Michigan News

5-county parks chief on paid leave during investigation

BRIGHTON, Mich. (AP) — The head of a five-county park system in southeastern Michigan has been placed on paid leave during an internal investigation. The Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority won’t explain the investigation. But director George Phifer is off the job for now. The ...

Central Michigan rivers still very high after big storms

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — Flood warnings remained posted on some rivers in central Michigan, which are above flood stage after intense storms. State police posted photos Saturday of a marine services team helping families evacuate in boats in Midland County. The National Weather Service says the ...

Grand Rapids buys body cameras for some off-duty police

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Police officers in Grand Rapids who are part of a Special Response Team will soon have a second body camera to carry with them when they’re off-duty. The Grand Rapids Press reports that the city commission has agreed to spend more than $15,300 to buy roughly 20 ...

Quarantine seeks to protect hemlock trees from pest

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan has announced a quarantine to protect trees from an Asian insect that has killed millions of hemlocks across North America. The agriculture department recently announced the hemlock woolly adelgid quarantine. The pest has been found along Lake ...

Some crops getting too much rain, others not enough

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — Sporadic rain patterns in recent weeks are making Michigan a tale of two states where agriculture is concerned. The Michigan Farm Bureau says heavy rainfall may ruin crops in central Michigan fields where growers were worried about drought earlier this spring. More ...

Gwinn school district begins 2nd year of major bond projects

By RYAN JARVI Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Following the passage of last year’s voter-approved multimillion dollar bond proposal, work is continuing on multiple fronts to update and expand technology capabilities, and improve buildings and athletic facilities at Gwinn Area Community ...

FIXING A ‘MESS’

City land code overhaul to address range of issues By MARY WARDELL Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — For Marquette city residents interested in “tiny houses,” harvesting fresh eggs from their backyards, or just making simple improvements to their home — municipal land development ...

FAMOUS FRIES

Beef-A-Roo in Marquette wins best fries in the Upper Peninsula By RYAN JARVI Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The family-owned fast food restaurant Beef-A-Roo in Marquette was voted as having the best french fries in the Upper Peninsula through an online reader poll organized by the ...

Doctors: Officer stabbed at airport recovering well

By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER and JEFF KAROUB Associated Press FLINT, Mich. — The Flint, Michigan, airport officer stabbed in the neck during what authorities are investigating as a terrorist act is recovering well from a 12-inch “slash” that caused significant bleeding but spared major arteries ...

Snyder makes case for Mich. aerospace sector

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder said Friday that some companies based in Europe are considering expanding into Michigan or adding to existing operations there, and he wants to ensure that the state has enough qualified engineers and technicians to fill the ...

Live Asian carp discovered near Lake Michigan

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A live Asian carp has been discovered in a Chicago waterway about nine miles from Lake Michigan — well beyond an electric barrier network designed to prevent the invasive fish that have infested the Mississippi River system ...

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore announces Ranger program schedule

MUNISING — Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, part of the National Park Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior, has announced its Ranger Program schedule from now through Labor Day. Programs are free of charge unless otherwise noted. Reservations are needed only for specified ...

Snyder urges Michigan House to OK incentives for Foxconn

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder urged the Republican-led Michigan House on Friday to pass economic development tax incentives when it meets in July, saying there is still time to lure a Taiwanese electronics giant to the state despite the cancellation of a vote ...

Citizens Academy touches on use of force, personal safety

By KELSIE THOMPSON Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Use of force by law enforcement has been a topic covered heavily in the news as of lately, particularly surrounding cases that resulted in citizen fatalities. “Police officers are often forced to make touch decisions,” said Clint ...

Milwaukee Bucks get their Michigan man in drafting Wolverines’ D.J. Wilson

By GENARO C. ARMAS AP Sports Writer ST. FRANCIS, Wis. — The Milwaukee Bucks keep getting younger and longer up front. Michigan’s D.J. Wilson is headed to Milwaukee after the Bucks took the 6-foot-10 forward with the 17th overall pick in the NBA draft on Thursday. The 21-year-old Wilson ...

Family settles inmate lawsuit

BIG RAPIDS (AP) — Relatives of an inmate who died after hanging himself in a Michigan jail cell have settled a lawsuit that alleged a deputy was watching Monday Night Football on TV instead of monitoring the man. MLive.com reported Thursday that the federal wrongful death lawsuit against ...

Woman arrested, statue not built

LANSING (AP) — An 80-year-old woman will stand trial after more than $70,000 set aside to build a statue in Lansing to honor farm labor leader Cesar Chavez was embezzled. The Lansing State Journal reported that Maria Louisa Mason of Williamston waived her right Thursday to a hearing on the ...

Detroit judge halts deportation of Iraqi Christians

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — A judge on Thursday temporarily halted the deportation of more than 100 Iraqi Christians living in the Detroit area who fear torture and possible death if sent back to Iraq. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith said in a written order that ...

Officials try to learn more about airport assailant

FLINT (AP) — The Canadian man charged with stabbing a police officer at the Flint airport in a possible act of terrorism was a part-time caretaker at the Montreal apartment building where he lived and had once studied to sell insurance, a landlord and an insurance company spokesman ...

12 injured in crash

KALAMAZOO TOWNSHIP (AP) — Seven children and five adults have been injured in a multi-vehicle crash along a western Michigan highway. The Kalamazoo County sheriff's office says a vehicle driven by an 18-year-old Kalamazoo man crossed the median on U.S. 131 in Kalamazoo Township about noon ...