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Jail sentence in criminal sexual conduct case

ESCANABA — A 36-year-old Escanaba man was recently sentenced to nine months in jail after pleading guilty to fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a minor in Escanaba. Conan Lynn Eldridge was arrested last year on two 15-year felony counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct ...

Rep. Dianda announces run for 38th state Senate seat

HOUGHTON — State Rep. Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) announced his candidacy for Michigan's 38th State Senate District today amongst supporters across the Upper Peninsula. Dianda toured the U.P. making stops in Houghton, Marquette, Escanaba, Iron Mountain, Crystal Falls and Bessemer. "I'm ...

Border wall contractors brace for hostile site

SAN DIEGO (AP) — One potential bidder on President Donald Trump’s border wall with Mexico wanted to know if authorities would rush to help if workers came under “hostile attack.” Another asked if employees can carry firearms in states with strict gun control laws and if the government ...

National Archives to White House: Save all Trump tweets

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Archives and Records Administration has told the White House to keep each of President Donald Trump’s tweets, even those he deletes or corrects, and the White House has agreed. The head of the archives, David S. Ferriero, told two Democratic senators in a ...

St. Petersburg subway bomber identified

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — St. Petersburg residents on Tuesday laid flowers outside the city’s subway where a bomb blast a day earlier killed at least 14 people and wounded dozens. Thousands of miles to the east, authorities in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan identified one ...

Senate headed for showdown over Gorsuch

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats have secured the votes to block President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee under current rules, putting the Senate on a partisan collision course over confirming Neil Gorsuch to a lifetime appointment that could reverberate for decades. Debate over the ...

Keeping pets safe from natural enemies

ESCANABA — Spring has sprung and so have many wild animals, such as skunks and porcupines, that could harm pets around the area. If a pet comes in contact with one of these animals, it could be potentially dangerous with the quills of a porcupine getting stuck in the pet or a skunk’s ...

GOP makes room for tax cuts

LANSING (AP) — Republicans who control the Legislature are starting to put their stamp on Gov. Rick Snyder's budget blueprint, trimming his proposed spending increases to make room for a potential tax cut. A House plan that began winning preliminary approval in recent days would spend ...

Two killed in crash

HYDE — Two people were killed and one person was injured in a two-vehicle crash Saturday. At 9:53 a.m. on April 1, the Delta County Sheriff’s Department responded to a personal injury accident with entrapment at the intersection of U.S. 2 and 41 and I Rd. One of the vehicles, which was ...

Trump says US is prepared to act alone on North Korea

POTOMAC FALLS, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump says that the United States is prepared to act alone if China does not take a tougher stand against North Korea's nuclear program. Trump's comments in an interview with the Financial Times come just days before he is set to host Chinese ...

Woman gets jail time for theft from emergency room

ESCANABA — A 23-year-old woman who was quickly apprehended after stealing several items from the emergency room at OSF St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba last year, was recently sentenced to six months in jail for larceny in a building. Former Escanaba resident Ariel C. Williamson, of N16345 ...

Bit by bit, Trump methodically undoing Obama policies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid the turmoil over staff shake-ups, blocked travel bans and the Russia cloud hanging overhead, President Donald Trump is steadily plugging away at a major piece of his agenda: Undoing Obama. From abortion to energy to climate change and personal investments, Trump is ...

No charges in DDA investigation

GLADSTONE — No charges will be filed against the city of Gladstone or the Gladstone Downtown Development Authority for the way funds have been managed by the two entities, according to a press release from the Delta County Prosecutor’s Office. The investigation into the city and DDA’s ...

Gladstone’s 11th hour budget gets thumbs up

GLADSTONE — With only hours before the state-mandated deadline, the Gladstone City Commission voted Friday to approve a balanced budget that hinges on levying a controversial millage. “I don’t like the fact that we have to impose another tax on the taxpayers, but we have to come up with ...

Snyder signs criminal justice changes

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law a package of criminal justice bills that advocates say are intended to keep criminals from reoffending. About 30 percent of Michigan’s 41,000 inmates return to prison within three years, and half have been locked up for parole or ...

Mackinac Bridge getting new paint job

ST. IGNACE (AP) — The Mackinac Bridge’s towers are getting a new paint job in the coming years. The Mackinac Bridge Authority says starting April 6 contractors will begin a nearly two-year project to remove the original lead-based paint from the north tower and repaint it. The new ...

Michigan House approves bills on high school graduation requirements

LANSING (AP) — High school students might be able to take different classes such as computer coding instead of English and statistics rather than algebra II to help them graduate under a package of bills passed by the Michigan House. The bills would change requirements in foreign language, ...

Panels: Too soon to talk of immunity for Flynn

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional investigators on Friday rebuffed former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s offer of cooperation in exchange for immunity from prosecution, saying it’s too early in their probe of Russia connections to discuss a deal. Flynn’s attorney said talks ...

Road projects planned over summer

ESCANABA —Summer road work season is almost here and there will be plenty of projects going on in Delta and Schoolcraft counties. According to Dan Weingarten, communications representative for the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), there will be six roadway projects in Delta and ...