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Marquette hospital plans moving forward

MARQUETTE, MI-- Officials with U.P. Health System Marquette updated city officials on plans for a new hospital on Baraga Avenue. UPHS Market President Jim Bogan told the City Commission Monday night the 265-bed building will cost more than $300 million to construct. Groundbreaking is set for May 1 of next year, and should take about 28 months to complete. Completion is scheduled for early 2018. Bogan says UPHS is moving forward with finalizing the purchase agreement, site approval, and making...
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Accused embezzler sentenced in Ontonagon

ONTONAGON, MI-- An Ontonagon woman has been sentenced for embezzling funds from Aspirus Physical Therapy Center. Kelly Roehm, 53, was arrested in January on a charge of embezzlement greater than $1,000 and less than $20,000 from a non-profit or charitable organization. She pleaded guilty to embezzlement less than $200. Roehm was sentenced Monday to 15 days in jail with credit for one day served, one year of probation, 24 hours of community service, and restitution, the amount of which has yet...
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Looking for a way to get rid of that old beater?

Here's a bit of good news for Medicare, the popular government program that's turning 50 this week. Older Americans on Medicare are spending less time in the hospital; they're living longer; and the cost of a typical hospital stay has actually come down over the past 15 years, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Group starts process to sue US agency over pipeline plans

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DETROIT, MI (AP)--   A conservation organization has begun the process required for it to sue the U.S. Transportation department, saying the agency has failed to require pipeline owners to come up with safety response plans for worst-case oil spills. 

The National Wildlife Federation said it filed the required "intent to sue" notice Tuesday through certified mail to the agency.

It says the Transportation Department has not come up with requirements or given approval of response plans for inland water pipelines as required by the 1990 Oil Pollution Act.

Death of WI trooper prompts better police communication

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MARINETTE COUNTY, WI (AP)--   Officials from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies are trying to improve their communication after a Wisconsin state trooper was killed earlier this year. 

Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the agencies plan to meet this week.

Twitter has started taking down jokes for copyright infringement. The removals were first spotted by @PlagiarismBad, which traced the takedown notices to Olga Lexell, a freelance writer in Los Angeles.

DNR stocks millions of fish in state waters

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LANSING, MI (AP)--   The state says it stocked Michigan waterways with more than 20 million fish this spring. 

The Department of Natural Resources says more than 325 tons of fish went into the water at 732 stocking sites.

Ed Eisch, DNR fish production manager, says in a statement that it was "another outstanding spring stocking season that will bring significant benefits and fishing opportunities to Michigan." The number and type of fish stocked vary by hatchery.

Fish are reared anywhere from a month to 1½ years before they are released.

President Obama capped a five-day trip to Kenya and Ethiopia by becoming the first sitting American president to address the African Union.

In a speech intended for the entire continent and delivered from the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Obama called on African leaders to create jobs and foster democracy. NPR's Gregory Warner reports that Obama spoke of Africa's bright future and called on leaders to end corruption and political intimidation.

Gregory filed this report:

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, MI--   The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team is conducting an investigation into the production of meth in Marquette Township.

A 45-year-old township man was arrested two weeks ago and on Monday detectives executed a search warrant at 2422 Huron Street.  A search of the residence and surrounding area uncovered components used to make meth and hazardous waste resulting from the cooking process. 

All the components and waste were removed by certified meth responders and taken to a secure storage container. 

No names have been released. 

ONTONAGON, MI--   An Ontonagon woman has been sentenced for embezzling funds from Aspirus Physical Therapy Center. 

Kelly Roehm, 53, was arrested in January on a charge of embezzlement greater than $1,000 and less than $20,000 from a non-profit or charitable organization.  She pleaded guilty to embezzlement less than $200. 

Roehm was sentenced Monday to 15 days in jail with credit for one day served, one year of probation, 24 hours of community service, and restitution, the amount of which has yet to be determined. 

HOUGHTON, MI--   Police are investigating the death of a baby in Houghton County.  

WLUC-TV reports the two-month-old infant died on July 2.  Houghton City Police are looking into the incident to see if foul play may have been involved. 

No names have been released and no suspects have been arrested. 

The investigation is ongoing. 

During a meeting with all 27 members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on Tuesday, Turkey said it wanted to give the members a heads up that at some point it may need their help fighting against the self-declared Islamic State.

Turkey called a rare Article 4 meeting of the NATO allies after it began an air campaign against ISIS targets in Syria.

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