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Schuette Visits U.P.

  Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette spoke yesterday at the Finnish American Heritage Center in Hancock to many local government officials including Hancock Mayor Lisa McKenzie who introduced Schuette. Finlandia President Philip Johnson presented Schuette with a gift of some Finlandia University gear. Then he talked about his work during …

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Steward Needed for Lighthouse

The U.S. General Services Administration has announced that it is looking for stewards to preserve historical lighthouses across the state, one of which is the Keweenaw Waterway Lower Entrance Light. USGSA Regional Public Affairs Officer Cat Langel says the stewardship would be at no cost to any eligible state or …

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Decision Reached in Indian Tribe Casino Issue

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the State of Michigan cannot sue an Indian Tribe to stop it from opening a casino not located on tribal land. However, the 5-4 decision left the door open for the state to pursue other options to shut down such casinos. The case …

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Wolf Hunt Ballot Signatures

A group which supports wolf hunting in Michigan has submitted more than 374,000 petition signatures to the Michigan Secretary of State, in order to ensure that wolf hunting will continue in Michigan. The group Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management, says its ballot proposal will ask voters to put game species …

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Windmill Scammer Sentenced

A windmill salesman convicted of swindling customers in the Upper Peninsula has been sentenced to up to fifteen years in prison. 57-year old Billy Lee Parish of Kincheloe pleaded no contest last month to one count of larceny by conversion greater than $20,000 in Delta County Circuit Court. As a …

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Minimum Wage Increased

Governor Rick Snyder has signed into law legislation that will increase Michigan’s minimum wage to $9.25 per hour by 2018. Under the compromise bill, which received bipartisan support in both chambers of the state Legislature yesterday, the minimum wage will gradually increase from $7.40 to $9.25 per hour by 2018. …

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Energy Demands to Increase This Summer

State regulators say the demand for energy in Michigan is projected to increase across all sectors compared to last year, with the majority of growth occurring due to weather related factors. According to the Michigan Public Service Commission’s Energy Appraisal for the summer, because the first three months of 2014 …

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Physical Therapy Without a Referral

The State Senate has unanimously approved legislation allowing Michigan patients to seek out and initiate physical therapy treatment without first receiving a referral from a physician. The sponsor of the bill, Republican Senator John Moolenaar of Midland, says currently, Michigan residents who have an injury that requires physical therapy first …

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Renewable Energy Could Create Jobs

A recent study indicates that increasing the renewable energy standard in Michigan could support between 20,000 or 40,000 jobs. The study was conducted by The Hill Group, Incorporated, and commissioned by the Michigan Conservative Energy Forum, which supports a higher renewable energy standard. The report found a 15 percent renewable …

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Seniors Healthy in Michigan

Michigan’s older residents are getting healthier overall and the state’s ranking on the basis of senior citizen health has improved to 20th from 26th. According to a national survey released by the United Health Foundation, the state ranked 17th in terms of the overall health of older residents. Michigan ranked …

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