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Khouri New State Treasurer

Michigan is getting a new state treasurer. He’s Nick Khouri, who was a familiar face around the Michigan Capitol during the 1990’s as he had been a top Department of Treasury official during the John Engler administration. Khouri’s appointment was announced by Governor Rick Snyder Tuesday. He replaces Kevin Clinton, …

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State Democrats Call For More Transparency

Democrats in the House and Senate are calling for more government transparency. They will be introducing legislation demanding more transparency and accountability of Michigan elected officials and top administration officials. Under the state’s Freedom of Information Act anyone can be a watchdog for the government except when it comes to …

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House To Consider Legalizing Ticket Scalping

A Michigan House committee Tuesday approved a measure to repeal Michigan’s ban on ticket scalping. Ticket scalping is when an event ticket is sold for more than the face value, sometimes a lot more. Sponsors say when a person buys a ticket for a game, it should be considered the …

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Adoption Service Bill Headed To House

Faith-based adoption agencies in Michigan which claim a religious exemption would be allowed to decline services to certain potential adoptive parents without risk of losing public funding, under bills now ready for a vote in the Michigan House. Republicans mostly support the bills, and Democrats have largely opposed them. Supporters …

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Empty Logging Truck Accident on US-41

A driver of an empty logging truck is fortunate to be all right after an accident this morning in Marquette Township. Michigan State Police say 18-year old Kassie Metcalf fell asleep behind the wheel of the semi-tractor trailer shortly before 5:00am on US-41 near Brickyard Road. The vehicle left the …

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Moose Population Shrinking

The moose population in the Western Upper Peninsula appears to dropping, according to a new survey by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The DNR says the 2015 population estimate is 323, compared to an estimate of 451 in 2013. From 1997 to 2007, surveys of prime moose habitat in …

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade In Hancock

Irish eyes will be smiling all day today…and so will everyone else’s later this evening when the Hancock St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins. The parade is scheduled to line up at 6:00pm on the west edge of Hancock where Bruno’s Motors will be serving cookies and hot chocolate. The walking …

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Hancock High Principal To Move On

There will soon be a job opening for Principal of Hancock High School. That’s because long-time Principal John Sanregret will be leaving the school to try a new career path. The Hancock resident has been in his current position for the past 18 years and he says it was simply …

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Houghton County Jail Inmate Dies

An inmate at the Houghton County Jail is dead. The inmate was taken by ambulance to UP Health System – Portage on Saturday, due to an unknown medical emergency. The inmate was then taken to UP Health System – Marquette, where he later died. No further information is available at …

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Casperson Explains Presque Isle Power Plant Deal

More information is now known concerning the about-face in the deal to sell the Presque Isle Power Plant. WE Energies will not be selling the Upper Peninsula-Based power plant to UPPCO as planned under an energy agreement announced in January. Instead the Wisconsin company will operate the plant until it’s …

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