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Snyder Presents 2015 Budget Plan

Governor Rick Snyder in Lansing today proposed a 52 billion dollar state budget for 2015 that includes a six percent pay increase in the higher education budget, and a tax break for more homeowners in the state. The Governor’s spending proposal for next year also includes a three percent increase …

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Road Rage Incident Goes To Trial

An Iron River man will return to court February 18 on several charges coming from an alleged road rage incident earlier this week. Donald Rymkos, 67, is charged with fourth–degree fleeing and eluding, which is a felony. He is also accused of two misdemeanor charges: driving without insurance and driving …

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State Lawmaker Battling Meth Issue

State Representative John Kivela is working to fight the growing methamphetamine problem in Michigan. Kivela introduced a bill yesterday in the House Criminal Justice Committee. The bill would help combat meth production and create a stop-sale notification for any individual with a felony drug conviction trying to purchase a product …

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Sports Boosters Donate to Hancock High School

Thanks to the district’s All Sports Booster Club, Hancock High School has received a large donation that will go towards improvements to their sports field. A $10,000 donation will be made to the Bulldog Athletic Complex Capital Campaign that will be used to create a press box and concession stand. …

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Winter Carnival 2014

Festivities are kicking off later today for Michigan Tech’s Winter Carnival. The All-Nighter will begin at 3 p.m. and last until 8 a.m. the following day as groups make their final touches on their snow sculptures which will be judged Thursday morning. Everyone is invited to the MTU campus to …

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Fish Case Going to Trial

A man accused of an armed robbery of two Watton residents in Covington Township in August is going to trial. Bernard Fish was in Baraga Circuit Court yesterday for a pretrial hearing. Fish is charged with two counts of extortion, two counts of unlawful imprisonment, and one count of impersonating …

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Farm Bill to be Signed This Week

The White House says President Barack Obama will sign the newly passed Farm Bill at Michigan State University on Friday, during his previously announced visit to East Lansing. The US Senate approved and sent the five year Farm Bill to the president yesterday. The legislation slightly reduces food stamp spending, …

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Midwest Governors Send Obama Letter on Propane Shortage

Governor Rick Snyder and governors from six other Midwestern states have sent the president a letter formally asking for assistance in dealing with a propane supply shortage that is affecting the states’ residents. The letter asks the Obama administration to explore regulatory waivers aimed at increasing the supply of propane …

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New $30 Lottery Instant Ticket

The Michigan Lottery has launched a new instant game, with better odds and larger prizes. The new ticket costs $30 and offers players the chance to win as much as $2 million, with $80 million available for all players. Participants also have a 1 in 25 chance of winning $200 …

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Help Available for Low-Income Utility Customers

With temperatures this heating season colder than normal so far, the Michigan Public Service Commission has stressed the importance of programs that help Michigan’s low-income utility customers with their energy bills. Low-income customers with energy assistance needs are encouraged to call 2-1-1 or their utility to inquire about assistance that …

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