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Kincheloe man nabbed for smuggling drugs and phones to prisoners

KINCHELOE, MI-- A corrections officer from Chippewa County has been arrested for smuggling contraband. Detectives from the Michigan State Police Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team East conducted a four-month investigation into items brought to the Chippewa Correctional Facility. They say James Parr, 29, of Kincheloe is charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin, conspiracy to deliver heroin, conspiracy to furnish heroin to a prisoner, conspiracy to furnish marijuana to a...

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MARQUETTE, MI--   The Michigan State Housing Development Authority has awarded Neighborhood Enhancement Grants to two U.P. communities.

Officials say the goal of the grants is to help residents become engaged in facilitating positive change for their neighborhoods.

The Gogebic Ontonagon Community Action Agency was awarded $50,000 for exterior home improvements like siding, roofing, porches and sidewalks. The money will be used for single-family homes in Bessemer’s Yale neighborhood.

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NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Sarath Dissanayake, charge d'affaires from the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington, D.C., about what is now known about the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka.

Egyptian voters have approved sweeping constitutional amendments that allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to remain in office until 2030 and further entrench the power of the military.

Voters approved the amendments by 88.83%, according to the National Election Authority, which said that 44.33% of eligible voters took part in the poll.

If the Trump administration gets its way, federal law will require this question to be asked of each person living in all of the country's households in 2020: "Is this person a citizen of the United States?" It's been close to 70 years since a citizenship question has been included among the census questions for every U.S. household.

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The Escanaba Public Library is holding an evening of readings from the poetry anthology, "Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice" Thursday evening at 6:30. UP Poet Laureate Martin Achatz spoke with Public Radio 90's Hans Ahsltrom about the event and the anthology.

At my baby's six-month appointment a few months back, I got a one-pager from the pediatrician titled "Starting Solid Foods."

"It is critical that the baby develop a taste for rice cereal at the beginning, to offset the loss of iron from formula or breast milk," it reads.

Sounds serious. Then come the all caps: "THE FIRST TWO WEEKS OF FEEDING GIVE RICE CEREAL ONLY." That is followed by advice to introduce pureed vegetables before fruits so the baby doesn't develop a sweet tooth.

I obediently went out and bought some sand-textured baby cereal. (Organic, of course.)

Sri Lanka held its first mass funerals on Tuesday for victims of the Easter Sunday attacks, a string of bombings at churches and hotels that has left a nation in mourning. The death toll rose to 321 people since the first blasts.

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