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Minimum wage group vows lawsuit if lawmakers stymie vote

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Organizers of a ballot initiative that would raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $12 an hour said Tuesday they would sue if the Republican-led Legislature approves the proposal as a way to prevent a statewide vote this fall and then weaken it later in the year. Mark ...

FEMA denies Snyder’s appeal for assistance for UP flooding

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied Gov. Rick Snyder's appeal to reconsider a decision denying individual assistance in three Upper Peninsula counties that sustained damage from flooding and heavy rainfall in June. Snyder said Wednesday that FEMA ...

Father claims he did nothing wrong in son’s fasting death

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REEDSBURG, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin prosecutors charged a father and mother Tuesday with child neglect for allegedly allowing their teenage son to starve to death and his brother to become severely emaciated during a religious fast. Sauk County prosecutors charged Kehinde Omosebi, 49, and ...

Dems criticize GOP ‘inaction’ on contamination

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday accused majority Republicans of "inaction" on the contamination of tap water with old industrial chemicals, demanding that hearings be held to strengthen Michigan's standard and to study why an internal state report that warned of dangers ...

ID theft sessions in Florence

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FLORENCE, Wis. — Jeff Kersten of the Wisconsin Bureau of Consumer Protection will present a pair of programs on identity theft prevention. The sessions will be at noon Friday at the Florence meal site and at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Florence County Library. Kersten will explain the ...

Names released in fatal crashes

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MARINETTE, Wis. — Two men killed in separate vehicle crashes Monday in Marinette County have been identified. Tyler G. Walker, 25, of Crivitz, Wis., died when the vehicle he was driving on State Highway 180 in the town of Porterfield, Wis., went off the road and hit several trees, according ...

Grants offered for workplace safety

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Matching grants of up to $5,000 to improve workplace safety and health are being made available for Michigan companies that have up to 250 employees. Michigan’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration said the goal of the MIOSHA Workplace Improvement to Safety ...

A fair run

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Crystal and Tucker Lyman of Northland run alongside Dan during the youth draft horse show at the Dickinson County Fair. Lyman, 4, took a first place in the show Friday. The 2018 fair ended its five-day run Monday.

Six in Dickinson County file tax appeals

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IRON MOUNTAIN - The Michigan Tax Tribunal has received six appeals from Dickinson County property owners this year, including two each in Iron Mountain and Kingsford and two in Breitung Township. Potential tax losses in the six cases total $34,512 for Dickinson County’s operating budget, ...

Two killed in separate Marinette County accidents

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MARINETTE, Wis. — Two men died Monday in separate motor vehicle accidents in Marinette County: a one-vehicle crash in the town of Porterfield, Wis., and a side-by-side all-terrain vehicle rollover in the town of Silver Cliff, Wis., the Marinette County Sheriff’s Department reported. Names ...

Butterfly-killing plant found in northern Michigan

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KINGSLEY, Mich. (AP) — Officials in northern Michigan are working to get rid of an invasive plant that poisons monarch butterflies. The black swallow-wort was recently spotted in the Grand Traverse County community of Kingsley, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported. The vine has ...

Pilot killed in UP plane crash was prosecutor in Wisconsin

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ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) — The pilot who died in a weekend plane crash in Michigan has been identified as a Wisconsin man who was a Milwaukee-area prosecutor. Ronald Dague was the only person aboard a plane that crashed in Lake Huron. Authorities say the plane had departed an airport in St. ...

One killed in US 41 crash

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RAPID RIVER — One person was killed in a traffic accident on U.S. 41 north of Rapid River on Saturday. The two-vehicle crash involved a semi and a car, and took place just north of S.15 Road, according to Michigan State Police at the Gladstone post. Traffic was detoured around the ...

Thousands join Labor Day Mackinac Bridge walk

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ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) — Tens of thousands of people participated in the traditional Labor Day walk across the Mackinac Bridge. Organizers made changes to the 61st annual event and allowed to begin from either end of the bridge connecting Michigan’s Upper and Lower peninsulas. Participants ...

Illinois man dies in ATV crash

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STELLA, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say one man was killed and another man injured in an ATV accident in Oneida County. The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office says the ATV operator, 50-year-old Piotr Tomaszewski, died Saturday when the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. The crash injured ...

Flood warning continues for southern Wisconsin

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Showers and thunderstorms continue to increase already swollen rivers and make travel around flooded areas difficult in southern Wisconsin. Madison is bracing for flash flooding as Lake Monona reached a record level of 7.5 inches above the 100-year flood elevation. At ...

Dickinson County Fair action

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Chloe Lupinski, of Escanaba, and horse Shady won the grand championship in the poles competition, one of the speed horse events that took place Sunday at the Dickinson County Fair. It was her first grand championship at the fair, the 16-year-old said, though they did take reserve champion at ...

Greenway finds new life for used books

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IRON MOUNTAIN — Greenway Books believes the public still has a need for the printed word. “I don’t care what they say,” co-owner Jane Wilson declared, “there’s so many people that want a book in their hands.” The business is now the last true bookstore in the area, having seen ...

GOP-led Legislature may stymie two state ballot drives

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Republicans may use a new tactic to stymie a pair of ballot initiatives that would raise the minimum wage and require paid sick leave: adopt the laws themselves ahead of the November election, then change those measures later. The unprecedented strategy is ...

Lake Superior tragedy that left four dead spurs safety plea

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A kayak ride on Lake Superior that ended in the deaths of four Wisconsin family members would have been difficult even for experienced paddlers, officials say. Bob Krumenaker, superintendent of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, told the Star Tribune of Minneapolis ...