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Increasing Minimum Wage

Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville has introduced legislation to increase the state’s minimum wage, but could also negate a ballot proposal seeking a bigger increase. Richardville’s bill would increase the minimum wage to $8.15 an hour by September 1, 2014. As written, his measure would repeal the current minimum …

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Five U.P. Counties Declare Emergency

Governor Rick Snyder has declared states of emergency in five additional Upper Peninsula counties because of winter water and sewer main damage. Chippewa, Delta, Gogebic, Luce and Mackinac counties have been added to the governor’s declaration for Marquette County from April 17th. The state of emergency makes sure all state …

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MTU Bioathlon

Sixteen high schools each sent a team of four students to take part in the 25th annual Bioathlon at Michigan Tech earlier today. The students rotated between four different competitions throughout the day. Event organizer Jeff Lewin says the teams do a lot of preparations to get ready for these …

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Professional Retail Workshop

The Finnish American Heritage Center will be hosting a professional retail workshop later today at 5:30 p.m. The event will educate local businessowners as a part of the Reshape Downtown Hancock Initiative. Two guests will be present: Laura Marohnic, a financial & strategy specialist from the National Association of Small …

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MTU Peace Corps Ranked #1

For the ninth year in a row, Michigan Technological University ranks as the number one university nationwide for the number of Peace Corps Master’s International students currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers. Michigan Tech has 32 graduate students overseas, earning the University top spot on the Peace Corps’ annual ranking …

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Escanaba Power Plant May Be Shut Down

Escanaba voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum on Tuesday that would allow the city to close the power plant if the sale to Escanaba Green Energy falls through. Mayor Marc Tall says he is “gratified” that the referendem passed, by a vote of 509 to 229. That was well above the …

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Gay Marriage Ballot Initiative

Supporters of gay marriage are expected to kick off a campaign today for a 2016 ballot initiative to legalize gay marriage in Michigan. The Detroit News reports organizers of the “Michigan for Marriage” campaign will launch petition drives in Metro Detroit, Lansing and Grand Rapids. In March, U.S. District Judge …

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Group Seeks Clean Air Legislation

A group of clean air advocates including health professionals, moms, dads and grandparents rallied at the State Capitol in Lansing Wednesday calling on state lawmakers to clean up the air children breathe. Officials say using more renewable energy and energy efficiency will reduce pollution and improve the health of Michigan’s …

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Board of Commissioners Special Meeting

A special meeting of the Houghton County Board of Commissioners was held yesterday to discuss concerns about the approximately $8.8 million of unfunded liabilities that are currently showing up in the retirement plans of the county employees. A representative from the Municipal Employees Retirement System, better known as MERS, was …

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Election Results

All school district ballot proposals for Hancock and CLK Schools were approved yesterday by wide margins. Here are the full results: An 18-mill, 10-year renewal for CLK Public Schools operations. Yes : 348 No : 81 An 18-mill, 5-year renewal for Hancock Public Schools operations. Yes : 185 No : 43 …

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