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Student Loan Program Expanded

Nearly 200,000 Michigan residents will benefit from the recently expanded “Pay As You Earn” repayment plan for federal student loans, according to a report released by the White House. President Barack Obama signed an executive memorandum on Monday expanding eligibility for the program to borrowers with loans made prior to …

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More Companies Joining Insurance Marketplace

State officials say 18 health insurance companies are seeking inclusion in the federally-run Michigan Health Insurance Marketplace in 2015, five more than participated last year. All but two of the companies submitted plans for the individual market and 11 offered plans for the small group market. Michigan Department of Insurance …

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Rapid River Man Arrested on Cocaine Charges

Narcotics police in the Upper Peninsula arrested a 60-year-old Rapid River man Tuesday on cocaine charges. The man is charged with two counts of Delivery of Cocaine and one count of Conspiracy to Deliver Cocaine. This arrest was part of an investigation that resulted in the arrest of a 62-year-old …

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Houghton County Board Meeting Recap

A full docket was on hand for the Houghton County Board of Commissioners meeting yesterday. The board approved a purchase agreement of a lot near the airport for the construction of a commercial facility for a local bus company. The Houghton County Medical Care Facility presented their upcoming structural changes …

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Man Pleads to Lesser Charge in Bat Assault

An Ontonagon man accused of assaulting another man with a baseball bat has pled guilty to a lesser charge. A trial was originally scheduled to begin last week in Ontonagon County Circuit Court for 28-year-old Nicholas Yakovich, who is charged with felonious assault. Instead of going before a jury, Yakovich …

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Houghton City Council Meeting Preview

Two public hearings are scheduled to kick off today’s Houghton City Council meeting. The first will be in regard’s to the 2014-2015 budget and the other is regarding the Capitol Improvement Plan. Both will be also up for adoption by the council. Also, the council will look to approve a …

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Dianda Sponsors Liquor Licensing Bill

The Michigan House has passed a bill which changes the way the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs calculates the cost of a liquor license for first-year business owners. Representative Scott Dianda, who is sponsoring the bill, says it is a piece of common-sense legislation aimed at helping out …

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Protecting Firearms Records

The State House has given final legislative approval to a package of bills protecting the privacy of firearms owners. The bills exempt firearms records from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. One of the sponsors says the private records of law-abiding residents who are practicing their Second Amendment rights …

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Kidnapping Trial Underway

The trial is underway for a Canadian man accused of trying to kidnap a then-12-year old girl in the Upper Peninsula more than two years ago. 42-year old Mohammed El Fechtali of Quebec is charged with attempted kidnapping and enticing a child for immoral purposes. Police say the man allegedly …

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Ticket Scalping Bill on Hold

It appears there won’t be movement anytime soon on a measure to legalize ticket scalping in Michigan. The Michigan Senate Government Operations Committee on Tuesday took testimony on the proposal, but has opted not to vote on it until members had a chance to look closer at the issue. The …

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