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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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Protecting Animals from Abusers

The effort is continuing at the Capitol to make it easier to protect adoptive animals from animal abusers. Under a proposal before the House Judiciary Committee, animal shelters would be allowed free use of the state’s registry, to check for a history of animal abuse among those seeking to adopt …

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New Billboard Laws

Governor Snyder has signed legislation that revises existing law regarding the placement and maintenance of billboards in Michigan. Snyder says the legislation will bring more common sense to the state’s billboard regulations and will ensure Michigan continues to receive vital federal road funding by bringing the state in line with …

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Winter Carnival 2014

Winter Carnival is finally here and a weeks worth of festivities begins this weekend. BlueKey President Jack Lubinski says they would love to see a great turnout from the community for the event. Tomorrow morning, the preliminary rounds of ice fishing, curling, snow volleyball and the yooper sprint will be …

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John Dee’s Snowfest

The Copper Country has seen a historical amount of snow so far and for those who can’t get enough, this weekend will be John Dee’s Snowfest. The event, which has been going on since 2005, will bring together all of the fans of the John Dee website as they raise …

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Snyder to Run in 2014

He’s making it official, Governor Rick Snyder will announce Monday that he’s seeking a second term in office. The governor will kick off a statewide announcement tour Monday with appearances in Detroit, Lansing and Grand Rapids. He is expected to visit Traverse City, Frankenmuth and Oakland Community College in Farmington …

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MI May Increase Speed Limits

Could Michigan’s speed limits be going up? Legislation that may be considered soon in Lansing would allow speed limits to be changed, in most cases increased, on many Michigan roads. One idea being considered would be to base speed limits on the rate of speed in which 85 percent of …

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Snow Days Issue Continues

A proposal in Lansing to allow schools to make up snow days by adding minutes onto the end of days within the existing schedule, is drawing fire from the state’s top educator. Superintendent of Schools Mike Flanagan calls it an “insane and silly” idea. He points to the number one …

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