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More Heating Funding for Those in Need

The Michigan Community Action Agency Association announced $11 million in additional funding for low-income households to assist with deliverable fuels. The funding will be distributed to eligible households through 29 Community Action Agencies in Michigan via the Department of Human Services and the Bureau of Community Action and Economic Opportunity. …

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Appeals Court Suspends Gay Marriage Ruling

Hundreds of couples flocked to various Michigan county clerk’s offices Saturday to obtain marriage licenses before an appeals court issued a stay temporarily suspending future marriages among gay couples. U.S. district Judge Bernard Friedman overturned Michigan’s ban on gay marriage and same-sex adoption Friday, but the ruling was issued after …

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International Bridge Tolls Going Up

Tolls will be going up April 1 on the International Bridge, which connects Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The increase, approved unanimously by the Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority in November, covers both commercial and passenger vehicles. Passenger vehicle tolls will increase from the current three …

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GM To Offer Rentals

General Motors will be teaming up with several car rental agencies to provide loaner cars during a recall involving vehicles with faulty ignition switches. Approximately one-point-six million Chevrolet Cobalts, Saturn Ions and other older GM models are being repaired. The automaker will pay for the rental cars which may be …

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Five DNR Officers Recognized for Rescue Efforts

Five Department of Natural Resources employees have been honored for helping to rescue two snowmobilers who had been stranded in the western Upper Peninsula near the Porcupine Mountains State Park in Ontonagon County in late January. Four Porcupine Mountains State Park rangers – Justin Farley, David Merk, Jimmy Newkirk and …

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Microbrewers Legislation Introduced

Legislation has been introduced in Lansing to allow microbrewers to provide sample servings of beer at farmer’s markets in Michigan. The bill is similar to legislation approved last year that deals with wine tasting. State House Democrats Andy Schor of Lansing and Marcia Hovey-Wright of Muskegon say Michigan has the …

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Drunk Driving Enforcement Steps Up

The so-called “Big Dance” got under way this weekend and police in Michigan are continuing a special campaign targeting drunk drivers leaving parties and bars after celebrating NCAA basketball victories. Lynn Sutfin, of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, says the federally-funded extra enforcement began just before St. Patrick’s …

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Changes in Spring Weight Restrictions

Spring weight restriction will be temporarily modified to allow normal legal loads on county roads next week. The change will remain in effect from just after midnight on Monday March 24th until 8am on Wednesday March 26th, which is subject to change based on weather and road conditions. Full implementation …

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Schuette Going After Ferrelgas After Hearing Complaints

After receiving some 700 complaints alleging unfair pricing and unfair business practices in the propane industry, Attorney General Bill Schuette says he has issued civil subpoenas as part of an investigation. The subpoenas were filed in Saginaw County Circuit Court and the court ordered Ferrellgas – which was the target …

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Enrollment for Expanded Medicaid Begins

The Michigan Department of Community Health says low-income adults can begin enrolling for health insurance in the state’s Healthy Michigan Plan starting April 1 under Michigan’s expansion of Medicaid. The plan expands eligibility to people between the ages of 19-64, not currently eligible for Medicaid, not eligible for or enrolled …

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