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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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Part of CR 480 shut down

NEGAUNEE, MI-- The Marquette County Road Commission is closing a portion of County Road 480 for a construction project starting Monday. The deck of the bridge in the city of Negaunee will be replaced and maintenance will be performed on its steel beams. The project is expected to cost about $900,000. No through traffic will be allowed on CR 480 between Healy Avenue and M-35. Officials say the closure will last until November 15.
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In a new push to confront climate change, President Obama is announcing new standards that would cut the amount of carbon pollution produced by America's power plants.

Republican calls to defund Planned Parenthood over its alleged handling of fetal tissue for research are louder than ever. But they are just the latest in a decades-long drive to halt federal support for the group.

This round of attacks aims squarely at the collection of fetal tissue, an issue that had been mostly settled — with broad bipartisan support — in the early 1990s. Among those who voted then to allow federal funding for fetal tissue research was now-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

Facing securities fraud charges, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton turned himself in at a jail in Collin County, Texas, on Monday morning. A grand jury recently indicted Paxton on three felony charges that accuse him of misleading investors into a technology company.

"Two of the charges — first-degree felony securities fraud — carry the possibility of hefty jail sentences," reports member station KUT in Austin.

Zimbabwean wildlife officials have accused a second American of killing a lion during an illegal hunt, this one in April. It comes a week after the international furor set off by the killing of Africa's iconic lion Cecil by a Minnesota dentist in early July.

In a new video, presidential candidate Ted Cruz has manages to combine one of America's near-universal loves with one of its more contentious pastimes: bacon and guns.

The story of hitchBOT — the robot that had visited Europe and New York City, but couldn't make it out of Philadelphia in one piece — may not be over. A Philadelphia tech group is offering to rebuild the robot and hoping to repair their city's reputation.

A kid-sized robot that's built around a plastic bucket and sports a friendly LED face, hitchBOT had been on a mission to travel from Massachusetts to San Francisco, relying on the kindness of humans it meets along the way.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 322,000 sedans worldwide because side air bags can inflate if doors are slammed too hard.  

The recall covers certain Dodge Chargers from the 2011 to 2014 model years, mainly in the U.S. and Canada.

Last week, more than 843,000 Dodge Ram pickup trucks were recalled for the same problem. The company says the Charger recall came from an internal investigation launched because of the truck recall.


ST. IGNACE, MI (AP)--   It was a Michigan invasion of Mini Coopers.  

More than 1,300 Minis crossed the Mackinac Bridge in northern Michigan on Saturday but fell short of the world record. In 2009, 1,450 Minis drove single-file in London.

The Bay City Times says there were license plates from Alaska, Texas, California and Colorado. St. Ignace Mayor Paul Grondin says the line of cars seemed endless.

The drive across the bridge went from Mackinaw City to St. Ignace.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan has awarded nearly $250,000 in grants in 15 of the state's counties to help develop a new hiking and bicycling trail stretching hundreds of miles.  

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says that each of the 16 grant recipients was awarded up to $25,000 for planning, engineering and design projects along either the hiking route or the bicycle route of the trail, called Michigan's Iron Belle Trail.

A list of projects is posted online.

Gas prices still going down

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DEARBORN, MI (AP)--   AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have fallen by about six cents over the past week.  

The Dearborn-based auto club says the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.55 per gallon on Sunday, about 96 cents less than at the same point a year earlier.

According to the club, gas prices in Michigan have fallen by at least six cents for four straight weeks.