MARQUETTE, MI--   The City of Marquette and the Marquette Beautification and Restoration Committee, Inc. invite the community to the rededication of Father Marquette Park on Sunday, July 15 at 2 p.m.

NEGAUNEE, MI--   The Michigan State Police Post in Negaunee is getting a new trooper. 

Jared Wells of Gwinn will report to the post in the next few days following his graduation from Trooper Recruit School in Lansing Thursday. Over the past 26 weeks Wells has received training in firearms, water safety, defensive tactics, patrol techniques, cultural diversity and implicit bias, crime scene processing, and other subjects.

Report shows DEQ knew about PFAS danger years ago

Jul 13, 2018

DETROIT, MI (MPRN)--   A new report shows top-ranking state officials knew six years ago about the harmful effects of some chemicals in drinking water. That report has rattled some lawmakers and conservationists.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality began widespread research on PFAS contamination late last year, but Democratic lawmakers and environmental advocates say the state could have acted much sooner to educate the public on the dangers of PFAS.

Lisa Wozniak is executive director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.

Judge hears arguments in same sex adoption case

Jul 13, 2018

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The ACLU says a state policy regarding state contracts with faith-based adoption agencies is unconstitutional. 

A judge will decide whether a lawsuit filed by the ACLU against the state will go forward.

The state allows organizations that provide child placement services to deny same-sex couples who want to adopt on religious grounds. Those are agencies that receive money from the state.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette Fire Department is trying to figure out what started a structure fire on Grant Street Thursday. 

Firefighters were initially called just before 8 a.m. to 401 Lincoln Avenue for a general alarm. Dispatch said lightning might have struck the structure or nearby. Crews investigated the building and found the fire alarm system had been damaged and wasn’t functioning properly—possibly from a power surge. The alarm system was disabled and the building put on fire watch.

HOUGHTON COUNTY, MI--   Hard work to repair flood-damaged streets in the Copper Country was washed away Thursday. 

Heavy rains in Houghton County forced lane closures on M-26 between Dollar Bay and Tamarack City as officials tried to repair portions of the roadway. The highway was closed between Tamarack City and Hubbell because of water over the road.

The rain once again created rivers of Houghton County streets patched over after devastating floods hit the region on Fathers’ Day.

BESSEMER, MI--   A Wakefield man has been killed in a traffic accident in Bessemer. 

The Gogebic County Sheriff’s Office says it happened Thursday afternoon on US-2 near Fairview Drive. Deputies say Rex Smith, 41, of Wakefield was eastbound when he lost control of his vehicle and spun into the westbound lanes. He hit a vehicle driven by Alvin Liikanen, 86, of Ironwood.

Liikanen and his 87-year-old passenger Barbara Liikanen were taken to Aspirus Ironwood Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

LITTLE LAKE, MI--   An intern has drowned at a summer camp in Little Lake. 

The Forsyth Township Police Department says the accident happened Tuesday around 7:45 p.m. at Upper Peninsula Bible Camp. The 20-year-old Delta County man was located in the water by staff and brought to shore, where lifesaving techniques were implemented. When emergency personnel arrived the man was taken to UPHS-Marquette, but he died as a result of drowning.                        

MACKINAW CITY, MI (AP)--   More than two dozen people spoke out at a public hearing against a proposal for more anchor supports in the Straits of Mackinac to bolster twin oil pipelines.

Enbridge Inc. is asking the Department of Environmental Quality to allow installation of 48 additional supports for its Line 5 pipes. A public hearing Wednesday evening in Mackinaw City drew waterfront property owners, environmentalists and others.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The Michigan Supreme Court has weighed in on what kinds of evidence can be admitted in sexual assault cases. 

The court says evidence of a minor’s previous virginity, and subsequent pregnancy and abortion, can be used in a rape trial. In the Wayne County case, the defense tried to argue the evidence was not admissible, in part because it’s evidence of her sexual conduct. Evidence of a victim’s sexual conduct is not allowed under Michigan’s Rape Shield Statute.