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Five Things You Need to Know: Go Dogs Go plus Ice & Snow

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Deep Freeze to Bring Cold & Snow

mLive is reporting that severe & sustained cold is coming to Michigan this week. It sounds as if the Lake Michigan shore will receive the brunt of the snow (6+”) but:

No area will escape the deep cold. This cold snap won’t be like the other cold snaps this winter that only lasted a few days. This cold snap will start Tuesday and gradually get colder each day into next weekend. By the time temperatures bottom out this weekend, we’ll freeze with highs in the teens and low temperatures in the single digits above or below zero.

The wind will push wind chill temperatures down to -10° to -20° at times in the second half of the week.

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Need for Speed: Michigan Edition

Speed limits on some Michigan freeways could eventually reach 80 miles per hour under a package approved by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee last week:

In the first year after enactment, the legislation would raise speed limits to 75 miles per hour on an estimated 600 miles of rural highway stretches, said sponsor Bradford Jacobsen, R-Oxford. He said that would maintain the safety of the roads.

“Most expressways are designed for 5 over, if you would, so they’re designed at 75 miles per hour,” Jacobsen said.

From there the Michigan Department of Transportation and Michigan State Police could study certain stretches for even higher speed limits. Where it’s feasible and safe, they could raise the speed limit to 80 miles per hour.

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Flint Followup

Last week we featured a couple of stories about Flint that have updates. One is that another piece of damning information about the State of Michigan and Flint came out Thursday. Crain’s Detroit Business reported:

When he disclosed the spike in Legionnaires’ cases on Jan. 13, Snyder said he had learned about it just a couple of days earlier. But emails obtained by the liberal group Progress Michigan through public records requests and shared with The Associated Press show Snyder’s own office was aware of the outbreak since last March. At the time, others in the administration were scrambling to respond to suggestions that bacteria in the city’s new water source, the Flint River, could be the culprit.

Read on for lots more. It was also confirmed that Flint will host a Democratic debate on March 6th, two days before the Michigan primary. Head over to debate partner CNN for the details.

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Look Who’s Talking … again

The Freep reports that a federal judge has put Michigan’s “gag order” law on hold:

U.S. District Judge John Corbett O’Meara ruled that the bill, the last one passed at the end of the year without any public hearings or debate, is unconstitutionally vague.

“Public officials deserve clarity on this issue so that they may serve the public in the normal course without fear of of arbitrary sanction or prosecution,” O’Meara wrote in his ruling. “One could arguably find a communication that references a ballot question to be any communication that merely ‘mentions’ a ballot question. This result appears absurd; it is difficult to imagine that regulators would attempt to sanction or prosecute a public official for merely mentioning a ballot question in a city newsletter.”

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Ice Monster

This photo titled “Ice Monster” by Jackie Novak is our latest Facebook cover. It was taken last year at the St Joseph Lighthouse, and you can get the latest from her at Jackie Novak Photography on Facebook.

Stay warm people!