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State Offers Tips To Deer Hunters

Archery deer hunting season is underway in Michigan, and the department of natural resources is reminding everyone of some ways they can find good locations. Deer Management Specialist Chad Stewart says the MI-Hunt app can help hunters identify more than 7 million acres of land that can be hunted in the state.. ...Read Full Story

2 Aides Settle Whistleblower Suit Against MI House

A settlement has been reached between the Michigan House of Representatives and aides to two former state representatives who alleged
they were wrongfully fired after reporting their bosses’ extramarital affair and other misconduct. The Detroit News reports that the deal was reached last week and that the settlement was confirmed by Gideon D’Assandro, spokesman for House Speaker Kevin Cotter. Details were not immediately available. Keith Allard and Ben Graham sued the state House of Representatives in December 2015 in federal court. They were joint staffers for ex-Reps. Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat until July 2015. Gamrat was expelled from office, while Courser resigned rather than be
kicked out. Courser is facing criminal charges related to the scandal. He denies wrongdoing. Charges against Gamrat were dismissed by a judge.. ...Read Full Story

Small Plane Crashes At Muskegon County Airport

A small plane has crashed while landing at Muskegon County Airport in western Michigan. WOOD-TV reports that the four-seat plane was on a training flight from Purdue University in Indiana and was being flown by a student pilot when it crashed Sunday afternoon. The pilot was not injured, but the aircraft’s nose was ripped off as it skidded after touching down at the airport in Norton Shores, northwest of Grand Rapids.
Only the pilot was aboard the plane. The cause of the crash is under investigation.. ...Read Full Story

MI College Students Investigating Cold Case

Students in an Olivet College cold case homicide investigations class are searching for clues in the disappearance of a 21-year-old man who went missing more than a decade ago. The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that five members of the class helped search fields and woods Sunday in Augusta. Brandon Anderson of Battle Creek last was seen June 20, 2005 after a hit-and-run traffic accident on Interstate 94. He was a passenger in the vehicle and ran into nearby woods. The newspaper reports that police believe Anderson likely died in the woods. His body has not been found. Olivet associate professor Phil Reed said before Sunday’s search that Anderson’s family “never heard from him and he has to be here somewhere.” Community Emergency Response Team helped organize the search.. ...Read Full Story

Week Starts With Gas Prices Down

AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have fallen by about 12 cents per gallon in the past week. The Dearborn-based auto club says early Monday that the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.12 per gallon. That’s about 19 cents less than it was at the same point last year. It’s the second week in a row that the statewide average decreased. The lowest average price was about $1.98 per gallon in the Flint area, while the highest average was about $2.23 per gallon in the Marquette area. AAA Michigan surveys daily fuel prices at 2,800 gas stations across the state.. ...Read Full Story

Partners Stocking MI Lake With Sturgeon

State officials continue to work with tribal and nonprofit partners on boosting Michigan’s lake sturgeon, an ancient and culturally significant fish species. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says together they released more than 7,800 juvenile lake sturgeon into public waters around the state this summer and fall. The young fish were collected from the wild last spring and reared in streamside facilities until they reached at least seven inches or larger. Most were tagged before being released, which will enable biologists to tell how well the stocking operations work. Among waterways stocked with juvenile sturgeon were Otsego Lake, Black Lake, the Lower Black River and Upper Black River, Burt Lake, Mullet Lake, the Cedar River, the Kalamazoo River, Whitefish River and Ontonagon River.. ...Read Full Story