaumont Health and the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and his research team, identified key b  more

NSF International: Legionella Conference 2020 Moves to Chicago With Health Care Focus
ANN ARBOR, Michigan, Dec. 17 -- NSF International issued the following news release: * * * - NSF Health Sciences and National Environmental Health Association partner for public health conference; abstracts now accepted * * * Legionella Conference 2020 will be held in Chicago Aug. 19-21, 2020, with an emphasis on preventing deadly outbreaks in hospitals and health care settings. NSF Health Sciences, an NSF International company, and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) are pa  more

NSF International: TraQtion Named to Food Logistics' FL100+ Top Software Provider List for Fourth Consecutive Year
ANN ARBOR, Michigan, Dec. 19 -- NSF International issued the following news release: * * * - Food Logistics recognizes TraQtion as a software and technology provider that ensures a safe, efficient and reliable global food and beverage supply chain * * * Food Logistics named TraQtion, a cloud quality, compliance and risk management software powered by NSF International, to its 2019 FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers list for the fourth year in a row. Drawing on NSF International's 7  more

NTCA Issues Statement on Senate Support for Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Proceeding
ARLINGTON, Virginia, Dec. 19 -- NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association issued the following statement by CEO Shirley Bloomfield regarding the letter led by Reps. Peter Welch, D-Vermont, and Tim Walberg, R-Michigan, with broad bipartisan support from many of their House colleagues to the Federal Communications Commission regarding the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund proceeding: "As the FCC moves forward in the RDOF proceeding, NTCA applauds Reps. Welch and Walberg and their many House colleagues fo  more

NTEA Releases Vehicle Specification Process Guide
FARMINGTON HILLS, Michigan, Dec. 17 -- NTEA, The Association for the Work Truck Industry issued the following news release: NTEA recently launched a Vehicle Specification Process Guide as a free resource to the work truck industry. The specification development process encompasses a systematic and defined set of interactions between various stakeholders, including the vehicle user, fleet team and supply chain (comprised of chassis OEMs, truck dealers, body and truck-mounted equipment companies,  more

PETA Supports Breastfeeding Lawsuit With 'Breast Is Best' Billboard
BRIGHTON, Michigan, Dec. 20 -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals issued the following news release: * * * - PETA Seeks Spot for Edgy Ad Near Church Sued by Woman Who Was Shamed for Breastfeeding * * * Following reports that a local woman just settled her lawsuit against the Brighton Nazarene Church for shaming her for breastfeeding, PETA has set out to erect a billboard showing Mary breastfeeding the baby Jesus as a reminder that cow's milk is not natural human baby food. PETA is a  more