Michigan News

MSU road trip scheduled

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Representatives of Michigan State University are embarking on a road trip this month to promote research, education and innovation linked to the East Lansing school. The three-week, seven-community tour dubbed “The Great State Road Trip” kicks off July 17. It ...

Gibraltar Trade Center closing

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — The 600,000-square-foot Gibraltar Trade Center in Macomb County’s Mount Clemens is closing later this summer after 37 years in business. The public market which has vendors who sell everything from toys to guns to rugs to clothing made the announcement on its ...

Police shooting ruled justified

MANISTEE, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan county prosecutor has ruled that a police officer’s actions in the fatal shooting of a 73-year-old man were justified. Authorities say Manistee Police Officer Doug Vansickle shot Lee Pat Milks on March 28 after he came out of the house with a gun and told ...

Michigan grandmother has started selling her cherry vodka

By ALEXANDER ALUSHEFF Associated Press LANSING— For decades, Hedy Steinbart has made cherry-infused vodka out of her Lansing home for family parties and holidays. Now Steinbart, 92, can go to the liquor store and buy a bottle of her own concoction. Her grandson, Kyle Miller, of Chicago, ...

Historic pipe organ completes cathedral’s $4.7M restoration

By JEFF SCHRIER MLive AP Member Exchange SAGINAW — The final piece of the $4.7 million restoration of the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw is now in place — a majestic pipe organ to fill the church with music. The Cathedral purchased the 87-year-old pipe organ from St. ...

Indians rally to split twinbill with Tigers

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT — Jose Ramirez homered to cap Cleveland’s four-run rally in the sixth inning, and the Indians earned a split of Saturday’s doubleheader against Detroit, beating the Tigers 4-1 in the nightcap. The Tigers won the opener 7-4 and led 1-0 in the ...

Michigan hunters take aim at sandhill cranes, mourning doves

LANSING (AP) — If hunters have their way, a long-legged wetlands bird and an oft-spotted gray dove in southern Michigan could become the latest game species in the state. Michigan United Conservation Clubs passed two measures at its annual convention earlier this month to seek sandhill crane ...

READY TO RESPOND

Marquette city firefighters hold trainings in apartment building set to be demolished By KELSIE THOMPSON Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The faint smell of smoke lingered along Summit Street in Marquette this week, as firefighters from the Marquette City Fire Department worked to ...

U.P.’s first energy efficiency training program set

By RYAN JARVI Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — There are still open seats available at the Upper Peninsula’s first-ever Building Operator Certification training program, designed to provide participants with the knowledge of how to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy waste. The ...

City approves $11M bond, energy finance partner

By MARY WARDELL Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Commission last week unanimously approved issuing a bond of up to $11 million — well over double the city’s usual limit for issuing debt — and locked down a low interest rate on its energy savings improvement ...

Audit: City position improves, future more bleak

By MARY WARDELL Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — While Marquette’s annual financial audit for 2016 shows the city in “good shape,” challenges loom in the form of rising costs, growing pension liabilities, the future of the Presque Isle Power Plant, tax issues and continuing ...

IN THE NAME OF ART

Above, clothing designer Alexandra Kralova, left, artist Lali Khalid, center, and Nora Jungwirth, owner of Moon Rae Cakes, pose at Sakra, Kralova’s studio. Over 30 artist receptions took place at Art Stroll during the third annual Art Week, Thursday in downtown Marquette. (Journal photos by ...

Snyder vetoes ‘Choose Life’ license plate

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Republican Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed legislation on Friday to require Michigan to create and sell an anti-abortion fundraising license plate, saying the bill is too politically contentious and would have divided residents. The measure approved by ...

Citizens Academy touches on personal safety, preventing home invasion

By KELSIE THOMPSON Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Having the proper knowledge of how to respond when someone is experiencing a medical emergency could mean the difference between life and death. Whether it’s assisting at the scene of a car crash or helping a loved one who is choking, a ...

Illegal baiting draws large fine

ITHACA, Mich. (AP) — A man convicted of dumping illegal loads of corn and sugar beets to lure deer in central Michigan has been sentenced to 45 days in jail. Dexter Sysak of Saginaw County can’t hunt again until 2023. He also must pay roughly $15,000 in fines. Sysak was accused of ...

Flood damage costs estimated at $90M in central Michigan

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — Preliminary assessments show the cost of flood damage to public and private property in a central Michigan county is near $90 million. The damage to roads and homes appears to make Isabella County the hardest-hit among four that have declared states of emergency ...

2 law schools seek to erase conviction

CONSTANTINE, Mich. (AP) — Two law schools are asking a judge to overturn the perjury conviction of a man who was repeatedly hounded by police during an investigation of a girl’s killing in a small town in southwestern Michigan. Raymond McCann II pleaded no contest in 2015 and served 20 ...

Republican Young launches campaign for US Senate seat

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bob Young Jr. launched his U.S. Senate campaign Wednesday, touting his conservative record and becoming the second Republican to seek the nomination to challenge third-term Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow in 2018. Young, who was an ...

Michigan sues Flint after council refuses to OK water deal

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — The state of Michigan sued Flint Wednesday, alleging that the City Council’s delay in approving a broadly backed recommendation to buy water long term from a Detroit-area system is endangering public health in the wake of a man-made crisis that ...