Michigan News

Anti-recidivism bills clear House, will soon reach governor

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING— Michigan lawmakers approved legislation Wednesday aimed at keeping the more than 100,000 criminals under state supervision from committing new crimes, a move one supporter called a “milestone” shift in the treatment of offenders. Included in ...

High winds cause damage, fan fire that kills 5 people

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — Wind gusts topping 60 mph in some areas whipped through several Great Lakes states and fanned a blaze that killed five people and injured four others in a Detroit apartment building. The strong winds Wednesday afternoon also pushed a commuter ...

Eagle Mine to offer paid maternity and paternity leave

MARQUETTE — In the fall of 2016, Meagen Morrison, social responsibility adviser for Eagle Mine, saw an opportunity to raise the bar of modern mining and encourage more women to pursue careers in the industry, according to a release from the company issued Wednesday, International Women’s ...

Fluctuating weather complicates harvesting

By LAURA BOHANNON Special to the Journal LANSING — As the weather continues to fluctuate around the state, farmers are being forced to adapt to changing conditions. Amanda Shreve, the program director for the Michigan Farmers Market Association, said farmers can adapt to virtually any ...

Michigan teen gets size-28 shoes, thanks to 3-D printer

MICHIGAN CENTER, Mich. (AP) — A 19-year-old Michigan man who was previously in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s tallest teenager has finally found an affordable pair of shoes to fit his size-28 feet, thanks to a 3-D printer. Broc Brown — who is 7 feet 8 inches tall — ...

Flint’s water line replacement to take until at least 2019

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The head of Flint’s water pipe replacement program says the city in Michigan hopes to finish the project in 2019. Retired National Guard Brig. Gen. Michael McDaniel coordinates the FAST Start initiative to replace lines that leached lead into homes and businesses. He ...

U-M creating ‘space-time’ capsule

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — University of Michigan researchers say they plan to launch a satellite that will serve as a technological test bed and space-time capsule. The Ann Arbor school said Tuesday that CubeSat will contain interviews featuring 1,000 people affiliated with the university. ...

Parole, probation bills in House

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers are poised to approve legislation that is aimed at keeping the 100,000 criminals who are under supervision in the state from breaking the law again. The 21-bill package up for votes in the House today would limit the length of incarceration for ...

GM ending shift at Mich. plant

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. is laying off 1,100 workers at an assembly plant in Michigan. GM says it’s ending the third shift at its Lansing Delta Township plant because one of its products — the GMC Acadia SUV — is moving to Spring Hill, Tennessee. The Lansing plant will still ...

Meijer to open its 1st stores in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) — Meijer has announced that it’s opening its first stores in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula this year. Meijer is expected to open the first store in Escanaba on May 22, followed by another in Sault Ste. Marie this summer. A date for that location hasn’t been announced ...

Trump supporters declare pride in president

By The Associated Press From Colorado’s state Capitol to Trump Tower in New York and the Washington Monument, groups of hundreds of people rallied for President Trump on Saturday, waving “Deplorables for Trump” signs and even carrying a life-size cutout of the president. The March 4 ...

MAPS OKs contract for copiers, discusses survey

By RYAN JARVI Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education on Monday approved a roughly $250,000, five-year lease for copiers and contracted maintenance of the equipment, but officials hope the expense will be lower due to a decreasing trend in the ...

Students eye national Constitution contest final

By RYAN JARVI Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Twenty-three Marquette Senior High School students will put their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution to the ultimate test in front of a mock congressional committee as part of the “We the People” competition’s national finals in ...

State out of money for enviro cleanup?

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan has spent or obligated almost all of a dedicated source of funding needed to clean up and redevelop 7,000 polluted sites across the state, leaving lawmakers to question the Snyder administration on what, if any, plan there is to ask voters ...

Go, Johnny 5, go

MARY WARDELL Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — To many, a video that recently went viral shows the unassuming yet captivating talent of a local guy in a Stormy Kromer playing a piano at a thrift store. But to his friends and fans, Johnny Kero — also called Johnny Five and Johnny from ...

State offers to prevent or delay school closures

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — The state of Michigan appears increasingly unlikely to follow through on threats to close up to 38 chronically low-performing schools in Detroit and seven other cities this summer. In a letter made public Friday, state Superintendent Brian Whiston ...

Family won’t give up search for son

By GRAHAM JAEHNIG Houghton Daily Mining Gazette HANCOCK — No progress has been made in the search for a missing Hancock Township man who disappeared a month and a half ago. Kenneth “Ryan” Clark, 33, has been missing since the early morning hours of Jan. 13, when he left his home near ...

Organizations, presenters hope to bridge the gap

By LISA BOWERS Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Dozens of students, educators and community members attended a Muslim Awareness forum at Northern Michigan University Friday. The purpose of the forum, which was hosted by the Multicultural Education and Resource Center, Philosophy Professor ...

Gwinn may offer early retirement incentive

By RYAN JARVI Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Gwinn Area Community Schools is looking at steps toward becoming more financially sound, including purchasing propane-fueled school buses and offering an early retirement incentive to teachers, something the school board may make a decision on ...

DEEP CUTS

By JOHN FLESHER, MATTHEW DALY and CATHERINE LUCEY Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Trump administration would slash programs aimed at slowing climate change and improving water safety and air quality, while eliminating thousands of jobs, according to a draft of the Environmental Protection ...