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Three School Districts Earn Recognition

According to Bridge Magazine, three school districts in the Copper Country made their list of the top ten percent of school districts that exceeded expectations in 2013. The list is used to view classroom performance relative to socioeconomic status. Calumet, Laurium and Keweenaw Public Schools had the highest rank at …

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Propane Emergency Extended

The propane energy emergency declared by Governor Snyder several weeks ago has been extended. Record low temperatures, heavy snowfall, pipeline issues and other factors have combined for a shortage that is driving prices sky-high. Snyder’s emergency order is in effect through Tuesday, February 11th. It allows motor carriers and drivers …

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Governor to Unveil Budget This Week

The governor’s budget proposal to be unveiled this week, will include a 322-million dollar spending increase in K-12 schools, although most of it will got toward mandatory school retirement costs. The Detroit Free Press, citing sources in the state budget office, reports that the governor’s overall proposal will represent a …

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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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