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Barware with Logos Now Allowed

Restrictions on the use of “logoed” barware at Michigan pubs and restaurants are eased, under a measure approved by a Michigan House Committee on Tuesday. For many years, Michigan bars and restaurants were prohibited from serving with items that have brewer and distiller logos. The bill, which now goes to …

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E-Cig Use Up Among Teens

A federal study found e-cigarette experimentation more than doubled among middle and high school students between 2011 and 2012 – meaning nearly two million young people have tried them. E-cigarettes are not regulated like traditional tobacco, and the state legislature is considering whether or not these should be exempt from …

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Clean Snowmobile Challenge This Week

In today’s society, people try to make their lifestyles as eco-friendly as possible. And in the Copper Country, snowmobiles are everywhere. Combine the two and you get the 2014 Clean Snowmobile Challenge being held all this week at the Keweenaw Research Center. Originating from Yellowstone National Park, the competition features …

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DNR Increases License Fees

Beginning this week, hunting and fishing licenses will cost you more this year in Michigan, as the Department of Natural Resources is raising those fees for the first time in 17 years. The prices of deer licenses are going up from $15 to $31, while fishing licenses now cost $26, …

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State Parks Helping Economy

A new report from the National Park Service says there were over 2.19 million visitors to national parks in Michigan, and they spent just under 182 million dollars during 2012. Also, the spending supported more than 2800 jobs in the state. Michael Reynolds of the NPS says the national park …

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Record Ice Cover for Great Lakes

Michigan’s memorable winter is about to set another record. Currently, more than 90.5% of the Great Lakes are ice-covered. That’s the most ice cover in 34 years. In 1979, there was 94.7% ice cover, the largest ever recorded by scientists. Jia Wang, a research ice climatologist for the Great Lakes …

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Ironwood Suicide Attempts Leads to Evacuation

An Ironwood neighborhood was evacuated Saturday after a man drank antifreeze and tried to burn his home down. Ironwood Public Safety says the suicidal man had a fight with his live-in girlfriend, drank antifreeze, dumped gasoline throughout his home, and then barricaded himself inside an upstairs bedroom. A SWAT team …

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Juvenile Lifers Case

The Michigan Supreme Court Thursday will hear oral arguments on the question of whether persons already sentenced to life in prison as juveniles can be offered a chance at parole. The case People v. Carp will consider whether the U.S. Supreme Court 2012 decision can be applied retroactively. In the …

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Auto Sales Improving

February car and truck sales for Detroit’s automakers are showing significant improvement from January, but aren’t yet completely out of the deep freeze. General Motor’s 1 percent sales drop was a better performance than analysts expected.  Chrysler, meanwhile, posted an 11 percent sales gain, its 47th-consecutive month of year-over-years sales …

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Gas Prices Are Up

The average price for a gallon of gas is up this week in Michigan, compared to last week. AAA Michigan reports that motorists are finding the average price increased by 9.8 cents per gallon. The statewide average is now $3.69 per gallon. While it’s more than last week, it’s still …

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