ESCANABA, MI--   Congressman Jack Bergman will be the keynote speaker at a meeting in Escanaba to help companies negotiate federal and Department of Defense contracts. 

Wednesday’s “Arsenal of Innovation” event will provide an overview of the federal contract process. It will also discuss grant program assistance from the Michigan Defense Center.

Sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the meeting takes place from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at Bay de Noc Community College.

MARQUETTE, MI--  Upper Peninsula Health System released the following on Tuesday, September 18, 2018:

Dickinson County Healthcare System and UP Health System announced today that the organizations have terminated their non-binding letter of intent that was signed in July after an inability to reach agreement on the terms of an acquisition.

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Marquette woman was injured in a single-vehicle accident in Marquette Township. 

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office says it happened Tuesday around 12:50 p.m. on County Road 550 just north of the Little Garlic River. Leslie Cory, 58, of Marquette was southbound on 550 when she saw a deer. Trying to avoid the deer, Cory ran off the road, went into the ditch, and struck a tree.

She was taken to UPHS-Marquette for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Healthy Michigan means better credit for Michigan’s low-income residents.

That’s according to a new study on the state’s Medicaid expansion released Monday. It found that people on the plan improved their financial health since getting the insurance coverage.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--    A Sault Ste. Marie man on trial for murder has been found guilty. 

WLUC-TV reports Jeremy Lehre, 18, was convicted last week on charges of homicide-open murder, tampering with evidence, larceny in a building, and malicious destruction of property between $1,000 and $20,000.

Lehre was arrested in November following an assault on West 12th Avenue. The victim, 48-year-old Wesley Cook of the Soo, was transferred to an Ann Arbor hospital, where he died.

Lehre’s sentencing is set for October 23.

DEARBORN, MI (AP)--   AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up about 1 cent in the past week to about $2.94 per gallon. 

The Dearborn-based auto club says early Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is about 38 cents more than at the same point last year.

Michigan's lowest average price was about $2.75 per gallon in the Traverse City area. The highest was in the Ann Arbor area at about $2.97 a gallon.

The Detroit-area's average was about $2.92 per gallon, about the same as last week.

CHICAGO, IL (AP)--   A new report warns that warmer and wetter climate in the Midwest could lead to the displacement of some cold water fish species in southern Lake Michigan and trigger die-offs in smaller inland lakes. 

The Chicago Tribune reports that the Purdue University research published last week says the Great Lakes are warming along with the atmosphere due to the proliferation of greenhouse gases.

MARENISCO TOWNSHIP, MI (AP)--   Marenisco Township is suing to stop the closing of the Ojibway Correctional Facility. 

Officials say the state didn't do an economic-impact study as required by law. But Monday a judge rejected a request for a restraining order.

The Corrections Department in August announced plans to close the Ojibway prison in December. The prison has 203 employees, including some who live in Wisconsin. Local officials say closing the prison would greatly harm the economy.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Several people were injured when a bus hit a car in Marquette Monday.

City Police were called just before 4 p.m. to Wright Street near Industrial Drive. An eastbound passenger car was stopped at a pedestrian crosswalk when it was rear-ended by a Checker bus containing 37 Northstar Academy students. Two of the students reported injuries, but neither sought treatment.

The car contained three Ishpeming teens, who were taken to UPHS-Marquette for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.