The NMU Combined Choirs featuring the University Choir, Arts Chorale and Lake Effect Show Choir will be performing in concert this Saturday, February 25th at 3PM in Reynolds Recital Hall.  Dr. Erin Colwitz is the Director of Choirs and Professor in NMU's Music Department.  She joined us during Morning Classics to speak about the event.

CORNELL, MI--   One person was killed in a single-vehicle accident in Delta County Thursday. 

WLUC-TV says a driver lost control of their vehicle on County Road 416 in Cornell around 8 a.m.  The vehicle left the road and struck several trees. 

The driver was transported to St. Francis Hospital, but died en route.  They were the only person in the vehicle. 

The accident remains under investigation.  

BARAGA, MI (AP)--   Cheerleaders with the Wakefield-Marenisco School District have apologized to Native American tribes for an offensive poster that was displayed at a basketball game. 

The sign said, "Hey Speedboys, Get Ready to leave in A Trail of Tears!! Round 2." Trail of Tears is known as a historical reference to the forced removal of Cherokee Indians in the 1830s.

The Daily Mining Gazette says the sign was displayed at a Feb. 7 game between Wakefield-Marenisco and Bessemer, whose nickname is Speedboys.

ISHPEMING, MI--   A fire at an abandoned house in Ishpeming has been classified as arson. 

The fire broke out at a building at 600 North First Street February 19. 

City police say two juveniles have been identified as suspects.  They allegedly lit a cardboard box with a lighter in the back of the house.  The two tried to put out the fire until it got out of control, and they fled the scene. 

The house was a total loss. 

The Michigan State Police Fire Investigator and K-9 assisted Ishpeming police in the investigation.  

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MENOMINEE, MI--   A Menominee Township man has been convicted of second-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend. 

Gregory Ihander, 49, was accused of stabbing 43-year-old Jolene Eichhorn of Carney to death and putting her body in the trunk of her car in September of 2015. 

The Menominee County trial lasted a week-and-a-half.  The jury took more than eight hours to deliberate before it delivered the verdict Thursday.

Sentencing is set for April 13.  

GOGEBIC COUNTY, MI--   Highland Copper has temporarily halted drilling at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. 

Exploration of the one-mile-square section of the park stopped because of unseasonably warm weather.  A permit issued by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources stipulates that drilling take place only on frozen ground, preferably when there’s more than a foot of snow cover.  The provisions are meant to protect the surface of the drilling area.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   Members of Congress from Michigan are prodding federal officials to finish an analysis of building a new navigational lock on the waterway linking Lake Superior with the other four Great Lakes.

Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Republican Rep. Bill Huizenga sent a letter Wednesday to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about the Soo Locks. Shipping advocates want a second lock that could handle 1,000-foot freighters hauling iron ore and other commodities on the lakes.

Only the Poe Lock can accommodate those supersized ships now.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says a sports doctor accused of sexually assaulting nine young gymnasts is a "monster." 

Schuette spoke to reporters Wednesday after filing 22 charges against Dr. Larry Nassar, a former doctor at Michigan State University and at USA Gymnastics.

Schuette replied "absolutely" when asked if more charges are coming.

Schuette says the victims were girls or teens who were molested at Nassar's home, his Michigan State clinic or a gymnastics club in Eaton County.

EAST LANSING, MI (AP)--   A Michigan State University entomologist says the recent stretch of warm winter weather is drawing out insect pests earlier than usual in parts of Michigan. 

WLNS-TV reports that stink bugs, boxelder bugs, house flies, gnats and other insects may be emerging from hiding spaces in Michigan homes. Entomologist Howard Russell says more people encounter them as the insects become active.

HOUGHTON, MI--   A Michigan Technological University professor has been tapped to lead a new space technology research institute at the school. 

Professor of Computational Mechanics Greg Odegard will head the STRI, which will be funded by a $15 million, five-year grant from NASA.  Odegard’s team will include 22 faculty members from ten universities, two companies, and the U.S. Air Force Research Lab. 

The STRI will be called the Institute for Ultra-Strong Composites by Computational Design, or US-Comp.