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US-DOT Looking into Comms Between Cars

State Transportation Director Kirk Steudle is endorsing a decision by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to move forward with vehicle-to-vehicle communication for light vehicles, calling it a good decision for Michigan and for transportation safety. The US-DOT is currently sponsoring a pilot safety …

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MI Population Increases

Michigan’s population grew last year even though more people left the state than moved in, according to Census data. The state’s population grew to over 9,895,000 in 2013, up by more than 13,000 from 2012. It marks the second consecutive year of growth after seven years of decline. M-Live.com reports …

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Auto Sales Take Hit Due to Weather

The auto industry was unable to escape the throws of the polar vortex in January, a month when the weather is expected to push industry sales as a whole down about two percent. The bright spot was Chrysler which posted an eight percent sales increase. The new Jeep Cherokee pushed …

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Koski Heads to Trial

The man at the center of this fall’s wolf hunt controversy is headed for a jury trial. 68-year-old John Koski pled not guilty Thursday to one count of abandoning cruelty to two or three animals in Ontonagon County District Court. Koski is accused of neglecting two donkeys that were provided …

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Winter Carnival Begins

Winter Carnival kicked off this weekend with special events like the broomball and curling tournaments. But the big news came out of the Winter Carnival Queen Coronation on Saturday as Senior Janna Clement was crowned Queen of the carnival. Clement says she is honored to have this distinction. The night …

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Home Energy Assistance Program

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced it is making $22.1 million available to support the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program in Michigan. The LIHEAP program offers home energy assistance programs for low-income households. Over 600,000 households are served in Michigan by this program. Congressman Dan Benishek …

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MTU Researching Drone Use for MDOT

Researchers at Michigan Tech are looking into the use of drones from a transportation perspective. Michigan Tech scientists are using the unmanned aerial vehicles to help the US Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovation Technology Administration and other agencies to develop low-cost, highly-efficient ways to handle tasks that range from …

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Home Heating Tax Credits for 2013

The Michigan Department of Treasury is now processing Michigan Home Heating Credits for the 2013 tax year. The credit assists low-income customers with winter energy bills. The average credit in 2013 was $124. Instruction booklets and forms have been mailed out by the Department of Treasury. For those people who …

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DNR Begins Grant Program

The Department of Natural Resources is taking applications for the new Wildlife Habitat Grant Program, funded through hunting and fishing license fees. Grants are available for programs that manage wildlife habitat or increase public participation in wildlife-related recreation, including hunting, fishing and trapping. Grants for 2014 range from $15,000 to …

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New Measure on Tracking Phones

A legislative committee in Lansing has begun work on a measure requiring cell phone companies to quickly provide location information if it’s requested by police. The bill is based on laws approved in other states. Sponsors say it speeds up the search for missing or abducted people and has also …

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