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Whitmer: Spend $300M of virus aid to hike hourly wage to $15

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday proposed spending $300 million in federal COVID-19 funding to help Michigan businesses pay workers $15 an hour. State grants would cover the difference between an employee’s current hourly wage and $15 for three months, as long as the ...

Cancer ride concludes

Courtesy photo Former Escanaba resident Lynn Lancour celebrates finishing a cross country cycling trip Sunday by hoisting her bike near the pier in St. Augustine, Fla. as fellow cyclist Stuart Spaude looks on. Lancour and team raised $50,000 for research into blood cancers with their Gears N ...

Fun Run returns to Esky this weekend

ESCANABA — After being canceled last year due to the pandemic, The Krusin; Klassics Fun Run returns to Escanaba this weekend. The event begins Friday at 7 p.m. with the traditional parade of classic and vintage vehicles on Ludington Street. The event then moves to the U.P. State Fairgrounds ...

Suspects arrested in sting operation in court

MARQUETTE — Three of the five suspects arrested in a joint sting operation in relation to child sex crimes in March have been bound over to the 25th Circuit Court, the Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office announced. Robert Jay Miller, 42, of Negaunee; Amerie Rackem Stevens, 48, of ...

Number of new COVID-19 cases in U.P. remains low

ESCANABA — Local health officials Wednesday reported only one more confirmed COVID-19 positive in both Delta and Menominee counties. The Public Health of Delta and Menominee Counties website Wednesday also listed six new probable coronavirus cases in Delta County and three in Menominee ...

Lawmakers want to know when gov leaves state

LANSING (AP) — Senate Republicans voted Wednesday to require the lieutenant governor to make a “good-faith effort” to notify legislative leaders when the governor has left Michigan and he or she has assumed gubernatorial powers and duties. The legislation, which appears destined for a ...