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New Funding Bill for State Schools

Governor Rick Snyder signed the $15.8 billion funding bill for the state’s K-12 schools, community colleges and universities on Tuesday. The spending package adds a minimum $50 boost to every K-12 district’s foundation allowance, and includes extra money for lower-funded schools. The budget also includes a provision which requires the …

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Firearms Records Will Be Protected

Governor Rick Snyder has signed a package of bills protecting the privacy of firearms owners. The bills, signed yesterday, exempt firearms records from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. Supporters say the measure is a response to a New York newspaper that last year published names and personal addresses …

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Sponsoring Rest Areas and Welcome Centers

The state has announced that, in an effort to help defray some of the costs of rest areas and Welcome Centers, they are selling sponsorships to private companies. Vendors are now being sought by the state to sponsor, and advertise at, Michigan’s 64 rest areas and 14 Welcome Centers. The …

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Portage Health Names Interim CEO

Portage Health has named Diane Torres its interim CEO. Torres is a Michigan native. She most recently served as an operations consultant for the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center. She will take over the position on June 30, 2014. As the interim CEO, Diane will be responsible for executive …

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Ahmeek Man Charged With First Degree CSC

An Ahmeek man is facing life in prison stemming from charges of first degree criminal sexual conduct. 18-year-old Cody Spagnotti was arraigned on Monday in Houghton County District Court. Spagnotti is accused of a sexual assault he committed back in April and was arrested this past weekend. He is currently …

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Fatal ATV Accident

A 12-year old-boy is dead following an accident in Delta County on Sunday. Delta County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the scene just after 5 p.m. on M-35 near 26th Lane in Brampton Township. The 12-year-old was a passenger on a four-wheeler when the driver, another juvenile boy, attempted to cross …

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Gov. Snyder’s Mobile Office Makes Local Stops

Governor Rick Snyder’s mobile office is making a couple stops in the Copper Country today. The first stop will be at Lynn’s North Country Cafe in Ontonagon from 12:30pm to 2:30pm. The second stop will be at the fifth and elm coffee house in downtown Houghton from 3:30pm to 5:30pm. …

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Strawberry Festival Lions Fun Trail Run

The pre-registration deadline for the first-ever Strawberry Festival Lions Fun Trail Run is fast approaching. Pre-registration by tomorrow guarantees participants an official t-shirt. The benefit run, organized by the Chassell Lions, will benefit local non-profit Simple Kindness for Youth which provides life-enriching mini grants to school children in Baraga, Houghton …

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Ride the Waves with the GLRC

General Motors and Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center are teaming up for this year’s Ride the Waves program, which gives local students in grades 4th through 12th a chance to explore the local bodies of water with MTU scientists. There are four different programs that are each four hours …

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Working Parents in Michigan

Michigan is getting poor marks when it comes to policies that support new working mothers and fathers. M-Live reports the National Partnership for Women and Families, a national advocacy group based in Washington D.C., has given Michigan a failing grade because the state lacks policies benefiting new parents beyond those …

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