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Man arraigned in Marquette stabbing

MARQUETTE, MI-- An Ishpeming man has been arraigned on a murder charge in connection with the stabbing death of another man in Marquette last week. Derek Blemke, 24, is charged with homicide—open murder. He’s accused of stabbing Brandon LaFavre, 21, of Marquette in an apartment on Wright Street early last Friday morning. LaFavre was found dead at the scene. Bond was denied for Blemke, who has a probable cause conference on July 12 and a preliminary hearing July 19 in Marquette District Court.
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The House Benghazi Committee has released its findings on the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya.

The 800-page report found that despite President Obama and then Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's "clear orders," the military failed to immediately send a force to Benghazi and that nothing was en route to Libya at the time the last two Americans were killed — almost eight hours after the attacks began.

Days after the U.K. voted to leave the European Union, official proceedings for the "divorce" have not yet begun. But repercussions of the decision are already multiplying.

Credit ratings agencies have downgraded the U.K.'s rating. Police report a rise in reports of hate crime incidents. London's mayor is calling for greater autonomy for the capital city (which voted to remain in the EU). And fury and glee duked it out on the floor of the European Parliament.

Costa Rica Public Security Ministry

HOUSTON, TX--   An escapee from the Houghton County Jail is back in the United States after he was found in Costa Rica. 

John Saatio was caught by Costa Rican police on June 2nd.  He spent three weeks in a detention center before he escaped through a ventilation duct and ran again.  Officials caught up with him 48 hours later. 

Saatio was extradited to the U.S. last Saturday.  ABC 10 says he’s now lodged at the Harris County Jail in Houston, Texas.  Officials are working out the details to bring him back to Houghton.  

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   Officials are kicking off a long-awaited environmental restoration project for the Little Rapids portion of the St. Marys River, which links Lakes Huron and Superior.  

The event is scheduled for Tuesday at Rotary Park in Sault Ste. Marie.

The project's centerpiece will be construction of a bridge to replace two undersized causeway culverts between Sugar Island and its ferry dock.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Governor Rick Snyder has signed a $16.1 billion education budget, which includes an increase in per-student aid ranging from $60 to $120 to lower the gap between higher- and lower-funded 

school districts.

The legislation approved Monday boosts state spending on K-12 schools by 1.9 percent.

Public universities' aid will rise 2.9 percent. Funding for six of the 15 universities will remain below what it was before a major cut five years ago.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   The president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan says her organization will examine similarities between Michigan's abortion clinic laws and rules in Texas struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.  

HOUGHTON, MI--   Sentencing was held Monday for two women who were caught trying to pass drugs to a Houghton County Jail inmate. 

Jamie Ekdahl, 28, and Sarah McMahon, 35, were arrested April 20 following a court hearing, when the prescription drugs were found. 

Both pleaded guilty to attempted delivery of a controlled substance.  They were sentenced to two years of probation.  Ekdahl will also have to serve five months in the Houghton County Jail. 

Thanks to the rise of food delivery services like Grubhub and Eat24, it's getting easier to order meals online.

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Former University of Tennessee college basketball coach Pat Summitt has died, according to a statement from the Pat Summitt Foundation. She was 64.

Summitt died peacefully, surrounded by loved ones at a senior living facility in Knoxville, Tenn., her son, Tyler Summitt, said.


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