Nicole Walton

News Director

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.

Following a graduate school stint at Miami University of Ohio and moves to Indiana and Wisconsin, Nicole decided the U.P. was where she needed to be, so she moved back to Marquette and Public Radio 90’s news room. She’s been there ever since as host of NPR’s Morning Edition and now as News Director. Nicole’s stories have been heard on the Michigan Public Radio Network and National Public Radio.

Nicole lives in Marquette with two incredibly cute cats.

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NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP, MI (WNMU) – One person is injured, following a single-vehicle crash in Negaunee Township.

State Police from the Negaunee Post say the accident happened Monday around 4:20 p.m. on US-41 near Industrial Park Drive.

Troopers say a vehicle driven by Stephanie Godfrey, 32, of Marquette was eastbound when she lost control of her vehicle, veered across the westbound lanes and went off the north side of the road. The vehicle then traveled down a steep embankment and crashed into several trees.

 

UNDATED (WNMU) – AAA Michigan says gasoline prices are up about 9 cents per gallon over the past week to a statewide average of $3.94. The auto club says the average is about a $1.26 per gallon higher than last year at this time.

Of the cities it surveys, AAA Michigan says the cheapest price for self-serve unleaded fuel is in the Lansing area, where it’s $3.82 a gallon. The highest average can be found in the Marquette area, at $4.10.

AAA Michigan surveys 2,800 Michigan gas stations daily.

 

NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP, MI (WNMU) – A Marquette Township man has died of exposure, after spending three nights in the woods with his wife.

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office says the 62-year-old man went on an ORV ride with his 62-year-old wife Friday afternoon. The machine became stuck in the mud around 4 p.m. about a mile east of County Road 510 near trail 14 in Negaunee Township.

The woman began to walk to seek help, but was unable to find anyone. She returned to the ORV, and the two spent three nights outdoors without food or warm clothing.

UNDATED (WNMU) - The state’s largest teachers union is launching television ads criticizing state lawmakers for cutting money for public schools.

Michigan Education Association President Iris Salters said in a release Thursday that state residents “are fed up” with the lawmakers who voted to cut school funding by hundreds of millions of dollars while giving a $1.7 billion tax break “to rich CEOs and corporate special interests.”

Republicans say the business tax cut will improve the state’s economy.

 

UNDATED (WNMU) - The state says seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates in all regions of Michigan dropped in April as seasonal hiring picked up.

The figures released Thursday by the Department of Technology, Management and Budget show jobless rates down in all 17 major regional labor markets compared to March.

Total employment levels increased moderately in most regions, and labor force levels declined in all areas.

UNDATED (WNMU) - Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is struggling to overcome a population decline brought on by unemployment and aging, the same thing that’s happening in rural areas nationwide.

The 2010 census shows that 12 of the region’s 15 counties lost residents over the past decade. The overall population drop of 2 percent might seem insignificant, but experts say it’s a bad sign.

MADISON, WI (WNMU) - Wisconsin residents who lose their jobs would have to wait a week before they could receive their first unemployment check, under a plan Republicans on the Legislature’s Budget Committee has approved.

State fiscal analysts say the delay would save the state between $41 million dollars and $56 million dollars annually.

The measure threw four Democrats into a fit of rage. Senator Bob Jauch screamed at the Republicans, saying they just want to pile onto unemployed people’s pain and suffering.

MICHIGAMME TOWNSHIP, MI (WNMU) – The Marquette County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an illegal dump site in Michigamme Township containing suspected methamphetamine-making material.

A resident walking near Cardinal Red Road found the site Tuesday around 9 a.m. Deputies identified components that are commonly used to make meth, like Ephedrine and battery acid.

The UPSET Meth Response Team went to the scene and neutralized the chemicals. Deputies say evidence seized at the site may lead them to suspects in the case.

UNDATED (WNMU) – Michigan’s public universities face a 15 percent cut in state aid for operations under terms of a budget bill moving through the State Legislature.

The Republican-led Senate approved the higher education funding bill by a 21-16 vote Tuesday mostly along party lines. The measure is expected to get approval in the House and be sent to Governor Rick Snyder this month.

UNDATED (WNMU) – A newly released survey has found that tourists and travelers spent an estimated $17.2 billion in Michigan last year. That’s up 14 percent from $15.1 billion in 2009.

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. released results of the survey Wednesday. The survey found $12.6 billion was spent on travel for leisure and $4.6 billion was spent on business travel.

The survey also found that spending by out-of-state visitors rose 21 percent. It says 152,600 jobs were generated by Michigan’s tourism industry in 2010, up 10,000 from 2009.

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