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iLottery closer to reality

Jan 16, 2014

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A state panel has approved a Michigan Lottery contract for "iLottery," billed as a way to help fund public schools and keep the lottery relevant. 

The Michigan Lottery announced that the action Tuesday by the State Administrative Board finalized the iLottery services contract with Pollard Banknote Limited, which already provides ticket printing and other services for the state's lottery operations.

The contract is expected to have a value of about $23.2 million for the first four years.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Civil Service Commission has voted to impose higher health care costs on about 32,000 unionized Michigan government workers. 

Roughly 70 percent of Michigan's 47,000 employees have union representation.

The commission voted 3-1 Wednesday at its meeting in Lansing to accept wage increases and health benefit terms that an impasse panel had recommended.

The impasse panel's recommendations came after unions and Governor Rick Snyder's administration disagreed on wages and health benefits.

State changes bait fish rules

Jan 14, 2014

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Anglers who buy minnows to use as bait in Michigan no longer will be required to have their receipts with them while fishing under new state regulations. 

The Department of Natural Resources previously required anglers to be in possession of the receipts to help fight a fish-killing disease called viral hemorrhagic septicemia, or VHS.

The rule was meant to steer people to shops where bait was certified as disease-free.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   About 75,000 Michigan residents chose a health insurance plan from a government website during the first three months of enrollment under the federal health care law.  

Numbers released Monday by the Obama administration show that roughly 10 times more people in Michigan enrolled in private plans on the website in December than in the prior two months.

It's unclear how many of the 75,000 residents have followed through and paid their first monthly premium for coverage effective January 1st. Enrollment continues until the end of March.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   National and local foundations have committed more than $330 million toward Detroit's pensions to stave off the possible sale of city-owned pieces in an art museum. 

Mediators in Detroit's bankruptcy proceeding say in a statement Monday that other foundations are expected to announce their participation in the plan.

Nearly 130 individuals also have contributed to a fund established with a Detroit-area community foundation.

MADISON, WI (AP)--   A company looking to dig a huge iron mine near Mellen is complaining state regulators want too much information on its plans to take bulk mineral samples. 

The Department of Natural Resources says Gogebic Taconite needs certain permissions for the sampling, including a storm water permit and an air permit exemption. DNR regulators asked the company for more information on the process last month.

KINGSFORD, MI (AP)--   Two Kingsford brothers' work to reveal the mysteries of a treasure island in Nova Scotia will be featured in a History Channel series. 

The Daily News of Iron Mountain reports that "The Curse of Oak Island" premieres at 10 p.m. Sunday.  It highlights the work of Rick and Marty Lagina and others, who spent the summer searching the so-called Money Pit on Canada's Oak Island.

The Lagina brothers graduated from Kingsford High School in the early 1970s.  Their interest in the island began as youngsters.

The stakes were high and the vote was close as Boeing production workers agreed to concede some benefits in order to secure assembly of the new 777X airplane for the Puget Sound region.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Boeing hailed Friday's vote, which proponents said solidifies the aerospace giant's presence in the Seattle area.

"Tonight, Washington state secured its future as the aerospace capital of the world," Inslee declared.

KINGSFORD, MI (AP)--   A man who grew up in the Upper Peninsula has been arrested in the killing of three people in Colorado. 

Harry C. Mapps, 59, was arrested in Oklahoma after a month-long search and is awaiting his return to Colorado to face first-degree murder charges. The sheriff of Pueblo County, Colorado said Mapps set fire to the victims' house November 27 to cover up the killings.

The attack claimed the lives of Kim and Reggie Tuttle and their adult daughter, Dawn Roderick.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A 15-day address verification period for Michigan sex offenders is underway. 

It started on Wednesday. During the period, state law requires all registered offenders to report in person to their local law enforcement agency, sheriff's office or nearest Michigan State Police post to verify their address.

Tier 1 offenders must verify their address annually, during the first 15 days of January.

Tier 2 offenders must verify their address semi-annually, during the first 15 days of January and July.