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Whitmer to propose 45-cent gas tax increase

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will propose a 45-cent increase in Michigan’s gasoline and diesel taxes to fix the roads, phased in later this year and in 2020. A spokeswoman for the Democrat confirmed her plan Monday, a day before she presents it to the Republican-led Legislature. Tiffany Brown says Whitmer also will propose “protections to help offset the cost to people’s …

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Four Canadian wolves relocated to Isle Royale National Park

Authorities have relocated four Canadian wolves to Isle Royale National Park in Michigan in an ongoing effort to restore the predator species on the Lake Superior island chain. The park announced Monday that a female and a male were captured from the same pack last week near Wawa, Ontario. Two other males were taken from Michipicoten Island Provincial Park in …

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U.S. 12 construction project planned

Michigan Department of Transportation has announced it will begin reconstruction of U.S. 12 in Sturgis at the Michigan Southern Railroad crossing next month. The project is to begin April 22 and will result in the closure of U.S. 12 to through traffic east of Jacob Street and west of North Clay Street during the two-month project. Specific closure time will …

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Snow day waiver approved

Three Rivers Community Schools Superintendent Ron Moag said the district was granted a state-issued waiver and three of its snow days will not have to be made up in June. Moag said the district has experienced 10 days of class cancellations this school year due to weather-related conditions. There are six days built in as automatically forgiven, but anything up …

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Two police officers honored in House

State Rep. Aaron Miller last week honored two local men by formally recognizing them on the House floor. Michigan State Police Detective-Sgt. Aaron Steensma and Trooper Daniel Thayer were formally presented with a special tribute highlighting their heroism and service in the line of duty. On Jan. 24, 2018, state police personnel were executing a search warrant at a Cass …

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Whitmer prepares 1st budget: ‘There are no easy answers’

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to spend billions more to fix the roads and boost a lagging education system. But as the Democrat prepares to deliver her first budget proposal to the Republican-led Legislature, she faces fiscal pressures that are complicating her task. She notes that the general fund — Michigan’s second-biggest account — has not grown much from 20 years …

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Friday night basketball

Three  Rivers 41,  Paw Paw 39 Cassopolis 67,  Centreville 55 Schoolcraft 62,  Bloomingdale 24 Union City 41,  Bronson 38

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Three Rivers Health notified of data security incident

Three Rivers Health was recently notified of a data security incident involving Wolverine Solutions Group, a subcontractor to a vendor the hospital uses for patient billing services. The incident did not involve Three Rivers Health’s electronic medical records or other information systems. Wolverine Solutions Group is handling the matter directly and is in the process of notifying potentially affected individuals …

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Cargo trailer stolen in Mottville

State police investigators are looking into the theft of a cargo trailer from a location in Mottville Township. According to an agency media release, the theft occurred between Feb. 11 and Feb. 19 near the intersection of Barker Road and Thomas Drive. The 2004 U.S. Cargo trailer is 6 1/2-by 12 feet in length with a mesh gate. It features …

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