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Recap of Houghton City Council Meeting

Last night at the Houghton City Council meeting, a public hearing was held for the city’s application for a DNR Trust Fund Grant for the Central Houghton Green Space Area, which is located on 7th Avenue near Franklin Road. After a few comments from the community members including the president …

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Supplemental Bill Approved

The proposal to add more than 300 million dollars to state spending this year was approved by both the Michigan House and Michigan Senate Wednesday afternoon. Among other things, the measure spends 215 million dollars for road funding. Under the proposal, 100 million will go to special winter road maintenance, …

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Liquor License Expansion

Legislation that would streamline the state’s liquor licensing process and allow microbreweries to expand is headed to Governor Rick Snyder. The state House and Senate yesterday approved amendments to Michigan’s liquor laws. The legislation would allow microbreweries in the state to produce up to 60,000 barrels a year. That’s double …

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Consumers Frustrated with Scalping Bill

As Michigan lawmakers continue to debate a proposal to repeal the state’s ban on ticket scalping, a new poll shows public support for changes to the state’s 1931 ticket resale law. Currently, Michigan law prohibits the “average” person from reselling event tickets for more than face value without the written …

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Changes Coming for MI Teacher Evaluations

Michigan lawmakers will soon have to adopt changes to the state’s teacher evaluation system or risk losing the state’s waiver from federal No Child Left Behind requirements, according to U.S. Department of Education officials. Under the waiver, the state is required to have a statewide teacher evaluation system in place …

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Report on Charities

A new report found that charities received only thirty-eight cents for every dollar raised by professional fundraisers licensed in Michigan, up three percent from last year. Michigan’s second annual Professional Fundraising Charitable Solicitation Report includes the results of fundraising campaigns reported to the Attorney General during the 2013 calendar year. …

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Electronics Recycling in MI Hits 30M

Michiganders recycled more than 30 million pounds of unwanted electronics in 2013, exceeding the Department of Environmental Quality’s goal of three pounds per person. The Michigan Electronics Takeback Program, implemented in 2009, provides opportunities for consumers and small businesses to recycle their unwanted TVs, desktop and laptop computers, tablets, computer …

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Meeting Electricity Needs in MI

Nearly a third of Michigan’s electricity needs could be met by tripling the amount of power from in-state renewable sources by 2030, at nearly no cost to consumers, according to a new report. The Union of Concerned Scientists released the report yesterday that found if the state were to ramp …

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Rebate Coming from GM

The owners of General Motors vehicles with faulty ignition switches will be offered a rebate. GM says a $500 rebate will be available for the purchase or lease of any 2013 through 2015 vehicle. The automaker says it will not purchase the vehicles involved as a remedy to the problem. …

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Board of Commissioners Meeting Recap

Much was discussed last night at the Houghton County Board of Commissioners meeting. An update was given on the repair and maintenance of the courthouse and Commissioner Tim Palossari was assigned to look at the courthouse and figure out what needs to be done. Multiple bids were received in regards …

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