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Mount Pleasant's City Commission approved a draft contract for the creation of an Okaya, Japan sister city sculpture. City commissioners plan on gifting the sculpture to the city when it visits Okaya early next year.

(Gokul Kumar | File Photo)

City approves draft contract for Okaya, Japan sister city sculpture

Mount Pleasant’s City Commission approved a draft contract Monday night allowing the city to create a sculpture in honor of its sister city relationship with Okaya, Japan. The contract, totaling in more than $12,000, will cover the cost of materials […]
Metro / Mount Pleasant / Politics
Mount Pleasant's City Commission approved a draft contract for the creation of an Okaya, Japan sister city sculpture. City commissioners plan on gifting the sculpture to the city when it visits Okaya early next year.

(Gokul Kumar | File Photo)

City commissioners suggest internal review of processes and procedures

Two Mount Pleasant city commissioners suggested the governing body look into its processes and procedures at the group’s regular meeting on Monday. Commissioner Matthew Sous said he was moved to do so after examining the group throughout its city manager […]
Isabella County / Metro / News / Politics

Lawmakers increase minimum wage to $9.25, impact of increase on student jobs uncertain

As lawmakers announced Tuesday that the state minimum wage would be increased to $9.25 an hour by 2018, Central Michigan University officials are beginning the process to see exactly how they can cope with the changes. Barrie Wilkes, CMU’s vice […]
Politics
Q&A: U.S. Rep. Kildee on student loan reform, gay marriage and big money in politics

Q&A: U.S. Rep. Kildee on student loan reform, gay marriage and big money in politics

  Congressman Dan Kildee D-Flint says higher education is a focal point of his platform. Fitting with his interest in Michigan universities, the Central Michigan University Alumnus spoke to College Democrats last week about several issues facing students, including loan […]
Isabella County / Metro / News / Politics
Roadside animal removal could be made easier by Booher’s Bill

Roadside animal removal could be made easier by Booher’s Bill

A new Michigan law could make keeping roadkill easier for drivers. Booher’s Bill passed in the state’s Senate unanimously on March 26, and is awaiting approval from the House of Representatives and Gov. Rick Snyder. The bill will allow drivers who collide with animals […]
Metro / Politics / U.S./World

Supreme Court upholds Michigan’s ban on affirmative action in admissions decisions

U.S. Supreme Court justices upheld an amendment to Michigan’s constitution on Tuesday banning the use of race in higher education admission decisions. In a 6-2 ruling, justices found Michigan’s ban on affirmative action in higher education – approved by voters in […]
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Democrat withdraws from 4th Congressional District race, lends support to Alma practitioner

Democrat withdraws from 4th Congressional District race, lends support to Alma practitioner

Democrat John Barker dropped out of the 4th Congressional District race Monday to lend his support to Alma resident Jeff Holmes. Barker, a former Union Township supervisor, announced on his campaign’s Facebook page that he is ending his campaign to […]
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Obama’s Ann Arbor speech highlights challenges for young Americans, divisions among parties

Obama’s Ann Arbor speech highlights challenges for young Americans, divisions among parties

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Matt Roughton is worried about how his children will be able to pay for college. Roughton, 52, was among dozens who gathered along East Hoover Avenue in Ann Arbor on Wednesday to watch President Barack Obama […]
Metro / Politics / Top Stories
Hundreds of attendees listen to President Barack Obama speak about minimum wage reform, Wednesday at the University of Michigan's Intramural Sports building in Ann Arbor.

Obama in Ann Arbor: $10.10 minimum wage a ‘no-brainer’

  ANN ARBOR, Mich. — President Barack Obama blasted congressional Republicans for opposing a minimum wage increase, Wednesday in Ann Arbor. Obama also urged voters to call their congressmen to get them to vote for the wage increase. “Nobody who […]
Metro / Politics
Obama to push for $10.10 minimum wage in Ann Arbor as debate heats up in Congress

Obama to push for $10.10 minimum wage in Ann Arbor as debate heats up in Congress

President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at the University of Michigan at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Intramural Building to push for a raise in the federally-mandated minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour over the next […]
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Camp to retire from Congress after 24 years

Camp to retire from Congress after 24 years

U.S. Rep. Dave Camp, R-Midland, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, announced Monday he will retire at the end of his current term. “This decision was reached after much consideration and discussion with my family,” Camp said […]
Isabella County / Metro / Politics / U.S./World
Same-sex marriages in Michigan will not be recognized during stay, students voice frustrations

Same-sex marriages in Michigan will not be recognized during stay, students voice frustrations

No same-sex couples were married in Isabella County on Saturday, while more than 300 were wedded statewide during a brief period in which it was legal. A voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage was overturned March 21in U.S. district court, in […]


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