Michigan’s unemployment rate increased last month for the first time in a year. According to the Department of Technology, Management & Budget, the May jobless rate was up two-tenths of a percentage point to eight-point-five percent. It marked the first monthly jobless rate increase for the state since May 2011. Michigan unemployment rate in May was two and one-tenth percentage points below the state’s May 2011 rate of 10-point-six percent.
Detectives with the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team executed a search warrant at a residence in Negaunee yesterday. The residence was located on County Road and detectives say evidence of the manufacture and use of methamphetamines was located in the building. No hazardous chemicals were found. The case is currently under review by the Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office. One man was arrested on three unrelated outstanding warrants and was lodged in the Marquette County Jail. No names have been released as the investigation continues.
The DNR says today the Duck Lake Fire in the eastern Upper Peninsula’s Luce County is now 100 percent contained. Recent GPS data shows the total amount of fire damaged land stands at 21,069 acres. The fire, which was caused by a lighting-strike, which was first detected on Thursday, May 24, is long and narrow and stretches 11 miles north to the Lake Superior shoreline. In all, there were 141 properties within the perimeter of the fire. Of those, a total of 136 structures were lost. No fatalities or injuries were reported.
A series of bills intended to increase the rights of biological fathers are now law in the state of Michigan. Governor Rick Snyder signed the legislation Tuesday, turning back a 1956 statute presuming that a woman’s husband is the father of her children. The four-bill package allows a child’s mother, legally acknowledged father or potential biological father to file an action to challenge which man should legally be viewed as the father. Under the legislation, when an action to change legal paternity is filed, the court will order a DNA profiling or blood or tissue typing test. Based on the results and the best interests of the child, the court will decide paternity. The package also allows the state to file suit to determine paternity as well as child support requirements for children of those who receive public benefits. Currently 43 percent of all babies born in Michigan are born to unmarried mothers.