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Discussion of a local November ballot proposal to recoup $224,000 in tax repeal funding losses that would restore important services.  The measure would appear on the ballot in five of the library’s service areas. 


MARQUETTE, MI--   Three Marquette residents have been arrested for breaking into the Ramada Inn.

On September 7 City Police were notified someone had gotten into the hotel through a first-floor exterior window. Two iPads, a hand gun, and other items were taken from the room.

Michigan groups renew fight against travel ban

Sep 17, 2018

EAST LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A handful of Michigan groups are renewing their fight against the travel ban which restricts people from several Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. 

In June, the United States Supreme Court said the travel ban that limits people from seven countries can continue while its constitutionality is decided in court.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state is trying to figure out the “best way forward” for medical marijuana patients and shops. 

A judge has ordered the state to allow ALL medical marijuana dispensaries to stay open while they wait for their licenses to be approved by a state board.

Attorney Denise Pollicella represents Montrowe dispensary. “This has been nothing but a roller coaster ride and it’s gotten higher and steeper,” she says.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   A federal judge has declined to dismiss a lawsuit which says Michigan is illegally allowing faith-based groups to reject same-sex couples who want to adopt children or become foster parents.

U.S. District Judge Paul Borman said in an order issued Friday that the couples had successfully argued that the faith-based groups' religious screening practices harmed them.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Catholic Diocese of Lansing plans to invite an outside agency to review its handling of clergy child sexual abuse cases.

Bishop Earl Boyea outlined the review and plans to publish the names of all diocesan priests who sexually abused children in a report posted Tuesday on the diocesan website.

The review follows an August report by a Pennsylvania grand jury which found that about 300 Pennsylvania priests abused at least 1,000 children over the past 70 years. That report alleges senior church officials helped to cover up the abuse complaints.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   General Motors is recalling about 41,000 pickup trucks and police sports utility vehicles because of loose brake pedals.

The recall covers 2015 through 2016 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 special service pickup trucks and some Chevrolet Tahoe sports utility vehicles made for police departments and other government agencies.

GM says the brake pedal pivot nut may loosen. A driver could be unable to stop the vehicle if the brake pedal is loose or inoperative.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Republican Bill Schuette says he will not distance himself from Donald Trump despite the president's unpopularity with Michigan voters and will win them over with a pro-tax cut message and his record as attorney general of helping victims of human trafficking and sexual assault. 

The gubernatorial nominee has trailed Democrat Gretchen Whitmer in polling conducted since they won their primary contests last month. And with less than two months until Nov. 6, he knows he must appeal to more of the electorate, particularly crucial independents.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Democrat Gretchen Whitmer says she is focused on fixing Michigan's "fundamentals" like roads, water systems and schools in her run for governor. 

She contends that not spending enough on core services under Republican leadership has still left residents paying more out of pocket for car repairs and other unexpected expenses.

She says her lead over GOP rival Bill Schuette in polling since last month's primary shows the problem-solving message is resonating, but "not for one second" will she let up less than two months until Election Day.

MENOMINEE, MI (AP)--   State officials are making a rapid tour of the Upper Peninsula to help families learn about financial aid for college. 

Workshops begin Monday at Menominee High School in Menominee and Bay College West in Iron Mountain. Treasury Department representatives also will be in Ironwood, Houghton and Sault Ste. Marie this week.

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