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U.P. Scenery on Buses

Michigan’s most scenic sites, including a few gems from the Upper Peninsula, are now featured on eight new motorcoaches traveling across the state. Each bus is covered with giant photos of the state’s most popular destinations. Scenes from the Upper Peninsula include the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Marquette’s Lower Harbor, …

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No Plan to Help State Roads

The Michigan Legislature adjourned for the summer Thursday without action on a plan to raise more than $1 billion to fund repairs to the state’s roads and bridges. After several failed attempts to approve a plan that would replace the state’s 19-cent per gallon gasoline and 15-cent diesel taxes with …

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State Budget Finalized

Lawmakers in Lansing did finalize work on the state budget for 2015. The Michigan Senate voted to send the budget to Governor Rick Snyder for his signature. The spending plan totals $37.5 billion, an 11.6% spending increase over the current year. Democrats in the Senate voted against the budget, and …

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Houghton City Council Meeting Recap

There was a lot to discuss at yesterday’s Houghton City Council meeting. The zoning board of appeals held a public hearing regarding a request for a sign variance for a Downtown Houghton business and City Manager Eric Waara says the board has decided that some changes to the ordinance may …

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New Playground for Barkell Elementary

The ribbon has been cut and Barkell Elementary School students have a new playground, equipped with a brand new slide and jungle gym pyramid. Teachers, parents and volunteers came together over the weekend and assembled the playground. Barkell PTO President Tara Packard says the support they received on this project …

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MDOT Public Hearing Next Week

Next week, the Michigan Department of Transportation will stop by the Lakeview Manor Community Room in Hancock to share their plans on the maintenance project for the Portage Lake Lift Bridge. The project is scheduled to begin this winter. Residents and business owners can review the plans for construction and …

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Student Loan Program Expanded

Nearly 200,000 Michigan residents will benefit from the recently expanded “Pay As You Earn” repayment plan for federal student loans, according to a report released by the White House. President Barack Obama signed an executive memorandum on Monday expanding eligibility for the program to borrowers with loans made prior to …

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More Companies Joining Insurance Marketplace

State officials say 18 health insurance companies are seeking inclusion in the federally-run Michigan Health Insurance Marketplace in 2015, five more than participated last year. All but two of the companies submitted plans for the individual market and 11 offered plans for the small group market. Michigan Department of Insurance …

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Rapid River Man Arrested on Cocaine Charges

Narcotics police in the Upper Peninsula arrested a 60-year-old Rapid River man Tuesday on cocaine charges. The man is charged with two counts of Delivery of Cocaine and one count of Conspiracy to Deliver Cocaine. This arrest was part of an investigation that resulted in the arrest of a 62-year-old …

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Houghton County Board Meeting Recap

A full docket was on hand for the Houghton County Board of Commissioners meeting yesterday. The board approved a purchase agreement of a lot near the airport for the construction of a commercial facility for a local bus company. The Houghton County Medical Care Facility presented their upcoming structural changes …

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