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Hunters prepare to hit the woods for firearms deer season

Nov. 14, 2019 9:41 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Thousands of hunters will trek into Michigan woods and fields Friday as firearms deer season opens. The season runs through Nov. 30. The Department of Natural Resources’ annual forecast says overall deer numbers are low in the Upper Peninsula and buck sightings have been...

Former middle school principal sentenced in sex assault case

Nov. 14, 2019 5:16 PM EST

KINGSLEY, Mich. (AP) — A former middle school principal in northern Michigan has been sentenced for inappropriately touching students. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports that a judge on Thursday ordered 55-year-old Karl Hartman to spend 3 to 5 years in prison. Hartman pleaded guilty last month to three...

Dow agrees to $77M environmental settlement in Michigan

Nov. 8, 2019 7:14 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Dow Chemical Co. has agreed to fund environmental restoration projects worth an estimated $77 million to compensate for decades of pollution by its plant in Midland, Michigan, officials said Friday. A deal between the company and government agencies calls for improvements to...

Michigan pastor gets 10-year prison sentence for assault

Nov. 6, 2019 1:16 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A man who was a pastor at a Traverse City church has been sentenced to at least 10 years in prison for sexual assault. Christopher Cox was accused of sexually assaulting men after drugging them. He pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sexual conduct in exchange for the...

Forecast calls for continued high water in Great Lakes

Nov. 4, 2019 4:35 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A new forecast says Great Lakes levels are likely to remain unusually high and may set additional records. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Detroit on Monday released its outlook for the next six months. Hydrologist Keith Kompoltowicz (kohm-PAUL-toe-witz) says a wet...

Judge upholds law allowing Great Lakes oil pipeline tunnel

Oct. 31, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan legislators did not violate the state constitution with their decision to allow construction of an oil pipeline tunnel beneath a waterway linking two of the Great Lakes, a judge said Thursday. The ruling by Judge Michael Kelly of the Michigan Court of Claims was a...

Michigan promises faster review of erosion control permits

Oct. 30, 2019 5:50 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan environmental regulators are promising faster reviews of applications to protect homes or structures threatened by rising Great Lakes levels. The Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy said Wednesday it will expedite permits for actions such as placing rocks...

Potential listeria contamination leads to apples recall

Oct. 29, 2019 11:05 AM EDT

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — A county health department in Illinois says a Michigan company voluntarily is recalling nearly 2,300 cases of apples due to potential listeria contamination. Kane County health officials say Tuesday that North Bay Produce of Traverse City also is recalling two bulk bins of apples....

Former Michigan Gov. William Milliken dies at age 97

Oct. 18, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — William G. Milliken, Michigan's longest-serving governor who established a record of environmental conservation and bipartisan cooperation that made him popular among Republicans and Democrats, died Friday at age 97, a family spokesman said. Milliken died at his home in Traverse...

Spokesman says William G. Milliken, Michigan's longest-serving governor, has died at age 97

Oct. 18, 2019 5:53 PM EDT
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Spokesman says William G. Milliken, Michigan's longest-serving governor, has died at age 97 .