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LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan's most recent high school graduation and dropout rates didn't change much from the year before. 

The four-year graduation rate was 79.65 percent in the 2015-16 school year, down slightly from 79.79 percent in the 2014-15 academic year. The dropout rate was 8.91 percent, down from 9.12 percent.

The data was released Wednesday by the Michigan Center for Educational Performance and Information.

IRONWOOD, MI--   The remains of a deceased individual were found Monday afternoon in an Ironwood house being inspected for possible demolition. 

The Ironwood Daily Globe reports the person may have been dead for years, and police say it appears the person might have owned the house.  Officials say foul play isn’t suspected, but the incident remains under investigation by the Ironwood Public Safety Department and the medical examiner.

Other information is being withheld, pending notification of next of kin.

MANISTIQUE, MI--   Several people were arrested in Schoolcraft County Tuesday in a warrant sweep by the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team. 

UPSET says the arrest warrants were obtained in connection with investigations conducted over the past six months.  The sweep resulted in the arrest of six people on nine felony drug charges. 

The suspects were lodged in the Schoolcraft County Jail.

ESCANABA, MI--   The Delta County Prosecutor’s Office continues to evaluate a case in which a 3-year-old Rapid River girl was found in a ditch by a dog, but is cautioning the public not to speculate or reach unreliable conclusions about the situation. 

The girl was found Friday morning. Investigation revealed unsafe and unsanitary living conditions at her home, and she and her young sister were removed from the residence. 

MARQUETTE, MI--  As part of its Diversity Readers program, NMU is holding an Evening at the Archives Thursday evening at 7 at Mead Auditorium. Dr. Frank Boles, Director of the Clarke Historical Library at 

Central Michigan University, will discuss KKK items found in a farmhouse near Muskegon and their importance in today's political atmosphere.  

Public Radio 90 News Director Nicole Walton sat down to talk to Dr. Boles and NMU Archivist Marcus Robyns about the KKK in Michigan.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A speaking tour is stopping at Northern Michigan University Monday to discuss the proposed Back Forty mine in Menominee County.  

Al Gedicks is executive secretary of the Wisconsin Resources Protection Council. He’ll join Guy Reiter—a member of the Menominee Conservation Committee—to talk about the planned 83-acre, open-pit sulfide mine.

Nathan Frischkorn is a member of NMU’s American Indian Science and Engineering Society.  He says the project would pose environmental problems.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A bipartisan group of state lawmakers and local officials will try again this year to shut down a tax break that’s allowed big box stores to cut their property taxes. 

The so-called “dark store” loophole allows open and functioning big-box stores to base their property taxes on the value of stores that have been shut down. The value of the empty stores can be further reduced by restrictions on who can buy them.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette Food Co-op has donated more than $4,000 to the United Way of Marquette County through its Round Up at the Register program. 

During fundraising periods Co-op shoppers were asked if they wanted to round up the total of their purchases to the next whole dollar amount. The difference was donated to the United Way. 

Store officials say they collected 9,417 individual donations averaging 42 cents from shoppers over the 60-day campaign.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Governor Rick Snyder has written letters to every member of Michigan's congressional delegation to warn how House Republicans' health care legislation would "adversely impact" the state's most vulnerable residents. 

The Republican governor's letter, dated Tuesday, says the debate has largely focused on people participating in the expanded Medicaid program. But he says half of all Michigan children are served by the traditional Medicaid program, which would also be affected by the bill.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has released an update on the health of the state's forests, including threats posed by insects and diseases.

Michigan's 20 million acres of forest land supports recreation, forest products and other industries while providing crucial wildlife habitat.

The report outlines efforts to control spruce budworm, a pest that periodically defoliates spruce and fir forests. It says infestations probably will increase over the next 10 years. Experts are looking for high-risk areas in state forests.

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