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New College At MTU

Michigan Tech students have some new programs they can choose from thanks to a new college approved for establishment at MTU’s Board of Control meeting on Friday. The Pavlis Honors College, named after 1938 MTU alumnus Frank E. Pavlis, will feature academic programs like the Enterprise program and the Summer …

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Former Copper City President Passes Away

Former Copper City Village President Fortunate Curtis, Sr.,has died. Curtis was a teacher in the Copper City, Centennial and Calumet school districts. He passed away Thursday in Port Charlotte, Florida, following a short illness. Funeral services have been set for Friday at the Erickson-Crowley-Peterson Funeral Home. Fortunate Curtis, Sr., was …

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Poll Shows Support for Renewable Energy

A new poll shows strong public support for requiring Michigan’s utilities to generate 30 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2035. The survey commissioned by advocates of the greater use of renewable energy in the state showed 69 percent in support of such a goal with 23 percent …

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New Look for Sex Offenders Site

The Michigan State Police say beginning today, the Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry will have a new look. State Police say that while the level of detail and information about offenders will remain the same, the web site will receive a facelift. On the site, users can search by city, …

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Same-Sex Law on Trial

Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage goes on trial this week. U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman will begin taking testimony tomorrow before deciding whether Michigan’s gay-marriage ban is constitutional. The case involves two Detroit-area nurses in a lesbian relationship that argue in their lawsuit that the state’s constitutional amendment violates the …

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Taxing Unemployment Benefits

Democrats have introduced legislation in both the House and Senate to exempt those collecting unemployment benefits in Michigan from the state income tax. State Senator Jim Ananich of Flint says the legislation will not only help families survive as they’re looking for work, but putting more money in their pockets …

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Protection for Domestic Violence Victims

Legislation allowing people holding a personal protection order to carry a concealed weapon in gun-free zones is before the State House. Saginaw Township Republican Tim Kelly says the victims of domestic violence and stalking need the extra protection from those who would attempt to harm them. Kelly says the victims, …

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Snow Days Legislation

It isn’t the law, but the Michigan State Board of Education has adopted a new policy that encourages school districts which have gone over the allotted six snow days, to make up for lost time with full days of instruction instead of just adding minutes to the school day. Current …

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Aldrich Sentenced to Nine Months in Jail

A former volunteer with the Houghton High School hockey team has been sentenced on his fourth degree criminal sexual conduct charge. 30-year-old Brad Aldrich was in Houghton County Circuit court today and was sentenced to nine months in Houghton County jail but will receive credit for 59 days he has …

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GM Recall

General Motors is recalling nearly 800,000 older model vehicles because of potentially deadly problems with the engines and airbags. There have been six front-seat fatalities reported as a result of airbags not deploying. The cars affected are 2005 to 2007 model year Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 compact cars. Additionally …

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