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Arguments Continue Over Education Budget

The Michigan House has passed a School Aid budget Republicans say provides a record amount of money for schools, but Democrats argue the money is not going to the right place. House Republican Al Pscholka says the $15.8 billion education budget benefits everyone, adding that no school will lose money. …

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Baraga State Park Campground Set To Open

Though some campgrounds in the U.P. have had to delay the start of their season due to snow, the campground at Baraga State Park is ready to open. Many campgrounds have a semi-modern open, meaning you are welcome to come camp but there may not be any water or electricity. …

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Tickets Available To Portage Health Foundation Spring Gala

The Portage Health Foundation will be hosting its 23rd annual Spring Gala on Saturday May 9th at the Continental Fire Company in Houghton. This is a premier event for the Portage Health Foundation and will include an evening of delicious food, silent auctions, and incredible entertainment. This year’s theme “With …

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Michigan Tech & Finlandia Graduation Ceremonies This Weekend

Michigan Tech’s spring commencement ceremony will be this Saturday beginning at 10:30am in the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. This year, nearly 1,100 students will be awarded degrees, including almost 300 graduate students. The guest speaker will be Dr. Susan E. Skochelak, Group Vice President for Medical Education at the …

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Benishek Awarded By AMA

Congressman Dan Benishek is the recipient of the Champion of the AMA award from the American Motorcyclists Association. The award recognizes Dr. Benishek’s commitment to preserving the ability of young riders to enjoy off-highway vehicles, fighting to end motorcycle-only checkpoints, maintaining access to public lands for riders, and preventing federal …

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Three Cases In Large Drug Bust Move Forward

The cases against three of the seventeen people arrested in a major drug bust last December are headed to trial. 55-year-old Brenda Maki, 41-year-old Thomas Bianco and 32-year-old Corey Haataja all appeared in Baraga County Circuit Court. Maki and Bianco are charged with delivery or manufacture of suboxone while Haataja …

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Michigan Has 3rd Highest Penalties For High Risk Drivers

Michigan has the 3rd highest insurance premium penalties for high risk drivers in the nation. That’s according to the personal finance website WalletHub which compared car insurance quotes in each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C. for hypothetical consumers who had identical demographics but a range of driving histories. …

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Peters Backs National Criminal Justice Commission Proposal

Michigan’s junior U-S Senator is joining with Senate Republican leaders in calling for a National Criminal Justice Commission to look into the root causes for recent civil unrest and rising tensions between police and civilians. U-S Senator Gary Peters, a Detroit Democrat, is co-sponsoring legislation to create a bi-partisan commission, …

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Testimony Given Over Same-Sex Marriage Ban

U.S. Supreme Court justices Tuesday heard more than two hours of oral arguments over same-sex marriage lawsuits that involve two Hazel Park women. April DeBoer and her partner Jayne Rowse are optimistic about their chances. Their case challenging Michigan’s ban on gay marriage is linked with cases from Ohio, Tennessee …

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Teachers Evaluation Bill Clears Senate Committee

A bill revamping the way teachers and administrators are evaluated is moving through the Michigan legislature. Under the measure, which cleared a Senate committee on a partisan vote, student growth would have less weight, dropping from 50-percent of an evaluation to 40-percent. In-classroom evaluations would play a role too. The …

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