News Update For Monday, March 19, 2012

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Great Lakes Radio News

NEWS UPDATE FOR 3/19/12

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Authorities in the Copper Country are continuing their investigation into a weekend single-vehicle rollover accident.  The Houghton County Sheriff’s Department says the accident happened around 1:45 am on Saturday on Main Street in Dollar Bay.  The driver, an unidentified 30-year-old Hancock man was injured when his northbound vehicle left the roadway near Dogwood Avenue, rolled over and struck a tree.  The driver was taken to Portage Health in Hancock and later transferred to Marquette General Hospital.  The driver’s condition is unknown at this time.

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State Police and Lac Vieux Desert Tribal Police report a car-bicycle accident in the Western U-P Saturday afternoon that injured a 10-year-old girl.  The accident happened around 3:30-pm Central time Saturday on US-45 and Rifle Road in Watersmeet when the girl was struck by a Ford Focus.  The girl, whose name has not been released, was hospitalized and her condition is not known.  The investigation into the accident is continuing.

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Weight restrictions have been lifted on all state trunkline highways south of and including US-2 at St. Ignace west to the Michigan/Wisconsin border at Iron Mountain. State trunkline highways typically carry M, I, or US designations. On routes designated as “all-season”, there is no reduction in legal axle weights. On routes designated as “seasonal”, there is a posted weight reduction of 25 percent for rigid pavements and 35 percent for flexible pavements. All extended permits are valid for oversize loads in the weight-restricted area on the restricted routes.

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The Department of Natural Resources’ Eastern and Western Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Councils are meeting tonight in Marquette. The meeting will be from 6 to 9 in the Huron and Erie rooms at the Bottum University Center at N-M-U. The two advisory councils meet jointly once each year to discuss items pertaining to the Upper Peninsula. The groups are designed to advise the D-N-R on regional programs and policies.

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