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Bills Address Equal Pay For Women

A group of state lawmakers are pushing a series of bills designed to put women on equal pay footing with men in Michigan. Lawmakers, some who attended Tuesday’s announcement, have been trying for years to move legislation to bridge the pay gap between women and men. And each year they …

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Bill Would Protect Police Body Video From FOIA Requests

Testimony opened Tuesday in Lansing on a proposal to put restrictions on the public release of police body camera video. The measure ensures that audio and video recordings that are made inside homes and other private places are exempt from release under the Freedom of Information Act. The bill is …

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Group Seeks To Put Fracking Ban On 2016 Ballot

A state board has given an anti-fracking group the green light to move forward with gathering signatures to place a question on the November, 2016 ballot that would outlaw fracking in Michigan. It’s the third time the Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan has tried to get the question on …

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New State Health And Human Services Department Launched

Governor Rick Snyder on Tuesday formally recognized the launch of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, representing a merger of two former departments and creation of the largest department in Michigan government. The governor says the goal is to better serve people, and bring more efficiency to that …

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Northwoods Conservancy Reaches Their Goal

We made it!  Donations from $20 to $500 put us over the top.  The Phase III $10,600 down payment will be made this week : ). Awesome, amazing, thrilling, and gratifying. Thank you!  And congratulations — we have kept the Gratiot River open for all of us, people and wildlife. …

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Adams Township Reaffirms Setback For Wind Turbines

Residents in Adams Township are taking a stand against a proposed wind farm. At a public meeting in Baltic, concerned citizens packed the township hall to hear a presentation by representatives from Farm Wind Energy and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. At issue was a request by Farm Wind …

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DNR Advises Caution To Prevent Spread Of Oak Wilt Disease

For most people, April 15 is the annual tax-filing deadline. For people like Roger Mech – and other forest health professionals – April 15 also marks the beginning of the yearly window when oak wilt can be transmitted from diseased to healthy red oak trees. According to Mech, forest health …

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MTU Design Expo Thursday

The gears are turning, and the ideas are in motion. It’s time for the Design Expo at Michigan Tech, coming up this Thursday. The expo is held in the Memorial Union Building Ballroom and showcases undergraduate engineering projects. Tech Today reports that this year’s expo at Michigan Tech features a …

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Future Recycling Center To Be Discussed

Members of the Copper Country Recycling Initiative will discuss their recent grant application to the Department of Environmental Quality for building a new local recycling center for corrugated cardboard at the Portage Lake District Library today at 4:00pm. Other items that will be discussed include a survey of trash and …

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