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State of the Union Reaction

President Barack Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union address last night, in which he called for an increase in the minimum wage and for an extension of emergency unemployment assistance. The president called for raising the federal minimum wage from the current $7.25 an hour to $10.10. He …

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MSP Calumet Post to Offer Help in Baraga County

In an effort to boost police help throught the Copper Country, Michigan State Police from the Calumet Post will be stepping up enforcement in Baraga County. About three years ago, the L’Anse post was closed due to a new regional policing model. Troopers are going to make it easier for …

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New President for LSSU

Lake Superior State University has named a new president. The university’s Board of Trustees says it has reached an agreement with Thomas Pleger and is expected to formalize his appointment at its regular meeting on January 24 in the Walker Cisler Center on the Sault Ste. Marie campus. Pleger is …

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New State Record Flathead Catfish

The Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the catch of a new state record flathead catfish. The catfish was caught by Dale Blakley of Niles on January 12, on Barron Lake in Cass County. The fish weighed 52 pounds and measured 46.02 inches. A DNR fisheries biologist verified the record …

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Snyder Says MI Will Make “Comeback”

Michigan is the comeback state. That was the tagline for Governor Rick Snyder as he delivered his fourth State of the State Address last night before a joint session of the House and Senate. During his message, the governor talked about the state’s budget surplus and how there could be …

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Local Lawmakers Speak on SOS Speech

Local lawmakers are sounding off in reaction to Governor Rick Snyder’s State of the State address. Republican Senator Tom Casperson says given that he is a part of most the legislations the governor spoke about, the speech was great especially with all of the statistics the governor cited. Democratic Representative …

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State of the State Address Tonight

Governor Rick Snyder is set to deliver his fourth State of the State message tonight. He will deliver the speech in the State House of Representatives chamber before a joint session of the House and Senate at 7 p.m. The State of the State Address is given each year to …

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Gov. Declares State of Emergency

Governor Rick Snyder has declared a State of Energy Emergency in Michigan due to temporary shortages of heating oil and propane. This energy emergency is a new, separate declaration from the one the governor made in December. The heating oil and propane shortage was caused by increased demand due to …

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Underutilized Labor Rates in MI

A new state report says the rate of underutilized labor in Michigan shrunk at a faster rate than the nation as a whole. However Michigan still lags significantly behind the US in underutilized labor. Underutilized labor includes both the unemployed and underemployed. In quoting the state report, the Lansing-based Gongwer …

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State EOC Deactivated

With improving weather conditions and Michigan communities returning to more normal seasonal operations, the State Emergency Operations Center in Lansing was deactivated Friday. Michigan State Police say during the five-day activation, personnel from state agencies monitored weather conditions and stood ready to assist local emergency personnel as needed. Captain Chris …

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