GRAND RAPIDS, MI (AP)--   An Indian tribe says it will continue its efforts to build gambling facilities in Lansing and near Detroit Metropolitan Airport following a new setback. 

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians says it received a letter this week from the U.S. Department of the Interior saying that the tribe's applications to put land into trust for the projects have been denied. The tribe on Thursday says the denial is based on flawed legal analysis.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   A judge has extended a freeze on $2.5 million in state aid for Michigan private schools. 

Judge Cynthia Stephens signed an injunction Tuesday after reviewing the possible impact of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.

The American Civil Liberties Union and public-school groups are challenging the appropriation to private schools for fire drills, inspections and other state requirements. They say it violates the Michigan Constitution's ban on aid for private schools.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (MPRN)--   Democratic lawmakers in Lansing say the Attorney General is doing too little, too late.

The Attorney General announced criminal charges against workers at the state-run Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Schuette’s investigation of the veteran’s home started in May of 2016. This was after a scathing audit of the home revealed that workers falsified records, skipped room checks, and other issues.

But Representatives Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) and Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills) said they sounded the alarm as early as 2013.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has dispersed water quality monitoring grants to several entities around the state. 

The money will be used to test the water quality of 183 inland lake beaches. Many recipients will use a new, rapid testing method that counts the DNA of E. coli bacteria in a water sample.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Upper Peninsula unemployment rate was little changed in June, edging up 0.2 percentage points to 5.4 percent. 

The Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget says employment in the region rose seasonally by 2,800, while the number of those seeking jobs also increased.

Mackinac County tied for the second lowest unemployment rate in the state during June at 2.9 percent. Ontonagon County had the highest jobless rate in the U.P. at 7.8 percent.

CLEVELAND, OH--   Cliffs Natural Resources has released its second-quarter 2017 results. 

The company reported consolidated revenues of $569 million for the period ended June 30th. That’s an increase of 15 percent compared to last year’s second-quarter revenues of $496 million.

The cost of goods sold increased by 5 percent over the same period last year to $424 million.

POWELL TOWNSHIP, MI--   A motorcyclist escaped injury, following a crash in Powell Township.

Summer Offerings at Bonifas Arts Center

Jul 27, 2017

Kurt Hauswirth had the monthly check-in with Pasqua Warstler from the Bonifas Arts Center, discussing what is coming up next for the summer season.

HOUGHTON, MI--   A 2 percent increase for higher education in the state’s new budget means an additional $960,700 dollars for Michigan Tech. 

That accounts for 20 percent of the university’s more than $205 million operating budget. Tuition for the 2017-18 academic year will average $14,774 for Michigan residents, which keeps Tech under the Michigan tuition increase cap of 3.8 percent.

Officials say MTU has never exceeded the state-set tuition cap since it was established in 2011. 

WATERSMEET, MI (AP)--   Property owners at a remote Gogebic County lake have defeated the federal government and won the right to use a powerboat. 

In a 2-1 decision Wednesday, a federal appeals court says Dave and Pamela Herr are entitled to reasonable use of Crooked Lake near Watersmeet because they are lakefront owners.

The court says Michigan law allows property owners like the Herrs to use all of a lake.

In 2013, the U.S. Forest Service said it would enforce boat restrictions on 95 percent of the lake, which is part of a designated wilderness area.