9:56 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Lawmakers want Asian Carp stopped in Chicago

The Brandon Road lock and dam.
Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers /

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP)--   Members of Congress are calling for quick action at a crucial spot in the Chicago area to block Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes. 

Legislation introduced Thursday would order the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to take steps such as placing carbon dioxide bubble screens, underwater sound cannons and other devices at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam to repel the invasive fish.

The lock and dam on the Des Plaines River is considered a choke point where authorities could prevent the carp from reaching Lake Michigan, about 40 miles away.

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9:51 am
Fri February 27, 2015

House vote on cell phone location bill delayed

Kelsey Smith, the law's namesake.
Credit Kansas City Star

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The state House is delaying voting on a bill that would require wireless carriers to share cell phone location information with law enforcement during emergencies. 

The House was expected to vote on the bill Thursday, but Tea Party groups expressed concerns the legislation would lead to so-called warrantless wiretapping.

The bill would eliminate the need for a search warrant and limit applicable emergencies to those where there's serious risk of death or physical harm.

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9:20 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Marquette County faced with possible property tax hemorrhage

MARQUETTE, MI--   Randy Girard is frustrated.  

Over the past three years Marquette Township’s manager has fought the outpouring of property taxes—first a stream, now a potential deluge—from the Township’s coffers back to large retailers who say their property is worth a fraction of what the state declares. 

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9:32 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Protests at WI Capitol

Union members, some wearing hard hats and overalls, gather inside the Wisconsin State Capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin to rally against right-to-work on February 24, 2015.
Credit Scott Bauer /

MADISON, WI (AP)--   The Wisconsin Senate is set to take up a contentious right-to-work bill after an evening of bitter protests at the state Capitol. 

The Senate plans to consider the bill Wednesday afternoon. Debate looks to be fierce. Democrats are incensed after Republicans on the Senate's labor committee cut a public hearing on the bill short Tuesday night, enraging dozens of people who had waited all day to speak.

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9:25 am
Wed February 25, 2015

State lawmakers taking another crack at corrections overhaul

Representative Kurt Heise

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Bills meant to gradually reduce Michigan’s prison population and bring down costs have new life in the state Legislature. 

The legislation went down in flames at the end of the last legislative session, in part because state Attorney General Bill Schuette and law enforcement groups said they didn’t have enough time to assess the bills.

Now, the chair of the state House Criminal Justice Committee is spearheading a new effort to pass the measures - even though he voted against similar bills last session.

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