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Rokerthon headed to NMU's Superior Dome

MARQUETTE, MI-- Al Roker of NBC’s The Today Show is coming to Marquette next week. As part of the third annual Rokerthon the weatherman will broadcast from the Superior Dom as NMU students try to break the Guinness World Record for the largest game of freeze tag. The event will be broadcast live on the Today Show. NMU President Fritz Erickson says Northern was one of only five schools selected for the event, beating out schools like Ohio State, the University of Wisconsin, and Virginia Tech....

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LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has released an update on the health of the state's forests, including threats posed by insects and diseases.

Michigan's 20 million acres of forest land supports recreation, forest products and other industries while providing crucial wildlife habitat.

The report outlines efforts to control spruce budworm, a pest that periodically defoliates spruce and fir forests. It says infestations probably will increase over the next 10 years. Experts are looking for high-risk areas in state forests.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   The rusty patched bumblebee is officially an endangered species. 

Advocates say the bee has disappeared from about 90 percent of its range in the past 20 years. Bees are crucial for pollinating crops and wild plants.

The listing was announced in January and had been scheduled to take effect Feb. 10. But the Trump administration ordered a last-minute review and postponed the listing until Tuesday. Some environmentalists had feared the designation could be canceled.

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GLADSTONE, MI--   Four cats were rescued from a burning home in Gladstone Tuesday. 

Gladstone Public Safety was contacted around 12:45 p.m. by a resident who said he could see smoke coming from the roof of a residence on the 600 block of North 15th Street.  The fire—which is believed to have started in an attic area near the back entryway—was quickly extinguished once firefighters got inside the house.

Nobody was home at the time of the fire, but four cats were rescued and two received medical attention with an oxygen mask. The cats were returned to their owner.

GWINN, MI--   Forsyth Township Police are investigating a breaking-and-entering at a laundromat in Gwinn.  

Police say someone entered the Ultra Clean Laundry on East Stephenson Avenue and accessed the facility’s change-maker. A large amount of cash and hundreds of dollars in quarters were taken.

Officers believe the incident happened in the early morning hours of Sunday.

Anyone with information regarding the break-in or the use of a large number of quarters is asked to call Forsyth Township Police at 346-9224.

Two men who were born in Germany but don't have German citizenship will be deported to countries in North Africa, where their parents immigrated from, over suspicions that they were planning a terrorist attack. German officials say it's the first time the government is making such a move.

For the last 20 years, Americans have been having a conversation about sustainable seafood that was largely focused on fish purchased at restaurants or fresh seafood counters. Armed with seafood guides, thoughtful customers were encouraged to pose questions about where their fish was caught and what type of gear was used — questions that are far trickier to pose in front of a wall of canned tuna in the middle of a supermarket.

This blog post has some pretty useful information. So print it out; get out your highlighter and take off the cap.

Ready? Now throw it away, because highlighters don't really help people learn.

We all want for our kids to have optimal learning experiences and, for ourselves, to stay competitive with lifelong learning. But how well do you think you understand what good learning looks like?

Could the U.S. Justice Department prosecute reporters for publishing stories based on classified material? That once-tangential question briefly took center stage during Monday's House Intelligence Committee hearing.

As several Republican lawmakers stressed the possible criminality of leaking to the press about the activities of President Trump's advisers and associates, South Carolina GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy went a step further, asking, "Is there an exception in the law for reporters who want to break a story?"

FBI Director James Comey demurred.

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