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Ford Recall in Effect

More recalls from one of Detroit’s automakers. This time it’s Ford. The company is recalling more than 434,000 vehicles in two separate recalls of some of the automaker’s most popular nameplates. Over 385,000 2001 to 2004 Escape compact SUVs are being recalled because a subframe could fail because of rust …

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Work Zone Awareness Week

State transportation officials say compared to 2012, highway work zone crashes in 2013 were down 11 percent, injuries down nearly 6 percent, fatalities down 33 percent, but serious injuries were up 87 percent. The announcement came in conjunction with Work Zone Awareness Week. MDOT says serious work zone injuries went …

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State Fruit Debate Heating Up

Two competing proposals in Lansing have started a debate over which fruit should be Michigan’s official state fruit. And a new poll may only add to the debate. The survey from Lansing-based Marketing Resource Group shows more than 68% of voters believing that the official state fruit should be the …

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Fuel Economy at an All-Time High

Researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute say gas mileage of new vehicles sold in the U.S. is now at its best mark ever. According to researchers, the average fuel economy of cars, light trucks, vans and SUVs purchased in March was 25.4 mpg, up 0.3 mpg from …

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State Offers Bonus Fuelwood Programs

Copper Country residents who purchased Michigan Fuelwood Permits when they went on sale early in March may be able to purchase an additional permit this year. The permits allow residents to collect up to five cords of firewood from designated state forest land. They usually go on sale April 1st. …

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U.P. To Get First Taste of Joint Medicare/Medicaid Program

A new program designed to integrate medical services for Michiganders who are qualified for both Medicare and Medicaid will be rolled out first in the Upper Peninsula. Last week, the Michigan Department of Community Health signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to implement …

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State Funds for Copper Country Lighthouse

Some of the money the state collected from sales of the “Save Our Lights” specialty vehicle license plates is coming to the Copper Country. The plates raise cash to help preserve historic lighthouses. The Keweenaw Land Trust will receive nearly 20-thousand dollars ($19,970) for work at the Manitou Island Light …

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Three Western U.P. Counties to Get Fed Forest Money

Three Western Upper Peninsula Counties will receive a portion of more than three million dollars coming to Michigan through the U-S Forest Service’s Secure Rural Schools Program. Gogebic County will get the largest portion… nearly 457-thousand dollars. Ontonagon County will get more than 448-thousand dollars… and Baraga County will receive …

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Historic LSSU Building to Be Rehabbed

An historic building at Lake Superior State University may be getting new life. “South Hall” was built in the early 1900s… and was originally part of Fort Brady. It’s been closed for a decade… but University officials say a campaign to raise 12-million dollars to renovate it is going well. …

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Survey Respondents Favor Suspicion-Based Welfare Drug Testing

A new survey indicates that lots of Michigan voters support a proposal to test recipients of public assistance who are suspected of using drugs. More than three-quarters of those asked by Lansing-based Marketing Resource Group said they favor such legislation pending in the Michigan Legislature. M-R-G President Tom Shields told …

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