Michigan News

Flags at half-staff to honor Becker

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Flags will be lowered to half-staff today in Michigan to honor an Air Force captain who was one of three service members killed in a plane crash during a training flight in New Mexico. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags lowered on all state ...

Carjacking conviction stands

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan appeals court won’t disturb the conviction and life sentence of a woman who walked away from a drug treatment center in suburban Detroit, carjacked an elderly driver at a Burger King and drove over him as he tried to stop her. Ruth Pozdol argued that ...

Senate votes to keep police from hiding misconduct

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate unanimously approved a bill Thursday that supporters said would ensure police misconduct is not kept secret if an officer leaves and takes a new job at another department. The legislation , which was sent to the House ...

State Rep. Kivela supports new dark store legislation

LANSING — State Rep. John Kivela, D-Marquette, on Wednesday said he is pleased to co-sponsor state Rep. Dave Maturen’s, R-Vicksburg, House Bill closing a tax loophole created by court decisions dealing with dark stores. The bill would require the Michigan Tax Tribunal to make its own ...

Michigan jobless rate rises to 5.3 percent in February

LANSING (AP) — A state department says Michigan’s unemployment rate rose to 5.3 percent in February while the number of people entering the job market continued to grow. The Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget said Wednesday the rate rose from 5.2 percent in January ...

Man arrested in auto theft

BURTON, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a Flint man is in custody in connection with the theft of an auto that held two children from a Michigan gasoline station. Burton Police Chief Tom Osterholzer says the auto with a 2-year-old girl and a baby boy inside was found Wednesday in Flint with the ...

Michigan trucker part of Supreme Court discussion

By JEFF KAROUB Associated Press DETROIT — During Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s Senate confirmation hearings, one case came up repeatedly: A truck driver was fired for leaving his trailer of meat on the side of an Illinois road after breaking down on a frigid night in 2009, fearing ...

Man kills mother, self

COURTLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say they believe a man killed his 59-year-old mother at a home in western Michigan before killing himself. The Kent County sheriff’s department says the body of Gloria Launiere was found inside the home in Courtland Township on Monday and ...

Snyder: GOP health bill would ‘adversely impact’ residents

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder warned Tuesday that House Republicans’ federal health care bill would hurt 1.75 million residents in Michigan’s traditional Medicaid program and end the expansion of coverage to more than 650,000 others. In a letter to each ...

Michigan: Groups sue to block state funds for private schools

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich.— Public school advocates sued the state of Michigan on Tuesday in an effort to stop it from spending public money to help private schools cover the cost of complying with state requirements such as safety drills. The lawsuit, which was ...

Children’s Museum hosts special literacy night

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — It was the day before St. Patrick’s Day, but youngsters still got a taste of the Irish holiday while learning more about the written word Thursday at “Reading Rainbow” Reading Night at the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum. Barb ...

Ferry trip features 32 Lake Michigan lighthouses

MACKINAW CITY (AP) — A five-day ferry tour will feature visits to 32 different Great Lakes lighthouses this summer. There are 80 available spots for the all-inclusive trip that takes place on northern Lake Michigan between June 5 and June 9. The tour is sponsored by the Great Lakes ...

Doctor didn’t disclose USA Gymnastics investigation­­

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan State University doctor resigned after learning the school was considering her termination because she didn’t disclose in 2015 that USA Gymnastics was investigating a fellow physician who has since been charged with molesting young gymnasts, according ...

Snowaert brings decades of experience to job

By LISA BOWERS Journal Ishpeming Bureau ISHPEMING — New Ishpeming Police Chief Steve Snowaert is no stranger to the Ishpeming beat. Snowaert, who retired from the Marquette Police Department in 2014, said employment as Ishpeming’s rental codes inspector and enforcement officer was not a ...

Small town, big responsibility: IPD works to keep city safe

By LISA BOWERS Journal Ishpeming Bureau ISHPEMING — Small town police departments often do more with less. In fact, a police officer in a city like Ishpeming has to maintain the same professional standards as their big city peers while dealing with the same kinds of crime. The Ishpeming ...

A tough sell in Michigan

Grades for schools: Debate not over?By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — 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 ...

City OKs first Trails Master Plan

By MARY WARDELL Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Perspectives clashed at a recent city commission meeting over how off-road vehicles should play into the city’s new Trails Master Plan ahead of a public survey. The Marquette City Commission approved the plan 4-3 Monday after Commissioner ...

POW WOW PRIDE

At left, Miss Keweenaw Bay Hanna Harvala dances counterclockwise around the drum circle, which is described as “the heartbeat of Mother Earth,” during Northern Michigan University's “Learning to Walk Together” Traditional Pow Wow Saturday afternoon at Vandament Arena. At top, right, ...

Detroit marijuana shops face strict rules

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit’s medical marijuana centers are finding difficulty in fulfilling the city’s list of strict requirements and regulations. New figures released this week by the city reveal that only two prospective Medical Marijuana Caregiver Centers out of more than 260 applicants ...

Michigan man publishes obituary while still alive

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man has published his own obituary and scheduled his own memorial service after stopping cancer treatment. Bob Eleveld, 80, announced this week that he will host a “celebration of life” open house today in lieu of a funeral. Eleveld also published an ...