HOUGHTON, MI--   The state has reached an agreement with Michigan Tech to conduct a risk analysis of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. 

A team of public and private universities led by Dr. Guy Meadows is expected to complete the study by September. Meadows is the director of the Great Lakes Research Center at Tech. The analysis will evaluate Enbridge’s liability for a worst-case-scenario pipeline spill.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through a day of service.

Events kick off Monday with a March for Equality at noon in front of Magers and Meyland halls. At 12:30 a lunch and Poetry without Borders event takes place at the University Center’s Peter White Lounge. Participants will recite poetry from around the world.

The following schools are closed Monday, January 15, 2018:

Big Bay de Noc


Manistique Headstart

St. Francis



The following schools are on a two-hour delay:

Tahquamenon Area Schools


LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Legislature is mandating more frequent sexual harassment training amid the national reckoning with sexual misconduct. 

Until now, lawmakers were required to receive anti-harassment training after they were first elected to the House or Senate. Starting next week in the Senate and in February in the House, all legislators and staff will be required to attend training once a year.

The Legislature so far has not seen lawmakers publicly accused by name of sexual misconduct like in other statehouses across the country.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A legislative leader says he's open to establishing a compensation fund for thousands of people who were falsely accused of defrauding Michigan's unemployment system. 

Republican House Speaker Tom Leonard initially said Thursday the courts should decide compensation, which would have put him at odds with Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and others. A spokesman later clarified that Leonard misunderstood reporters' questions and opposes Democratic legislation to give victims damages for pain and suffering.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan attorney general's office has asked a judge to sentence a disgraced Michigan sports doctor to 40 to 125 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting seven girls. 

The office filed its sentencing memorandum Wednesday for 54-year-old Larry Nassar ahead of a sentencing hearing beginning next week in Ingham County. He faces a minimum sentence of 25 years.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is holding its inaugural Snowfest as it kicks off the winter semester next week. 

NMU students will have free access to all the bike, ski, and snowshoe trails the Noquemanon Trail Network has to offer under a new partnership. They can also check out snow bikes, snowshoes, and cross-country skis at no charge.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Communities in four Upper Peninsula counties are among 22 around the state to receive a Recreation Passport grant through the Department of Natural Resources.

The money is used to help complete outdoor recreation facility renovations and improvements. 

The following schools are closed Friday, January 12, 2018:


Bark River-Harris

Big Bay de Noc

Burt Township


Delta Schoolcraft ISD



Ewen-Trout Creek

Father Marquette




Holy Name

Holy Spirit




Marquette-Alger RESA


Mid Peninsula


Munising Baptist


Negaunee Co-op Preschool

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is rescinding the appointment of a judge to the board of trustees of Lake Superior State University following a newspaper's question about the appointment process. 

Snyder on Friday announced that 92nd District Court Judge Beth Gibson of Newberry would serve an eight-year term on the board of the Sault Ste. Marie school.