News

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Lawmakers in Lansing say they are ready to take a deeper look at regulating a class of chemicals known as PFAS. 

The toxic substances have been found in many groundwater and drinking water sites throughout the state. PFAS chemicals have been used in manufacturing and in firefighting foam at sites across Michigan.

State officials are testing for PFAS statewide, but the legislature has yet to act on them.

HOUGHTON, MI--   The Aerospace Industry Association of Michigan is holding an aerospace expo at Michigan Technological University next week. 

AIAM officials say it will be an opportunity to form connections between potential customers, talent and suppliers. On-site buyers will include GE Aviation, Parker Aerospace, RCO Aerospace, Woodward, Bell Helicopter, and Cessna Aircraft. Attendees will also be able to tour nearby Calumet Electronics.

The expo takes place Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tech’s campus.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette Police Department is reminding residents about the approaching winter parking ban.

Beginning November 1 all motorists must find off-street parking between 1 and 6 a.m. Those who don’t could be fined $75.

Front yard parking is also prohibited unless authorization is given by the Community Development Office. Parking in the right-of-way is also prohibited unless no other viable option is available. Violations of front yard and right-of-way parking could result in $50 fines.


LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   If you want to have a say in deciding Michigan’s next governor, you must register to vote by Tuesday.

Governor Rick Snyder is unable to run again due to term limits. That makes this the first time in eight years Michigan residents have a governor’s ballot without an incumbent.

After a high turnout in the primary, Michigan’s former state Elections Director and political consultants are predicting about four million voters will head to the polls on November 6th – which would be pretty high for a midterm.

EAST LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Research out of Michigan State University will look at a possible link between opioid overdose and suicide. 

The research is connected to a current study looking at suicide prevention for people recently released from jail.

Dr. Jennifer Johnson is a researcher on the study. She says in monitoring subjects with a risk of suicide they began to see a trend.

“Overdose is probably, if I had to guess our number one method that we’re seeing in our sample for people who are thinking about or attempting suicide.”

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   A review of water testing results at Detroit Public Schools found that one school had more than 54 times the allowable amount of lead under federal guidelines while another exceeded the regulated copper level by nearly 30 times.

The Detroit News reports it reviewed hundreds of pages of water reports for 57 Detroit Public Schools Community District buildings that had elevated levels of lead and/or copper in the water.

NEGAUNEE, MI--   Feeding America West Michigan is holding a mobile food pantry at Negaunee High School Wednesday.

More than 15,000 pounds of produce, dairy products, and baked goods will be distributed to those in need. Clients will not have to show identification or proof of income to receive food, but they will be required to provide basic contact information and affirm they need the food.

Clients are encouraged to bring their own bags or boxes.

Distribution will take place at 4:30 p.m. with registration beginning at 4:00.

ALGER COUNTY, MI--   A missing Munising woman has been found alive in some Alger County woods.

WLUC-TV says Nancy Boucher, 75, was last seen leaving her home October 4 in a tan Chevy Impala. Family said Boucher was diabetic and didn’t have a cell phone. 

A search party flew a drone over Highway 13 to see if they could spot Boucher’s car, but had no luck.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Marquette-based program that trains rural emergency responders is in jeopardy.

More than 400 people from the U.P., lower Michigan and northeastern Wisconsin are expected at the four-day UP-EMS conference this week. 

The state pulled funding for the annual event two years ago. UP-EMS Executive Director Bob Struck says the conference has been self-sustaining with outside funding since then, but future funding is uncertain.

He says the conference has been critical to emergency responders from rural areas over the years.

Pages