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Lawsuit over ballot selfies not over yet

DETROIT (AP) — Eager to snap and post an online photo of your Michigan ballot in the Nov. 6 election? Think again. A legal dispute over photos in polling places still hasn’t reached the finish line, more than two years later. A millennial voter from the Kalamazoo area, Joel Crookston, ...

Kavanaugh to hear first arguments as Supreme Court justice

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court with a new conservative majority takes the bench as Brett Kavanaugh, narrowly confirmed after a bitter Senate battle, joins his new colleagues to hear his first arguments as a justice. Kavanaugh will emerge Tuesday morning from behind the courtroom’s red ...

Mobile lab brings farms to school

ESCANABA — Kindergarten through fifth grade students at Holy Name Catholic School learned how agriculture affects their lives last week, On Oct. 4 and 5, a 40-foot mobile classroom, called the Food, Agriculture and Resources in Motion (FARM) Science Lab visited the school. It taught students ...

Esky seeks funds for dark store battle

MARQUETTE — Local units of government, as well as municipal organizations, are continuing to step up and offer their assistance to Escanaba’s fight against dark stores, or active big box retail properties that are assessed as if they stand completely empty and vacant, which substantially ...

National parks located in U.P. get more visitors

DETROIT (AP) — National Park Service figures show that three national parks in Michigan have seen attendance increases in 2018. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Keweenaw National Historical Park and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore each have seen attendance grow this year, The ...

AAA: Michigan gas prices up nearly 2 cents

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up nearly 2 cents in the past week to about $3 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club says early Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is about 58 cents more than at the same point last ...

Cold Weather Walleye

Deborah Prescott | Daily Press Anglers leave the Escanaba Harbor in pursuit of prize winning walleye on Thursday morning. The Cabela’s Master Walleye Circuit is in town for the 2018 World Walleye Championship. Two-person teams, on 32 boats, started the tournament Oct. 4. Qualified walleye ...

Low-income housing plan nixed

ESCANABA — A proposed low-income apartment complex that would have been constructed on the site of the old Northern Motors building on Ludington Street has been nixed, according to Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan. “It’s not going to happen. It’s not going to happen at Northern ...

2 arrested for meth production

ESCANABA — Two people have been arrested for allegedly producing methamphetamine in Escanaba and Wells Township. On Tuesday, detectives assigned to the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) conducted an investigation involving the manufacturing of meth at a residence on ...

Esky schools introduce leadership program

ESCANABA — A committee of teachers and administrators from the Escanaba school district implemented a program called “The Leader in Me” recently that aims to foster leadership in students. The committee searched for a program that would have a positive impact on the culture of the ...

State to pay for flooding in Upper Peninsula

LANSING (AP) — The state of Michigan will spend up to $7.4 million to help Upper Peninsula communities qualify for federal matching funds available to address damage from June flooding. Gov. Rick Snyder announced the move Friday. Local agencies must match 25 percent of funding from the ...

Catholic Diocese of Marquette raided

MARQUETTE — Law enforcement officials from the Michigan State Police and the Attorney General’s Office on Wednesday executed search warrants in all seven Catholic dioceses of Michigan, including the Roman Catholic Diocese of Marquette. The Diocese of Marquette said in a news release that ...

3rd Avenue North work underway

Deborah Prescott | Daily Press Work began Thursday on Escanaba’s 3rd Avenue North, forcing motorists to find alternative routes to the busy roadway. Work continues today with paving slated to begin between Stephenson Avnue and Lincoln Road on Saturday, weather permitting. The next portion ...

Ballot info request still up in air

ESCANABA — The Escanaba City Council revisited a Freedom of Information Request sent to municipalities across the state earlier this year seeking information about voters, but the council stopped short of lighting a match to the thousands of ballots sought under the request. “I was going ...

Retirement fund gets $2.5 million from Escanaba

ESCANABA — The Escanaba City Council moved to make a $2.5 million payment to the Michigan Municipal Employees Retirement System Thursday. The payment and a related plan will satisfy the state Department of Treasury, but the council and city staff still hold that the department has a skewed ...

Gladstone seeks marketing plan input

GLADSTONE — The City of Gladstone is seeking input from area residents and stakeholders as it continues to develop its North Shore marketing plan. In following the work that was done in 2017 with the city and Michigan State University’s Sustainable Built Environment Initiative (SBEI,) ...

State: Opioid-related deaths continue to rise

LANSING (AP) — State officials say opioid deaths jumped by about 9 percent last year in Michigan. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday that 1,941 of the 2,729 overdose deaths in 2017 were opioid-related. There were 1,786 opioid-related deaths in ...

Senate vote on Kavanaugh expected today

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is poised to take a crucial vote Friday on whether to advance Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court as key Republican senators remain undecided amid allegations of sexual misconduct and intense protests that have divided the nation. The 53-year-old ...

After school pool

Deborah Prescott | Daily Press Students gathered after school at the Catherine Bonifas Civic Center Wednesday play pool and enjoy other activities. The civic center is open Monday through Friday, 2:30 to 8 p.m. Students in fourth through 12th grade can use the facility for a variety of after ...

World Walleye Championship starts today on Bays de Noc

ESCANABA — North America’s top two-person walleye fishing teams will square off on the Bays de Noc out of Escanaba Oct. 4-6 in the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit’s 2018 World Walleye Championship. The tournament was scheduled start this morning in Escanaba. Presented by Cabela’s ...