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KMart Almost Gone from Michigan

Remember the mighty KMart retail chain? By early next year, the number of KMart stores in Michigan will be down to… one. KMart’s owner, Transformco, had announced a large round of closings in September that would have left Michigan with three stores. Last week, Transformco added its last two stores …

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Tentative State Budget Deal Unravels

Close, but no cigar. A tentative deal struck by Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Republican House Leader Lee Chatfield to resolve the state’s budget crisis was torpedoed by Republican Senate leader Mike Shirkey yesterday. The bargain would have restored many of the controversial cuts and transfers made by Whitmer when …

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AG Nessel Appeals Straits Tunnel Decision

As expected, Michigan has appealed a recent court decision to allow construction of a tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac. The tunnel would be built by Enbridge, the company that owns the aging and controversial Line Five pipeline that carries petroleum product across the straits. The deal to remove the …

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Fake Opioid Pills Pose Lethal Danger

As if the opioid epidemic wasn’t bad enough, the Drug Enforcement Administration now says that Mexican drug cartels are flooding the Midwest with fake pills. Most often, the counterfeits contain fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that can be fatal, even in small amounts. DEA Field Division Special Agent in Charge Keith …

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Peters Helps Secure Additional Great Lakes Funding

U.S. Senator Gary Peters has secured Senate approval of an extra nine million dollars for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Peters worked with Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman to build bipartisan support for the increase… The additional money would push GLRI funding to 310 million dollars. There’s no word as …

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Whitmer Reaffirms State Relationships with Tribes

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed an executive directive designed to enhance relationships between the state and Native American tribes. The directive reaffirms Michigan’s recognition of tribal sovereignty and right of self-governance. It orders each state department and agency to adhere to the principles, and requires training on tribal-state relations for …

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Limits Relaxed for Public Assistance Applicants

It’s now easier for Michigan residents to qualify for public assistance. Effective today, a person may have up to $15,000 in assets to qualify for cash, food and emergency assistance. Previous limits set by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services had been $500 in assets for State Emergency …

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