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Upper Peninsula federal judge retiring after 30-plus years

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — The first full-time federal judge in the Upper Peninsula is retiring after more than 30 years.

Timothy Greeley is a magistrate judge who handles the early phases of criminal cases. He also has a role in handling civil litigation filed in Marquette federal court.

Greeley tells The Mining Journal that his career as a judge has been “everything I had hoped for and more.” Maarten Vermaat, who’s now an assistant U.S. attorney, will be the new magistrate judge.

Greeley expects to return for some cases. Vermaat must recuse himself from some criminal cases because of his time as a prosecutor.

A party with a portrait unveiling was planned for March. But it will be changed to spring or summer because of uncertainty over the government shutdown.


Google’s self-driving unit  Waymo to put factory in Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Google’s autonomous vehicle unit Waymo says it plans to bring a factory to Michigan.

Waymo made the announcement Tuesday after the state’s economic development board approved an $8 million incentive grant. The state says the $13.6 million project will create 100 new jobs and potentially 300 more later.

Waymo says it will be the world’s first factory dedicated “100 percent” to the mass production of Level 4 autonomous vehicles.

Waymo says it’s looking for up to 200,000 square feet (18,580 square meters) of “ready-to-go” space in a manufacturing facility in the Detroit area, specifically in Wayne, Oakland or Macomb counties.


36th District Court celebrates National Blood Donation Month

The 36th District Court announced today that in honor of National Blood Donation Month, the Court has partnered with the American Red Cross to hold a Blood Drive on Wednesday, January 30, 2019.

Judges, employees and other stakeholders have signed up through the Court’s Human Resources Department to schedule a time to donate and help save a life.  

Chief Judge Nancy M. Blount stated, “According to the American Red Cross, there is an emergency need for donors.  Typically, blood donations drop off during and after the busy holiday season. So, we thought it appropriate to hold our Blood Drive during the decline and in concert with National Blood Donation Month.” 

Kelli Moore Owen, Court Administrator, commented, “We are always looking for opportunities to give back to the community we serve.  Donating blood is one of the most generous gifts that we can give to others.”  

For opportunities to donate or to host your own blood drive, please visit the American Red Cross at https://www.redcrossblood.org/.


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