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DNR offers snowmobile sound tests amid increased enforcement

MARQUETTE, MI (AP)-- The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is offering snowmobile sound testing as part of an effort to ensure that machines are operating legally. Conservation officers will be on hand for testing from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 20 at DNR customer service centers in Marquette, Newberry and Gaylord. Testing is offered for 2-stroke machines manufactured after 1980 and takes about 10 minutes. The DNR says any result above 88 decibels is failing. No enforcement action will happen...
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Utilities expect Wisconsin customers to see heating savings

MILWAUKEE, WI (AP)-- Some Wisconsin utilities predict customers could see their lowest heating bills in years, thanks to low natural gas prices and a mild winter. Customers of Milwaukee-based We Energies can expect savings of around 25 percent compared with last winter. That translates into a savings of $150 for the heating season. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the latest forecast is an update from We Energies' initial estimate in October. Wisconsin's largest utility reports that in ...
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On the southwestern tip of the Korean Peninsula, laid out across ferry-filled harbors and rolling hillsides, is a vibrant port city called Mokpo.

Famous for its Japanese colonial architecture and for being the jumping-off point to scenic islands like Heuksan and Jeju— the "Hawaii of Korea" — Mokpo is also known for its fishing industry and its local seafood delicacy: hongeo.

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MARQUETTE, MI--   Icing tests on U.S. Army helicopters in the Marquette area will continue through April. 

That’s according to officials at the Redstone Test Center in Huntsville, Alabama.  A team based at Sawyer International Airport has been flying two modified aircraft in the area since last October.  One is a CH-47D Chinook helicopter equipped with a Helicopter Icing Spray System, which creates an icy cloud through which a second helicopter flies.  It documents the effects of ice accumulation and shedding. 

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FLINT, MI (MPRN)--   Hillary Clinton took a break over the weekend from stumping for support in New Hampshire to bring her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination to Flint, where the city faces a public health crisis due to lead in the drinking water.

Clinton’s visit capped an hours-long church revival meeting filled with songs, sermons, and a pastor with a sense of humor as he noted the packed seats at the House of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church. 

“I got a question: Where y’all been?” asked Elder Kenneth Stewart to peals of laughter from the congregation.

Only a few people survived when a boat carrying migrants capsized in the Aegean Sea on Monday, Turkish Coast Guard officials say. At least 24 people perished — including 11 children.

The boat had been heading for the Greek island of Lesbos, Turkey's Hurriyet Daily News reports, adding that the boat is believed to have embarked on a new route to Lesbos to avoid "intensified security measures to prevent migrant crossings."

For more than two decades, New Hampshire has been a place of redemption for the Clintons. That could come to an end Tuesday night.

The Granite State revived the Democrat's 2008 campaign after a devastating Iowa loss to Barack Obama. That victory helped her become the new "Comeback Kid" — the same moniker her husband Bill Clinton proclaimed after his strong finish in the state in 1992 jumpstarted his road to the nomination.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Victims' rights advocates say Michigan lags behind some other states when it comes to laws meant to keep guns from domestic abusers. 

More than a dozen states have taken steps in the past two years to strengthen laws that would keep guns from domestic abusers. But Michigan State University legal expert April Zeoli says Michigan has no law to ensure those barred by a judge from owning guns in domestic violence cases don't have them.

MILWAUKEE, WI (AP)--   Some Wisconsin utilities predict customers could see their lowest heating bills in years, thanks to low natural gas prices and a mild winter. 

Customers of Milwaukee-based We Energies can expect savings of around 25 percent compared with last winter. That translates into a savings of $150 for the heating season.

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DEARBORN, MI (AP)--   AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have fallen by about 13 cents in the past week. 

The Dearborn-based auto club says the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $1.53 per gallon on Sunday. That's about 72 cents less than at the same time a year ago.

According to the auto club, Michigan ranked sixth in the nation for the lowest statewide average daily gas price.

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