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Michigan Sues PFAS Manufacturers

The State of Michigan is suing manufacturers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, collectively known as PFAS. PFAS were used in hundreds of products, ranging from food packaging to water-repellent fabrics to non-stick cookware to firefighting foam. They can cause health problems in humans, and they take so long to break …

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Absentee Voter Application Window Opens

The application period to request an absent voter ballot for the November 3rd general election is now open. All registered voters can apply for an absent voter ballot – no reason is needed. County and city clerks will begin mailing out regular absentee voter ballots on September 24th. A ballot-tracking …

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State Will Pay $600M to Flint Victims

The State of Michigan will pay $600 million dollars to victims of the Flint water crisis. The settlement will be officially announced by Governor Gretchen Whitmer tomorrow. 80 percent of the money will go to people who were age 18 or younger in 2014, when a switch in the city’s …

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State House OK’s Back to School Bills

The Michigan House of Representatives yesterday approved COVID-19 back to school legislation, and sent it on to Governor Gretchen Whitmer for her signature. The three-bill compromise was worked out late last week, and approved by the state senate Saturday. State Representative Greg Markkanen of Hancock voted in favor. The plan …

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No Yoopers on State Redistricting Panel

There will be no Upper Peninsula residents on Michigan’s new Independent Redistricting Commission. The 13-member panel was filled today via a random drawing. It includes four Republicans, four Democrats, and five self-described independents. The Republicans are… Douglas Clark, 73: Rochester HillsRhonda Lange, 47: Reed City  Erin Wagner, 54: Charlotte Cynthia …

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DNR Fall Land Auction Scheduled

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ annual Fall Surplus Land Auction contains little of interest in the Upper Peninsula. The only parcel in the Copper Country is a small lot on Third Street in Centennial Heights. There’s also a tiny parcel near Watersmeet, and a small landlocked parcel near Germfask. …

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State House to Debate K-12 Bill Today

The Michigan House of Representatives is expected to begin debate this morning on a compromise plan to guide the reopening of Michigan K-12 schools this fall. The bipartisan deal that was worked out Friday between legislative leaders and Governor Gretchen Whitmer overwhelmingly passed the state Senate Saturday. One sticking point …

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DNR Seeks Input on Forest Road Use

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is asking for input on how state forest roads should be used. The DNR updates its online maps each spring, and conducts an ongoing process to designate which roads are open or closed to public use for both off-road and conventional vehicles. Decisions are …

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Whitmer Asked Out of Veepstakes

It appears that Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer asked to be dropped from consideration for vice president weeks ago. The Associated Press is quoting a high-ranking Democratic Party official as saying that Whitmer sent a message to presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden late in the spring, requesting to be removed, and …

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