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LANSING, MI--   The Michigan Department of Transportation has approved a $4 million loan to help fund repair of flood-damaged roads in Houghton County.

The no-interest loan comes from the Michigan State Infrastructure Bank. It requires approval by the State Administrative Board, and is scheduled to be reviewed at its July 17 meeting.

The Houghton County Road Commission would receive the money over five years. It would allow the commission to expedite numerous road projects to repair flood damage.

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, MI--   A downstate woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries when her vehicle rolled over on County Road 550 this week. 

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office says it happened Tuesday around 7:35 a.m. near Eagles Nest Road. Kaylee Brace, 19, of Saint Helen was southbound when she reached for an item in the passenger side of the vehicle. She accidentally turned the steering wheel to the right, which made the vehicle enter the ditch and roll over.

Brace was taken to UPHS-Marquette for treatment.

WELLS TOWNSHIP, MI--   A home in Escanaba has been damaged by fire. 

Public Safety officers were dispatched just before noon Tuesday to 3343 US-2 & 41 in Wells Township and saw flames coming from the second-story window. Firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control with help from the Ford River Township Fire Department and compressed air foam.

Officers were on the scene for about two hours. Fire damage was kept to the second floor.

Five family members were able to escape the house without injury.

The Upper Peninsula Shakespeare Festival, also known as UP Shakes, will present "Bug" by Tracy Letts at the upstairs Community Room of the Ore Dock Brewing Company this summer 2018.  We spoke with the Artistic Director of UP Shakes, Jamie Weeder about the core story of the play and what the audience can expect.

Visit upshakes.org for more information about the performances and tickets.

LANSING, MI--   Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) Director Shelly Edgerton has approved adding eleven new medical conditions to the list of debilitating medical conditions set forth in the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act of 2008. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   A person of interest in the break-in of LaPalmes Country Corner in Wells Township is lodged at the Delta County Jail for unlawfully driving away an automobile.  

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office believes the man stole a pickup and broke into the store on July 1st or 2nd. Stolen property was loaded into the truck, which later crashed on Little West Road and overturned into the Little West Branch of the Escanaba River. The vehicle was later discovered by a logger.

IRON RIVER, MI--   Three people have been arrested for joyriding in Iron River.

On March 8 State Police from the Iron Mountain Post brought a patrol car to Northland Automotive & Powersports for repair work. After the business closed, three suspects took the car for a ride, then came back.

After an investigation was complete police submitted a report to the Iron County Prosecutor’s Office. The case was reassigned to the Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office to avoid any conflict of interest.

DEARBORN, MI (AP)--   AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide have fallen about six cents in the past week to about $2.92 per gallon. 

The Dearborn-based auto club said Monday that the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is about 49 cents more than at the same point last year.

Michigan's lowest average price was about $2.84 per gallon in the Bay City, Midland and Saginaw areas. The highest was about $3.02 a gallon in the Ann Arbor area.

AAA says it's the 10th week in a row that the Ann Arbor area has had the highest average.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A ballot measure aimed at improving access to voting was turned over to the Secretary of State Monday.

It was the last day for citizen-initiated proposals to amend the state constitution to turn in their signatures for review by the Bureau of Elections. A group called Promote the Vote turned in more than 400,000 signatures to get their measure on the November ballot.

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