Michigan News

No emerging contamination

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Michigan environmental officials say there’s no emerging threat of chemical contamination in the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair watershed despite tests that found contamination from Selfridge Air National Guard Base . The Detroit News reports that was the ...

Republicans Shirkey, Chatfield to lead Michigan Legislature

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Republican who pushed for passage of right-to-work laws and Medicaid work requirements will lead the Michigan Senate for the next four years. Sen. Mike Shirkey of Clarklake, the founder and owner of an automotive engineering firm in Jackson, was chosen Thursday to be ...

Whitmer: Drinking water, roads will top agenda

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Cleaning up contaminated drinking water and smoothing deteriorating roads will top the agenda for Democratic Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer, who said Wednesday she hopes to find bipartisan consensus with the GOP-controlled ...

Letter alerted Michigan officials to hidden infant corpses

DETROIT (AP) — An anonymous letter informed Michigan officials that they could find "a bunch of infant corpses" hidden in a crawl space of a closed Detroit funeral home, according to state records. The Detroit News used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain a copy of the letter received ...

Man sentenced in neighbor’s death

CROCKERY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan man will spend the rest of his life in prison in the fatal shooting of a neighbor as she cleared snow near her home. WOOD-TV reports that 64-year-old Wendell Popejoy was sentenced Monday. He was found guilty last month of first-degree ...

Women in key races could shake up Michigan politics

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT— Michigan Democrats are trying to crack the Republican Party’s hold on most statewide offices and congressional seats by fielding a slate of female candidates today. Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow is seeking a fourth term and is pitted against ...

Stabenow, James face off in Michigan’s US Senate race

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan is seeking a fourth term today and is hoping to stave off political newcomer John James and to prevent a surprise breakthrough in a state where Republican senators have been a rarity. Stabenow ...

Candidates crisscross Michigan in final campaign stops

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Republican Bill Schuette and Democrat Gretchen Whitmer crisscrossed Michigan on Monday, making their closing appeals and firing up their get-out-the-vote organizers on the eve of the election for governor. Schuette, the state attorney general who ...

Voter turnout for Michigan’s midterm election may spike

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Last-ditch efforts are in motion to spur people to the polls on Tuesday. This election, Michigan voters may not need prodding. The number of absentee ballots issued and returned statewide is up by more than 50 percent from the same point in 2014 ...

Nassar victims make plea on Title IX changes

By ED WHITE, Associated Press DETROIT — Dozens of people who said they were victims of sexual assault by doctors at three major universities urged Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to make campuses accountable for investigating abuse allegations in a letter released Thursday. The Education ...

Parents seek public’s help in son’s 2015 hit-and-run death

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — The parents of a Detroit-area college student who was killed in a hit-and-run in 2015 again are pleading for help to solve the case. Ryan Tsatsos of Macomb County was killed as he walked to his dorm at Central Michigan University on a rainy Halloween night. He ...

James goes on attack against Stabenow’s military votes

GREENBUSH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate John James is boosting his TV ad spending and airing his first negative spot against Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow, who launched her own closing ad highlighting ways she says she has benefited the state. James, who flew ...

Child dies in fall from trailer

SHERIDAN, Mich. (AP) — Police say a 10-year-old child has died after falling from a trailer that was taking children around a central Michigan community during Halloween trick-or-treating. Michigan State Police say the child was with a group of children riding in Sheridan on Wednesday night ...

Schuette cancels TV ads in all markets except Detroit

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette on Tuesday canceled TV ads across Michigan in the final week of the race, except in the Detroit market — another sign that his campaign was facing an uphill climb to defeat Democrat Gretchen ...

$155K to man wrongfully jailed

ALBION, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan has agreed to pay $155,000 to settle a lawsuit by a man who spent a weekend in jail. The problem: State police had arrested the wrong guy. Billy Rowe of Calhoun County was arrested on child pornography charges in 2011. But he was the wrong Rowe. The ...

GOP may face grim reward for revival of Detroit

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press DETROIT — During their eight years in control of Michigan’s government, Republicans have had one achievement that stands out: successfully taking the city of Detroit through federal bankruptcy to make way for its economic revival. Now that feat may bring ...

Ground broken on new vets home

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials have broken ground for a new veterans home at the site of a former military housing complex in suburban Detroit. The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency said despite Monday’s groundbreaking for the Southeast Michigan Veterans Home , ...

Frogs raised at zoo released

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — About two dozen endangered frogs raised at the Detroit Zoo have been released into the wild. The Detroit Zoological Society says 25 dusky gopher frogs were moved this month to the Ward Bayou Wildlife Management Area in southern Mississippi. The frogs were bred at the ...

State gas prices up to $2.80

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up 2 cents in the past week to about $2.80 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club says early today the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is about 27 cents more than at the same point last ...

Michigan veteran receives high school diploma after 48 years

By RJ WOLCOTT Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange LANSING, Mich. — Forty-eight years after leaving Eastern High School to join the United States Navy, Dann Huisken recently received his diploma. In 1970, the now-retired chief petty officer was an 18-year-old senior at Eastern who ...