Michigan News

Prison guard lawsuit in timeout

DETROIT (AP) — A judge has agreed to a 90-day timeout in a lawsuit that accuses the Michigan Corrections Department of violating the rights of female prison guards. The U.S. Justice Department and the state will use the time to try to reach a settlement. Federal Judge Paul Borman signed the ...

Michigan spends almost $25M on Flint water crisis attorneys

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — New accounting figures show Michigan has spent nearly $25 million on attorneys handling cases involving the Flint lead-tainted water crisis. Data from Michigan agencies and the Governor’s Office show attorney spending has reached more than $24.8 million for the 2014 ...

Girl, 7, killed walking on interstate

ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — Police say a 7-year-old girl has been killed while trying to cross Interstate 94 after her father was involved in a drunken driving crash in suburban Detroit. The girl was hit by a car early Sunday near Detroit Metropolitan Airport. State police spokesman Lt. Mike Shaw ...

Survey of economists: US sales and employment likely to grow

By DEE-ANN DURBIN AP Business Writer DETROIT — Most U.S. business economists expect corporate sales to grow over the next three months and hiring and pay to rise with them. But a majority of the economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics say the corporate tax ...

Opponents speak out against anchor supports for pipeline

MACKINAW CITY (AP) — More than two dozen people spoke out at a public hearing against a proposal for more anchor supports in the Straits of Mackinac to bolster twin oil pipelines. Enbridge Inc. is asking the Department of Environmental Quality to allow installation of 48 additional supports ...

Final pitches in Flint water case

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A judge is hearing key arguments in the most significant criminal case related to Flint’s lead-contaminated water. The head of Michigan’s health department, Nick Lyon, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and other crimes. He’s accused of not timely alerting the ...

Another Mud Day into the books

WESTLAND, Mich. (AP) — Made in the shade? It was more like made in the mud for hundreds of people at a Michigan park. Scores of children — and some parents — participated in the 31st annual Wayne County Mud Day on Tuesday at Nankin Mills Park in Westland, west of Detroit. They sloshed ...

Michigan expands list of conditions medical pot can treat

LANSING (AP) — Michigan regulators have significantly expanded the list of conditions approved for treatment by medical marijuana. The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs on Monday added 11 medical conditions deemed debilitating by the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act of 2008. They ...

MSP returning to garrison-style hats

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State Police are retiring the traditional campaign-style hats troopers have worn for the past two years. MSP announced in a Facebook post Sunday that it’s going back to the garrison hat as part of its official uniform. The announcement says that since ...

Teen uses Snapchat in robbery

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — Police accuse a Michigan teenager and two men of using the social media app Snapchat to orchestrate armed robberies. Detroit’s WXYZ-TV cites Warren police as saying 19-year-old Sara Rowles, her 21-year-old boyfriend, Jackson Krosweck, and his friend Finzie Jones were ...

AAA says gas prices fall 6 cents

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide have fallen about six cents in the past week to about $2.92 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club said today that the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is about 49 cents more than at the same point ...

Michigan state park officers want right to carry guns

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The union representing Michigan state park officers says they should be allowed to have guns and bulletproof vests to handle unruly visitors. The Michigan State Employees Association says officers are in an unsafe work environment because of a lack of training and ...

Michigan conservancy uses goats to combat invasive plants

BY SHERI MCWHIRTER The Traverse City Record-Eagle AP Member Exchange ARCADIA, Mich. — Deep in the Benzie County woods, tucked away behind brambles and brush, a small herd of domesticated goats is hard at work doing what those creatures do best: eating everything they can reach. Seven ...

Michigan court throws out $1M verdict in boy’s death at fair

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The state appeals court threw out a $1 million verdict in the death of a 6-year-old boy who was riding a bike to see his pony when he was struck by a pickup truck at the Northwestern Michigan Fair. The court ordered a new trial, saying jurors should have been ...

Lawyer to help in Flint lawsuits

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A judge overseeing lawsuits related to Flint’s lead-tainted water has hired a Washington lawyer to assist her as special master at $600 per hour. Deborah Greenspan was appointed Thursday by Ann Arbor federal Judge Judith Levy. Greenspan is experienced in handling ...

Ground broken for Flint school

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A new school is coming to Flint, thanks to $35 million from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Local and state leaders broke ground Tuesday for the Flint Cultural Center Academy, a free charter school that will open in fall 2019 and eventually have as many as 650 ...

Carjacking conviction overturned

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — An appeals court has overturned the murder conviction of a man who was accused of pushing a 65-year-old woman out of a minivan before stealing the vehicle in suburban Detroit. The decision means Macomb County prosecutors must put Joe Hendrix on trial again or ...

Michigan man sues police

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit man is suing two sheriff’s deputies after suffering injuries from being immobilized with a stun gun when authorities mistook him for a parole absconder. Ronnie Flemming, 59, alleges in a federal lawsuit that he was falsely arrested and unjustly ...

Michigan town approves wind farm moratorium amid backlash

MONITOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — An eastern Michigan town is halting consideration of wind turbine projects amid resident complaints over an energy company’s proposal to build a wind farm in the area. Monitor Township officials unanimously approved a moratorium Monday on the construction of ...

Travel ban ruling stirs dismay among immigrants, advocates

By JEFF KAROUB and JULIE WATSON, Associated Press DETROIT — Maryam Bahramipanah is torn between staying with her husband, who came to Michigan from their native Iran, and returning home to see her mother, who suffered a stroke. With the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Tuesday to uphold ...