MARQUETTE, MI (AP)--   Northern Michigan University officials say the Marquette campus is cleaner and some students and employees are likely healthier two years into a tobacco ban.  

Spokeswoman Cindy Paavola says there are far fewer cigarette butts and remnants of chewing tobacco at the school since the policy took effect.  Some faculty, staff, and students also have told university officials the rule change led them to quit smoking or using other tobacco products.

MARQUETTE, MI--   UP Health System Marquette has a new chief executive officer.  

UPHS Market President James Bogan says Brian Sinotte, FACHE, has been appointed to the top post, effective August 15.  Sinotte comes to Marquette from Maria Parham Medical Center in Henderson, NC, where he’s served as CEO since February of 2015. 

FLINT, MI (AP)--   State officials are working on ways to help Flint pay for a new 5.5-mile pipeline that would allow the city to test water from a new Lake Huron system. 

The Detroit News reports Tuesday that the Department of Environmental Quality has identified $4.2 million in grants and the Michigan Strategic Fund is preparing to loan Flint $3 million.

The pipeline is required by federal regulators. It would run parallel to the Karegnondi Water Authority pipeline and is expected to cost up to $7.2 million.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette community is banding together this week to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.   

On Thursday business and community leaders have volunteered to be “locked up” at the 906 Sports Bar & Grill for an hour.  They’ll try to raise “bail” by calling friends, family, and colleagues for donations. 

The Marquette Fire Department is also hosting a special event Thursday morning at 11:30 at Fire Station 2 to kick off its Fill the Boot fundraising campaign. 

ISHPEMING, MI--   The Bell Sleep Center in Ishpeming has received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

To receive accreditation for a five-year period a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care as designated by the AASM. The standards pertain to personnel, facility and equipment, policies and procedures, data acquisition, patient care, and quality assurance.  The center’s goals must also be clearly stated and include plans for positively affecting the quality of care in the community it serves. 

MARQUETTE, MI--  The head of Upper Peninsula Health System Marquette is resigning. 

Duke LifePoint has released this official statement:

"Trent Crable has decided to step down from his position as CEO of UP Health System – Marquette and take some time off for personal reasons. His last day at the hospital will be July 29.

We respect Trent’s decision and appreciate his leadership and service to the hospital and community over the past several months. Trent was assigned the CEO role last October. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Feeding America West Michigan is sending six Mobile Food Pantries to locations 

around the U.P. this month.

Fresh produce, dairy products, and baked goods account for much of the food distributions.  No proof of income is required to get food, but clients will be asked to sign a statement affirming they’re in need.

The July dates are as follows:


Old Manistique Saw & Planing Company, Manistique, 10 am

VFW Post #4573, Ishpeming, 10 am


NEW YORK, NY (AP)--   The U.S. government is investigating complaints from Ford Explorer owners who say they smelled exhaust gas inside their SUVs.  

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it received 154 complaints involving Ford Explorers with model years between 2011 and 2015.

One driver says the odor caused a crash. No injuries were reported.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   The government is urging owners of older Hondas and Acuras to stop driving them and get them repaired after tests found that their Takata air bag inflators are extremely dangerous.  

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has new data showing that chances are as high as 50 percent that the inflators can explode in a crash.

The advisory covers vehicles from the 2001 to 2003 model years.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says the vehicles should be fixed as soon as possible before they cause more deaths or injuries.

FLINT, MI (AP)--   A group of Flint-area doctors is recommending that pregnant women and children under 6 stick to bottled water until more tap water tests are performed. 

The recommendation conflicts with advice from the federal government, which says filtered tap water is OK for everyone in Flint, months after the city switched water sources due to lead contamination.