Michigan News

DNR offers ‘Wildlife Through Forestry’ forum in Baraga County

BARAGA — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will offer its latest “Wildlife Through Forestry” forum, which will showcase preliminary results from the DNR’s ongoing Upper Peninsula predator-prey study, May 8 at the Ottawa Sportsmen’s Club in Baraga County. “This is the ...

Bill in state House would allow clergy to refuse to marry couples

By CAITLIN TAYLOR Special to the Journal LANSING — Some religious leaders are questioning the necessity of a House bill aimed at further protecting their First Amendment rights. The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Jeffrey Noble, R-Plymouth, would allow ministers, clerics and other religious ...

MTU student dies while camping

Hypothermia is suspected as cause By KELSIE THOMPSON Journal Staff Writer ISHPEMING — Police say a 19-year-old Marquette County man died early this morning of suspected hypothermia while camping in the remote Rocking Chair Lakes area, about 17 miles north of Ishpeming. Marquette County ...

Local officials react to $9B in potential education cuts

By RYAN JARVI Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal aims to cut federal education spending by $9 billion by reducing K-12 funding for professional development and after-school and summer programs, as well as decreasing financial assistance ...

2 charged in death of state man missing for one year

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — Two people are charged in the slaying and mutilation of an acquaintance who went missing last year but whose body parts were found just this week in a shallow grave and a vacant field north of Detroit, authorities announced Friday. Macomb County ...

Evidence presented in child neglect case

By JENNY LANCOUR Escanaba Daily Press ESCANABA — The court-appointed guardian of a 3-year-old found lying naked in a ditch in Rapid River on St. Patrick’s Day, presented more evidence in court Thursday on the former living conditions and health of the girl and her sister who remain ...

Guard personnel, Porkies friends group leader recognized for community service

CHAMPION — Michigan Army National Guard members from the 107th Engineer Battalion in Ishpeming and Sally Berman, current president of the Friends of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, were Upper Peninsula recipients honored in East Lansing recently with Michigan Recreation and ...

Teal Lake repeal?

Public hearing planned to discuss gas-powered motors By LISA BOWERS Journal Ishpeming Bureau NEGAUNEE — Teal Lake and gas-powered engines could be a good combination — or the concept might be like mixing oil and water. The Negaunee City Council is hoping to get input from residents ...

Jacobetti home honors volunteers

By RYAN JARVI Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Recognizing April as National Volunteer Month, the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette recently held a banquet to honor the home’s volunteers, who provided nearly 11,000 hours of service in 2016. “Our volunteers’ presence, ...

Domino’s sales growth streak continues

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Domino’s Pizza reported another quarter of strong U.S. sales growth as the chain benefited from its delivery model that fits with the growing demand for convenience. The chain said domestic sales rose 10.2 percent during the quarter at established locations, marking ...

Man gets jail time for fraud

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area man has been sentenced to six months in prison for stealing nearly $195,000 in Social Security payments after his mother died in 2003. The benefits should have been cut off after Emmett Long’s mother died. He claims he informed the government, but the money ...

House passes ballot changes

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Names and logos of political parties no longer would be allowed on election ballots under two bills approved by Michigan’s state House. The legislation passed Thursday in Lansing and now heads to the GOP-controlled state Senate. Opponents of the current bills say ...

State Senate approves ‘Choose Life’ plate bill

By CHRIS EHRMANN Associated Press LANSING — Michigan drivers might soon be able to ride around the state with a “Choose Life” license plate. New legislation passed in the Senate would allow drivers to purchase a plate for $35 with some of the proceeds going to the Choose Life Michigan ...

Michigan utility selects firm to acquire 2 plants

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A utility company in Michigan has selected a development firm to demolish and redevelop two of its former coal-fired power plants. Consumers Energy filed a request Tuesday for the sale of its 248-acre J.R. Whiting plant in southeast Michigan and its 115-acre B.C. Cobb ...

Township to follow the law

DAYTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A township in Michigan’s Thumb region has agreed to make local government more accessible to people with disabilities. Dayton Township in Tuscola County has signed an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department. Some township business apparently is conducted ...

Calley encourages gun rights

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Brian Calley says gun owners don’t need a “good reason” to exercise their constitutional rights. Calley, who has signaled his 2018 run for governor, spoke at a Second Amendment rally at the Capitol Wednesday. He warned activists to not let gun-control ...

Lawmaker, no-show recorded

DETROIT (AP) — Prosecutors say they have a recorded conversation between a Michigan lawmaker and a woman who is described as a no-show employee on his Senate payroll. The government made the disclosure Wednesday in the criminal case against Sen. Bert Johnson, a Democrat from Highland Park. ...

Michigan bill would halt legal sex between cops, prostitutes

By CHRIS EHRMANN Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Police in Michigan would no longer be legally allowed to have sex with prostitutes during undercover investigations under legislation making its way through the Legislature. Michigan is the last state left in the U.S. that gives police ...

Michigan company’s highway sign trademark ruled not harmful

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected the state’s argument that a northern Michigan company’s trademark of the highway sign M-22 violates federal law. The company M22 LLC trademarked the state highway sign in 2006, and it now has several similar trademarks that store ...