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District Court Hearings Recap

Two preliminary exams are scheduled for today in Houghton County District Court. 22-year-old Amber Smith is scheduled to appear in court on two felony charges: fleeing and eluding in the third degree and unlawfully driving away a motor vehicle. Smith could spend up to ten years in jail. Also, 28-year-old …

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State Revenue Less Than Projections

It appears legislators in Lansing may have to rethink some of the state budget. That’s because the House Fiscal Agency has issued a report saying the state will bring in a lot less in revenue than officials estimated just four months ago. At that time, a budget surplus was estimated …

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Dems Attack Latest Minimum Wage Bill

Michigan Democrats today blasted a Republican bill that would render moot a ballot proposal raising the state’s minimum wage. The legislation from Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville repeals the state’s current minimum wage law, replacing it with a new law that would increase the minimum wage beginning September 1, 2014, to …

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Salmonella Warning

Be careful how close you get to get to reptiles and amphibians. The Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division is advising the public to be very cautious if handling reptiles and amphibians, as they can be carriers of Salmonella bacteria. Whenever possible, wild reptiles and amphibians should be left in …

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Grim Outlook for State’s Economy

Michigan’s business climate is among the worst in the nation according to the annual “Chief Executive” magazine “Best & Worst States For Business” survey. And it also went down a notch from last year. The survey asks CEOs about a variety of critical measures including tax and regulatory climate, the …

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Questions on Cell Phone Tracking

Testimony was heard in a Michigan House committee yesterday, on sophisticated cellphone tracking equipment that allows police to caputre a suspect’s cellphone information, traffic data and location. And the American Civil Liberties Union and others are raising questions about their potential abuse, and infringement on the privacy of innocent cellphone …

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Renewing Medical Certificates

With construction season in full swing, commercial drivers in Houghton County that need to renew their medical certificates do not have to go far to get that done. Many are unaware that Aspirus Keweenaw has four providers between the Lake Linden, Laurium and Houghton clinics who are listed on the …

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Felony Drug Charges for Ironwood Pair

Two Ironwood residents are facing a number of felony drug charges after a lengthy investigation by the Gogebic Iron Area Narcotics Team. 31-year-old Joshua Anderson and 23-year-old Alyssa Pollard were arrested Friday at a residence at 137 West Ridge Street in Ironwood. They are each charged with delivery/manufacture of marijuana, …

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Hospice Volunteers Honored

Tonight, Portage Health Hospice will honor their hospice volunteers with a reception and dinner at The Bluffs Ballroom. Two awards will be presented at the ceremony which will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Pastor David Weber from Saints Peter and Paul Lutheran Church in Houghton will be …

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National Bike Month

May is National Bike Month and the Michigan Department of Transportation is now making 10 regional Road and Trail Bicycle Guides available for purchase online from the Michigan e-Store. Each map highlights roads suitable for bicycling, as well as regional trails, points of interest and destinations for bicyclists. The cost …

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