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TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   The rusty patched bumblebee is officially an endangered species. 

Advocates say the bee has disappeared from about 90 percent of its range in the past 20 years. Bees are crucial for pollinating crops and wild plants.

The listing was announced in January and had been scheduled to take effect Feb. 10. But the Trump administration ordered a last-minute review and postponed the listing until Tuesday. Some environmentalists had feared the designation could be canceled.

GLADSTONE, MI--   Four cats were rescued from a burning home in Gladstone Tuesday. 

Gladstone Public Safety was contacted around 12:45 p.m. by a resident who said he could see smoke coming from the roof of a residence on the 600 block of North 15th Street.  The fire—which is believed to have started in an attic area near the back entryway—was quickly extinguished once firefighters got inside the house.

Nobody was home at the time of the fire, but four cats were rescued and two received medical attention with an oxygen mask. The cats were returned to their owner.

GWINN, MI--   Forsyth Township Police are investigating a breaking-and-entering at a laundromat in Gwinn.  

Police say someone entered the Ultra Clean Laundry on East Stephenson Avenue and accessed the facility’s change-maker. A large amount of cash and hundreds of dollars in quarters were taken.

Officers believe the incident happened in the early morning hours of Sunday.

Anyone with information regarding the break-in or the use of a large number of quarters is asked to call Forsyth Township Police at 346-9224.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Al Roker of NBC’s The Today Show is coming to Marquette next week.

As part of the third annual Rokerthon the weatherman will broadcast from the Superior Dom as NMU students try to break the Guinness World Record for the largest game of freeze tag.  The event will be broadcast live on the Today Show.

NMU President Fritz Erickson says Northern was one of only five schools selected for the event, beating out schools like Ohio State, the University of Wisconsin, and Virginia Tech. 

GLADSTONE, MI--   The Gladstone Public Safety Department has suspended winter parking restrictions in the city of Gladstone. 

Due to recent warm weather and the soft conditions that exist in many of the boulevards and yards within the city, the winter overnight and side-of-street restrictions have been lifted. 

Normally, parking restrictions remain in place until April 1.  Residents are urged to be mindful of snow plowing and emergency access needs in the case of another late-season snowstorm. 

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan officials are taking applications from owners of forest land who would like to enroll their property in a program that shields it permanently from development. 

Michigan's Forest Legacy Program uses federal and matching funds to protect environmentally important woodlands in certain areas.

That could mean buying the property and converting it to public ownership. Other arrangements involve leaving the land in private hands and paying the owner to make sure it stays protected.

DEARBORN, MI (AP)--   Americans from the Middle East and North Africa may soon be counted in the U.S. census as distinct members of their country, not as "white" or "some other race." 

But some are wary of singling themselves out a time when President Donald Trump is seeking to ban travel to the U.S. from some majority-Muslim countries.

The Census Bureau has recommended adding a Middle East-North Africa category, saying it would produce a more accurate count. Some worry that could lead to discrimination.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources has awarded $100,000 in deer habitat improvement grants to 11 recipients in the U.P.

The money will be used to enhance whitetail habitat on non-state-managed lands.

The grant proposal recipients selected for 2017 are:

MARQUETTE, MI--   A preliminary hearing on firearms charges is set in Marquette Federal Court this week for Jason Sadowski. 

The Ishpeming man was exonerated on seven felony counts after the Michigan Court of Appeals ordered a new trial on charges he tortured two women at his martial arts studio.

RAPID RIVER, MI--    A former abused shelter dog is being hailed as a hero in Delta County, after she found a naked 3-year-old girl lying in a ditch in Rapid River.

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