Author Archives: Mike Horace

Dam fails in Roscommon County; flash flood warning issued

A dam failure in extreme southwestern Roscommon County has prompted a flash flood warning and road closures throughout the area.
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Parts of I-75, I-475 to close tonight in Genesee County

sw_RoadClosed_ncpx0034Sections of I-75 and I-475 will be closed in parts of Genesee and Oakland counties Monday night, as crews replace utility lines that were downed during Saturday’s severe weather outbreak.
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Michigan marks Severe Weather Awareness Week

TornadoThis week marks severe weather awareness week in Michigan, and the state and the National Weather Service are urging residents to make preparations now, before severe weather strikes.
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Con artists targeting pre-paid credit card merchants

file0001962305054Several northern Michigan merchants are reporting a scam targeting pre-paid credit cards.
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Rep. Dave Camp to retire from U.S. House

Rep. Dave Camp (R-Midland)

Rep. Dave Camp (R-Midland)

Rep. Dave Camp (R-Midland) has announced he will retire from congress, when his current term expires early next year.
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MDOT releases 2014 construction map

sw_RoadClosed_ncpx0034The Michigan Department of Transportation has released its annual construction map, highlighting road and bridge projects across the state.
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Chemical Bank to acquire Northwestern Bank

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA mid-Michigan bank is expanding its presence in northwest Michigan.

Midland-based Chemical Financial, owner of Chemical Bank, has announced plans to acquire Traverse City-based Northwestern Bank, and it’s 25 branches in northwest Lower Michigan.
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State charges two energy firms with antitrust violations

Oil PumpsMichigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has filed charges against two energy firms that are accused of conspiring to lower prices during an auction of state-owned oil and gas rights.
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Great Lakes water levels expected to rebound this spring

GreatLakesLake Superior’s water level is expected to rebound to near or above its historic average this spring, the first time it has done so in 16 years.

The last time Lake Superior hit it’s long-term average was April, 1998.
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Congress approves bill protecting Sleeping Bear Dunes

Photo courtesy Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Photo courtesy Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Congress has approved legislation designating part of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as a wilderness area.

The designation protects 32,500 acres of land from future development, while still allowing existing uses of the land to continue.
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