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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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Bridge to be Dedicated to Veterans

The Copper Country is well-known for its veterans population and two local lawmakers are introducing a bill to honor those who have served. Representative Scott Dianda is teaming up with Senator Tom Casperson to name a bridge in Ontonagon County the “Ontonagon County Veterans Memorial Bridge.” The bridge is located …

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Minimum Wage to Be Implemented Monday

If you’re paid the minimum wage, you’re likely getting a pay increase next Monday. It follows recent action by the Michigan Legislature, and the Governor. The state’s minimum wage will increase from the current $7.40 per hour to $8.15 per hour on September First. The state’s minimum wage was last …

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White Pine Power Plant Sold; Traxys Sale Completed

The White Pine power plant and copper refining facility have been sold. Prairie Plant Systems of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan finalized terms of the purchase of the Traxys Power Group on Monday. Prairie Plant’s purchase also includes Upper Peninsula Power Marketing, which buys and sells energy across the electrical grid. The new …

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Highland Estimates for Potential Keweenaw County Mine

Highland Copper thinks it may be able to pull more than 100-million tons of copper out of an area it’s been exploring in Keweenaw County. The 543-S project is located west of Gratiot Lake. An Initial Resource Estimate released yesterday shows a potential yield of 109-million tons of copper, and …

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