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Voters Want Protection for Prejudice Firings

Nearly 70% of Michigan voters say Michigan lawmakers should act to protect people from being fired for their sexual orientation and their religious beliefs. The survey was conducted by Lansing-based Marketing Resource Group. The poll also revealed that Democrats, Independents and Republicans all agree on the issue. Conservative, moderate and …

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MI Budget Transparency Among the Best

Michigan ranks 15th among all the states, for the transparency of its online budget and spending posts. The report was issued by the U.S. Public Interest Group Education Fund. Michigan was among 20 states to get a “B” grade. Specifically, Michigan received 86.5 points in the ranking. Among measures used …

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Peters Leads Land in Latest Polls

Michigan Congressman Gary Peters has a slight lead over former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land in a new poll on the U.S. Senate race. Public Policy Polling finds the suburban Detroit Democrat has a 41% to 36% lead over Land. In December, the firm’s numbers gave the Republican …

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Recap of Keweenaw Job Fair

The first ever Keweenaw Job Fair was held yesterday at the Jutila Center in Hancock and the turnout was very positive. The event was organized by members of Finlandia University and Michigan Works. And all kinds of opportunities were available. Employers spoke with interested job-seekers to find out what they …

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Pretrial Set for Fake Windmill Salesman

The pre-trial hearing for a windmill salesman accused of swindling customers in the Upper Peninsula has been delayed. 57-year old Billy Lee Parish of Kincheloe is charged with larceny by conversion greater than $20,000. He is now scheduled for a pretrial conference hearing on April 24 in Delta County Circuit …

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Isle Royale Study is Honored

The Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame will be inducting a local study this week. Michigan Tech’s Isle Royale wolf-moose predator-prey study has been elected to be honored at the ceremony this Thursday in Grand Rapids. Wildlife ecology associate profesoor John Vucetich will be presenting the project. Vucetich is director of …

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Eagle Mine Dispute

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by the Huron Mountain Club that claims construction of the Eagle Mine will spoil the environment in northern Marquette County. Published reports say the Court will not intervene in a dispute over construction of the mine launched by the club. The Huron …

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Latest Numbers on Medicaid Enrollment

State officials say Michigan’s expanded Medicaid plan is now providing coverage to nearly 86,000 people since it launched April 1. As of Tuesday afternoon, Michigan received over 54,000 applications and enrolled about 32,000 Michiganders into the Healthy Michigan Plan. The difference represents those with applications that are pending confirmation, others …

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Is College Affordable?

A survey in Michigan says that while 96% of Michiganders believe attending college is at least “somewhat important,” more than 67% disagree with those who say college is reasonable affordable. The survey was conducted by the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at Michigan State University for the Michigan …

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Broadband Use Increases in MI

An organization made up of industry, community organizations and state regulators says that broadband internet connections in Michigan is running ahead of the national average, with 79% of households subscribing to broadband service last year. That’s a 13% increase over 2010 according to Connect Michigan. A recent Pew Research Center …

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