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Man dies in Houghton County motorcyle crash

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP, MI-- A Houghton man has been killed in a motorcycle accident. State Police from the Calumet Post say the incident happened Sunday around 5:30 p.m. in Portage Township between Dodgeville and Huron Town. James Mewborn, 52, was test-driving a 2001 Kawasaki when he apparently suffered a medical emergency. The bike ran off the roadway and struck a ditch. Troopers say neither speed nor alcohol appear to be factors in the crash. The Houghton Police Department, Michigan Tech Public...
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Sale of land to Marenisco Township approved by DNR

MARENISCO TOWNSHIP, MI-- The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is selling six acres of land at the Presque Isle River Dam flooding area to Marenisco Township. The DNR spent $126,000 to replace corroded gates at the dam and repair a steel beam that broke in spring 2013 flooding. The Michigan Department of Conservation built the dam on the West Branch of the Presque Isle River in 1958 to provide waterfowl and fish habitat. The Gogebic County Board managed the dam. But in 2002 it failed...
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MARENISCO TOWNSHIP, MI--   The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is selling six acres of land at the Presque Isle River Dam flooding area to Marenisco Township.  

The DNR spent $126,000 to replace corroded gates at the dam and repair a steel beam that broke in spring 2013 flooding. 

The Michigan Department of Conservation built the dam on the West Branch of the Presque Isle River in 1958 to provide waterfowl and fish habitat.  The Gogebic County Board managed the dam.  But in 2002 it failed during spring runoff and the DNR resumed responsibility for the dam. 

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Houghton man has been killed in a motorcycle accident.   

State Police from the Calumet Post say the incident happened Sunday around 5:30 p.m. in Portage Township between Dodgeville and Huron Town.  James Mewborn, 52, was test-driving a 2001 Kawasaki when he apparently suffered a medical emergency.  The bike ran off the roadway and struck a ditch. 

Troopers say neither speed nor alcohol appear to be factors in the crash. 

The Houghton Police Department, Michigan Tech Public Safety, and Huron Town Fire Department assisted at the scene.  

Will Smith from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air was my first American friend. Ours was an unlikely friendship: a shy Indian kid, fresh off the boat with big glasses and a thick accent, and a high school b-ball player from West Philadelphia, chillin' out maxin' and relaxin' all cool. And yet, I was with Will all the way, unnerved when he accidentally gave Carlton speed, shaken when he got shot in Season 5, and deeply embarrassed every time he wiped out in front of Veronica.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   The Michigan criminal justice system could be headed for an extraordinary shift after the appeals court said juries have the power to sentence teens convicted of murder.  

The court recently said juries not judges must decide whether someone under 18 gets life in prison without parole. If juries feel that punishment doesn't fit, judges would then order a term of years.

The St. Clair County prosecutor says an appeal to the Michigan Supreme Court is certain.

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LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan is experimenting for a second year with a hunting season for teal, a small duck species.  

The season begins Tuesday and ends Sept. 7.

Teal hunting is being allowed because the population is growing. Hunters can take up to six per day and hunt from sunrise to sunset.

The state Department of Natural Resources says it's essential to identify teal correctly, because they're the only duck species that legally can be shot during this special season.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Hackers got access to personal information of more than 10,000 people who work for Roman Catholic churches or church affiliates around Michigan.  

The Lansing-based Michigan Catholic Conference processes payroll and employee benefits. It is offering a free year of credit monitoring and other services.

Spokesman David Maluchnik tells the Detroit Free Press that names and Social Security numbers probably were stolen. He says there have been many prayers said since the breach was recently discovered.

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SOUTHFIELD, MI (AP)--   A pawn shop owner has sold an old Volkswagen van that was used by assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian.

Les Gold tells Detroit radio station WWJ that he sold the van Friday to TV paranormal investigator Zak Bagans for more than $30,000.

Kevorkian sparked the national right-to-die debate in the 1990s with a homemade suicide machine that ended the lives of about 130 people. He helped people die in their homes, motels and in the back of the 1968 van.

DEARBORN, MI (AP)--   AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have fallen about 32 cents in the past week.

The Dearborn-based auto club says the decline can be partly attributed to last week's restart of a large distillation unit at an Indiana oil refinery. The unit had shut down in early August for unscheduled repair work, and gas prices rose sharply.

According to AAA Michigan, the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.52 per gallon on Sunday. That's about $1.08 less at the same time a year ago.

TOWNSHIP OF WABENO, WI (AP)--   A 23-year-old man has died after an all-terrain vehicle crash in northeastern Wisconsin.  

The Forest County Sheriff's Office says deputies got a report of an ATV crash in the Township of Wabeno Saturday morning.

Deputies responded and found the crash. WSAW-TV reports the victim, from Goodman, died at the scene. His name has not been released.

No one else was involved. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is investigating.

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