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43 Michigan Counties Get Ag Disaster Designation

Forty-three Michigan counties have been declared natural disaster areas because of bad farming weather this year. The designation came this week from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Most of the counties are downstate, but Delta, Dickinson, Iron, Marquette and Schoolcraft Counties in the Upper Peninsula made the list. Michigan agriculture …

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Random Redistricting Applications To Be Mailed

250,000 Michigan voters will be receiving applications to serve on the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. A random name draw was held yesterday in Lansing. It’s part of the process established when voters approved the independent redistricting process last November. The law actually requires that only 10,000 random applications be released. …

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Michigan Issues First Recreational Pot Licenses

Michigan’s first recreational marijuana licenses have been issued. Tuesday, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency awarded license number one to Exclusive Brands of Ann Arbor. Exclusive Brands already produces marijuana for the medical market. Its new licenses will allow it to grow up to 1,500 plants, and process marijuana into other products, …

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Whitmer Leads Delegation to Israel

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is spending the week in Israel, hoping to strengthen Michigan’s ties with that nation. Whitmer will visit Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Her schedule includes meetings with governmental and economic leaders, stops at General Motors and Ford Motor Company facilities, and an appearance at the Water Technology …

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Michigan to Take Stronger Stance Against Robocalls

Michigan is ramping up its war on illegal robocalls. Attorney General Dana Nessel and a group of public and private partners announced the effort Friday. Nessel says the state will provide additional education to consumers about how to protect themselves. New legislation to limit robocalls will be introduced, and enforcement …

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Toll Roads in Michigan’s Future?

Could charging tolls on some Michigan roadways and bridges help resolve our highway funding problem? The state Senate Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure recently forwarded a bill that would require an investigation. MDOT senior policy analyst Aarne Frobom doesn’t doubt that the tolls could bring in money… Speaking on the …

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Flags to Be Lowered for WWII Vet Burial

Flags at Michigan government facilities will fly at half-staff again tomorrow, to honor another serviceman who gave his life for our country many years ago. Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued the order on behalf of Army Private Connie Cagle. Cagle was killed on the island of New Guinea in 1942. His …

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Half-Staff Flags to Honor Korean War Victim

Flags will be flying at half staff in Michigan today to honor a soldier who died in the Korean War. Governor Gretchen Whitmer gave the order to pay tribute to Sergeant Walter Tobin, Jr. Tobin was a 22-year-old infantryman in 1950 when his unit was attacked near the Chosin Reservoir. …

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