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Latest Polls on Governor’s Race

A new statewide poll of Michigan voters shows growing negativity toward Governor Rick Snyder, and expected Democratic challenger Mark Schauer continues to struggle with name ID. The poll from a Lansing public relations firm also shows a narrowing gap between the two, with Snyder still in front. 42% of 600 …

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Help for U.P. Organ Transplants

A new fund has been set up to help Upper Peninsula residents pay for the expenses associated with organ transplants. The Super Health Foundation has set up the fund along with the group that puts on the U.P. Run For Life every year. This year’s run will be on June …

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MI Special Needs Fund Receives Grant

The Michigan Children with Special Needs Fund received a $50,000 grant from the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation. The Department of Community Health says the money will be used to help Michigan families that have children with special health care needs purchase indoor home ceiling and stair lifts. The agency says the home …

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Insurance Help for Firefighters and First Responders

The U.S. House unanimously passed the “Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act,” to ensure that emergency services volunteers are not counted as full-time employees under the Employer Mandate of the Affordable Care Act. Michigan Congresswoman Candice Miller, who cosponsored the bill, says this move shields fire departments from new …

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Training for High School Counselors

Michigan high school counselors could use better training in preparing students for their postsecondary planning. That, according to the head of the Michigan College Access Network. Executive Director Brandy Johnson, says too many high school counselors have never received formal training in college advising and postsecondary planning. She also says …

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Bring Your Own Wine

BYOW stands for bring your own wine, and now that is legal to do in certain restaurants in Michigan. The new law is allowing restaurant guests to stop at the store or just bring a bottle from home to the restaurant. Most restaurants will charge a corking fee to offset …

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Reform Coming for Perpetrator Registry

Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation reforming the Michigan Central Perpetrator Registry and the policies and procedures concerning its operation. The Michigan Child Protection Law requires the state Department of Human Services to maintain the confidential internal registry of confirmed child abuse and neglect perpetrators. Under the legislation the state …

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Sunshine Week

This is sunshine week in the US. It’s to promote a higher profile about the importance of open government and freedom of information. And in Michigan, some say local governments have become less open, and bills putting new Freedom of Information Act requirements on them, are before state lawmakers. However, …

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Firm Looks to Make Roads Safer

A Lansing firm will work to make Midwest roadways safer through a new communications partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Pace Marketing & Communications, an advertising, marketing and public relations agency, has been awarded a new contract to help NHTSA promote its traffic safety programs in Illinois, Indiana, …

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Two Men Break Into Gratiot Mine Shaft

Two men were arrested after trespassing in an abandoned mine shaft in Keweenaw County early Wednesday morning. Officers from the Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Office say 21-year-old Dylan Stubenrauch of Calumet and 21-year-old Fredrick Adam Bryce of Allouez cut through a metal cover to gain entry to the Gratiot Mine shaft …

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