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Dianda Approves Snyder’s Veto

A recent bill aimed at deregulating the forestry industry has been shot down by Governor Rick Snyder. Yesterday, State Representative Scott Dianda expressed his pleasure with Snyder’s decision, saying that the bill was bad public policy. He added that forestry in Michigan is a $16 billion industry and the current …

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Red Jacket Trolley Rides

This 4th of July, the Copper Range Historical Museum of South Range and the Painesdale Mine & Shaft organization will sponsor a free tour of historic sites in South Range, Baltic, Trimountain, and Painesdale aboard the Red Jacket Trolley. The tour will begin at the museum following the South Range …

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Superintendents Want Budget Re-Write

A group of school superintendents gathered at the Michigan Capitol Tuesday, to ask lawmakers to come back to Lansing from their summer break, to rewrite Michigan’s K-12 budget. They say the version approved last month was not fair to many schools. Specifically they say the plan increases aid by as …

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National Guard Tuition Assistance

Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation to provide Michigan National Guard members with tuition assistance. The bill creates the Michigan National Guard Tuition Assistance Act and the Michigan National Guard Tuition Assistance Fund. Snyder says together, they will help cover continuing education costs for National Guard members. The assistance can …

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Gubernatorial Race Update

A new poll finds Michigan’s gubernatorial race this year is now a dead heat. The statewide poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling, says incumbent Governor Rick Snyder is in a 40-40 tie with Democratic challenger Mark Schauer. Earlier, the governor had leads of 49% to 39% in April and 44% to …

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Senate Race Update

In the U.S. Senate race, Democrat Gary Peters continues his lead over Republican Terri Lynn Land. Peters continues to hold a 41-to-36 percent lead over Land, a former Michigan Secretary of State. The numbers in the poll are exactly the same as what appeared in an April poll. The survey …

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MSP Gives Safety Tips on Fireworks

As the fourth of July holiday draws closer, the Michigan State Police is reminding citizens to take extra safety precautions when handling fireworks. This year, due to a change in the Michigan law, consumers can now legally purchase more powerful fireworks including bottle rockets, sky lanterns and Roman candles. Among …

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MTU GLRC Educates Public

The Michigan Tech Great Lakes Research Center is partnering with Portage Lake District Library to host a special science program that will give participants a hands-on look at how scientists study the Great Lakes and what lives there. The program is scheduled for today from 6 to 9 p.m. It …

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Bear and Elk Drawing Winners Announced

The Michigan DNR has determined the winners of this year’s drawing for bear and elk hunting licenses. The agency had slightly more than 7,800 bear licenses and 100 elk licenses available in the respective drawings. All of the elk licenses and most of the bear licenses have already been accounted …

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Snyder Signs 2015 Budget

Governor Rick Snyder has signed the state’s budget for the 2015 fiscal year. This is the fourth straight year that Michigan’s budget has been completed in June. The total budget, including all state and federal revenue sources, is $53.2 billion. The general fund budget is $10.1 billion, and the school …

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