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State Audit Reveals Improper Spending

An audit released this week blisters the state’s Medicaid Home Help Program, saying it improperly spent $160 million over a three-year period. The funds represent nearly 18 percent of total expenditures from October 1, 2010, through September 30, 2013. The Home Help Program involves thousands of workers, often family members, …

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New One-Way Streets in Hancock

Starting today, two streets in the city of Hancock will officially become one-way streets. White Street will become one-way traffic north bound, which is uphill, from Reservation Street to Shafter Street. Tezcuco Street will become one-way traffic south bound, which is downhill, from Quincy Street to Hancock Street. For more …

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Health Department Looking for New Officer

Western U.P. Board of Health Chairman Scott Ala says the department is looking for a new Health Officer and Executive Officer for the five-county health department. Current health officer Guy St. Germain has announced his retirement from the role by October. Ala says the board’s search committee has been working …

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Salon Helps Cancer Patients With Wigs

Sometimes, female cancer patients get worried when they start to see their hair fall out due to the effects of chemotherapy. But one business in the Copper Country reaches out and helps those who are in need but in a very unique way. One year ago, Michelle Little-Geshel was at …

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Federal Drug Charges for Ironwood Man

An Ironwood man is now facing federal drug charges after the Gogebic County Prosecutor’s Office dismissed state charges against him. 31-year-old Joshua Anderson stood mute during his arraignment in U.S. District Court in Marquette June 11. By doing so, Anderson did not plea either way to three charges: conspiracy to …

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MTU Heading to National Competition

This week, Michigan Tech’s concrete canoe team is heading to the national competition in Pennsylvania. 23 teams of engineering students from schools across the country and as far away as Shanghai, China, will come together to compete for “America’s Cup of Civil Engineering” at the American Society of Civil Engineers’ …

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More Ignition Switch Issues for GM

More troubles for General Motors. The auto maker has announced that it must replace or change ignition keys on about 3.16 million 2000 to 2014 model year cars in the US because the ignition switch may inadvertently move out of the “run” position if the car is jolted by a …

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National Guard Tuition Assistance

Michigan residents looking to enter the National Guard may soon have additional incentive. The Michigan House of Representatives and Senate both passed the Michigan National Guard Tuition Assistance Act, late last week. The bill introduces a state-level tuition assistance program to Guard recruits. The bill allows for Guard members in …

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Bridgefest Feast 2014 Recap

Although the weather didn’t cooperate, Copper Country residents still showed up to the festivities going on this past weekend. It all got started with the Bridgefest parade on Friday, which moved through Hancock and into Houghton. Saturday was a little wet but that didn’t deter people from enjoying the music …

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Three Injured in Ontonagon Car Accident

A two car accident in Ontonagon County sent three people to the hospital Saturday afternoon. Troopers from the Wakefield Post of the Michigan State Police say it happened on M-28 near Pendock Road in Bergland Township around 4:20pm, when 25-year-old Grant Larsen slowed down in the eastbound lane to make …

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