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ONTONAGON, MI--   The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team conducted a drug bust in the village of Ontonagon last week. 

On Friday UPSET executed a search warrant at a residence on Pennsylvania Avenue. Detectives seized more than 8 ounces of meth, more than $3,000 in cash, and a loaded handgun. They say the drugs have an estimated street value of more than $30,000.

No arrests have been made at this time.

The investigation continues, and the case is being reviewed by the Ontonagon County Prosecutor’s Office.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Rick Snyder says he’s concerned that President Trump’s decision to end subsidies that help low-income families pay for health insurance could make rates unaffordable.

Snyder says more study is needed to determine the state’s next move, but he hopes Congress will act quickly to settle things.

MADISON, WI (AP)--   House Speaker Paul Ryan says he does not want to "shovel more money at a failing program" to replace federal subsidies that President Donald Trump is eliminating that help make health insurance more affordable. 

Ryan told reporters Monday that he supports the president's decision last week to end the subsidies. In Ryan's home state of Wisconsin the loss of the subsidies is projected to result in premiums increasing 36 percent for the average insurance plan sold through the federal exchange.

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MARQUETTE, MI--   The new, UP-wide economic development initiative now has a leader. 

Joan Kimball has been selected as the executive director of Invest UP. A Laurium native, Kimball is a graduate of Marquette Senior High School and Northern Michigan University. Kimball has more than 20 years’ experience in global business development, strategic partnerships, market expansion, networking, and research.

MARQUETTE, MI--   An Ishpeming man charged in the stabbing death of a Marquette man in June of last year has been sentenced.

Derek Blemke, 25, pleaded no contest earlier this year to second-degree murder. He was arrested after Brandon LaFavre, 21, was found dead in his apartment on the 200 block of Wright Street. Blemke was accused of stabbing LaFavre 24 times while LaFavre slept.

Blemke was sentenced Monday to 20 to 40 years in prison with credit for 479 days already served. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   UPHS-Marquette is compliant with Medicare requirements.

That’s the finding of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, following an unannounced inspection in September. The health survey was conducted after hospital nurses submitted a report on staffing levels entitled “Misplaced Priorities: The Deteriorating Condition of Safe Patient Care at Duke LifePoint Upper Peninsula Health System-Marquette” in August.

The DHHS says it found zero deficiencies in its investigation on behalf of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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A conversation with former eleven term Upper Michigan Congressman Bart Stupak on his book, For All Americans, the story behind the Stupak Amendment and passage of the “Affordable Care Act.”

DEARBORN, MI (AP)--   AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have risen by about 11 cents per gallon in the past week. 

The Dearborn-based auto club says early Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.52 per gallon. That's about 26 cents more than at the same point last year.

Michigan's lowest average price was about $2.49 per gallon in the Marquette area. The highest was about $2.58 per gallon in the Traverse City area. Previously, AAA Michigan says the Marquette area had the highest average price for four weeks in a row.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Legislation to reduce Michigan's high auto insurance premiums by letting drivers opt out of mandatory unlimited medical coverage is in peril, with majority Republicans lacking enough support to pass it on their own and many Democrats pushing an alternative plan.

House Speaker Tom Leonard says he needs 10 to 15 of the chamber's 45 Democrats to help move the bill to the Senate. That means 19 to 24 of the 63 House Republicans are opposed.

STURGEON BAY, WI (AP)--   The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working to restore buildings on some islands in northeast Wisconsin that date back more than a century. 

Renovations to the 325-acre Plum Island and the 4-acre Pilot Island could total almost $7 million.

The buildings on Plum Island are on the National Register of Historic Places. The island is also part of the Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

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