Michigan News

DEQ sets public hearing for Eagle East

By MARY WARDELL Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is holding a public hearing to gather comments on its proposed decision to approve a permit amendment granting Eagle Mine’s request to mine the Eagle East mineral resource in western Marquette ...

Ex-official: Legionnaires’ seemed tied to Flint water switch

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s former director of disease control testified Friday that she believed a spike in Legionnaires’ disease in the Flint area was related to a switch in the city’s water supply. Corinne Miller said she felt “relieved” to take her concerns and statistics to ...

Township sets meeting on US 41 underpass

By LISA BOWERS Journal Ishpeming Bureau MARQUETTE – Members of the Marquette Township Planning and Zoning Department and recreation committee will present an update Monday on the $2.25 million project to build an underpass beneath U.S. 41. The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. in the ...

UPHS nurses’ No. 1 concern is staffing levels

By MARY WARDELL Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Not wages and benefits, but guaranteed staffing levels — that’s what nurses at UP Health System-Marquette are demanding in ongoing contract negotiations, or they plan to strike. The local chapter of the Michigan Nurse’s Association gave ...

Great Girls in Michigan’s History

Nine girls of different eras in Michigan’s history are highlighted in the traveling exhibit “Great Girls in Michigan’s History,” at the Marquette Regional History Center. During the opening, modern women leaders were present to discuss their careers. The exhibit will run through Oct. ...

Leaders: $271B needed for Great Lakes water systems

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — State leaders say the Great Lakes region needs to drastically improve public water systems. The Great Lakes Commission this week called for upgrading wastewater treatment plants, storm water pipes and drinking water filtration systems. The commission, which represents the ...

Driver bound over for trial

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man charged with second-degree murder in a crash that killed five people has been bound over for trial. The Macomb Daily reports 22-year-old Matthew Carrier of Fenton is charged with five counts of second-degree murder and 14 other charges in connection with ...

Michigan official faces key hearing in Flint water case

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A former Michigan health official testified Thursday that he started asking questions about bacteria in Flint’s water supply a year before the state publicly acknowledged an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. Tim Becker, who was deputy director at the Department of ...

Iraq War vet, businessman James seeks Senate seat

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Republican John James, a political newcomer who flew Army helicopters in the Iraq War and now runs an automotive supply chain and logistics business in Detroit, said Thursday he is running for U.S. Senate. He is the second candidate in the GOP ...

Michigan sued after gay couples are rejected for adoption

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — Michigan is illegally allowing faith-based groups to reject same-sex couples who want to adopt children or become foster parents, the American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday in a lawsuit challenging the practice. Groups such as Catholic Charities ...

Trooper dies from injuries

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State Police say a trooper has died from his injuries after crashing his motorcycle in the western part of the state. The agency says 28-year-old Trooper Timothy O’Neill of the Rockford Post died following the crash about 7:45 a.m. Wednesday. It ...

Annual ArtPrize competition kicks off in western Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — An international art competition in western Michigan is kicking off its ninth year. ArtPrize Nine starts today in Grand Rapids and runs through Oct. 8. In all, $500,000 in cash prizes will be awarded — including $200,000 for the public favorite and $200,000 for a ...

UP school district rejects land sale

BRIMLEY (AP) — An Upper Peninsula school district has rejected a land sale mostly because the buyer wanted to sell tobacco and alcohol. Dollar General offered $127,000 to buy land next to the Brimley school. But Superintendent Brian Reattoir says the retailer wouldn’t agree to not stock ...

Mom charged in baby’s death

LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area woman whose son died after she placed him in bed with her has been charged with involuntary manslaughter. The 6-month-old boy died in December. The Wayne County prosecutor’s office announced charges Monday against Leslie Neuman of Livonia. Prosecutors ...

Principal fights punishment

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A high school principal in northwest Michigan is fighting a five-day, unpaid suspension levied over accusations he lied to district administrators over removal of the school’s “spirit rock.” West Senior High School Principal Joe Esper was suspended, effective ...

Workers at GM plant strike

DETROIT (AP) — About 2,500 workers at a Canadian General Motors plant that makes the Chevrolet Equinox SUV are on strike in a dispute over job security. Members of Unifor Local 88 in Ingersoll, Ontario, west of Toronto, stopped working when their contract expired at 10:59 p.m. Sunday. The ...

Michigan farmers address worker shortage with visa program

SODUS, Mich. — The thought of a worker shortage has Fred Leitz worried. Seasonal migrant workers are a necessity for farmers across Michigan who spend most of the year tending to the ground and about five months picking the fruits of their labor. A lot of fruit crops need to be handled and ...

Penguin center wins award

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — The Polk Penguin Conservation Center at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak has received the 2017 Exhibit Award from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. The zoo says the award is the top honor bestowed annually upon accredited institutions for excellence in exhibit ...

Camper falls, dies

MARINE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a man died when he apparently fell down an embankment into the Belle River while camping at a southeastern Michigan park. The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office says emergency crews were called about 10 p.m. Saturday to the China Township Park near ...

Michigan high schools welcome Chinese exchange students

By LAUREN SLAGTER The Ann Arbor News AP Member Exchange ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Crystal Jia’s parents wanted her to have a better education. So they sent the 16-year-old from China halfway around the world to enroll at Chelsea High School in Washtenaw County. Jia is one of two Chinese ...