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Home Invasion Case Bound to Circuit Court

The case of a woman involved in two seperate home invasion incidents in Houghton and Hancock is now bound over to circuit court. 25-year-old Amelia Emory appeared in Houghton County District Court earlier today on two counts first degree invasion involving an incident in Houghton at an apartment complex on …

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UP Health System Portage Closes Some Areas to Children

Due to high occurrences of illness to children in the area, the UP Health System Portage Family Birthing Center and PortagePointe will be temporarily closed to visiting children, including siblings. Officials say the change in visitation is effective immediately and is being put in place to protect the health of …

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Bolger Changes Stance on Tax Increase

In what could be a major development, Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger says he is open to the idea of a tax increase to fix the roads. Up until now, Bolger has been steadfastly against the idea. There have been two proposals. A senate-passed plan that could double the tax …

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WUPPDR to Present Regional Prosperity Initiative

The Western U.P. Planning and Development Region has created a regional prosperity initiative that will focus on collaboration between multiple organizations and agencies that seem to overlap in terms of the services they provide. WUPPDR was able to partner with many client support services, including Michigan Works!, the MTEC SmartZone …

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Dianda Introduces Bill on Forestry Certification Standards

Representative Scott Dianda has introduced legislation in the state House that will give equal weight to several commonly used forestry certification standards in constructing and renovating state-owned buildings. The resolution would encourage the use of wood products in contractors’ efforts to win green building certification. Dianda says the governor needs …

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School Leaders Blast New Gas Tax Package

Michigan school leaders are blasting a State House Republican road funding package, charging that it could result in drastic cuts to the school aid fund. William Mayes, the Executive Director of the Michigan Association of School Administrators, says the House plan would shift sales taxes paid on gasoline to the …

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Smart Thermostats from Efficiency UNITED

An energy optimization implementer based in East Lansing is giving away smart thermostats to Houghton and Keweenaw residence who want to see how much they can save on energy costs this winter season. Efficiency UNITED is offering about 150 smart thermostats that are valued at approximately $250. You must be an …

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Flu Season Reminder

With Dollar Bay Schools having to close today due to a high number of illnesses, mostly upper respitory and stomach flu, it’s a great time to remind parents about the importance of reducing your child’s risk of catching the seasonal flu virus. Western U.P. Health Department Medical Director Dr. Terry …

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Baraga Shelter Home Needs Help

For more than three decades, the Baraga County Shelter Home has been providing emergency shelter and counseling services to victims of domestic or sexual violence. Now it’s looking to the community for a little bit of help. State and federal grants provide funding for some of the basics at shelter …

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