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MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, MI--   The Marquette County Sheriff's Office is investigating a possible abduction in Marquette Township. 

The incident was reported by a witness around 3:30 Wednesday afternoon in the area of Venture Drive and Wright Street near the North Star Academy.  Two men were believed to be forcing a woman into a vehicle.

Missing hiker found

Jul 19, 2017

MUNISING, MI--   A hiker reported missing from Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore has been found alive.

Kara Moore, 55, was last seen hiking last Friday evening. Various agencies have been searching for her since then.

Park officials say Moore walked into the Little Beaver Campground around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. No further details are available at this time.

Public Radio 90 will bring you additional information as it’s released.  

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A task force created by Gov. Rick Snyder says municipalities should prefund the cost to provide health insurance to newly hired employees in retirement. 

It's one of four recommendations issued Tuesday by the group, which studied $17 billion in unfunded health care and pension liabilities. The task force failed to find consensus on benefit changes such as capping employers' health costs and moving new hires into 401(k)-only plans.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Nearly 800 Twitter accounts have been blocked or muted by Michigan state government accounts, which some argue violates First Amendment rights.

The Lansing State Journal obtained records of the blocked users through a Freedom of Information Act request. The blocked Twitter handles include the official @POTUS presidential account now controlled by the Trump administration.

Blocked users cannot access tweets from those agencies, which range from lighthearted memes to official announcements sometimes related to public safety.

ANN ARBOR, MI (AP)--   Attorney and University of Michigan regent Mark Bernstein won't run for governor in 2018 and is endorsing Gretchen Whitmer. 

The Democrat announced his decision Tuesday.

He says on Twitter that a "divisive and expensive" primary would only distract Democrats from winning the general election. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder is barred from seeking a third term.

Bernstein is the president of his family's prominent Detroit-area personal-injury law firm. His brother is on the Michigan Supreme Court.

Computer error lawsuit against state dismissed by Court of Appeals

Jul 19, 2017

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The Michigan Court of Appeals dismissed a lawsuit claiming the state wrongfully accused thousands of people of unemployment fraud.  

In 2013, the state started using an automated system to flag fraud cases. But the system wrongly identified tens of thousands of people – and some of them sued to get their money back, plus fees and interest.

But the Court says they waited too long to file the lawsuit.

LAKE LINDEN, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources is holding a meeting to get public input about a proposed dredging project in Houghton County. 

Waste rock from mining—known as stamp sands—were dumped into Lake Superior near the town of Gay more than 100 years ago. Water has since moved the sands, which are now filling in Grand Traverse Harbor. They also threaten Buffalo Reef, an important spawning area for lake trout and whitefish.

ESCANABA, MI--   The Delta County Airport is getting $2.7 million from the Federal Aviation Administration for rehabilitation projects. 

The money will be used to refurbish the runway and provide new signage and LED lighting for portions of the runway and taxiway.

Airport Manager Kelly Smith says the upgrades will make the facility more energy efficient and ensure that the airport is complying with safety regulations. She says ultimately, the funding will enable the Delta County Airport to continue to offer safe and reliable commercial air service in the U.P. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Marquette man has been arrested on several counts of criminal sexual conduct. 

City Police took Darrell Patterson, Jr., 19, into custody Monday for three counts of third-degree CSC.

The arrest stems from allegations that Patterson engaged in sexual behavior with a 14-year-old.

Patterson remains lodged in the Marquette County Jail on a $3,000 bond.

Each count is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. 

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has released a report on its fisheries management activities during the previous fiscal year.

The 2016 Fisheries Division Annual Report describes continued efforts toward accomplishing goals set under a five-year plan published in 2013.

Among highlights are dam removal efforts, habitat restoration work and prevention of invasions by non-native species.

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