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Lincoln Continental Returning

The Lincoln Continental is returning. Lincoln Motors is showing off a Continental concept vehicle at the New York Auto Show this week. Company officials say it will compete with BMW, Mercedes, and a new Cadillac flagship sedan, for a share of the growing luxury car market. This is the 10th …

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Detroit School Debt State’s Fault?

A group of academic, business, government and community leaders in southeast Michigan says you and I should be responsible for the huge debt that the Detroit Public School District has run up. The Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren has called on the state to return control of the …

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Motorcycle Safety Stressed

The State of Michigan is beefing up its motorcycle drivers safety program. The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning will give a specially-designed high-visibility vest to motorcycle drivers who successfully complete a public-sponsored rider training class this year. The vests will be paid for with federal money. It’s part of …

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Elimination of Lame Duck Sessions Proposed

At least one Michigan lawmaker thinks lame duck legislative sessions should be eliminated. Republican State Representative Joel Johnson of Clare has introduced a constitutional amendment that would prohibit sessions held between an election, and the date the new legislature is sworn in. Such sessions typically produce a rush of last-minute …

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Prison Food Scandal Continues

Problems continue with the private contractor hired by the state to provide food service at Michigan prisons. The Michigan Department of Corrections admits that an Aramark employee  served inmates at the Saginaw Correctional Facility food that had been thrown in the trash. That employee has been fired. So has an …

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Fishing Deadlines Near

If you’re a fisherman, the next couple of days are important. Ice fishing shanties must be removed from all Upper Peninsula waters by the end of tomorrow. Shanties can be brought back onto the ice after tomorrow, but must be removed at the end of each day. Tomorrow is also …

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Marquette Smart Zone Named

The new Marquette Smart Zone has a name. The organizing committee has chosen Innovation Marquette Enterprise Corporation as its official title… and “Innovate Marquette” as the working name. Former Houghton City Manager Scott MacInnes has been consulting with organizers in Marquette. The new zone is a spin-off of the MTEC …

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Snyder Accused of Pardon Favoritism

Governor Rick Snyder is taking some flak for erasing a drunk driving conviction from the record of a politically-connected Detroit-area lawyer. Snyder has admitted to news agencies that he knows Alan Gocha Jr., but says he never talked with him about the conviction, or a potential pardon. Snyder appointed Gocha …

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Wisconsin Mine Plan Abandoned

A company that wanted to build a huge open pit iron mine in northern Wisconsin has given up. Gogebic Taconite LLC  notified the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources last week that it was withdrawing its application, and had closed its office in Hurley. The company had hoped to dig a …

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Eagle Mine Monitoring Increased

Groundwater monitoring will be increased at the Eagle Mine in Marquette County, under an agreement reached last week between the State of Michigan and Lundin Mining. Among the changes… – Water being returned to the environment will now be sampled before being treated by the facility’s reverse osmosis system, as …

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