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MACKINAC COUNTY, MI--   The reopening of the Cut River Bridge on US-2 in Mackinac County has been delayed four weeks. 

The Michigan Department of Transportation has been performing structural steel repairs, painting, and expansion joint repairs. It was supposed to reopen September 15, but contractors encountered more deteriorated steel than originally anticipated. That meant adding work, along with delays for fabrication.

Eastbound and westbound US-2 remains closed at the Cut River Bridge. The detour route is about 3.6 miles.

CHASSELL TOWNSHIP, MI--   One person was injured in a single-vehicle crash in Houghton County over the weekend. 

Sheriff’s deputies say it happened Saturday on Massie Road near Lehtola Road in Chassell Township. Alyyson Denomie, 25, of Baraga lost control of her vehicle, went into the ditch, and struck a tree. Denomie was the only occupant. She had to be extricated from the vehicle with the Jaws of Life.

Denomie was taken to UPHS-Portage and admitted for treatment. She was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

BARK RIVER TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Delta County man has been arrested as part of a meth manufacturing investigation.

Thursday detectives with the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team took a 38-year-old Bark River man into custody. He was arrested near a residence on 17th Road in Bark River Township.

HOUGHTON, MI--   The Michigan State Police Computer Crimes Unit, Internet Crimes Against Children  Task Force, is announcing the arrest of Gary Richard Gagnier 28, of Houghton following an investigation into his online activity.

The investigation revealed Gagnier, a Houghton resident, had been uploading child sexually abusive material at his residence since June 2017. ICAC worked closely with officers from Michigan Tech University, the Houghton County Sheriff Department and the Houghton City Police Department.

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The BachFest is underway for the Marquette community, and the Marquette Symphony Orchestra is taking part in the festivities.  For their first concert of the season, titled "From Bach to the Future," they feature a tribute to J.S. Bach.  Music selections include Bach's Fantasia and Fugue in C minor and Tre Corali.  This concert will also be the first of the season including Octavio Mas-Arocas as the new Principal Conductor of the MSO.  We spoke with him in the studio leading up to the concert:


LANSING, MI (AP)--   A Michigan judge has halted plans by state regulators that would have shuttered nearly 100 medical marijuana businesses as part of a newly approved set of licensing rules. 

Court of Claims Judge Stephen Borrello granted an injunction Thursday that was requested by a lawyer for a medical marijuana business. The state is reviewing the judge's order.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Gov. Rick Snyder is calling for a resolution after road builders' lockout of union workers has slowed or halted work on more than 150 projects statewide. 

Snyder said Thursday the Michigan Department of Transportation and other agencies have limited legal authority because the dispute is between contractors and their employees. But he's asking for state Attorney General Bill Schuette's guidance on whether the situation is legally a labor dispute, which might allow MDOT to consider steps such as issuing penalties for late completion of roadwork.

Law aims to make parole decisions more fair

Sep 14, 2018

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A new state law that went into effect on Wednesday aims to take the bias out of decisions on whether or not a prisoner should be paroled. 

Governor Snyder signed the bill into law on Wednesday that will put clearer guidelines into place on whether or not to allow someone in prison to return to society.

According to the Governor’s office, the bill includes “a limited list of 11 substantial and compelling reasons” the State Parole Board may deny parole in cases where a person would be likely to be released.

WASHINGTON, D.C.--   The U.S. House has passed legislation authorizing the construction of a new Soo lock.

Nearly a billion dollars is included in the Water Infrastructure Bill. It would be used to construct another large lock at the aging complex. Currently, the Poe lock is the only one that can accommodate larger vessels.

President Trump endorsed the project earlier this year. Governor Rick Snyder committed $50 million toward the project in May.

Officials say a breakdown at the locks would create a shipping backup that could devastate the economy.

SAWYER, MI--   Marquette County has opened a Syringe Services Program at Sawyer. 

Based at the Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center, the “New Points” SSP will accept used syringes and distribute sterile ones to people who inject drugs.

Emily Pratt is a health educator with the Marquette County Health Department. She says studies show SSPs do not encourage drug use; rather, they act as links to getting help.

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