TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   A live Asian carp has been discovered in a Chicago waterway about nine miles from Lake Michigan.

Federal and state officials tell The Associated Press a commercial fisherman netted the silver carp below the T.J. O'Brien Lock and Dam.

The fish was 28 inches long and weighed about 8 pounds.

Silver carp are among four Asian carp species threatening to invade the Great Lakes, where scientists say they could compete with native species and devastate the region's $7 billion fishing industry.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Lake Superior Community Partnership in Marquette is collaborating with the Baraga County Economic Development Corporation to provide development help.

Mark Massicotte is Board Chair of the Baraga County EDC. He says the region needs to build from the ground up, and needs to work with a mentor that knows the terrain.

ISHPEMING, MI--   Ishpeming Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who stole a bottle of alcohol from Jubilee Foods on Wednesday.  

The man was seen on surveillance video around 7:40 p.m. putting the bottle in the front of his pants and leaving the store without paying for it. Employees tried to stop the man, but he ran from the store, crossed US-41, and ran into the woods.

The subject is a 5’9” to 6’ white male. He has a skinny build and no teeth.

HOUGHTON, MI--   The President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis is hosting a town hall forum about the economy in Houghton Tuesday. 

Neel Kashkari is a member of the Federal Open Market Committee, where the Fed sets interest rates. He will give brief remarks, followed by an open-mic question-and-answer session with the audience.

MTU Provost Jackie Huntoon will moderate the town hall forum, which is free and open to the public.   

The forum begins at 5 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom at Michigan Tech. 

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Legislature has approved funding for 114 public recreation projects, ending — for now — a dispute over senators' attempt to fund even more. 

The Senate on Thursday unanimously OK'd $47.6 million for 27 land acquisitions and 87 development projects proposed by the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund. The fund consists of royalties paid by oil and gas companies for mineral rights.

It's used exclusively to buy and improve land for public recreation.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Doctors would be required to check an electronic monitoring database before prescribing painkillers and other drugs under legislation that's aimed at preventing opioid addicts from "doctor shopping."

The bills won approval Thursday in the Michigan Senate and were sent to the House for consideration.

Michigan ranks 10th-highest in the U.S. in the per-capita prescribing rate of opioid pain relievers.

ESCANABA, MI--   The Bay College Board of Trustees has approved the next school year’s operating budget at Bay de Noc Community College.  

MARQUETTE, MI--   The unemployment rate in the Upper Peninsula fell from April to May, down 0.6 percentage points to 5.2 percent. 

The U.P. recorded a labor force reduction for the third consecutive month, which led to the lower rate.

The highest jobless rate in the state in May was 8.9 percent in Keweenaw County, while Mackinac County posted the lowest U.P. unemployment rate at 3.7 percent.

ISHPEMING, MI--   The Ishpeming Police Department has arrested two men in connection with a teenaged girl’s fall out of a second-story window May 20. 

The 15-year-old fell from an unoccupied house at 111 West North Street and sustained serious facial injuries.

Police say during the course of the investigation several interviews were conducted. Officers determined a group of underage individuals had attended a party at 917 North Main Street before the incident occurred.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   The International Bridge in Sault Ste. Marie will close for a time during the 31st annual Bridge Walk and Bicycle Parade Saturday. 

Vehicle traffic won’t be allowed beginning at 9:30 a.m. The bridge will reopen around 10:30 a.m.

A portion of the bridge is currently restricted to one lane of traffic because scaffolding is in place for the ongoing Canadian arch painting project.

For more information visit the International Bridge Authority website at