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Hancock receives loan for damaged roads

HANCOCK, MI-- The Michigan Department of Transportation has approved a $756,136 loan to help repair flood-damaged streets in Hancock. The no-interest loan comes from the Michigan State Infrastructure Bank. The city will receive the funds on a five-year term and will repay it from its general fund. The loan will help Hancock meet its 20 percent match for Federal Highway Administration funds used to repair water-damaged roads. Hancock was among the areas in Houghton County, along with Menominee...

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A husband and wife. A pair of brothers from a wealthy, upper-class family. A man with a law degree. Another who studied in the United Kingdom and did postgraduate work in Australia, before coming home to settle down in his native Sri Lanka.

Those are the profiles emerging Wednesday, according to Sri Lankan officials and local media, of the suicide bombers who killed more than 350 people in sophisticated, coordinated attacks on churches and hotels there on Easter Sunday. If the Islamic State's claim of responsibility is true, it would be the group's deadliest terror attack.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte wants Canada to come get tons of trash that was wrongly sent to his country — and he's threatening extreme steps if Canada doesn't clean up the situation. "We'll declare war against them," Duterte said Tuesday.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Many of the roadside parks operated by the Michigan Department of Transportation in the Upper Peninsula will reopen Thursday, April 25.   

The following roadside parks will remain closed until later in the spring due to weather conditions. MDOT plans to reopen these parks in mid-May, weather permitting, unless otherwise noted:

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan lawmakers are moving to ban the possession of e-cigarettes by minors.

Legislation approved unanimously by the Senate on Tuesday would also prohibit the sale of the battery-operated devices to people under age 18.

The federal government already bars e-cigarettes sales to minors. But supporters of the Michigan bills say having state-level restrictions would make it easier for law enforcement and schools to keep the nicotine-addictive "vaping" devices off campuses.

Group rallies for gun law changes in Lansing

Apr 24, 2019

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   People who have lost loved ones to gun violence rallied at the state capitol Tuesday for a change to state gun laws. 

The group is called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Volunteers want state legislation that would keep guns away from people deemed a danger to themselves or others. They also want state law to keep guns from people convicted of domestic abuse.

Linda Peltz is with the group. She says her daughter was killed in a murder/suicide by her daughter’s ex-boyfriend.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan's child poverty rate dropped over five years, but hundreds of thousands of kids — or one in five — are still living in poverty. 

The annual Kids Count Profile released Tuesday by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation reports about 416,000 of Michigan's children lived in poverty in 2017. That was down from roughly 549,000 in 2012.

The study also finds a spike in child abuse and neglect, with confirmed cases up nearly 30 percent.

MARQUETTE, MI--   High School students from across the Upper Peninsula will converge at NMU’s Jacobetti Complex Friday to take part in this year’s Career and Technical Education Skills Challenge.

Students will compete in challenges centered on five skills: construction, welding, automotive, computer aided drafting, and, for the first time, culinary skills.

Throughout the day, CTE teachers will participate in professional development sessions focused on best practices in safety, curriculum, instruction, and college and career preparation.   

Aaron David Miller (@aarondmiller2), a Distinguished Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a former State Department adviser and Middle East negotiator, is the author of The End of Greatness: Why America Can't Have (and Doesn't Want) Another Great President.

Richard Sokolsky, a nonresident senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, was a member of the secretary of state's Office of Policy Planning from 2005-2015.

I often refer to my grandson as an ambulatory antidepressant, a vivacious antidote to a time of life that has included the loss of my parents and the constant lashing of worrisome news.

Anna Quindlen ascribes similar jolts of joy to her grandson in her latest book, Nanaville: Adventures in Grandparenting: "Sometimes Arthur sees me and yells 'Nana!' in the way some people might say 'ice cream!' and others say 'shoe sale!' No one else has sounded that happy to see me in many many years."

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