Ludington Mass Transportation Authority Cuts Amber Township

State funding cuts are forcing Ludington public transit to cut corners. In July, the LMTA will stop transporting riders to and from Amber Township. Amber is the only township serviced by the LMTA that pays no taxes for the transportation. Over 20,000 annual riders use the service to get to Amber to shop, eat, and work. Employees formerly dependant on the public transit busses will have to find new ways to get to their jobs every day. LMTA executives worry about these negative repercussions and aim to solve the problem with cooperation from Amber businesses. 

Two Convicted for 20 Year-Ago Murder

The Ludington Daily News reports that two Northern Michigan men have been convicted for the first-degree murder of a man that died 20 years ago. A jury in Manistee County convicted Pete Peterson and Robert Knauss for the crime. Both now face mandatory life sentences without parole. 41 year old Vincent Adamczak hadn't been seen since 1995 but police found his alleged remains more recently in 2011 at one of the perpetrators homes in Norman Township. 

Fire Ravages Hopkins Lake Cabin

photo courtesy of Ludington Daily News.

One of the last remaining original wood cabins on Hopkins Lake is now heavily damaged due to a fire that broke out last night. The occupants were outside by the Lake when they noticed smoke coming from inside their cabin. Pere Marquette and Riverton firefighters responded to the call and say there was heavy smoke and flames, but thankfully no one was inside the cabin and no one was harmed. 

Michigan to Possibly End its Film Office in Budget Cutbacks.

Michigan may say goodbye to the big screen for awhile. A bill was drafted by the Senate Government Operations Committee on Tuesday that threatens the future of big budget feature films shot in Michigan.
The bill, originally part of initiative that wanted to cut back incentives that were granted to movie studios for working in Michigan, is now cutting the Michigan Film Office entirely.
It should be noted that every single state has a Film Office. Some distribute credits for films among other jobs.
In Michigan, it distributes credits and maintains a directory of everything. Things like lists of companies to caterers for out-of-state producers. The office also helps small Michigan towns prepare for film crews and will review scripts for producers to see what Michigan locations might be good places to film.
In fiscal year 2016, it's slated to be a $653,800 line item that funds just six employees. 
From fiscal year 2015 to 2016, film incentives went from $50 million to a proposed $6 million. If this bill passes, that amount would dwindle to nothing, and the office would shut its doors in 2017.
The argument is that if we cant compete with big incentives we really wouldn’t  be competing at all. 
Jenell Leonard, director of the Michigan Film Office, issued the following statement:
"Our goal all along has been to attract film projects and foster growth for Michigan's creative industries. We're in transition, life without incentives. Part of the transition has been to reach out to the Michigan film industry and translate feedback into a strategic plan. We've done that. The plan promotes the film industry in key public-private partnerships. There has been a film office in Michigan since 1979, and every state has one for a reason."
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