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Farm Bill Vote Today

The U.S. House is expected to vote today on a bipartisan farm bill unveiled Tuesday. The tentative deal includes cuts in the food stamp program and a change in the agricultural subsidy system. Under the bipartisan agreement, up to $90 per month could be cut from food stamps, affecting 850,000 …

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New Law for Bicyclists

Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation allowing bicyclists to use an alternate right-turn signal, which backers say will make it easier for motorists to understand and help make roads safer for everyone. The law allows bikers to simply extend their right arm horizontally to signal a right-turn as well. The …

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Two Men Arrested May Be Related to Counterfeit Scam

The two men who may have been involved in the passing of two counterfeit $20 bills at a gas station in Hancock have been arrested. State Troopers from the Calumet Post say they stopped a vehicle just after 7:30 last night in Hancock. The vehicle matched the description of the …

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Frostbite Warning

With the weather reaching historic lows, local doctors want to remind everyone about the dangers of frostbite. Dr. Daniel Reminga of Northern Foot Care Center says a wind chill of -20 degrees can cause frostbite to exposed skin within 20 minutes or less. Some signs of frostbite are burning pain, …

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Lost Snowmobilers Rescued

Two snowmobilers that were missing in the Porcupine Mountains have been rescued. Benjamin Jenney Sr. and Benjamin Jenney Jr., from Albertville, MN, became lost near Silver City in Ontonagon County on Sunday afternoon. The father and son had no survival gear with them. They were able to send a text …

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Minimum Wage Coalition Started

The effort to raise the minimum wage in Michigan got another push yesterday. Community organizing, social justice and labor groups have formed the Raise Michigan coalition to explore a petition drive to put a minimum wage proposal on the November 4 statewide ballot. Michigan’s minimum wage is $7.40 per hour …

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The Issue With Snow Days

With a number of Michigan schools shutting down on a regular basis because of this frigid winter weather, the question is what will Michigan lawmakers do about making sure students meet the 180 day requirement to be in school. Currently every school district gets six days off for bad weather …

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Union Numbers Down Slightly

Figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the percentage of Michigan’s union membership declined slightly in 2013, the first year that the state’s new right-to-work laws were in effect. But the numbers of people who were union members in Michigan in 2013 actually increased slightly, by some 4,000 …

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Low Reading Scores for MI Children

According to a new report, most of Michigan’s fourth graders are not reading proficiently, which is a key predictor of a student’s future educational and economic success. In a new Kids Count data snapshot, the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that 81 percent of Michigan’s lower-income fourth-graders and 69 percent …

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Counterfeit Money Passed at Hancock Gas Station

Police in Hancock are investigating a potential counterfeit money scam. Police say two men entered the Holiday Station in Hancock shortly before 8 a.m. yesterday and attempted to use two $20 bills for purchase. The first man made a small purchase and asked for change for his other $20 bill, …

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