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ESCANABA, MI--   A 19-year-old man is in custody, following a stabbing in Escanaba.

Public Safety officers were called Friday around 8:15 a.m. to the 300 block of South 9th Street on a report of a stabbing in progress. Upon arrival officers encountered a man with a knife outside a residence. He was arrested without incident.

The 18-year-old male victim was taken to St. Francis Hospital with stab wounds to his chest and stomach. He was later airlifted to UPHS-Marquette for further treatment.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The City of Marquette has been named the Top Small Town for Adventure in USA Today’s 10 Best Reader’s Choice contest.

The recognition is based on public voting that took place through USA Today. The contest pool contained 20 towns, all with a population fewer than 25,000, but big on adventure. Marquette topped well-known destinations like Sedona, Arizona and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

The 10 Best site lauds Marquette County’s 150 miles of singletrack, 83 miles of Lake Superior shoreline, and 77 waterfalls.  

ESCANABA, MI--   A woman has been arrested in Escanaba for making a threat toward a school.

Public Safety officers were called to the high school just before 9 a.m. Friday.

They say an adult female made a threat of violence toward persons at the school. Officers found the threat to be credible and arrested the woman. She remains lodged at the Delta County Jail.

No other details are available at this time.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University has reopened three buildings it closed last week, but the water remains undrinkable.

The Learning Resources Center, Thomas Fine Arts, and PEIF were closed to the public Wednesday after water in those facilities showed high lead levels. Samples from each water source were sent to an independent lab, and results show individual fixtures in each building tested above the EPA action level of 15 parts per billion.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.7 percent in April.

Figures released Wednesday by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget show Michigan's jobless rate was eight-tenths of a percentage point above the national rate of 3.9 percent last month and three-tenths of a percentage point higher than the state's April 2017 rate of 4.4 percent.

The agency says total employment increased by 6,000 during the month and the number of unemployed in the state fell by 2,000.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   More than 100 local units of government in Michigan will be developing plans to ensure retirement benefits they promised employees and retirees are paid in the future. 

The state Treasury department says Thursday that corrective actions are needed because of underfunded pensions, retirement health care plans or both.

The cities, counties and townships have to approve and submit plans to the Municipal Stability Board within 180 days. The plans must demonstrate underfunded statuses have been addressed.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Marijuana-infused beer, wine, and spirits would be outlawed under a bill adopted Thursday by the state Senate.

It’s looking increasingly likely voters will decide whether recreational marijuana will be legal in Michigan as the time for the Legislature to act grows short.

State Senator Rick Jones he expects the question will be on the ballot, and it will be approved.  

“When the November ballot passes, Jennie, bar the door, it’s going to be the wild, wild west,” he says.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Lawmakers in Lansing say a settlement between Michigan State University and survivors of Larry Nassar doesn’t mean their quest for justice is over. 

Nassar is the former university sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients under the guise of treatment. More than 300 survivors are suing the school for not stopping him, and MSU faces a potential 500 million dollar settlement.

In the Legislature, lawmakers have crafted more than 30 bills in response to what Nassar did.

ESCANABA, MI--   The President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis is visiting Escanaba on Monday. 

Neel Kashkari will meet with businesses and answer resident questions during a town hall forum at Bay College. He says his job is to try to understand what is happening in the region and bring it back to Washington, D.C. when the Reserve sets monetary policy for the nation.

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, MI--   One person was injured in a two-vehicle crash in Marquette Township Thursday. 

Sheriff's deputies responded just before 10 a.m. to US-41 West near Northwoods Road. They say Sarah Hoffman, 27, of Skandia was westbound in a van when a vehicle driven by David Lane, 62, pulled out of the Gordon Food Service driveway and into her path. 

The two vehicles collided. Hoffman's rolled over into the ditch on the northern side of the roadway. 

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