Michigan News

Ishpeming council approves temporary DPW staffing increase

By LISA BOWERS Journal Ishpeming Bureau ISHPEMING — The Ishpeming City Council unanimously approved a temporary staffing increase for the city’s Department of Public Works at its regular meeting last week. The move, which is expected to cost the city roughly $5,000, allows DPW ...

U.S. 41 underpass project progressing

By RYAN JARVI Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Marquette Township officials recently submitted an application to the state seeking grant money for the construction of an underpass beneath U.S. 41 while also securing support from nearby property owners for the easements needed to move the ...

NEA, NEH eyed for elimination

By KELSIE THOMPSON Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — An expression of feeling, a reflection of self, a challenge to thought, a marker of history. “The arts speak to the parts of our lives that are more ineffable or harder to capture,” said Monica McFawn, a local author and assistant ...

City takes steps to mitigate erosion

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The city of Marquette is taking steps to mitigate pedestrian erosion at the popular Black Rocks at Presque Isle Park. Over the years, visitors to Black Rocks have taken a hilly shortcut to get to the rocky section of the shoreline on the ...

$55,000 MEDC grant to fund study

By LISA BOWERS Journal Ishpeming Bureau ISHPEMING — A Northern Michigan University study of how other cities that faced mine closings successfully diversified their economies to retain and grow jobs, could benefit communities in western Marquette County affected by the indefinite idle of ...

Women plan remembrance of late grandfather

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Three granddaughters of a man who drowned in Lake Superior near Shot Point in 1927 plan to commemorate the 90th anniversary of his death. Sara Shusta, who is relocating to Three Lakes; Mary Shusta of Atlanta, Georgia; and Barb Alasimi, of ...

Crisis-response dogs ease people’s pain

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Whatever troubles are going through a child’s mind, the soft touch of a responsive dog can do wonders. Julia Meier, of DeTour Village, and Brenda Ransom, of Sault Ste. Marie, brought their respective crisis-response dogs, Ischgl and ...

Court hears dispute over First Amendment, religious school

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — Michigan courts can have no role in admission decisions at faith-based schools, a lawyer told the state Supreme Court on Thursday in a case that tests whether a family can sue a Roman Catholic school over their daughter’s rejection. Notre Dame ...

U of M unveils 1,500-pound Rubik’s Cube

By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press ANN ARBOR, Mich. — University of Michigan mechanical engineering students have made one of the most popular puzzle games much larger. And tougher to solve. Seven former and current students unveiled a 1,500-pound Rubik’s Cube during a ceremony ...

Detroit air quality to improve?

DETROIT (AP) — Academics and community activists have put together a plan for improving air quality in Detroit. A partnership called Community Action to Promote Healthy Environments will release the plan Tuesday. The coalition says people living and working in Detroit are exposed to ...

Hydrogen fuel cell cars creep up slowly on electrics

By DEE-ANN DURBIN AP Auto Writer DETROIT — Hydrogen fuel cell cars could one day challenge electric cars in the race for pollution-free roads — but only if more stations are built to fuel them. Honda, Toyota and Hyundai have leased a few hundred fuel cell vehicles over the past three ...

Weak taillight enough for stop

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan appeals court has affirmed the drunken-driving conviction of a man who was stopped near Grand Rapids solely because one taillight was weaker than the other. The case against Trevor Vanderhart was a misdemeanor, but it has gone through three courts ...

SUV hits bus, 18 kids injured

DETROIT (AP) — Authorities say 18 children and two adults have received hospital treatment after an SUV rear-ended a school bus on Detroit’s west side. Deputy Detroit Fire Commissioner David Fornell says none of the children suffered serious injuries in the Wednesday afternoon crash and ...

$10M lawsuit filed after 3-year-old’s death at Head Start

DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — A $10 million wrongful death lawsuit was filed on behalf of the family of a 3-year-old Detroit-area girl who was killed at a Head Start program when she was struck by a table that folded into a gymnasium wall. The Archdiocese of Detroit, Wayne Metropolitan ...

Michigan capital rescinds calling itself ‘sanctuary city’

By JEFF KAROUB and DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. —  Michigan’s capital on Wednesday reversed a decision to call itself a “sanctuary city” that protects immigrants, bowing to pressure from a business community concerned that the term would draw unwanted attention to ...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump again out of his lane on auto jobs

DETROIT — President Donald Trump claimed direct credit for Toyota’s new investment in a Kentucky plant, calling it new evidence of economic improvement in a White House discussion with CEOs. The company says the move was planned long before Trump even announced he was running for ...

Tornado confirmed in lower Mich.

FREEPORT, Mich. (AP) — The National Weather Service confirms a tornado with peak winds estimated at 90 mph struck western Michigan, snapping dozens of trees and causing significant damage to outbuildings. It said Tuesday that a damage survey confirmed the EF-1 tornado the previous night ...

Flint water subject of town hall

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Flint Mayor Karen Weaver is expected to discuss at a town hall meeting her recommended plan on a future water source for the city next week. Residents will be able to ask questions at the 5:30 p.m. event April 20 at the House of Prayer church. Flint was under state ...

Student charged in hazing

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — A Central Michigan University student faces a hazing charge for allegedly smearing peanut butter on the face of a classmate with a severe peanut allergy. Twenty-year-old Dale Merza of Rochester Hills was charged with misdemeanor hazing resulting in physical ...