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Schauer Accused of Finance Violation

The Michigan Republican party is accusing Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer of violating state campaign finance laws. The GOP complaint, filed with the Department of State, charges that the Schauer campaign violated Michigan’s Campaign Finance Act by supporting Democratic lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Lisa Brown’s activities. Brown’s campaign committee recently paid …

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Gays Seek Civil Rights Protection

The gay community has been hoping for a vote in Lansing to add sexual orientation and gender identity protections to Michigan’s civil rights law, but it’s yet to be determined whether that vote will happen. Those in the LGBT community would like to see movement on the legislation extending the …

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Houghton City Council Meeting Recap

The Houghton City Council has updated many of their policies, including a couple at last night’s meeting. Yesterday, the council approved a few changes to the city’s purchasing policy for municipal employees. City Manager Eric Waara says he decided that the changes be made so that the city’s purchasing policy …

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Fatal Motorcycle Accident Will Go To Trial

The case involving the death of two Copper Country residents in a motorcycle accident in Ishpeming back in June will go to trial this fall. 64-year-old Gary Kappler of Ahmeek and 52-year-old Diane Palosaari of Mohawk were on their motorcycle on U.S. 41 when a Ryder truck driven by 19-year-old …

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Kuopus Sentenced in High Speed Chase

A Houghton County man will spend about eight months in jail for his role in a high-speed chase. 26-year-old Travis Kuopus of Laurium has been sentenced to 12 months in jail, with credit for 129 days served. He’ll also have to spend three years on probation. Kuopus pleaded guilty last …

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House Approves Wolf Legislation

The Michigan House of Representatives gave final approval on Wednesday to a bill titled the Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act. In a 65-to-43 vote, the measure would put decisions on game species in the hands of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission. The voter initiated proposal would also effectively keep …

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MI Top Ten in Gender Wage Gap

Michigan has the seventh-highest gender wage gap in the country, according to a report from the Michigan League for Public Policy. And that comes despite what the report calls “dramatic” wage losses for men since 1979 and stagnating or modest increases for women. In Michigan, women earn only 74 cents …

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Michigan Energy Assistance Program

SEMCO Energy Gas Company is one of 13 organizations that have received grants as a part of the Michigan Energy Assitance program. The Michigan Public Service Commission in conjunction with the Department of Human Services has approved $89.5 million in grants to the organizations for the fiscal year beginning October …

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MTU Receives Special Microscope

Michigan Tech is well on its way to getting a $1.7 million, state-of-the-science transmission electron microscope, thanks to the National Science Foundation and a team of dedicated researchers led by Reza Shahbazian-Yassar. The cost of the TEM will be covered by $1.2 million from the NSF and about $500,000 in …

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