Upper Peninsula and state National Guard members returning home, legislation introduced to improve patient safety in Michigan hospitals, transparency proponents are planning a petition drive to subject the Michigan Governor and Legislature to public records/Freedom of Information requests, and the minimum wage debate continues in the U.S. Capitol.

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Upper Peninsula legislators and warrantless search legislation, Citizen Reapportionment Commission–maybe new UP legislative districts, new definition of “rural” and “urban” needed, boosting rural broadband access, and affordable housing in rural areas. Read this week’s Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes.

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Tax abatements and tax incentives for UP businesses, Marquette and Sault Ste. Maire as launch sites, minimum wage debate and the UP economy, Apollo/Lifepoint make more acquisitions, and UP universities’ success with COVID-19 management. Read this week’s Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes!

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New video feature on our website, Sault Ste. Marie update, Finlandia University announces new health clinic partnership, permanent Daylight Savings Time might be in the UP’s future, Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center and Hiawatha Music Co-op are collaborating on an upcoming concert, and K-12 standardized testing effectiveness. Don’t miss this week’s Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes.

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