STEPHENSON, MI--   The Environmental Protection Agency has some objections to the issuance of a wetland permit for the Aquila Back Forty mine in Menominee County. 

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   State schools superintendent Brian Whiston is stepping down to concentrate on his battle with cancer. 

Whiston was named superintendent in 2015, and set a goal of making Michigan one of the nation’s top 10 states when it comes to the quality of schools within 10 years.  He says plans that have been put in place to turn around struggling schools make that possible.

“They’re just now in progress,” he said, “and it’s just very sad to me that I won’t be part of seeing whether they all worked or not.”

ANN ARBOR, MI (MPRN)--   A man running for U.S. Senate is raising money to buy shotguns for homeless people.

Libertarian Brian Ellison says shocking people seems the only way a third party candidate can get media coverage.

But he truly believes the homeless deserve guns, and he has no fears they will misuse them.

“I wouldn't expect that the homeless would use their weapons to fight off the police who are asking them to leave; I think the homeless would use their weapons to protect themselves from being victims of violent crimes,” he says.

Activism making a comeback

Mar 15, 2018

MT. PLEASANT, MI (MPRN)--   High school and college students across the state and country mobilized Wednesday for walk outs and assemblies to draw attention to school safety and gun violence.

Researchers who study social movements say there has been a trend of Americans pulling away from overt political activism since the 1980’s.

Cherie Strachan is a Central Michigan University Professor who studies youth movements around social justice. She says a book called Good Citizen, written in 1998, argued the trend of disengagement would eventually flip with millenials.  

LANSING, MI--   Taking action now can prevent bear problems later.

The Department of Natural Resources says longer daylight hours mean wildlife is starting to move, and residents should see if they have items that could attract bears. DNR Wildlife Communication Coordinator Katie Keen says bears find birdseed and suet especially attractive. They will often hang around bird feeders instead of foraging for the roots of early spring plants and eating insects in trees and logs. Those who lose their fear of humans can become a threat.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   A woman has been granted a new trial in a crash that killed an Upper Peninsula man near Detroit's old Tiger Stadium.

The Michigan appeals court says Shayla Tucker's rights were violated because her lawyer wasn't prepared for the testimony of a crash expert. The court says prosecutors should have identified the expert ahead of trial in 2016.

Tucker was convicted of causing a death while driving recklessly. After attending a birthday party at a casino, she was accused of driving her Dodge Charger at nearly 100 mph when the car struck another vehicle.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette City Police officer Mark Hanes has been named Marquette County Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. 

Hanes was one of five nominees for the award. He’s spent 26 years in law enforcement—20 of them with the City Police. Officials say Hanes distinguished himself through his 15 years of work with the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team.

Hanes received his award at a meeting of the Marquette County Law Enforcement Administration Wednesday.

MUNISING, MI--   A Marquette man charged in the drowning death of a downstate man in Lake Superior last summer has been sentenced.

Timothy Preston was arrested in August after he and six other passengers fell out of his wooden kit boat near AuTrain. Six people were rescued, but Robert Louis, 59, of Lake Orion drowned. They were on the lake to spread the ashes of Louis’ father, who had died of Alzheimer’s Disease.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Two members of the Northern Michigan University men’s ice hockey team have won a couple of top honors. 

Goaltender Atte Tolvanen was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Goaltender of the Year Tuesday, while head coach Grant Potulny was unanimously named League Coach of the Year. Tolvanen is the second student athlete to earn Goaltender of the Year honors. Potulny’s recognition is the fifth time in Wildcat hockey history that the head coach has been named Coach of the Year.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   An effective food system in the state’s prisons should go beyond just feeding prisoners. That’s the message of some lawmakers in the state Senate.

The governor announced he wants to end privatized food service in the state’s prisons. Senator John Proos (R-St. Joseph) said this is an opportunity to go a step further. He’s put together a work group to explore training inmates in food services. Proos said there are thousands of available jobs across the state in the restaurant industry.