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Local Lawmakers Speak on SOS Speech

Local lawmakers are sounding off in reaction to Governor Rick Snyder’s State of the State address. Republican Senator Tom Casperson says given that he is a part of most the legislations the governor spoke about, the speech was great especially with all of the statistics the governor cited. Democratic Representative …

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Emergency Care in MI Getting Worse

A new report from emergency doctors says government support for emergency care went from bad to worse in Michigan between 2009 and today. The report was released by the American College of Emergency Physicians. Michigan ranked 43rd in the country in 2009 and dropped to 46th place in this year’s …

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Hancock Sewer System to be Monitored

The Hancock city council hit the ground running in 2014 by passing a few proposals during its first meeting of the year. The council voted to have OHM conduct a sewer flow study on a time and material basis, a project that will not exceed more than $50,000. The Portage …

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Information Session on White Pine Mine

It was a full house last night at the Calumet High School where Keweenaw Copper Company held a community information session in regards to the re-opening of the White Pine Mine. Highland & Keweenaw Copper Vice President Dr. Ross Grunwald presented information the attendees such as the history of mining …

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New Management at Eagle Mine

The Eagle Mine has a new general manager. Michael Welch has taken over as head of the mine that’s under construction in western Marquette County. Before joining Lundin Mining last week, Welch headed up Glencore exstrata’s Raglan nickel operations in Quebec. Before that, he was project director on the successful …

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Nassiri Stands Mute

The domestic assault case that has been getting a lot of national attention is inching closer to a trial. 34-year-old Nima Nassiri was arraigned in Houghton County Circuit Court yesterday on charges of second-degree murder for the alleged assault of his wife, 27-year-old Senaz Nezami, who died days after the …

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State of the State Address Tonight

Governor Rick Snyder is set to deliver his fourth State of the State message tonight. He will deliver the speech in the State House of Representatives chamber before a joint session of the House and Senate at 7 p.m. The State of the State Address is given each year to …

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Minimum Wage Could Increase

The U.S. Senate could within the next few weeks take up a proposal to phase-in an increase of the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. And U.S. Senator Carl Levin of Michigan believes there’s a chance it could happen. This week, a group of 75 economists backed the idea, …

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Law Requiring Teachers to Add to Pensions Ruled Constitutional

A Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled a 2012 law that essentially required teachers and other public school workers to begin to contribute to their retirement plans was constitutional. The court upheld an earlier finding by the Court of Claims that allowed the controversial measure to stand. Under the law, …

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Michigan’s Education Policies Highly Ranked

Michigan ranked in the top 10 among states for its education policies in a report card released Tuesday by StudentsFirst. The group said the state’s education policies did well elevating the teaching profession, but not so well getting parents involved in the process. Michigan received a C- overall grade on …

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