Ceremony planned for deal protecting northern Michigan woods

Aug 28, 2015

A ceremony is planned to celebrate an agreement that will protect 750 acres of hardwood forest in northern Michigan from development.
Representatives of the state Department of Natural Resources will sign a deal Friday with the landowner, Lake Louise Christian Community. The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Lake Louise organization's camp in Boyne Falls.
The $1.2 million agreement establishes a conservation easement that will allow outdoor recreation on the parcel such as hunting, fishing, mountain biking and cross-country skiing.

Carhartt bringing work coats and more to Detroit store

Aug 28, 2015

Carhartt, the company known for sturdy work coats and other clothing, has opened its flagship store in Detroit's Midtown area.
Company officials and city dignitaries gathered Thursday at the shop which is located in a once-vacant, three-story building that's listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
It is the 20th company-owned retail store for Dearborn-based Carhartt. The company has been making clothing in the U.S. for 125 years.
The Detroit Free Press reports that more than 100 patrons were on-hand for Thursday's opening.

A state official has rejected a recommendation to add severe autism to the list of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana in Michigan.
     Mike Zimmer, the head of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, gave several reasons Thursday, including a lack of scientific evidence.
     Supporters say oil extracted from marijuana and swallowed has been effective in controlling extreme physical behavior by kids with severe autism. But Zimmer questions whether that form is allowed under the medical marijuana law.

Vintage WWI cannon swiped from outside Michigan VFW post

Aug 27, 2015

A Michigan Veterans of Foreign Wars post is working to track down a vintage World War I cannon swiped from outside its site.

A Veterans of Foreign Wars official in southwestern Michigan fears a stolen WWI cannon may be sold for its metal.

The vintage military hardware was hauled away earlier this week from outside VFW Post 1137 in Benton Township.

The building has been closed since October.

Post adjutant quartermaster Robert Williams says the cannon may be headed to a scrap yard and adds: "Who's going to put it in their yard?"

Rapid bus fare increases

Rapid management approved the transit line’s first fare increase in seven years.

The increase applies to all fares in the Rapid transit system, and takes effect on October 1.

It includes a single adult rate increase of a quarter to $1.75. Monthly passes will go from $40 to $47, and a reduced-fare monthly pass increases from $26 to $30.

Public comment was collected earlier this summer, with residents and organizations expressing concerns over affordability – especially agencies that provide fare vouchers for low and fixed-income residents.

Snyder: Talking to China important despite GOP critics

Aug 27, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - Republican Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says it's important to talk trade with Chinese officials despite some GOP presidential hopefuls blaming China for the recent tumble of U.S.

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     TEKONSHA, Mich. (AP) - Authorities in southwestern Michigan are investigating reports of shots being fired at cars on Interstate 94 and Interstate 69.
     The Calhoun County sheriff's office says the damage is being blamed on "projectiles." But a closer look at some vehicles confirms that damage is related to gunshots.
     The incidents occurred between July 29 and Aug. 21 in Calhoun and Branch counties. No injuries have been reported.

Name of man who jumped from freighter is released

Aug 27, 2015

Authorities have released the name of a 41-year-old Ohio man who jumped from a freighter in Lake Michigan in northern Michigan.
The Mason County sheriff's office identified him as Jerald Rinaldi of Cleveland. He's been missing since jumping from the Stewart J. Cort early Sunday.

Authorities say Rinaldi was in trouble with his bosses on the ship because of alcohol use. The search in Lake Michigan has been suspended, but volunteers have been walking the beach.

Crews surveying Lake Michigan yellow perch populations

Aug 27, 2015

State teams are conducting the latest in a series of fish surveys in Lake Michigan to learn more about populations of lake perch and other species that live near the shore.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says crews from the Charlevoix Fisheries Research Station began the latest survey Monday and will continue through Sept. 11.
They're taking samples in shallow waters near the ports of South Haven, Grand Haven, Portage, Pentwater, Charlevoix and Petoskey.

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Rapid bus line employees, union membership and supporters filled the chambers of an Interurban Transit Partnership board meeting Wednesday, asking for an extension to contract negotiations and speaking out against proposed retirement plan changes.

RiChard Jackson is the president of the Amalgamated Transit Union local 836, which represents Rapid employees.