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      Upper Michigan police department to be cut in half

      The Iron River City Council has approved cutting its police department in half because of budget constraints. The Daily News of Iron Mountain reports ( http://bit.ly/10XWfw2 ) the council in the Upper Peninsula city voted 4-1 Thursday to approve the 2013-14 budget including the police cuts. The cuts mean the department will move from a six officers to three when the next fiscal year starts July 1. Chief Michael Goriesky and officer J.D. Flood are scheduled to retire, and one of the four remaining is expected to be laid off. A city official says plans could change depending on union negotiations. Mayor Terry Tarsi says it was a tough decision but spending any more would put the city in a deficit. The state, Tarsi says, "won't allow us to do it."