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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?

He was probably about 40 years old, 155 pounds, white, and wearing a suit. And he's the reason why women are shivering at their desks in air-conditioned buildings.

At some point in the 1930s, someone defined "metabolic equivalents" – how much energy a body requires while sitting, walking and running. Almost a century later, the back-of-the-envelope calculations are considered a standard for many things, including air conditioning.

In a first, the Food and Drug Administration has given approval to a drug that is produced on a 3-D printer. The pill, produced by Aprecia Pharmaceuticals, treats seizures. It's expected to hit the market in the first quarter of 2016.

NPR's Rob Stein reports for our Newscast unit:

"The drug is called Spritam and is designed to treat seizures in people suffering from epilepsy. It's a new version of a seizure medication that's been on the market for years.

The relatives of 16 victims of the 2012 elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., reached a proposed $1.5 million settlement Monday against the estate of the shooter's mother.

According to the Hartford Courant, each family will receive $93,750 apiece from a homeowner insurance policy that Nancy Lanza had on a Newtown home she shared with her son Adam.

The lawsuits were filed by the families of 14 victims who died in the school shooting and two who survived.

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.  

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