Michigan News

For electric cars to take off, they’ll need place to charge

By DEE-ANN DURBIN AP Auto Writer DETROIT — Around the world, support is growing for electric cars. Automakers are delivering more electric models with longer range and lower prices, such as the Chevrolet Bolt and the Tesla Model 3. China has set aggressive targets for electric vehicle sales ...

‘Little Miss Flint’ raises money for 1K backpacks

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A 10-year-old girl known as “Little Miss Flint” helped gather and distribute more than 1,000 backpacks to Flint students after raising more than $10,000 in two weeks. Amariyanna “Mari” Copeny partnered with nonprofit Pack Your Back to pass out free backpacks and ...

Surfer interrupts event, rescues bird

By MARY WARDELL Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — An event commemorating the birthday of the U.S. Coast Guard was interrupted recently when a surfer caught the attention of spectators as he carried an apparently injured seagull back to shore on his board. Dan Schetter, a local known for ...

DNR starts new Eyes in the Field application

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources invites residents to contribute to conservation efforts by reporting their fish and wildlife observations with the new Eyes in the Field application. Available online at michigan.gov/eyesinthefield, the application replaces 15 separate ...

City to discuss property purchases

Potential pact with owners made to avoid eminent domain By MARY WARDELL Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Commission at its regular meeting Monday will consider some property purchases for the hospital project — avoiding the use of eminent domain — along with bids ...

Over the river and Through the mud

Annual Ore to Shore bike race held Saturday Above, the Ore to Shore’s Hard Rock race traverses difficult terrain after rainfall Friday night left parts of the trail muddy. Top left, Shawn Davison, participant in the 48-mile Hard Rock race, is congratulated at Lakeview Arena in Marquette by ...

Report shows drop for state, Marquette County

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The infant death rates for Michigan and Marquette County show a downward trend, according to the Michigan League for Public Policy’s latest Right Start policy report. The report, “2017 Right Start: Infant death rates decline in ...

Scientists team up to track fish

By MAX JOHNSTON Special to the Journal LANSING — Biologists and scientists have teamed up to track fish across the Great Lakes using sound — a literal Great Lakes echo. It’s like the world’s biggest game of Marco Polo, but with fish. The Great Lakes Acoustic Telemetry Observation ...

State reverses 44k jobless fraud cases

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — The state of Michigan said Friday it has reversed at least 44,000 unemployment benefit fraud cases covering a two-year period and is refunding nearly $21 million after a computer system wrongly accused people of collecting excessive benefits. The ...

Freighter aground in river linking lakes Superior, Huron

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says a Great Lakes freighter has run aground in the St. Marys River, which runs between the U.S. and Canada along Michigan’s eastern Upper Peninsula. The Coast Guard says the 629-foot (192-meter) U.S. vessel named Calumet left a steel ...

MSP dog recovering from stabbing in neck

REYNOLDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan State Police dog is recovering after being stabbed in the neck. The 7-year-old German shepherd named Bolt was injured when chasing two suspects Sunday in connection to a drive-by shooting in Reynolds Township, the Greenville Daily News ...

School seeks mentors

DETROIT (AP) — Cornerstone schools is seeking volunteer mentors for each of its 2,500 students in kindergarten through 8th grade. Mentors in the Partner Morning Program will interact with students four times each academic year. Each visit will last about two hours. They will receive an ...

Michigan man sets himself on fire trying to kill bees

DOWAGIAC, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 46-year-old man accidentally set himself on fire while trying to exterminate bees in an underground hive in southwestern Michigan. The Cass County sheriff’s department says a neighbor was able to put out the fire by the time authorities arrived ...

Officials ask for tree check

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Have trees around your house? Take a few minutes to check them for an invasive beetle. The request comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which has designated August as National Tree Check Month. In Michigan, officials are primarily worried about the Asian ...

Enrollment drop forces college to close undergrad programs

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — Marygrove College, a small liberal arts school surrounded by homes in a northwest Detroit neighborhood, is shutting down its undergraduate programs due to declining enrollment. Beginning in January, the 112-year-old institution will offer only ...

Woman sentenced in dad’s death

KALKASKA, Mich. (AP) — A northern Michigan woman has been sentenced to 10 to 15 years in prison in the stabbing death of her father. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports 27-year-old Jessica Kay Degroot of Kalkaska learned her punishment on Tuesday after pleading guilty to manslaughter in ...

Duggan, Young to face off

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and the son of a former mayor won the lion’s share of Tuesday’s non-partisan mayoral primary and will face off in a fall general election that will determine who will lead the city for the next four years. With about 90 percent of the precincts ...

Ford repairs Austin police SUVs, but questions linger

By DEE-ANN DURBIN AP Auto Writer DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. has begun repairing Ford Explorer SUVs in Austin, Texas, that were pulled off police duty because exhaust containing carbon monoxide was seeping into them. But the company faces lingering questions about the safety of thousands of ...

Farmers get flood relief

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Farmers and ranchers in 14 Michigan counties are eligible for emergency loans due to widespread damage amid severe storms and flash flooding in June. The update from the U.S. Department of Agriculture comes after President Donald Trump last week made a disaster ...

Woman in shooting identified

MARINE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have identified a 36-year-old woman who died after being shot while confronting officers with a gun in southeastern Michigan. St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon tells The Times Herald of Port Huron that Melissa Wiseman of Richmond died Friday night ...