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MARQUETTE, MI--   A portion of Third Street in Marquette will be filled with classic cars Saturday.

The inaugural Classic Cars on Third Car Show will be held from noon to 4 p.m. between Park and Ohio streets.

First through third place will be awarded in 17 different categories, along with awards for best of show, people’s choice, and mayor’s choice. The awards will be handed out at 3:30.

All proceeds from the car show will benefit the Marquette Women’s Center in remembrance of Jessica Drummond, a victim of domestic violence. 

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan elections board has cleared three more groups to proceed with drives to put statewide proposals on the 2018 ballot.  

Advocates of empowering an independent commission to draw congressional and legislative districts had the form of their petition approved Thursday by the Board of State Canvassers. The Legislature and governor currently handle redistricting, drawing complaints that the process is too partisan.

MEDFORD, MA (AP)--   Efforts to address gerrymandering are gaining new help from math and data experts at many universities.

Scholars from California to Massachusetts have been working on cutting-edge math and computer-science tools that could help federal courts identify voting districts that are drawn unfairly.

Gerrymandering, the practice of drawing voting maps to favor certain voting groups, has regained attention recently through lawsuits in North Carolina and Wisconsin.

EAST LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan State University has denied a request to rent space to a group headed by white nationalist Richard Spencer. 

The university said in a statement Thursday that the decision was made "due to significant concerns about public safety." It cites last weekend's "tragic violence" in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Michigan State officials say they support "freedom of expression" but their "first obligation" is to safety and security on campus.

CALUMET, MI--   The Keweenaw National Historical Park is offering residents a chance to view Monday’s eclipse from Quincy Hill.  

DETOUR VILLAGE, MI--   A U.S. Coast Guardsman who lost his life more than 46 years ago while serving at the DeTour Reef Lighthouse was honored Thursday.

Members of area Coast Guard units and the DeTour Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society held a ceremony in DeTour Village for Don Ashley, Jr., 22, of Green Bay. He was making a trip on March 30, 1971 from the lighthouse to the village to retrieve supplies and another coast guardsman when his 16-foot boat capsized in icy conditions. A large wave washed over Ashley and he never resurfaced. His remains were never recovered.

MILWAUKEE, WI (AP)--   A U.S. senator from Wisconsin is urging the State Department to investigate reports of tainted or substandard alcohol at Mexican resorts.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently reported about travelers becoming sick after drinking alcohol at resorts south of the border, including a 20-year-old Wisconsin woman who died in January after being pulled from a resort pool.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (AP)--   Vern Ehlers, a research physicist who served 17 years representing a western Michigan congressional district, has died. He was 83. 

Melissa Morrison, funeral director at Zaagman Memorial Chapel, said Wednesday that Ehlers died late Tuesday at a Grand Rapids nursing facility.

Ehlers, a Republican, decided against seeking re-election in 2010. He previously was a state lawmaker and taught physics at Calvin College.

In Congress, he sought protections for the Great Lakes and funding for math and science education.

AUTRAIN TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Michigan man has died on a boating trip he was taking to pour his father's ashes into Lake Superior. 

WLUC-TV reports that 59-year-old Robert Louis died shortly after he and six other passengers fell out of their wooden kit boat near Au Train on Sunday.

Louis' brother, John Louis, says the group was out to honor the final wishes of the brothers' father, who died two weeks ago after battling Alzheimer's disease.

ESCANABA, MI--   A preliminary exam is set for a Gladstone man accused of arson and vandalism in an Escanaba church. 

Thomas Harris, 19, was arrested Monday night after police found he’d extinguished a fire in the kitchen of the Harbor Lights Church of God. They determined Harris had set the fire.

Escanaba Public Safety says paint was also found on the walls, floor, and various items in the church.

Harris is charged with third-degree arson, breaking and entering a building with intent, larceny in a building, and malicious destruction of property, $1,000 to

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