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TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   Rising water levels in Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are keeping shoreline stabilization, dock and hoist companies in Michigan busy.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports that the Army Corps of Engineers says water levels for the two lakes averaged 580 feet in December, nearly two feet higher than the long-term average.

Officials predict water levels will have an overall increase of 4 to 6 inches this year.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says he'll step down next year after leading the combined company since 2009. 

Marchionne, 65, told media at the Detroit auto show that FCA will release a business plan through 2022 around June. The company will announce his successor sometime after that.

Candidates include Mike Manley, who leads the company's Ram and Jeep brands, and Reid Bigland, who leads the Alfa Romeo and Maserati brands and U.S. sales.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The CEO of the Lake Superior Community Partnership in Marquette has been named a committee chair for the International Economic Development Council. 

The IEDC is a national and global non-profit membership organization serving economic developers.

Amy Clickner has been appointed Chair of the Performance Oversight and Monitoring Committee. It’s responsible for designing program and financial reports for IEDC Board review. It also monitors the performance of all programs and administrative units.

ONTONAGON, MI--   The Department of Environmental Quality has reached a settlement with a company that caused erosion at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.

Copperwood Resources performed exploratory copper drilling along Gogebic County Road 519 last April during a spring thaw. That damaged wetlands and produced mud holes. The company was supposed to drill only when the ground was frozen.

The Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition’s Mining Action Group alerted the DEQ to the situation.

GWINN, MI--    A Gwinn man faces three criminal sexual conduct charges, following an assault reported on January 4.

The Forsyth Township Police Department arrested Marquon Woods, 23, on Saturday. He’s charged with first-degree CSC (with a person under 13 years of age, defendant 17 years of age or older) and two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct (with a person under 13).

Officers say the victim and Woods lived in the same household.

The Marquette City Police Department, Child Protective Services, and the Michigan State Police assisted in the case. 

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Hans Ahlstrom speaks with Dan Truckey, Director of the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at Northern MichiganUniversity, about the upcoming exhibit, "The Immigrant Experience"

Contact Dan Truckey at (906)227-3212 or email heritage@nmu.edu

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette County Health Department is offering residents free radon kits this month. 

January is National Radon Action Month. Radon is a tasteless, odorless, colorless gas that enters homes through the foundation. It occurs naturally due to the decay of uranium in soil and rock. The Centers for Disease Control says exposure to radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. Officials say testing is the only way to know if you’re at risk for health issues caused by radon.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   The Great Lakes navigational locks at Sault Ste. Marie will close for the winter season Monday, enabling the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to handle a variety of maintenance 

projects.

The Soo Locks are located on the St. Marys River, which links Lakes Huron and Superior. More than 4,500 vessels haul up to 80 million tons of cargo, including iron ore, coal, wheat and limestone, through the locks each year.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state treasurer says caution should be the watchword as the Legislature develops plans to deal with a glitch in the federal tax overhaul. If they don’t, that glitch could cost Michigan taxpayers more in state income taxes. 

There are differences among Republicans on what should happen next. Governor Rick Snyder has proposed guaranteeing taxpayers can continue to claim the personal exemption. He even wants a modest increase, so it amounts to a small tax cut. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The City of Marquette is changing how it calculates water utility bills. 

The changes are part of the Johnson Controls contract, which includes automated metering infrastructure. Previously, bills were calculated using a charge per 100 Cubic Feet (CCF). Now they’ll be charged per 1,000 gallons, or per kilo-gallon (KGAL). The base rates will remain unchanged.

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