Michigan News

MTU alum reveals secrets of nerdy talk

By GARRETT NEESE Houghton Daily Mining Gazette HOUGHTON — Preparing for Thursday’s talk to Michigan Technological University students, alumna Libby Titus talked with a fellow engineering student who said the hardest part of the work wasn’t dynamics or analysis, but people and ...

HAPPY 40th

Economic Club of Marquette County to hold celebration By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Its dinner speakers have included heads of industry and top-ranking government officials. However, the Economic Club of Marquette County also has provided a means for local ...

Procedural shift

Committee communication debated By LISA BOWERS Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The Marquette Township Board will be changing the way its committees and departments report their progress. During its regular meeting on Tuesday night, the board discussed different ways to provide ...

Mastodon bones discovered at Michigan construction site

BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Paleontology experts are investigating the discovery of prehistoric mastodon bones at a Michigan construction site. Workers found the bones Aug. 31 while excavating a road at a housing development in Byron Center, which is about 13 miles south of Grand Rapids, ...

Battle may head to Supreme Court

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A man who is challenging Christian prayers at Jackson County meetings says he’ll probably turn next to the U.S. Supreme Court. Peter Bormuth says his fight isn’t over, despite a defeat Wednesday at a federal appeals court. The court said there’s nothing illegal ...

Group seeks to up Michigan minimum wage

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Advocates for restaurant workers launched a 2018 ballot drive Thursday to gradually raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour, saying the growing industry is not paying enough to employees — including those who earn tips. The group ...

State Senate votes to cut breakwall fees in Great Lakes

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan would cut state fees assessed on homeowners who have wave-reducing breakwalls near the Great Lakes shoreline under legislation a divided state Senate approved Wednesday. The vote came 15 months after Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed another bill ...

Lawsuit revived in jail death

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A woman whose husband died after a 300-pound jail officer knelt on his back has won a major decision in a lawsuit claiming he was the victim of excessive force. An appeals court on Wednesday reversed key rulings by federal Judge Terrence Berg and reinstated the ...

Senate leader: Mandated cut in car insurance rates is ‘dead’

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Any proposal to automatically cut premiums for Michigan drivers would be “dead” on arrival in the Republican-led Senate, Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof said Wednesday, bringing into question lawmakers’ long-sought aim to enact major auto ...

Kid Rock criticized for appearing in Detroit arena debut

DETROIT (AP) — The choice of Kid Rock as the opening act for a new sports arena in mostly black Detroit has injected the musician into the national debate over race and culture because of his embrace of the Confederate flag, an expletive-laced criticism of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and ...

New Nissan Leaf gets more range, but is it enough?

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT — Nissan is turning over a new Leaf, adding 43 miles of range to the world’s top-selling electric car while dropping its price to undercut Tesla’s Model 3 and the Chevrolet Bolt. But the new Leaf, due out in the U.S. early next year, won’t be ...

5 teens killed in crash ID’d

COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have released the names of five teenagers killed in a fiery weekend car crash in southwestern Michigan. Jaquarius Hegler, Marshawn Williams, Elexus Hillsman, Cortavian Murphy and Deztanee Cobb were positively identified by a medical examiner, the ...

Police still searching for missing woman

MARINETTE — Eighty-three-year-old Jeanette L. Fullerton is still missing after an extensive search for the woman was conducted Aug. 26. Multiple public safety personnel, volunteers and K-9 units searched for Fullerton around the area of the Fullerton home in Wagner, Wisconsin. Fullerton is ...

UPPCO: Unseasonably wet weather expected to reduce energy costs

MARQUETTE — Significant rainfall and cooler temperatures may have dampened the spirits of outdoor recreationists this summer, but the weather has provided for an increase in the production of clean, renewable energy from Upper Peninsula Power Company’s hydroelectric generation fleet, ...

Organizers: Donate, volunteer and drink beer to help fight hunger issues

By JAYMIE DEPEW Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — As teachers and students prepare for the new school year, Feeding America West Michigan prepares and urges others to help people in need. September is Hunger Action Month, a month where people across the country stand together and fight ...

Michigan doubles capacity to prep inmates for in-demand jobs

BLACKMAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Inside what was once a prison license plate factory, 42-year-old inmate Richard Willett spends his days in a converted robotics lab, learning how to operate computerized machinery in hopes of working a good-paying job when he’s freed. It’s better than his ...

Group to present petitions at annual bridge walk

By LISA BOWERS Journal Staff Writer MACKINAW CITY – Members of Voters Not Politicians, a grassroots organization seeking to change the way voting districts in the state are drawn, will be asking participants at the Mackinac Bridge walk on Monday for signatures. VNP, a nonpartisan ...

Tigers’ Fulmer to miss time with numbness in hand

By DAVE HOGG Associated Press DETROIT — Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer will miss at least two starts with recurring numbness in his pitching hand. Fulmer, Detroit’s unquestioned No. 1 pitcher after the trade of Justin Verlander, has been bothered by the problem for most of the ...

Honda owners could get up to $500 in air bag settlement

DETROIT (AP) — Honda and some of the people suing the company over faulty Takata air bag inflators have agreed to a $605 million settlement. The settlement, which still must be approved by a federal judge, covers owners of 16.5 million Honda and Acura vehicles with the inflators dating back ...

U.P. State Fair numbers up over 2016, best year ever

ESCANABA — The Upper Peninsula State Fair saw a dramatic increase in attendance this year, according to fair organizers, as ticket sales were up 17 percent over 2016. Delta Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Vickie Micheau said Thursday that this year’s estimated attendance at the ...