Michigan News

U of M prof’s Attica uprising book wins Pulitzer Prize for history

NEW YORK (AP) — A University of Michigan professor’s book about the 1971 Attica prison uprising has won the Pulitzer Prize for history. Heather Ann Thompson wrote “Blood in the Water: The Attica Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy.” She was among Pulitzer winners announced Monday. Her book ...

Trump jobs demands force automakers into conflict

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT — President Donald Trump’s relentless push for more manufacturing jobs has forced the auto industry into a delicate dance of contradictions in order to keep him happy, tell the truth, and avoid alienating customers in both red and blue states. Toyota ...

Court wants to hear more

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court is looking at a dispute between environmental groups and a steel factory in suburban Detroit. Environmental groups sued in 2014 after Michigan regulators changed an air-quality permit at the AK Steel plant in Dearborn, formerly known as ...

13 horses die in suspicious fire

LOWELL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Thirteen horses are dead after a suspicious fire near Grand Rapids. The fire was reported early Saturday at the Barn for Equine Learning in Kent County’s Lowell Township. Only two of 15 horses survived. The owners say the horses were used as therapy for ...

Michigan activist combats divisive rhetoric with pledge

By LOGAN T. HANSEN Ann Arbor News AP Member Exchange ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The image of a safety pin encapsulating the word “Indivisible” has cropped up in the windows of various businesses in the Ann Arbor area. Underneath each of these pins is written a couple of sentences: “We at ...

Local permit to help Nestle get more water is no sure thing

EVART, Mich. (AP) — A bottled-water company that wants to pump more water in western Michigan also needs a permit from a small community to accommodate the project. The Grand Rapids Press reports that a permit to build a small building in Osceola County’s Osceola Township is not a sure ...

Energy company seeks possible Michigan natural gas plant

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — An energy company is looking to make up for the potential loss of a nuclear power plant near South Haven and possibly replace the energy production with natural gas. Consumers Energy is seeking proposals to buy a natural, gas-fired plant. Entergy, which owns the ...

Ford says hybrid police car catches bad guys, saves gas

By TOM KRISHER and MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press DEARBORN, Mich. — The next time the cops chase you down for speeding, they could be driving a fuel-efficient gas-electric hybrid. Ford Motor Co., which sells more police cars in the U.S. than any other automaker, says it will offer a ...

Energy company hopes to buy natural gas plant

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — An energy company is looking to buy a nuclear power plant near South Haven and potentially replace the energy production with natural gas. Consumers Energy hopes the state of Michigan approves an agreement it has with Entergy, which owns the Palisades plant, to ...

Company: Drill site now ‘off-limits’

By VANESSA DIETZ Houghton Daily Mining Gazette GOGEBIC COUNTY — Highland Copper Co. indefinitely suspended mining exploration in the Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park Tuesday, after the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition’s Mining Action Group raised concerns about condition of ...

Supreme Court looks at decisions at Catholic school

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — Can Michigan courts intervene in some decisions at religious schools? The state Supreme Court is hearing arguments Thursday in a case that looks at the broad shield given to churches and faith-based schools under the First Amendment. The case raises ...

CPB targeted for cuts

By Lisa Bowers Journal Staff Writer NEGAUNEE — Rural areas in the Upper Peninsula may see a decrease in broadcast services if President Donald Trump’s budget proposal comes to fruition. Trump released his America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again in March, which ...

MBLP recognized for reliability

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Board of Light and Power has received national recognition for its electric reliability in 2016. The recognition comes from the American Public Power Association, a trade group that represents more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities, ...

Arraignment for Gutzman waived

MARQUETTE — The arraignment for Darrell Wayne Gutzman, scheduled for Friday morning in the Marquette County Circuit Court, has been waived. Gutzman, 51, is charged with one count homicide, open murder, in connection to the Dec. 15 fatal stabbing of his girlfriend, Robbin Lampinen, 53, at a ...

WHS students host prom event for SCI class

By LISA BOWERS Journal Ishpeming Bureau ISHPEMING — The prom is something that most high school students look forward to, but for some students, especially those with severe disabilities, attending an event like the prom is not possible. Nine students in Westwood High School’s ...

Effort to assist laid off miners continues

By LISA BOWERS Journal Ishpeming Bureau MARQUETTE — The world changed for hundreds of Cliffs Natural Resources employees in August 2016 when the Empire Mine went into indefinite idle. The economic impact of the closure prompted Project Empire, a state initiative announced by Gov. Rick ...

Constructing Women

Girls learn about woodworking, welding, electricity By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Instead of sunglasses, they wore safety glasses. And instead of putting pens to paper, they put drill bits to wood. About 100 girls in grades 7-12 from around the Upper Peninsula came ...

Mother of slain Detroit man files lawsuit against ICE agent

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — A Detroit mother is suing a federal agent who fatally shot her 20-year-old son while officers were serving an arrest warrant, according to a wrongful death lawsuit that attorneys filed on her behalf Thursday. The lawsuit in federal court in ...

Retired priest arrested

OWOSSO, Mich. (AP) — A priest accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Michigan church before retiring in 2015 has appeared in court on embezzlement charges. The Rev. David Fisher was pastor for 23 years at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Owosso, 90 miles northwest of ...

Doc who helped teens dies

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit doctor who stopped to help passengers in an overturned car and was struck by a vehicle has died. Forty-seven-year-old Cynthia Ray succumbed to her injuries Wednesday after she was hit on Sunday, the Detroit Free Press reported. Ray had stopped on her way to work at ...