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MI Surplus Expectation Falls Short

Revenue experts with the Snyder administration and the Michigan Legislature have announced that incoming tax revenue for the current fiscal year will be 317 million dollars lower than what was expected in January, down by just over a quarter of a billion dollars in the general fund this year, and …

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Bill Going After Drugged Drivers

A bill cracking down on drugged drivers is moving through the Michigan Legislature. Yesterday the Michigan House Judiciary Committee approved a measure that sponsors say ensures immediate jail time for repeat offenders and better communication between law enforcement agencies. House Republican Dan Lauwers says the measure puts a ‘conditional bond’ …

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Houghton City Council Meeting Recap

A busy agenda was on the docket yesterday for the Houghton City Council. Among the actionable business that was discussed, the council approved the rezoning of West Houghton Avenue from a multiple-family residential district to a one-family residential district. City Manager Eric Waara received many complaints from families in that …

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Bike to Work Day

Today is Keweenaw Bike to Work Day and a local group will be holding an event to celebrate the cause. A bike advocacy group called Bike Initiative Keweenaw will have stations set up across the Copper Country. The stations will be on the Houghton Waterfront Trail near the Lift Bridge, …

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UPPCO Fish Stocks

The Upper Peninsula Power Company says 9,000 fish have been stocked at the Boney Falls Reservoir in Delta County. The Ishpeming-based power company reports final upgrades to the hydroelectric facility near Bruce Crossing are now complete and the reservoir is being returned to normal operating levels. The fish were brought …

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SOS Warns About Fake Websites

Michigan residents are being warned about paying for online Secretary of State services without first checking that the website they’re using is the official Michigan.gov site. The warning was issued Wednesday by Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson. She says her staff members are receiving more and more complaints from customers …

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High Rate of Dog Bites in MI

Michigan had the sixth most dog bite claims in the country 2013, according to claim statistics compiled in a new report from State Farm Insurance. The insurer says there were 162 claims last year, and it paid out nearly four million dollars as a result. California led the nation with …

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Houghton County Board Meeting Recap

Lots of discussion took place at yesterday’s Houghton County Board of Commissioners meeting and the hot topic was a wage increase. Judges from the family, district and circuit courts wanted the three court administrators to be paid the same and asked for two-pay-grade increase. The board declined the request and …

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District Court Hearings Recap

Two preliminary exams are scheduled for today in Houghton County District Court. 22-year-old Amber Smith is scheduled to appear in court on two felony charges: fleeing and eluding in the third degree and unlawfully driving away a motor vehicle. Smith could spend up to ten years in jail. Also, 28-year-old …

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State Revenue Less Than Projections

It appears legislators in Lansing may have to rethink some of the state budget. That’s because the House Fiscal Agency has issued a report saying the state will bring in a lot less in revenue than officials estimated just four months ago. At that time, a budget surplus was estimated …

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