News Update For Friday, 6/1/12

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Great Lakes Radio Marquette - Upper Peninsula News

The investigation is continuing into the reported death of an inmate at the Alger Correctional Facility in Munising.  State Police are conducting the investigation and reports say the death is being labeled as “suspicious”.  Troopers and technicians with the Michigan State Police Crime lab and the State Police Forensics lab are studying evidence in the case.  The inmate was discovered at the prison yesterday afternoon by authorities and no names have been released as the investigation continues.  Further information is expected as the investigation unfolds.

A vote yesterday by the Michigan High School Athletic Association could pave the way for a 19-year-old Ishpeming High School student with Down syndrome to play football and basketball next season. Member schools approved an amendment to the organization’s constitution that will allow for a waiver of the association’s age limit under certain circumstances.  Prior to the amendment, the association’s constitution dictated that students who turn 19 before September 1st may not play sports for the entire school year.  Ishpeming High School student Eric Dompierre, who is already 19, started school late because of his disability.

The Michigan DNR says cooler temperatures have allowed the fire crews to make significant progress on the Duck Lake wildfire in Luce county.  The fire size is at 21,458 acres with 63 percent containment.  The DNR says 132 structures have been destroyed by the wildfire including 46 homes or cabins, 26 campers, one store and one motel.  Meanwhile, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the wildfire that burned through roughly 3,400 acres of the Seney Wildlife Refuge in Schoolcraft County has been 100-percent contained.
Both wildfires were triggered by lightning strikes.

The upper level of the Bluff Street Parking Ramp in the City of Marquette will be closed beginning Monday to allow for completion work from last fall’s $1.1 million renovation project.  The ramp is estimated to re-open by Monday, June 18, 2012; however, the completion time will be determined by the weather and curing time of products being applied to the surface of the parking area.  For questions on the closure, contact the Marquette Downtown Development Authority.

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