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10:11 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Propane still scarce in Wisconsin

MADISON, WI (AP)--   Governor Scott Walker has declared another propane emergency. 

Midwestern states have been grappling with a propane shortage spurred by the cold winter, a temporary pipeline closure and heavy propane demand for drying grain last fall.

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Government
8:29 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Ruth Johnson to hold meetings in the U.P.

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson

MARQUETTE, MI--   Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson will hold town hall meetings and visit branch offices during a tour of the U.P. Wednesday.  

Johnson says her visit is part of her ongoing efforts to improve customer service and collect input and suggestions from staff and constituents.  She’s focusing on better service for veterans and military personnel, as well as the expansion of technology and shortened wait times.

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Government
11:03 am
Mon March 31, 2014

MI Republican wants to change electoral vote system

Representative Pete Lund

LANSING, MI (AP)--   President Barack Obama secured every electoral vote on his path to re-election Michigan, where Republicans haven't won a presidential race in a quarter-century but currently control state government. 

That's causing some Republicans to propose scrapping the winner-take-all system and instead dividing electoral votes proportionally. That would guarantee GOP candidates come away with something.

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Same-sex marriage
9:28 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Lawmakers: Give benefits to same-sex newlyweds

DETROIT (AP) — Six Democrats in Michigan's congressional delegation are asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend.
The marriages were completed before an appeals court suspended a decision that overturned Michigan's ban on gay marriage. The lawmakers want the government to treat the same-sex couples as legally married for the purpose of qualifying for federal benefits.
Gov. Rick Snyder says Michigan won't recognize the marriages for state benefits.

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Government
9:26 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Lawmakers OK bills so cities don't lose revenue

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers have given final approval to legislation designed to make sure local government budgets aren't hurt when manufacturers and small businesses get planned tax cuts.
The bills sent to Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday incorporate a recent deal worked out among his administration, municipalities and the business community.
A planned phase-out of taxes on industrial machinery starts in 2016 and is already underway for small businesses with equipment. The tax cuts will be halted if a statewide vote fails in August.

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