Articles written by: John Irwin

John Irwin is the managing editor at Central Michigan Life. He was previously elections coordinator, senior reporter and staff reporter

Metro / Politics / U.S./World

Supreme Court upholds Michigan’s ban on affirmative action in admissions decisions

U.S. Supreme Court justices upheld an amendment to Michigan’s constitution on Tuesday banning the use of race in higher education admission decisions. In a 6-2 ruling, justices found Michigan’s ban on affirmative action in higher education – approved by voters in […]
Metro / Police/Courts

Local farmer pleads not guilty in death of 71 calves

A Deerfield Township farmer charged with animal cruelty pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Monday at the Isabella County Trial Court. John Montross, 29, faces up to four years in prison and a $5,000 fine if he is found guilty of animal cruelty after […]
Metro / Police/Courts

Farmer pleads not guilty to animal cruelty charge

A Deerfield Township farmer charged with felony animal cruelty pleaded not guilty at his arraignment hearing Monday at the Isabella County Trial Court. John Montross, 29, faces up to four years in prison and a $5,000 fine if he is found guilty of animal […]
Politics
Democrat withdraws from 4th Congressional District race, lends support to Alma practitioner

Democrat withdraws from 4th Congressional District race, lends support to Alma practitioner

Democrat John Barker dropped out of the 4th Congressional District race Monday to lend his support to Alma resident Jeff Holmes. Barker, a former Union Township supervisor, announced on his campaign’s Facebook page that he is ending his campaign to […]
Business/Nonprofits / Metro
City approves construction of Popeyes on Mission Street, lounge on University Street

City approves construction of Popeyes on Mission Street, lounge on University Street

Construction will begin on another Mission Street fast food chain this summer. Popeyes Louisiana Chicken was approved for development at 807 S. Mission St. on Thursday, by the Mount Pleasant Planning Commission following a long debate about signage. Commissioners largely […]
Politics
Obama’s Ann Arbor speech highlights challenges for young Americans, divisions among parties

Obama’s Ann Arbor speech highlights challenges for young Americans, divisions among parties

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Matt Roughton is worried about how his children will be able to pay for college. Roughton, 52, was among dozens who gathered along East Hoover Avenue in Ann Arbor on Wednesday to watch President Barack Obama […]
Metro / Politics / Top Stories
Hundreds of attendees listen to President Barack Obama speak about minimum wage reform, Wednesday at the University of Michigan's Intramural Sports building in Ann Arbor.

Obama in Ann Arbor: $10.10 minimum wage a ‘no-brainer’

  ANN ARBOR, Mich. — President Barack Obama blasted congressional Republicans for opposing a minimum wage increase, Wednesday in Ann Arbor. Obama also urged voters to call their congressmen to get them to vote for the wage increase. “Nobody who […]
Metro / Politics
Obama to push for $10.10 minimum wage in Ann Arbor as debate heats up in Congress

Obama to push for $10.10 minimum wage in Ann Arbor as debate heats up in Congress

President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at the University of Michigan at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Intramural Building to push for a raise in the federally-mandated minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour over the next […]
Politics
Camp to retire from Congress after 24 years

Camp to retire from Congress after 24 years

U.S. Rep. Dave Camp, R-Midland, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, announced Monday he will retire at the end of his current term. “This decision was reached after much consideration and discussion with my family,” Camp said […]
News
President Barack Obama talks to a crowd of 3,000 about the price and worth of a college education at the field house on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Friday, January 27, 2012. (Eric Seals/Detroit Free Press/MCT)

Obama to push for minimum wage hike in Ann Arbor on Wednesday

President Barack Obama will visit Ann Arbor on Wednesday as part of his nationwide push for an increase in the federal minimum wage. The White House announced the event Friday, but it is still unclear when or where Obama will […]
Metro / Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant mayor dubs April Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April will be considered Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Mount Pleasant Mayor Sharon Tilmann made the announcement Monday in conjunction with the federal government and the state of Michigan. The proclamation at Monday’s city commission meeting was made to Toni Davis, […]
Isabella County / Metro / Politics / U.S./World
Same-sex marriages in Michigan will not be recognized during stay, students voice frustrations

Same-sex marriages in Michigan will not be recognized during stay, students voice frustrations

No same-sex couples were married in Isabella County on Saturday, while more than 300 were wedded statewide during a brief period in which it was legal. A voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage was overturned March 21in U.S. district court, in […]


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