Michigan News

Freed Detroit man is shot

DETROIT (AP) — Authorities say a young Detroit man who was released from prison last year after prosecutors agreed that his four murder convictions should be overturned has been shot in the leg. Detroit police say Davontae Sanford was taken to the hospital Saturday night with a wound that ...

Ex-prosecutor released from jail

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A man accused of hiring prostitutes hundreds of times during his 20-year career as a Michigan prosecutor has been released from jail. The Lansing State Journal reports Stuart Dunnings III walked out of the Clinton County Jail early Sunday after serving 10 months. The ...

AAA: Gas prices fall 12 cents

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have fallen by about 12 cents per gallon in the past week. The Dearborn-based auto club says late Sunday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.42 per gallon. That’s about 23 cents more than at ...

Traveling guitar exhibit to visit Kalamazoo museum

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Michigan residents will soon be able to rock out with the National Guitar Museum as its traveling exhibit visits the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. “GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World” opens Saturday in the downtown museum, the Kalamazoo Gazette reported. The ...

County, public remained in dark about big methane leak

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press One night in early September, a critical piece of natural gas infrastructure temporarily blew its stack. By the time a resident heard the racket, dialed 911 and workers responded, the Harmony compressor station in rural northeastern Pennsylvania had ...

Upton considers Senate run as GOP seeks Stabenow challenger

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. — A two-man field of Republicans jockeying to challenge Sen. Debbie Stabenow in 2018 could soon double in size. Rep. Fred Upton, who has held southwestern Michigan’s congressional seat for 30 years, took more steps toward a ...

Waste contract, labor agreements on Monday’s agenda

By MARY WARDELL Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Commission will consider the negotiated contract with Waste Management for curbside residential waste and recycling pickup, a labor agreement with city supervisors, a new public art policy, a salary increase and bonus for the ...

Officials considering ordinance for medical marijuana facilities

By LISA BOWERS Journal Ishpeming Bureau NEGAUNEE – After months of consideration and requests for public input, Negaunee Township may be closer to deciding whether licensed medical marijuana businesses will have a place there. At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Negaunee Township Planning ...

DEQ sets public hearing for Eagle East

By MARY WARDELL Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is holding a public hearing to gather comments on its proposed decision to approve a permit amendment granting Eagle Mine’s request to mine the Eagle East mineral resource in western Marquette ...

Ex-official: Legionnaires’ seemed tied to Flint water switch

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s former director of disease control testified Friday that she believed a spike in Legionnaires’ disease in the Flint area was related to a switch in the city’s water supply. Corinne Miller said she felt “relieved” to take her concerns and statistics to ...

Township sets meeting on US 41 underpass

By LISA BOWERS Journal Ishpeming Bureau MARQUETTE – Members of the Marquette Township Planning and Zoning Department and recreation committee will present an update Monday on the $2.25 million project to build an underpass beneath U.S. 41. The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. in the ...

UPHS nurses’ No. 1 concern is staffing levels

By MARY WARDELL Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Not wages and benefits, but guaranteed staffing levels — that’s what nurses at UP Health System-Marquette are demanding in ongoing contract negotiations, or they plan to strike. The local chapter of the Michigan Nurse’s Association gave ...

Great Girls in Michigan’s History

Nine girls of different eras in Michigan’s history are highlighted in the traveling exhibit “Great Girls in Michigan’s History,” at the Marquette Regional History Center. During the opening, modern women leaders were present to discuss their careers. The exhibit will run through Oct. ...

Leaders: $271B needed for Great Lakes water systems

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — State leaders say the Great Lakes region needs to drastically improve public water systems. The Great Lakes Commission this week called for upgrading wastewater treatment plants, storm water pipes and drinking water filtration systems. The commission, which represents the ...

Driver bound over for trial

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man charged with second-degree murder in a crash that killed five people has been bound over for trial. The Macomb Daily reports 22-year-old Matthew Carrier of Fenton is charged with five counts of second-degree murder and 14 other charges in connection with ...

Michigan official faces key hearing in Flint water case

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A former Michigan health official testified Thursday that he started asking questions about bacteria in Flint’s water supply a year before the state publicly acknowledged an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. Tim Becker, who was deputy director at the Department of ...

Iraq War vet, businessman James seeks Senate seat

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Republican John James, a political newcomer who flew Army helicopters in the Iraq War and now runs an automotive supply chain and logistics business in Detroit, said Thursday he is running for U.S. Senate. He is the second candidate in the GOP ...

Michigan sued after gay couples are rejected for adoption

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — Michigan is illegally allowing faith-based groups to reject same-sex couples who want to adopt children or become foster parents, the American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday in a lawsuit challenging the practice. Groups such as Catholic Charities ...

Trooper dies from injuries

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State Police say a trooper has died from his injuries after crashing his motorcycle in the western part of the state. The agency says 28-year-old Trooper Timothy O’Neill of the Rockford Post died following the crash about 7:45 a.m. Wednesday. It ...

Annual ArtPrize competition kicks off in western Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — An international art competition in western Michigan is kicking off its ninth year. ArtPrize Nine starts today in Grand Rapids and runs through Oct. 8. In all, $500,000 in cash prizes will be awarded — including $200,000 for the public favorite and $200,000 for a ...