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School closures and delays for Monday, 1-21-19

The following schools are closed Monday, January 21, 2019: Burt Township (due to illness)

The following schools are on a two-hour delay: Engadine North Central Stephenson Three Lakes Academy

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Atlanta's Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park has reopened for the first time since the partial government shutdown began on Dec. 22, thanks to a grant from Delta Air Lines. The deal allows the park to avoid the awkward possibility that it would be closed on the federal holiday named for King.

"Without the assistance provided by The Delta Air Lines Foundation, it would have remained closed during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend," a National Park Service spokesman told NPR.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer says the federal government needs to let Michigan help federal employees who are still working but aren’t being paid.

Thousands of Michigan residents are currently furloughed without pay because of the partial government shutdown. Those that aren’t working can apply for state benefits. But there’s some confusion about whether the state can help people that are still working but not getting paid.

L'ANSE, MI--   The owner of a Michigan power plant is seeking permission to burn a different type of fuel that the state considers renewable.

The Mining Journal reports that Convergen Energy is seeking a long-term permit to use engineered fuel pellets at the Warden Power Plant in L'Anse. A permit from the Department of Environmental Quality has allowed the fuel pellets to be test-burned at the plant for the past year.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Some health advocates want to raise the minimum age for tobacco purchases.

The American Cancer Society also wants changes to make pricing for cancer treatments fairer in Michigan.

Right now, insurance companies in Michigan can make cancer patients pay more out of pocket for oral chemotherapy drugs than they do for intravenous drugs.

Andrew Schepers is with the American Cancer Society.

“We want to level the playing field in all pharmaceutical treatment types in cancer patients,” he says.

As the story goes, nearly 80 years ago on the Faroe Islands - a stark North Atlantic archipelago 200 miles off the coast of Scotland — a neurologic epidemic may have washed, or rather convoyed, ashore.

Updated at 9:10 a.m. ET

California Sen. Kamala Harris is running for president in 2020. The first-term Democratic senator made the announcement on ABC's Good Morning America Monday morning.

"I love my country, and this is a moment in time that I feel a sense of responsibility to fight for the best of who we are," Harris said.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this week.

Monday at noon an Equity March will start at the Forest Roberts Theatre and make its way to the Lodge. Programs to honor Dr. King begin at 12:15 p.m., including Poetry Without Borders.

MELSTRAND, MI--   The Alger County Sheriff’s Office is investigating another car/snowmobile accident.

It happened Saturday around 9:50 a.m. on H-58, approximately two miles east of Melstrand.

Officials say Travis Ross, 37, of Charlotte, was driving eastbound at a high rate of speed when he struck a snowmobile trailer being towed by a pickup truck. Ross was ejected from his machine and landed about 100 feet from the point of impact.

Ross was taken to UPHS-Marquette, where he remains in stable condition.

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