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Vote Possible On Concealed Weapon Changes

Michigan‘s county gun board permit system for concealed weapons would be scrapped under a pair of bills that could see a vote in the Michigan House as early as Wednesday. The bills have already passed the Senate. The measure transfers most county gun board tasks to local county clerks. This …

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Keweenaw Land Trust Receives Grant For Princess Point

A precious natural resource will continue to be enjoyed by the public thanks in part to a grant from the Portage Health Foundation. The Keweenaw Land Trust had acquired Princess Point near Jacobsville which includes 360 feet of waterfront on the Keweenaw Waterway. The Foundation awarded the KLT $13,375 to …

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Vatican To Review Bishop Baraga’s Miracle

The Upper Peninsula’s ‘snowshoe priest’ may be about to take one step closer to sainthood in the Catholic Church. A Diocese of Marquette committee investigated a possible miracle of Venerable Bishop Frederic Baraga in 2011. It then went to the Vatican. The Medical Commission of the Congregation for the Causes …

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Where To Turn If You Have Frozen Water Pipes

Though the cold temperatures have let up–for now, residents who experienced a freeze up of their water lines are wondering what to do now. The city of Hancock has received inquiries from residents about thawing water service lines, but like most local municipalities, the city does not provide that service. …

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Gas Prices Rise Slightly

Gas prices increased slightly from last week, AAA Michigan reports. Michigan’s current statewide average is about $2.30 per gallon, about 1 cent more than last week’s average and about $1.14 less than this same time last year. This is the fourth week in a row that statewide average weekly gas …

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Fuel-Economy Increasing, Study Shows

In 2008, half of new-car buyers in the U.S. bought vehicles that were rated at less than 20 mpg. Today, just over a quarter do so. A new report by University of Michigan researchers Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle found that improvements are present throughout the distributions of vehicle fuel …

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Update On Escanaba Power Plant

It was three weeks ago that an explosion rocked Escanaba’s electric substation at the city’s power plant, causing massive power outages that left the city in the dark for parts of two days. City Manager Jim O’Toole says the city is recovering from the incident, and the process of building …

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More Death Claims To Be Paid By GM

The General Motors victim compensation fund has approved 57 death claims linked to accidents caused by a faulty ignition switch. The number of claims for compensation is now at 4,345. Another 33 claims were received last week. In addition to the death claims, the fund has also approved 85 claims …

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Survey Asks How Government Leaders Rate Roads

Fewer than one in five local government leaders label their roads in good condition, according to a new University of Michigan survey. The survey questioned top elected and appointed officials in the state’s 1,800 or so units of government on a wide range of road-related issues. The majority said their roads …

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Record Amount of Campaign Funds Raised in 2014

A new report shows Michigan political action committees (PAC) raised a record setting $68 million in the 2014 election cycle. According to the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, the 150 political action committees that raised the most money during the two-year 2014 cycle brought in about $17 million more than the …

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