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Comey: FBI probing Trump-Russia links, wiretaps bogus

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is investigating whether Donald Trump's associates coordinated with Russian officials in an effort to sway the 2016 presidential election, Director James Comey said Monday in an extraordinary public confirmation of a probe the president has refused to acknowledge, ...

Ban aimed at electronics in on US-bound flights

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is temporarily barring passengers on certain flights originating in eight other countries from bringing laptops, iPads, cameras and most other electronics in carry-on luggage starting today. The reason for the ban was not immediately clear. U.S. ...

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Delta County Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Berbohm holds a mock-up fire number sign Tuesday. If project funding is approved by the Delta County Board of Commissioners, similar signs could be implemented in Delta County townships.

Townships to get new fire number signs

ESCANABA — Residences in Delta County townships could become easier for emergency responders to find if funding for a fire number sign project is approved by the Delta County Board of Commissioners. Ryan Bergman, the county’s administrator, said a few townships in Delta County already ...

Deer expected to survive winter

ESCANABA — Thanks to the relatively mild weather seen in the area over the winter, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is expecting to see strong over-winter survival rates for deer in the Upper Peninsula this year. “The conditions look like we should have good numbers ...

Girl found naked in ditch

RAPID RIVER — Officials removed two young girls from an unsafe and unsanitary home in Rapid River Friday after one of the girls — a three-year-old — was found lying naked in a ditch during cold temperatures earlier that day. The three-year-old was found by a local resident whose ...

Robotics tournament results are in

ESCANABA — Escanaba High School was buzzing with activity this weekend as 39 robotics teams from across Michigan competed in the FIRST “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology” Robotics District contest. This is the fourth time the annual high school competition has ...

Spring is here but seasonal forecast still unknown

ESCANABA — March “came in like a lion” in Delta County this year, with cold temperatures and snowfall seen in the area early in the month. The Climate Prediction Center’s predictions for the rest of the month — and the rest of the spring — are not entirely clear. Dave Petrovich, a ...

FILE - In this March 15, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Nashville, Tenn. Trump is taking his message directly to his ardent supporters. At a series of upcoming rallies, heÕs working to recapture the enthusiasm of his campaign and reassure his supporters about his tumultuous early days in the White House. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Trump’s rallies give a boost to president and his supporters

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump is returning to the road, rallying supporters to recapture the enthusiasm of his campaign and reassuring them about his tumultuous early days in the White House. It's a welcome distraction for a president whose first months in office have been ...

Big box stores gird for battle with Wis. cities

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A battle pitting big-box retail giants including Menards and Wal-Mart against Wisconsin towns and cities is headed to the Legislature. Republican-backed proposals, written in conjunction with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, are designed to close the so-called ...

A-F grades for Mich. schools a tough sell

LANSING (AP) — The debate over publicizing A-to-F grades for every public school in Michigan is not entirely over, despite a surprise decision by top education officials to back away from the proposed system that proponents say has worked elsewhere. State Superintendent Brian Whiston will ...

Escanaba parking restrictions lifted

ESCANABA — Parking restrictions have been lifted in Escanaba for the 2017 winter and will not be enforced as of today, according to a news release from Escanaba Public Safety. Gladstone parking restrictions remain in effect.

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Members of the robotics team The Deceivers out of Brimely competes in the FIRST Robotics District Competition Friday afternoon at the Escanaba High School. The competition, which features teams from around the Upper and Lower Peninsula, will continue today until 6:30 p.m. at the high school.

FIRST Robotics competition underway

ESCANABA —The FIRST Robotics District competition began Friday with over 30 teams from around the Upper Peninsula and nine from the Lower Peninsula coming to Escanaba High School with their robots — ready to compete. Competition will continue throughout the day today. During ...

Escanaba JCPenney store closing

ESCANABA — One of Escanaba’s iconic retailers — the JCPenney store in the Delta Plaza Mall — is closing this year to save costs and increase company profits, corporate officials announced Friday morning, releasing a list of 138 stores closing nationwide. Forty local ...

Legislators unify for Great Lakes

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — It sounds like an idea that would warm a conservative Republican's heart: Kill funding of a regional environmental cleanup that has lasted seven years and cost the federal government more than $2 billion, with no end in sight. If states want to keep the program going, let ...

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Valley Med Flight Flight RN/Paramedic Luke Racine, left, and Pilot Nikita Wilson, right, are pictured in front of the AStar helicopter used by Valley Med Flight in Escanaba Friday.

Valley Med Flight hosts open house at new hangar

ESCANABA — Since November 2016, Valley Med Flight, provider of air medical transportation services, has operated out of a new hangar on the OSF St. Francis Hospital and Medical Group campus. Members of the public were given an opportunity to tour the hangar during an open house event ...

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Youth in Art

More than 700 pieces are included in the Youth in Art exhibit at the William Bonifas Fine Arts Center in Escanaba featuring creations by learning center students and K-12 students from the region. During an artists reception Thursday, Mary Hartges, a junior at Stephenson High School, shows her ...

Robotics competition starts today

ESCANABA — Escanaba High School will be packed today and Saturday when the 2017 FIRST Robotics District competition gets underway. This is the fourth time the annual high school robotics event has been held in Escanaba. High school students and their approximately 120-pound robots have ...

No action on race track

FLAT ROCK — No action was taken during a special meeting in Escanaba Township on Wednesday when board members met to discuss a family’s proposal to develop a private race track in the township. Members of the Bob Barron family are seeking to operate a year-round race track on land Barron ...

City council gives nod to summer events

ESCANABA — As the snow fades, bringing hope that spring is on the way, other indications the weather is warming include several outdoor community events requesting the use of public spaces that were approved at Thursday’s Escanaba City Council meeting. A dozen requests to use Ludington ...

Jury finds man guilty of lesser assault charge

ESCANABA — A jury declared a Manistique man on trial this week for assaulting a woman in Garden last summer not guilty of felonious assault and guilty of aggravated assault, a one-year misdemeanor, in Delta County Circuit Court on Thursday. The trial of Sharron Lee Taylor, 25, began Tuesday ...