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Signatures for legal pot vote to be submitted

LANSING (AP) — A ballot committee proposing to legalize the use of marijuana for recreational purposes in Michigan is set to submit more than 360,000 voter signatures in a bid for a statewide vote in 2018. The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol will turn in the signatures to ...

Anti-gerrymandering group defies odds with 2018 ballot drive

LANSING (AP) — An all-volunteer group of activists has defied the odds by collecting hundreds of thousands of voter signatures for a 2018 initiative to overhaul redistricting in Michigan — without having to pay a dime for a signature. It’s a rarity in state politics outside of ...

Deer kills up slightly across U.P.

ESCANABA — Michigan’s firearm deer season started Wednesday, and early reports from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) indicate that more deer have been checked across the Upper Peninsula in 2017 than had been checked at this point in 2016’s firearm deer season. “Deer ...

Child murder case hearing scheduled

ESCANABA — A Gladstone mother charged with murder in the recent drowning death of her 15-month-old child, is scheduled for a preliminary examination in Delta County District Court next month. Michaela Denise Maupin, 29, was arrested on one count of second-degree murder following ...

Black Friday on Tuesday in downtown Escanaba

ESCANABA — Black Friday on Tuesday will once again help holiday shoppers get a head start on Christmas shopping. The event, sponsored by the Escanaba Downtown Partners in Business and Escanaba Downtown Development Authority, will begin at 3 p.m. and run until 9 p.m. on Tuesday, providing ...

AAA expects 50 million Americans to travel over Thanksgiving

If you’re traveling over Thanksgiving, you’ll have even more company than last year. AAA predicts that 50.9 million Americans will travel over the holiday, a 3.3 percent increase over 2016 and the most since 2005. The auto club credits a growing economy and low unemployment for putting ...

Tesla wants to electrify big trucks, adding to its ambitions

DETROIT (AP) — After more than a decade of making cars and SUVs — and, more recently, solar panels — Tesla Inc. wants to electrify a new type of vehicle: big trucks. The company unveiled its new electric semitractor-trailer Thursday night near its design center in Hawthorne, ...

Partnership helps disabled workers

ESCANABA — Disabled individuals with barriers to employment who have skills to work are being employed through a unique partnership between Elmer’s County Market and Lakestate Industries. For nearly a year, Elmer’s County Market and Lakestate Industries have been working together to ...

Esky sets rules for monuments

ESCANABA — A proposed policy that got lost in the shuffle over the years regarding memorials and art pieces being placed on city property, was unanimously approved by Escanaba City Council during its regular meeting Thursday. Requirements for placing memorials, monuments and public art ...

Strangulation case set for trial by jury

ESCANABA — A 58-year-old Escanaba man arrested for assaulting a female in her home last summer has opted to be tried by a jury and is scheduled for a trial in Delta County Circuit Court next year. James Leonard Arrowood was arrested by Escanaba Public Safety following a July 11 incident at ...

U of M forecasts more economic growth ahead

ANN ARBOR (AP) — Economists at the University of Michigan say in an annual forecast that the U.S. economy will continue to grow in the coming years and add jobs. Researchers at the school’s Department of Economics put out the assessment Thursday. They say overall economic output growth, ...

GOP closer to big win with House tax vote; Senate unclear

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have stretched closer to delivering the first big legislative victory for President Donald Trump and their party, whisking a $1.5 trillion overhaul of business and personal income taxes through the House. Thorny problems await in the Senate, though. The House ...

Bridge closure coming in November

WELLS — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) plans to briefly close the U.S. 2 and 41 bridge over the Escanaba River to traffic later this month. “We’re looking at a (12) hour closure and detour,” MDOT Communications Representative for the Superior Region Dan Weingarten ...

Musical ‘Li’l Abner’ premieres Friday

Haley Gustafson | Daily Press The cast of Escanaba High School’s musical “Li’l Abner” performs a song during dress rehearsal Wednesday at the school’s theater. Performances begin Friday and will continue Saturday, Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. Sunday’s performance will be a ...

Jail term given in assault case

ESCANABA — A 21-year-old Escanaba man was recently sentenced to a year in jail for attempting to assault a female in Escanaba this past summer, according to Delta County Circuit Court records. Following investigation into a July 13 incident, Escanaba Public Safety arrested Joseph Edward ...

Community Thanksgiving Dinner returns

ESCANABA — Hundreds of residents will fill the Escanaba High School cafeteria on Thanksgiving to enjoy a home-style feast during the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Dinner will be served at noon Thursday at the high school. For over three decades, hundreds of volunteers have been ...

More than 1.6M from Mich. plan holiday travel

DEARBORN (AP) — AAA projects that more than 1.6 million people from Michigan will travel this month for the Thanksgiving holiday. The auto club released its annual forecast on Thursday for people traveling 50 miles (80 kilometers) or more, saying that’s up 3.5 percent from last year. AAA ...

Deer season means big bucks for businesses

ESCANABA — Michigan’s firearm deer season starts today. That means big bucks for hunters — and local businesses. According to representatives of local businesses, deer season has a positive impact on sales year after year. This firearm deer season is proving to be no exception. Lake ...

County examines bids for jail work

ESCANABA — The Delta County Board of Commissioners heard an update on bids for work on the new Delta County Correctional Facility from Delta County Administrator Ryan Bergman Tuesday. The bids are for contracts included in “Bid Package No. 2,” which contains about $7 million worth ofwork ...

Campground meth cases come to end

ESCANABA — The last of four women arrested in connection with a meth cook at the Gladstone campground last summer was sentenced in Delta County Circuit Court in Escanaba on Monday. Heather Marie Mlostek, 26, of Gladstone, was sentenced to 117 days in jail and given credit for 117 days ...