HOBART, INDIANA--   A former Iron River woman serving life in jail for the murder of Christopher Regan in 2014 has been sentenced to another 65 years for her husband’s death in Indiana. 

Kelly Cochran admitted to injecting her husband Jason with heroin, then suffocating him at their home in 2016. She said it was in retaliation for Regan’s death.

Cochran was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole in May of 2017 for Regan’s shooting and dismemberment. She led police to his remains in the woods.

HOUGHTON COUNTY, MI--   A Houghton County organization has received money from USDA Rural Development. 

The Quincy Mine Hoist Association has been given $200,000 to repair the railroad tram. The tram consists of 847 ties and track that were installed 13 years ago. The ties are now deteriorating and affecting the structural integrity of the cog-wheel complex.

Officials say the tram ride down the hill is part of the Quincy Mine Tour, which hosts about 30,000 annual visitors. They say the life of the replacement ties is expected to be around 50 years.

EAST LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   More than 300 victims of sexual assault are one step closer to a multi-million dollar settlement with Michigan State University. 

The lawsuit is over the school’s handling of former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar. He’s the man who sexually assaulted his patients for decades.

The proposed settlement still has to go through some formalities – but members of the university’s Board of Trustees and survivors have voiced support.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Rick Snyder and state lawmakers just got a windfall of $315 million to spend in the new state budget. 

It’s the result of better-than-expected economic growth that yielded more tax revenue.

State Senator David Hildenbrand chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee. He says Republicans will look into paying down debt, and putting money into the state’s “rainy day” savings.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Firefighters with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources say fire danger is very high right now. 

The DNR is telling the public to be cautious with fire, as predicted weather conditions have heightened the possibility of fire across the Upper Peninsula. All areas west of a line from the Huron Mountains south to Stephenson are currently experiencing extreme fire danger. Very high fire danger is expected at least through Saturday, and possibly beyond, depending upon the significance of rainfall forecast for Saturday night.

ESCANABA, MI--   Escanaba school officials may put a sinking fund millage that failed this month on the November ballot. 

Superintendent Coby Fletcher says the $1.2 million measure would have been used to address three priority areas. Officials wanted to secure entrances to all buildings to make them safer. Fletcher says they also wanted to improve technology infrastructure with a goal of providing every student a device, and school facilities themselves—like roofs and boilers—need to be upgraded.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Three Northern Michigan University buildings are shut down until further notice, following “inconsistent” lead level readings from test areas in each facility.

The Learning Resources Center, PEIF, and Thomas Fine Arts buildings will be closed until officials can get independent lab results—potentially over the weekend—and make a determination whether further investigation and testing is needed.

Derek Hall is NMU's spokesman.

A look at the different forms and needs of Homelessness in the Marquette community. This discussion will look at transitional housing, emergency shelters, low-income housing, mobility impaired residents and hospice patients and what local groups are doing to serve the various housing needs.

Hiawatha Music Coop

The Co-op’s final 2018 “Hiawatha on TAAP” (traditional acoustic art performance) will be the return of a favorite of Marquette audiences, The Appleseed Collective on Wednesday, May 16th at the Ore Dock Brewing Company from 6-8pm. Cost is $5 Co-op Members and $7 Non-Members. Complimentary pizza will be served. Families are welcome. DRAWING FOR 2 FESTIVAL TICKETS TONIGHT FROM ALL 2018 HoTAAP red tickets!  Aarik Danielsen, from the Columbia Daily Tribune describes the Collective Sound, “The sounds of The Appleseed Collective are as diverse as the personalities that create them.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The Michigan Supreme Court has called a halt to a petition campaign to repeal wage protections for workers on government-funded construction projects.  

The court order came less than an hour before a state board was supposed to send the question to the Legislature. The stay allows time for a legal drama to play out at the state Supreme Court. Construction worker unions say petition circulators broke the rules, and that should disqualify the initiative.

Steve Claywell is with the Michigan Construction and Building Trades Council.