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MI Senators Push Oil Spill Measure

Michigan’s US Senators have introduced legislation requiring a review of hazardous materials pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac region, in an effort to ensure against spills and be able to react quickly when a spill occurs. The introduction by Senate Democrats Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow comes the same week …

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Phone Scam Threatens Disconnection Of Utilities

Some Upper Peninsula residents are being targeted by a phone scam threatening to cut their utilities. Gladstone Public Safety Officers say a company calling itself the “City of Gladstone Disconnection Department” is calling city residents requesting credit card information. The caller tells residents that their utilities will be disconnected if …

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Indian Road Closure In Baraga County Next Week

Drivers in Baraga County will have a road closure next week to look out for. The Indian Road will be closed to all traffic beginning Monday, September 28th starting at 7:00am. The road will remained closed until about October 2nd. The Baraga County Road Commission says the road closure is …

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Taina Elg Highlights Today’s Festival Ruska Events

Festival Ruska and the silver screen come together today as the fall festival continues. During her career, Finnish actress Taina Elg has been on screen with Gene Kelly, Barbara Streisand and Jeff Bridges, among others. She’s had roles in soaps such as “Guiding Light” and “One Life to Live.” She’s …

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National Prescription Take Back Day Is Saturday

The Baraga County Communities That Care Coalition is encouraging residents to join in on National Prescription Take Back Day this Saturday. Bring your unused, unwanted, or expired pills for disposal to the Baraga County Sheriff’s Office, Shopko Hometown Pharmacy or the L’Anse Healthmart at the Baraga County Memorial Hospital between …

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Bills Ban Requiring Permits for Farmers to do Work on own Land

Counties couldn’t force farmers to get a permit and pay a fee to do work on their own land under a bill that’s cleared the Michigan House. That work includes clearing fence rows, installing irrigation or uprooting trees – basically anything that disturbs the soil that isn’t plowing or tilling. …

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Medical Marijuana Bills Move

A new tax on medical marijuana would be put in place under a two bill package headed to the house floor in Lansing. It’s contained in bills allowing and regulating medical marijuana provisioning centers as well as edible and topical forms of medical pot. The first bill in the package …

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DNR On Top of CWD

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is well underway with an aggressive campaign to stop Chronic Wasting Disease in its tracks. CWD is a fatal neurological disease threatening white-tailed deer. Three cases have been found in Michigan this year, all in a small area in Meridian township east of Lansing. …

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House Bill Would Regulate Midwives

After months of hashing out details a bill creating a license for midwives in the state advances out of a Michigan House committee. The bill lays out what midwives can or cannot do and includes education and certification requirements. State Representative Ken Yonker is worried the new standards will take …

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Bill to Allow Wrongfully Imprisoned Compensation Advances to Senate

Legislation that would require the state compensate the wrongfully convicted is headed to the Senate. Currently Michigan offers nothing to exonerees, but this bill would offer $60-thousand for each year a person is wrong fully imprisoned. Sponsor, Senator Steve Bieda says the lives and reputations of these people have been …

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