Michigan News

Leaders to finish Soo Locks study

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — Members of Congress from Michigan are prodding federal officials to finish an analysis of building a new navigational lock on the waterway linking Lake Superior with the other four Great Lakes. Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Republican Rep. Bill Huizenga ...

Income tax cut defeated in Republican-led Michigan House

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — The Republican-controlled Michigan House has failed to approve an income tax cut, rejecting the plan early this after a lengthy session and the unsuccessful cajoling of some resistant members of the majority. The legislation would have lowered the ...

Duggan gives State of City address

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan listed job training, affordable housing and rebuilding neighborhoods among his priorities during his fourth State of the City address. Duggan on Tuesday detailed the transformation of services and finances in a city that exited bankruptcy in 2014. He ...

U of M course addresses fake news

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan is starting a class this fall that will help students evaluate fake news. University librarians are partnering with the school’s College of Literature, Science and the Arts to create the class aimed at helping students better critically ...

GR police talk immigration status

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) — A police chief in western Michigan is urging members of the area's immigrant community to ignore fears of deportation if they become crime victims. Grand Rapids police Chief David Rahinsky told a meeting at the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan on Monday that his ...

Detroit mayor to deliver address

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan plans to deliver his fourth State of the City address at Focus: HOPE's offices in the city. The program is scheduled for today night. Duggan's speaking points were not revealed in advance of the event, but he may discuss the city's surging downtown ...

Anxieties rise at Detroit haven for asylum seekers

By JEFF KAROUB Associated Press DETROIT — Lucy Neighbor knew that to start over after fleeing torture, bloodshed and repression in her native Cameroon, she needed to find something called Freedom House. She managed to reach the place in 2008, and though she wasn’t exactly sure what it ...

U.P. 200 mushers to finish early at Lakenenland

By RYAN JARVI Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Martin Massicotte, of St.-Tite, Quebec, Canada, was the first of the 13 mushers competing in the U.P. 200 sled dog race to leave the Grand Marais checkpoint Saturday and begin the return trip toward Marquette. But it’s still anyone’s race, ...

TWICE AS NICE

Golton earns his 2nd first place finish in Midnight By RYAN JARVI Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Canadian musher Jake Golton was the first to cross the finish line in the 2017 Midnight Run, an eight-dog, 90-mile race from downtown Marquette to Chatham and back. Wearing bib No. 111, ...

State seeks public comment on education draft plan

By RYAN JARVI Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Education on Tuesday released its full draft plan for meeting requirements of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. Replacing the No Child Left Behind Act, President Barack Obama signed the ESSA into law in ...

Whitmer visits Escanaba

By HALEY GUSTAFSON Escanaba Daily Press ESCANABA — There was standing room only at the United Steel Workers Local 2-21 hall in Escanaba when Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer visited Tuesday night for a meet and greet with Delta County residents. During the event, ...

Whitmer talks jobs, education in exclusive interview

By MARY WARDELL Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer spent the seventh week of her 2018 campaign touring the Upper Peninsula, laying out a platform focused on education, economic development and jobs — which are all inter-related, she ...

…And they’re off

By LISA BOWERS Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Warmer than normal temperatures brought near record crowds along West Washington Street Friday night to watch sled dog teams embark on the 27th running of the U.P. 200 and Midnight Run. Thousands of cheering spectators lined the streets to ...

Michigan orders Flint hospital to address Legionella risks

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Michigan ordered a Flint hospital Tuesday to immediately comply with federal recommendations that were issued due to its association with a deadly Legionnaires’ disease outbreak, saying the hospital’s water system is unsanitary and a ...

Brothers getting new trial

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A judge has set aside the murder convictions of two Flint brothers based on incomplete jury instructions. Attorney David Moffitt says Keonte and Marquel Sadler will get new trials in the fatal shooting of a man behind a Flint liquor store in 2014. The brothers were ...

Snyder’s $56B budget spends more; does not include tax cut

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday proposed a $56 billion state budget that would spend more on education and sock additional money into savings but include no income tax cut that his fellow Republicans in the Legislature want. The proposal, ...

Detroit has Count Day incentives

DETROIT (AP) — A private ice skating party and song-writing workshops are among incentives being offered to Detroit schools with the highest attendance on Count Day. Attendance recorded on the second Wednesday in February helps determine how much public school districts in Michigan receive ...

Snyder to propose saving $260M as GOP lawmakers seek tax cut

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder will propose growing Michigan’s savings account to $1 billion, even as Republican lawmakers push for an income tax cut. State budget director Al Pscholka told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Snyder will ask to ...

College to host forum on nuke weapons threat

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Henry Ford College in Dearborn will host a student and community forum examining the threat of nuclear weapons. The program is scheduled March 1. It features a panel of experts who will discuss threats and challenges the global community must confront to address ...