Michigan News

Copper drilling in Porcupine Mountains

ONTONAGON (AP) — The state says exploratory drilling for possible copper deposits is taking place at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says it’s issued a permit to Highland Copper subsidiary Orvana ...

Michigan leads effort to shift workers away from pensions

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Struggling under the weight of pension and health care obligations, Michigan lawmakers appear ready to take another whack at public employee benefits — a move that reflects renewed determination to shift workers to 401(k)-style retirement ...

Twins first to undergo bariatric surgery at Howell hospital

By LAURA COLVIN Livingston Daily Press & Argus AP Exchange HOWELL, Mich.— One twin remembers being called “fat” in high school. Her identical sister has felt exhausted for as long as she can remember. Together, they’re hoping 2017 is the year life changes for the better. In ...

100s protest travel order

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Hundreds of people took part in new western Michigan protests of President Donald Trump’s attempt to ban refugees and travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the country. Crowds gathered Sunday at a Kalamazoo park and at the entrance to ...

Coronation kicks off Winter Carnival

HOUGHTON — Continuing a tradition that began 95 years ago, Michigan Tech University will hold its annual Winter Carnival this week, with the Carnival Queen Coronation kicking off the celebration Saturday night at the Rosza Center. This year’s theme is “Snow Cascades Across the ...

THE WAITING GAME

Temporary travel ban places couple’s future in limbo By KELSIE THOMPSON Journal Staff Writer ARQUETTE — Amin Akhtar decided he wanted to come to the United States when he was just 14 years old. “My uncle came to the U.S. 20 years ago,” said Akhtar, a native of Hamedan, Iran. ...

GROUNDHOGS and BEER?

By RYAN JARVI Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Groundhogs and beer aren’t typically what one thinks of when taking a trip to the Marquette Regional History Center, but those were the prime exhibits for a Friday night fundraiser at the museum for the Community Foundation of Marquette ...

Nissan recalls Altima

DETROIT (AP) — You might not want to open a rear window if you’re driving a Nissan Altima. The company is recalling nearly 363,000 of the midsize cars worldwide from the 2015 through 2017 model years because the doors might open if a rear window is lowered. Documents posted Friday by the ...

Microsoft to move Michigan technology center to Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — Software maker Microsoft plans to move its Michigan Microsoft Technology Center to downtown Detroit in early 2018. The Redmond, Washington-based company and Detroit-based real estate business Bedrock announced Friday that Microsoft will use more than 40,000 square feet in ...

Up to 1.87M Michigan workers info may be compromised

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Social Security numbers and other personal information of up to 1.87 million Michigan workers may have been compromised, the state said Friday. The problem stemmed from a software update to Michigan’s troubled unemployment computer system, state ...

Blood center hopes for more donors

By Haley Gustafson Escanaba Daily Press ESCANABA — The Escanba branch of the Upper Peninsula Regional Blood Center is saving lives one pint of blood at a time. Located inside Upper Peninsula Health Systems Doctor’s Park building in Escanaba, about five people per day come in and donate ...

Board opposes DeVos appointment

By RYAN JARVI Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Leaders at Marquette Area Public Schools on Friday sent Michigan lawmakers a letter urging them to oppose President Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary, Betsy DeVos. In the letter, MAPS board members wrote DeVos possesses few ...

READY TO RESPOND

By KELSIE THOMPSON Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — When responding to emergency situations, preparedness is key. This week, the U.S. Coast Guard paired up with the Marquette City Fire Department for a dual-agency training on ice rescues. After some time in the classroom reviewing ...

Motel owner paying back wages

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Investigators say a Michigan motel operator who agreed to pay back wages forced some employees to cash checks and return the money. Mehul Patel pleaded guilty Thursday to concealing those facts from the U.S. Labor Department when investigators tried to confirm that ...

State settles lawsuit over false unemployment fraud cases

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency on Thursday settled a lawsuit filed after at least 20,000 people receiving benefits were wrongly flagged for fraud by an automated computer system and assessed high financial penalties. U.S. District ...

Wrongfully convicted man devotes life to mentoring youth

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit man who spent more than nine years in prison after being wrongfully convicted said he wants to help the city’s youth avoid life behind bars. Davontae Sanford, 24, recently launched a nonprofit called Innocent Dreams to provide young residents with job skills, help ...

Help for student loan delinquency

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Free one-on-one counseling is available for Michigan residents who are delinquent on their federal student loans. Michigan’s Treasury Department says it is partnering with a division of the National Student Loan Program on a 1-year pilot effort. Loan recipients will ...

Michigan House members introduce new public records proposal

By CHRIS EHRMANN Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Michigan House members on Wednesday introduced a public records proposal they say will increase transparency. The package of bills would subject the governor and lawmakers to public records requests. It is a new attempt to get legislation ...

Michigan Wolverines land top wide receiver on national signing day

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer ANN ARBOR — Jim Harbaugh moved Michigan’s “Signing of the Stars” event from a downtown theater to its basketball arena, incorporating some non-football coaches instead of putting such as Tom Brady, Derek Jeter and Ric Flair on stage with him as he did ...

University of Michigan video game cache serves as an archive, at play

By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press ANN ARBOR, Mich.— The University of Michigan collects video games. Lots of them. The Ann Arbor university’s Computer and Video Game Archive features over 7,000 titles — everything from time-honored favorites such as “Pac-Man” and ...