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I-94 Construction Closings

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MDOT is reporting I 94 will be closed at I69 in Port Huron Township between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. this week. The closures started Tuesday night and will continue through Sunday. Crews will be setting new bridge beams during the closure. I 94 will be closed in both directions at I 69.  Eastbound traffic…

Public School Retiree Contributions Ruled Constitutional

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Michigan lawmakers did not violate the Constitution when they required teachers and other public school employees to contribute to their retiree healthcare costs, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Wednesday. Justice Stephen Markman, wrote in the decision AFT Michigan v. Michigan that because the law, has a voluntary provision that allows teachers and public school…

February Elections On the Chopping Block

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A Michigan House committee has created legislation that will end some district’s practice of holding elections in the month of February. The bill sponsor, Rep. Lisa Lyons, R-Alton, says February elections are costly to hold, and have low voter turnout. Some school officials disagree, sighting that limiting election months causes “voter fatigue” by creating large…

Expect Lower Gas Prices This Summer

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Summer gasoline prices are expected to be the lowest in about 6 years, according to the Energy Department. The national average price is forecast to fall 32 percent from a year ago to $2.45 a gallon between April and September. That would mark the lowest seasonal average since 2009. For the year, the department’s Energy…

Judge Kelly Appoints New District Court Administrator

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Chief Judge Daniel J. Kelly has announced that Andrea R. Strassburg has been appointed as 72nd District Court Administrator. Mrs. Strassburg holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master Degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University and has served as a 72nd District Court Probation Officer since 2003. During her tenure she was…

Smoking Slowly Declines

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Have you wondered how many people still smoke cigarettes in the US? Here are the latest statistics:  Nearly 18 of every 100 U.S. adults aged 18 years or older currently smoke cigarettes. This means an estimated 42.1 million adults in the United States currently smoke cigarettes. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease…

National Volunteer Week at the Y

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The YMCA of the Blue Water Area wants to remind everyone that National Volunteer Week is April 12-18, 2015. For more than 40 years, National Volunteer Week has been a great time to take action and discover opportunities to give back and make a difference in your community. As one of the leading nonprofits and…

Parts of Sex Offender Registry Ruled Unconstitutional

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Michigan’s Sex Offender Registry law is so vague that parts of it are unconstitutional, including the requirement that offenders stay at least 1,000 feet from schools, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland, in a 72-page ruling, struck down several reporting requirements of the 1994 law, which has been amended several times…

Most Outstanding Businesses Awards

Sarnia Chamber

Over 450 members of Sarnia Lambton’s business community gathered in Sarnia to see who would be crowned the county’s most outstanding businesses in 2015. Rory Ring, President and CEO of the Chamber offered congratulations to the winners, but noted that all nominees are winners, “When a peer or a customer or someone notices that you…

NerdWallet’s Best Michigan Cities

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NerdWallet identified the communities in Michigan that offer young families the best combination of solid schools, great neighbors and affordable housing. Here’s their analysis of 173 cities and towns and census-designated places in Michigan.  NerdWallet’s analysis looked 4 key indicators Home affordability, Prosperity and growth, Quality of education and Family friendliness.  Here’s t their list of…