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Whitmer Calls for Budget Negotiations

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is turning up the heat on the legislature to get serious about negotiating a budget. At a press conference this morning, the Democratic governor called on Republican House and Senate leaders to find ways to pay for improvements in the state’s education system… and said she is …

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Poll: Dems Lead Trump in Michigan

If the 2020 presidential election were to be held today, all of the top four Democratic candidates would defeat President Donald Trump in Michigan. A new Epic/MRA poll released this morning shows former vice-president Joe Biden with a double-digit lead over Trump. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris held …

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Michigan Civil Rights Director Fired

The director of Michigan’s Department of Civil Rights has been fired, after making comments that objectified women. Agustin Arbulu made the remarks to a fellow male staff member in May. When they came to light, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission reprimanded him. That decision drew criticism from Governor Gretchen Whitmer, …

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State Officials Warn of Utility Phone Scams

Another spate of fraudulent phone calls across the state has prompted the Michigan Public Service Commission to remind utility customers not to fall victim to scams. If you receive a call about a utility bill, remember these points…– Utility companies never demand that you make immediate payments using prepaid credit …

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SOS Benson Begins Prep for State Shutdown

As Democratic governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Republican-controlled legislature continue to try to work out a budget deal, the state government has begun to make contingency plans in case they fail. The new budget must be approved by September 30th. The major sticking point has been road funding, with Whitmer …

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Poe Lock Damage Repaired

The largest of the Soo Locks was closed yesterday, when a concrete sill beneath one of the gates eroded. Shipping traffic through the Poe Lock was halted for more than eight hours as a temporary repair was completed. A full repair will need to wait until shipping ends this winter. …

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Michigan A.G. Calls for Robocall Control

Michigan’s Attorney General has called on the Federal Communications Commission to encourage telecom companies to do more to block illegal and unwanted robocalls. Dana Nessel joined the Attorneys General of the other 49 states urging that phone providers increase consumers’ abilities to block calls, and implement measures to prevent caller-ID …

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Eagle Mine to Conclude Regional Exploration Program

The following press release was issued by Lundin Mining: CHAMPION, Mich. August 21, 2019 — Eagle Mine announced today that its regional exploration program in southern Houghton and Baraga counties will conclude over the coming days. The program commenced in the spring of 2018 with aerial magnetic surveys, and drilling …

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Governor Whitmer Begins U.P. Tour

Governor Gretchen Whitmer will be making several stops in the Upper Peninsula this week. She will meet with organizations, staff and constituents to learn about the issues that matter most to the U.P. and discuss her goals as governor. Whitmer will begin her tour today at the Sault Ste. Marie …

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