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Issues on the August 4, 2015 ballot

The following items are on Tuesday's ballot for counties within the Public Radio 90 listening area: DICKINSON COUNTY Shall separate tax limitations be established for an indefinite period, or until altered by the voters of the County, for the County of Dickinson and the Townships and Intermediate School Districts within the County, the aggregate of which shall not exceed 9.2103 mills as follows: Mills County of Dickinson 7.6403 Townships 1.40 Intermediate School Districts .17 _____ Total 9...
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Two motorcycles crash in Schoolcraft County

SCHOOLCRAFT COUNTY, MI-- Only minor injuries are reported in a Schoolcraft County crash involving two motorcycles. The accident happened Monday on County Road 437 and Federal Forest 2417. Deputies say two Wisconsin residents—a 56-year-old man and 52-year-old woman—were both westbound on Camp 7 Road when they crossed over CR 437 onto the forest highway. Both lost control of their motorcycles and drove into the ditch. They were taken to Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital for treatment. Deputies say...
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Looking for a way to get rid of that old beater?

Walk along one of the many streams and rivers in the West Nile region of Uganda, and you'll notice something funny. All along the riverbanks, you'll see small pieces of blue cloth, attached to wooden stakes in the ground. There's one every 50 yards or so.

No, this isn't some half-baked public art project. These dinky contraptions are actually flytraps, designed to lure and kill tsetse flies, whose bites transmit a parasitic disease called sleeping sickness, which, like rabies, drives victims mad before it kills them.

Crews work to restore power after storms hit Michigan

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GLEN ARBOR, MI (AP)--   Crews are making progress restoring power to tens of thousands of Michigan homes and businesses left without electrical service following severe storms.  

CMS Energy Corp.'s Consumers Energy Unit says about 42,000 of 158,000 of its customers left without power since storms Sunday and early Monday were without service early Tuesday.

Most should be back late Wednesday. In Leelanau, Grand Traverse and Ogemaw counties, complete restoration is expected Thursday.

GM ignition switch deaths, injuries total 398

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DETROIT, MI (AP)--   General Motors' faulty ignition switches were responsible for at least 124 deaths and 274 injuries, according to a fund set up to compensate victims.  

The fund, administered by attorney Kenneth Feinberg, updated the totals Monday.

Victims' families are being offered compensation of at least $1 million each.

The fund has finished processing the 4,342 claims it received by the Jan. 31 deadline. Of those, 91 percent or 3,938 were deemed ineligible. Feinberg is waiting for additional documentation for six claims.

Man rescued after 6 hours in Lake Michigan during storm

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SOUTH MANITOU ISLAND, MI (AP)--   The U.S. Coast Guard says it plucked a kayaker from Lake Michigan after the man was in the water for about six hours during a weekend storm. 

The man was without his kayak but was wearing a life jacket when a Coast Guard crew raised him into a helicopter Sunday, between the Manitou Islands and Leelanau County in northern Lake Michigan. He appeared to have hypothermia but no other injuries.

The 33-year-old man was flashing a light around 8 p.m. His brother was able to paddle to an island before the storm hit.

SCHOOLCRAFT COUNTY, MI--   Only minor injuries are reported in a Schoolcraft County crash involving two motorcycles.  

The accident happened Monday on County Road 437 and Federal Forest 2417.  Deputies say two Wisconsin residents—a 56-year-old man and 52-year-old woman—were both westbound on Camp 7 Road when they crossed over CR 437 onto the forest highway.  Both lost control of their motorcycles and drove into the ditch. 

They were taken to Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Deputies say neither speed nor alcohol were factors in the crash.  

A man and a girl were killed while watching a traveling circus show Monday evening, after a strong storm dislodged the circus tent's poles and caused a collapse. Officials are now working to find out more about what went wrong at the fairgrounds in Lancaster, N.H.

"We lost two lives — a father and a daughter — at an event that was supposed to be fun," Gov. Maggie Hassan tells local TV station WMUR.

FORT GRATIOT, MI--   A former corrections officer with the Marquette County Sheriff’s Department has been sentenced for criminal sexual conduct with an inmate.   

Gemma Cowperthwaite, 26, of downstate Fort Gratiot pleaded guilty in May to sexual assault with intent to commit sexual penetration.  She was accused of having a relationship with an inmate at the St. Clair County Jail who was on work release. 

Cowperthwaite was originally charged with second-degree CSC, punishable by up to 15 years in prison. 

Braden Swenson wanders into a semi-rickety wooden shed on his search for gold, treasure and riches.

"Is there any treasure in here?" he asks in the endearing dialect of a 4-year-old. "I've been looking everywhere for them. I can't find any." The proto-pirate toddler conducts a quick search, then wanders away to continue his quest elsewhere.

Not far away, Ethan Lipsie, age 9, clutches a framing hammer and a nine-penny nail. He's ready to hang his freshly painted sign on a wooden "fort" he's been hammering away on. It says, "Ethan, Hudson and William were here."

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette City Commission has approved the sale of 37 acres of land to Duke LifePoint Healthcare for its new hospital. 

Duke will pay the city $4 million for the Roundhouse property and land where the Municipal Service Center currently stands. 

Officials have secured Brownfield Economic Development money for the project, which includes demolishing the service center, building the new hospital, and constructing medical offices and a parking deck. 

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