Archives for October 2019

Sports Betting Bill Moves On

Sports betting and online gambling would become legal at Michigan casinos under legislation approved Wednesday

The main measures in the 10-bill package passed on 63-45 and 62-44 votes, with many Republicans and some Democrats in support. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she’s concerned that the expansion could affect revenue from the state‚Äôs iLottery. The legislation, which also would regulate the fast-growing paid fantasy sports industry, was sent to the GOP-led Senate for future consideration.

Bell Ringers Needed

Bell Ringers Needed…

The Copper Country Salvation Army has been working with area businesses to set up their donation boxes for their Christmas season bell ringing fundraiser. Currently the charity has 6 bell ringing locations worked out, and now they need bell ringers. The campaign is set to start November 15th. If you’d like to volunteer to do 2 hour shifts ringing bells and spreading holiday cheer, contact the Salvation Army.

State To Start Retail Marijuana Application Process

Applications to operate recreational marijuana businesses will start being accepted on Friday…

The Marijuana Regulatory Agency will use a two-step process, with applicants needing to be prequalified through background checks and by paying a nonrefundable six-thousand dollar application fee. The second step is to have the MRA vet the proposed business through things including a physical establishment inspection and going through business specifications, proof of financial responsibility, and general employee information.

Lawmakers To Vote on Repealing Abortion Ban

Bills are being introduced this week in the state House to repeal Michigan’s 1931 law that bans nearly all abortions in the state.

Governor Whitmer joined House Democrats to make the announcement of the Reproductive Health Act, though lawmakers admit they don’t have the votes to pass the legislation. The bills are being introduced to try to keep abortions legal in Michigan in the event the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the Roe v. Wade ruling. Right to Life warned the bills would “allow unlimited abortions in the state of Michigan up to the point of birth.”

More Lanes Possible For U.S. 2

More lanes maybe coming to a portion of U.S. 2 in Wakefield…

The Michigan Department of Transportation is considering converting U.S. 2 to a three-lane design for several blocks east of Sunday Lake Street. According to The Globe report, officials believe the extra lane would help traffic flow more freely. If approved, the project will be part of a repaving project scheduled for 2022.

Apple Recall

Several apple varieties including Honeycrisp and McIntosh are being recalled…

North Bay Produce of Traverse City is recalling the apples because of possible listeria contamination. The apples were sold are Great Lakes and North Bay Pure Michigan along with being in paper bags and plastic bags saying Product of MIUSA. The producer shipped the apples to stores, brokers, and wholesalers in Michigan and seven other states between October 16th and 21st.

CWD Rates Rising In Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is talking CWD.

The latest Marquette Law School Poll shows almost half of people in Wisconsin believe that the disease is about the same as it was last year. Some voters say it’s getting better. DNR says its numbers show that CWD is spreading in the state. DNR says last year, 11-hundred deer tested positive for CWD, compared to 181 a decade ago.

Whitmer Appeals Vaping Ban

The Governor has asked the Michigan Supreme Court to take up the legal fight over her vaping ban….

Attorney General Dana Nessel filed a brief on Friday with the state’s highest court, seeking to have a Court of Claims preliminary injunction that stopped the flavored vaping ban vacated. The state was sued by an Upper Peninsula vape store, and others who say banning flavored e-cigarette products would put them out of business.

Habitat For Humanity Of Michigan Getting State Grants

Habitat For Humanity Of Michigan Getting State Grants…

Habitat for Humanity of Michigan will be receiving over one-point-15 million dollars in grants from the state for three major programs. The Michigan State Housing Development Authority announced the grants on Thursday. One is a million-dollar grant to be used for an exclusive Habitat for Humanity Down Payment Assistance program and for critical home improvements.

A Manufacturing Education

Hurley School District dedicated its Northwoods Manufacturing expansion Thursday…

Several area business and community leaders were on hand for the dedication. The project adds 6,500 square feet to the original building size. The expansion offers more space for teaching and equipment, for manufacturing education. Educators say some students will use the skills in the future, possibly as a career choice. Additional discussion on collaboration and shared resources are underway with area K-12 school districts and Gogebic Community College on ways to expand the program.