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Man Dies in Eastern U.P. Snowmobile Crash

A downstate man has died from injuries suffered in a snowmobile crash last week. Mackinac County sheriff’s deputies say 77-year-old Norman James Bass of Goodrich – near Flint – missed a turn and struck a tree near Naubinway. He was taken to Helen Newberry Joy Hospital in Newberry, where he …

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2020 Opens with Lower Gasoline Prices

Gasoline prices fell a bit during the first week of 2020. AAA Michigan’s survey place the cost of a gallon of unleaded regular at $2.45 in the Marquette metro area. That’s six cents cheaper than a week ago, nine cents cheaper than a month ago, 32 cents higher than a …

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Sens. Peters, Stabenow React to Soleimani Killing

Michigan’s two United States Senators have reacted cautiously to the drone attack that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani last week. In prepared statements, neither Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters expressed any sympathy for Soleimani… with Peters calling him a “notorious terrorist” and Stabenow saying he was “responsible for the deaths …

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Bergman Supports Soleimani Attack

First District U.S. Representative Jack Bergman says killing Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani was the right thing to do. In a statement released on his Facebook page, the Watersmeet Republican said Soleimani was responsible for over 600 American deaths, and was planning additional attacks. Bergman is a retired Marine Corps …

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U.P. Unemployment Rate Rises

The resolution of the General Motors strike helped Michigan’s unemployment rate fall a bit in November. The seasonally unadjusted rate dropped from 3.5 percent in October to 3.2 percent in November. The Upper Peninsula did not fare so well, as the rate rose from 3.6 percent to 4.2 percent. The …

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Finlandia’s Johnson Applauds Tuition Grant Restoration

Some private college students across Michigan can breathe easier, now that the Michigan Tuition Grant has been reinstated.  In fact, students with financial need who attend Michigan’s private colleges will get more money under the supplemental budget agreement signed last month by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.  The tuition grant traditionally awarded …

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Slow Economic Growth Predicted for Michigan

Michigan’s economy is expected to slow a bit over the next three years. The Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency’s latest Economic Outlook and Budget Review is projecting growth of 1.8 percent this year, 1.7 percent next year, and 1.5 percent in 2022. That’s down from a 2.9 percent increase last year. …

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Michigan’s Population Edges Upward

Michigan’s population grew slightly last year, but remains shy of the all-time record. Estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau place the number of people who live in the state at 9,986,857. That’s a slim 2,785 increase over 2018. Michigan’s population peaked in 2004 at just over 10 million. It …

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