MARQUETTE, MI--   The following statement is attributed to Scott Balko, Operating Room RN and President of the UPHS Marquette Staff Council/MNA: 

After more than a year of negotiations, including extensive bargaining that lasted late last night and through early this morning, Marquette nurses and Duke LifePoint executives have agreed in principle on the terms of a new collective bargaining agreement.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Governor Rick Snyder's administration and key lawmakers have struck a budget deal that includes using a surplus to boost road spending, school-safety initiatives and savings.

The agreement was reached Thursday. Now the leaders of individual legislative subcommittees will iron out details in coming weeks.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Rick Snyder has approved six-month ban on ships dropping anchor in the Straits of Mackinac. It’s a response to a mishap in April that caused a mineral oil spill and damage to Enbridge Line 5. 

There are advisories on maritime maps that say ships shouldn’t drop anchor in the straits, where there’s a risk posed by the Enbridge fuel line and other infrastructure. But it’s not a regulation. In April, a ship dragged an anchor across the bottom of the straits and ruptured a utility line and dented Line 5.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Legislation aimed at curbing sexual assault in Michigan passed the state House Thursday.

The bills were introduced in the wake of the scandal involving Larry Nassar, the former Michigan State University sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients for years.

All lawmakers agreed they want to help victims of sexual assault, but some lawmakers argued a few of the bills didn’t go far enough.

NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP, MI--   Starting June 3 drivers can expect delays on US-41 between L’Anse and Negaunee.

The Michigan Department of Transportation says seven large generators will be transported to the new Upper Michigan Energy Resource Corporation generating facility in Negaunee Township. The generators will block traffic in the late evenings to early mornings, Sunday through Thursday.

The moves from the CertainTeed Plant in L’Anse to Eagle Mills will start at 10 p.m. and finish by 5 a.m. Return trips on alternating night will start at 11 p.m. and finish by 5 a.m.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The first phase of the Presque Isle Avenue reconstruction project in Marquette starts Tuesday.

It includes the eastern half of the roadway, from Wright Street to a point south of Center Street. The western half will be open to two-way traffic. This is the first of four phases, and is expected to last four weeks.

Truck traffic will be detoured throughout the project. Businesses in the area will remain open and patrons will have access to them.

BESSEMER, MI--   A prison sentence has been handed down to the Ironwood Township ex-treasurer accused of embezzlement. 

Jill Olson DeRosso, 47, pleaded guilty or no contest to 10 charges, including forgery, using public money for personal use, embezzlement by a public official, and destroying public records. She was sentenced Thursday to 3 to 10 years in prison.

DeRosso had already been ordered to pay more than $1.3 million in restitution. That amount includes more than $1.2 million in missing money and $155,000 dollars in costs related to the investigation.


LANSING, MI--   The Michigan Department of Transportation is lifting most traffic restrictions to make Memorial Day travel easier. 

Officials say lane restrictions on almost 73 percent of road and bridge projects will be removed to mitigate delays.

AAA Michigan estimates more than 1.3 million state residents are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home over the holiday weekend. That’s a nearly 5-percent increase over last year and the most in more than a decade.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Miranda warnings to suspects who are arrested and questioned are not complete unless officers include the detail that attorneys can be in the room before and during interrogations.

That decision came Wednesday from the state Court of Appeals.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette is launching a new merchandise program to benefit local parks and landmarks. 

Last fall, the Department of Natural Resources implemented a program called These Goods Are Good for Michigan. Its aim is to create a public-private partnership by promoting businesses helping to create products that help fund state parks and connect outdoor enthusiasts with goods that interest them.