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State parks have recent upgrades from recreational passport sales

State parks have recent upgrades from recreational passport sales

While visitors to state parks are out roughing it this summer they may notice some upgrades to facilities.

DNR officials said some state parks, including ones in Roscommon and Montmorency counties, have had electrical upgrades or other improvements completed. The DNR says it has spent $7 million on improvements-things like new campgrounds and improved well water systems. Read more

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Volunteers are yanking invasive Garlic Mustard plants

Garlic and mustard may sound good as summer fixings, but the garlic mustard plant is an invasive species that’s begun to crowd out native plants.

The National Park Service says Europeans probably brought garlic mustard to the US in the 1800’s. Read more

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Michigan Shipwrecks book signing planned at Mackinaw City lighthouse


Lighthouses offer a unique view of Michigan’s lakeshores. This weekend one author will take advantage of a Mackinaw City lighthouse to host a book signing.

The book, “Master of Disaster – The Life and Works of Shipwreck Artist Ed Pusick” depicts Great Lakes Shipwrecks and tells the story of the artist, Ed Pusick. Read more

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Non-union builders challenge local wage floors

moneyAn association of non-union construction companies has asked the state Supreme Court to strike down local prevailing wage laws. The Associated Builders and Contractors says a state law preempts the ordinances.
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Police crack down on drunk driving over the holiday

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Police patrols are out in force over the Fourth of July holiday to crackdown on drunk driving.
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Hundreds of students attend philanthropy camp at CMU

Purpose, passion, and philanthropy brought students from all over Michigan for a leadership camp at Central Michigan University recently.

A rainy weekend may have kept some inside, but it didn’t keep hundreds of students from learning about philanthropy and community service. Read more

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Remotely Operated Vehicles compete in Alpena

The team from Scotland was one of 59 teams competing in the International ROV competition held in Alpena

The team from Scotland was one of 59 teams competing in the International ROV competition held in Alpena

Today in Alpena, tomorrow’s underwater explorers sent their robots into a 75 foot tank at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Five hundred competitors from fifty nine teams from thirteen countries are taking part in the 13th Annual MATE International ROV competition.

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Democrats sponsor bill to roll back abortion insurance law

Democrats in the state Legislature say they know they don’t have the votes to reverse Michigan’s abortion insurance law. They hope a public campaign will convince the Legislature to re-visit the question, or help elect more lawmakers who will.
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Michigan bill would allow more space for limited private cemeteries if passed

For some Michigan cemeteries space is limited. A bill would allow them to reclaim abandoned space.

Cemetery plots are considered abandoned after 60 years if plot owners have had no contact with the cemetery owner.

After that time, the cemetery can put notice on the space for 120 days to reclaim the empty plot.

Jay Tower is an attorney representing the Michigan Cemetery Association. He said the bill is a good way for private cemeteries to deal with tight space.

“It allows the privately owned cemeteries to more or less do what the city owned cemeteries have been able to do for decade,” Tower said, “And that is recognizing that there is a finite amount of space that we want to set aside in Michigan.”

Tower said limited space is particularly an issue in places like Grand Rapids and Flint.

The cemetery bill was passed by the state House. It’s awaiting introduction in the Senate.

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Summer brings salespeople to Michigan neighborhoods

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Severe weather can bring heavy rains, high winds – and then, door-to-door salespeople to neighborhoods offering to make repairs.
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