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MARQUETTE, MI--   Governor Rick Snyder spent time in the Escanaba area Thursday on his tour of the Upper Peninsula this week. 

Snyder stopped at Bay College to learn about the school’s skilled trades programs. He also went to the Upper Peninsula State Fair to honor Navy vet and U.P. Veteran of the Year Tom DeCarlo. The day included remarks at the fair’s Governor’s Luncheon, then a tour of the Escanaba & Lake Superior Railroad rail car and manufacturing facility. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Michigan Governor Rick Snyder was in Marquette Tuesday, touring the city’s brand-new Clark Lambros Beach Park. 

Dedicated on Saturday, the park is a product of the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund.  Snyder spoke at the park to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the fund, which awards money for recreation projects or land purchases.  Lambros Park is a collaboration between the City of Marquette, Michelle Butler—who sold the land for the park—the Lambros family, and the NRTF. 

MACKINAC ISLAND, MI (AP)--   Mackinac Island is restricting drones amid worries that such unmanned aircraft may startle the island's horses and interfere with its historic charm.  

The Detroit News reports the restriction is expected to go into effect July 26 requiring visitors and residents on the island to seek permission from officials before flying drones. The City Council recently approved the ordinance.

According to the ordinance, potential drone operators will need to request a permit before flying their devices. Violators could be subject to a fine.

MADISON, WI (AP)--   A legislative committee has extended emergency rules allowing captive deer farmers to opt out of the state's chronic wasting disease monitoring program without upgrading their fences.

Generally, deer farms must enroll in the monitoring program to get Department of Natural Resources' approval for a single fence. If farms don't participate in the program they must install double or solid fencing.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Governor Rick Snyder says the federal government has extended an order that allows truckers transporting fuel in Michigan to spend more time on the road.  

Snyder had issued the energy emergency in May and earlier extended it in response to pipeline interruptions in Wisconsin and Detroit. He had suspended state and federal rules related to limits on hours and days that a trucker can be on the road.

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LANSING, MI (AP)--   Republicans have held the Michigan governorship and the state attorney general's office for 5½ years a feat that had been out of reach for more than six decades before Rick Snyder and Bill Schuette took office. 

Given recent strife between the two, though, you could be forgiven for thinking they are of different political parties.

The friction is not limited to Schuette's high-stakes criminal and civil investigation of Flint's water crisis, for which the governor has apologized and five state employees have resigned, been fired or charged.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Governor Rick Snyder is calling for "wholesale revisions" of how Michigan divvies up road construction money after he vetoed legislation that would have ended a requirement that 45 cities cover some of the cost of state road projects within their limits.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is inviting the public to comment on draft proposals to amend the state's solid waste laws.
The proposals were developed by an advisory group formed in April 2015 to comprehensively review Part-115 of the ‘Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act,’ which deals with solid waste management.
The 13-member panel includes representatives from businesses, environmental groups, solid waste processors, academia and local governments.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan's attorney general has won preliminary approval to spend $3.4 million more to investigate Flint's water crisis, which would more than triple overall spending on the probe. 

The request was endorsed 3-0 by a State Administrative Board committee Tuesday. The full board will meet July 12 to consider the contract change.

Attorney General Bill Schuette hired lawyer Todd Flood and 21 other outside attorneys and investigators for the probe.

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, MI--   Marquette Township and Peter White Public Library have agreed on the terms of a new contract. 

WLUC-TV says the old agreement was put in place in 1993.  The new one is much the same, but updates a few items.  One change is that the new contract will end on December 31st instead of the middle of the year.  Contracts will last two years, and must be re-evaluated before they’re renewed to see if they’re meeting the needs of Township residents. 

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