Michigan News

Driver who allegedly killed Michigan teen says he tried to get mental help

NEW YORK (AP) — A man accused of mowing down pedestrians in Times Square, killing a teenage Michigan tourist and injuring 22 others, said he had been trying to get psychiatric help. In a jailhouse interview on Saturday, Richard Rojas told the New York Post that he recently spoke to a mental ...

New Islamic institute prioritizes outreach, education

By JEFF KAROUB Associated Press DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. — When the Islamic Institute of America bought a Baptist church, the plan initially was to remove the pews — until the mosque’s leader objected, in part because he saw keeping the benches as a way of showing Islam’s compatibility ...

AP Source: Ford replaces CEO in push to transform business

By DEE-ANN DURBIN AP Auto Writer DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. is replacing CEO Mark Fields amid questions about its current performance and future strategy, according to a person familiar with the situation. CEO Mark Fields is retiring at age 56 after 28 years at the company, says this ...

More than 300 attend burial of sailor killed at Pearl Harbor

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — The remains of a Michigan sailor killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor have been buried with military honors in the family’s cemetery plot in Port Huron. MLive.com reports that more than 300 people attended Saturday’s funeral services for Fred M. Jones after ...

Chris Cornell fans hold vigil outside Detroit concert venue

DETROIT (AP) — Fans have gathered at a Detroit concert venue to remember singer Chris Cornell. A candlelight vigil was held Friday night outside the Fox Theatre where Cornell performed Wednesday night with his group, Soundgarden. He was pronounced dead early Thursday morning after being ...

Michigan considers ban on hand-held phone use while driving

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Alarmed by the number of motorists staring at their screens instead of the road, lawmakers are proposing to make Michigan the 15th state to ban driving while holding a hand-held phone. Police and safety advocates say the current prohibition ...

Tourists’ visits to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore increase

By RYAN JARVI Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The number of tourists visiting Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Alger County increased to more than 777,000 in 2016, up about 7.5 percent from the previous year, continuing a fairly steady climb over the past decade. The scenic shoreline, ...

State tourism industry sees upward trend

By RYAN JARVI Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — As Michigan’s travel and tourism industry continues to grow, state officials continue their search for better ways to market the area, such as an updated website and advertising campaigns focused more on passions, rather than just ...

Ishpeming fifth- and seventh-grade students taste test healthy foods

ISHPEMING — Fifth- and seventh-grade students at Ishpeming Public Schools participated in a healthy food tasting event Wednesday in an attempt to help encourage healthier lifestyles. “Our food service director for Chartwells made all natural items for the kids,” said Ishpeming health ...

Iron Bay to serve up ‘creative comfort food’ and History

By RYAN JARVI Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Years ago, the building at the corner of Lakeshore Boulevard and East Washington Street in Marquette housed an early automobile prototype. At one point it acted as a foundry and manufacturing center, and later served as a dance hall for local ...

MEIJER OPENS ITS DOORS

By HALEY  GUSTAFSON Escanaba Daily Press ESCANABA — Hundreds of community members attended the soft opening of the new Meijer supercenter Thursday. To commemorate the occasion, Meijer senior leadership, Escanaba Mayor Marc Tall and other local dignitaries took part in a ribbon cutting ...

Schuette: U.P. man sentenced for running cocaine operation

LANSING — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette on Friday announced Kenneth Brunke, 47, of Schoolcraft County, was sentenced to 225 to 360 months in prison, according to a release issued by the Michigan State Police post in St. Ignace. Brunke pleaded no contest to three felony counts ...

Roundabouts galore

Road improvements moving forward, opinions split By MARY WARDELL Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The city is moving ahead on the Wright Street Reconstruction project, including three roundabouts, with the contract awarded and the last of the property acquisition wrapping up, officials ...

AN UPWARD CLIMB

By LISA BOWERS Journal Ishpeming Bureau NEGAUNEE — Those who travel down Teal Lake Avenue past the Negaunee Middle School during weekday mornings might do a double take. Passersby may get a glimpse of NMS students wearing helmets and using safety gear to climb a tree on the corner of Case ...

GOP leaders halt talks with Snyder after pension dispute

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Republican legislative leaders canceled budget talks with Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration due to their dispute with him over making newly hired school employees eligible only for a 401(k) and no longer a traditional pension. The move — which ...

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 ...