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Changes in Sex Offender Registry

Michigan State Police say that as a result of a new state law verification schedules will change for all registered sex offenders effective April 1. Verification schedules will now be based on the offender’s birth month and offenders will have the full month to verify their address rather than only …

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Measure Protects Contraceptive Discrimination

A state lawmaker is pushing a measure that he says protects users of contraceptives, from discrimination. Specifically, Michigan House Democrat Jim Ananich of Flint is calling for a hearing on his proposal that prevents employers from discriminating against employees who use contraceptives. The bill was introduced some time ago, but …

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School Safety Designation

Schools across the state have until April 1st to apply for the new MI HEARTsafe Schools designation. In order to qualify a school has to perform at least one cardiac emergency response drill per year; have a written medical emergency response plan and at least ten-percent of a school’s staff …

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Spring Weight Restrictions Modified

Spring weight restriction will be temporarily modified to allow normal legal loads on county roads the next two days. The change will be in effect from midnight to 8am tomorrow and Wednesday, which is subject to change based on weather and road conditions. Full implementation of spring weight restrictions will …

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Republic Man Found After Search

A 79-year-old man from Republic is safe at home after he went missing yesterday morning. State Troopers from the Negaunee Post responded to a missing person report from the residence of Benjamin Suomi around 11 a.m. yesterday and were told by his wife that he had left a few hours …

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More Heating Funding for Those in Need

The Michigan Community Action Agency Association announced $11 million in additional funding for low-income households to assist with deliverable fuels. The funding will be distributed to eligible households through 29 Community Action Agencies in Michigan via the Department of Human Services and the Bureau of Community Action and Economic Opportunity. …

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Appeals Court Suspends Gay Marriage Ruling

Hundreds of couples flocked to various Michigan county clerk’s offices Saturday to obtain marriage licenses before an appeals court issued a stay temporarily suspending future marriages among gay couples. U.S. district Judge Bernard Friedman overturned Michigan’s ban on gay marriage and same-sex adoption Friday, but the ruling was issued after …

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International Bridge Tolls Going Up

Tolls will be going up April 1 on the International Bridge, which connects Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The increase, approved unanimously by the Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority in November, covers both commercial and passenger vehicles. Passenger vehicle tolls will increase from the current three …

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GM To Offer Rentals

General Motors will be teaming up with several car rental agencies to provide loaner cars during a recall involving vehicles with faulty ignition switches. Approximately one-point-six million Chevrolet Cobalts, Saturn Ions and other older GM models are being repaired. The automaker will pay for the rental cars which may be …

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Five DNR Officers Recognized for Rescue Efforts

Five Department of Natural Resources employees have been honored for helping to rescue two snowmobilers who had been stranded in the western Upper Peninsula near the Porcupine Mountains State Park in Ontonagon County in late January. Four Porcupine Mountains State Park rangers – Justin Farley, David Merk, Jimmy Newkirk and …

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