Michigan News

Special election announced for Michigan’s 109th seat

By KELSIE THOMPSON Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — A special election will be held in the 109th District of state House of Representatives to fill the vacancy created by the recent death of state Rep. John Kivela, D-Marquette. A primary election will be held on Aug. 8, with the general ...

State OKs form of marijuana, prevailing wage petitions

LANSING (AP) — Advocates of legalizing recreational marijuana use and repealing Michigan's prevailing wage law cleared a procedural step Thursday and will quickly begin collecting signatures needed to send the bills to lawmakers and potentially voters. The Board of State Canvassers approved ...

Cornell family: Wait for toxicology

DETROIT (AP) — The family of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell is disputing “inferences that Chris knowingly and intentionally” killed himself. The family said in a statement that without toxicology tests completed, they can't be sure what led to his death, or if any substances were ...

GOP focused on pensions after state revenues revised

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Unfazed Republican legislative leaders said Tuesday they remain committed to closing the pension system to new teachers and instead giving them a 401(k), after seeing revised tax revenue estimates that could complicate budget talks that are ...

Ford cuts 10 pct. of white-collar jobs

DETROIT (AP) — Ford will cut 10 percent of its white-collar jobs in North America and Asia Pacific this year in an effort to boost profits. The company will offer voluntary early retirement and separation packages to its workers. It expects 1,400 positions to be affected by the end of ...

MSP boosts bus safety

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan State Police says it’s participating in a federal effort to ensure and promote bus safety. The department’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division kicks off a two-week initiative Sunday that includes inspecting passenger buses for overall maintenance ...

DIA expands outdoor art

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Institute of Arts is expanding its popular program that places reproductions of artwork outdoors to areas of Michigan that are deemed culturally underserved. “Inside/Out” installations as part of that effort start in the coming week and will remain on view ...

Detroit and Wayne State police team up to bait criminals

By JAMES DAVID DICKSON Detroit News AP Member Exchange DETROIT — Through partnership with Wayne State police, DTE baits criminals. Ever see a bike left unattended at Campus Martius? Ever see a car neglected, unlocked, looking as if it has been abandoned? That’s what they want you to ...

Michigan districts among those worried about Medicaid changes

By SALLY HO and CAROLYN THOMPSON Associated Press For school districts still getting their financial footing after the Great Recession, the Medicaid changes being advanced as part of the health care overhaul are sounding familiar alarms. Administrators say programming and services even ...

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Marquette-Alger Technical Middle College produces first graduates By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The first ever cohort of the Marquette-Alger Technical Middle College has been recognized. A cohort is defined as “a group of people banded together or treated as a ...

Grand jury indicts 5 alleged Detroit gang members

DETROIT (AP) — A grand jury has indicted five men prosecutors say are members of a gang that has terrorized a Detroit neighborhood, burned businesses and killed rivals. The Detroit News reports a federal indictment unsealed Friday charges the men with racketeering and various gun and drug ...

Lawmakers, veterans push war memorial’s restoration

DETROIT (AP) — A crumbling Detroit pillar dedicated to Michigan’s war veterans is in need of restoration. State Sen. Mike Kowall said that he believes the Michigan War Veterans Memorial can be restored, or moved and restored. His office reports that plans are under way for Kowall to meet ...

Plea deal reached in Iron River chase

By NIKKI YOUNK Iron Mountain Daily News CRYSTAL FALLS — An Iron River man likely will serve at least a year behind bars after accepting a plea deal Friday on a reduced charge stemming from a 2016 high-speed chase that left a passenger critically injured. Tyler Roy Polich, 21, pleaded ...

Emergency crews battle west Ishpeming fire

By RYAN JARVI Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Some residents have evacuated their homes as emergency responders battled a brush fire Saturday evening in west Ishpeming. Officials at Marquette County Central Dispatch said crews were called to the fire around 7 p.m. near County Road CS, off ...

Fallen Officers Memorial honors Earl DeMarse

By KELSIE THOMPSON Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Ron DeMarse remembers his dad, Earl, as a quiet man. “He was not a very outgoing person — he was soft-spoken,” DeMarse said. “He loved to hunt and fish, and he loved to play cribbage with his buds that worked with ...

Voucher plans expose rift in school choice movement

By GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press For two decades, a loose-knit group that includes some of the country’s wealthiest people has underwritten the political push for school choice, promoting ballot initiatives and candidates who favor competition for traditional public schools. But when a ...

Police unit launches cyber safety initiative

By LISA BOWERS Journal Ishpeming Bureau ISHPEMING — Staying safe online was the subject of four separate cyber-safety presentations made to fifth- through 12th-grade students and their parents in the Ishpeming school district recently. The programs — held at Peterson Auditorium last week ...

It is now time to rest’

Hundreds gather to honor, recall late Rep. John Kivela By MARY WARDELL Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — “Many people know him as a leader of community, as a champion of the (Upper Peninsula),” began Shelby Kivela at her father’s funeral Saturday. “But to those closest to ...

Ex-gymnast: Sex assault by doctor was ‘humiliating’

By ED WHITE Associated Press MASON, Mich. — A former gymnast testified Friday that she turned to a prominent Michigan sports doctor for treatment of back problems as a teenager, but instead was repeatedly molested. The woman said the assaults have haunted her for nearly two decades and had ...

Detroit QLINE officially launches, transports passengers

DETROIT (AP) — Streetcars are picking up passengers in Detroit with the official launch of the $140 million QLINE light rail system. A ceremony was held Friday morning, followed by the start of service along Woodward Avenue. Speakers included Gov. Rick Snyder, Mayor Mike Duggan and ...