Michigan News

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 ...

Michigan cities use public art to add design to area

By CHRISTINA HALL Detroit Free Press AP Member Exchange DETROIT — A mural of President John F. Kennedy wearing multicolored sunglasses pops on the side of a cement-block building in Royal Oak. A rusted-brown metal horse sculpture, its mane blowing in the breeze, stands in the grass at ...

Obama in Michigan, Wisconsin to rally Dems, encourage black voters

By IVAN MORENO Associated Press MILWAUKEE — Former President Barack Obama plans to visit one of Milwaukee’s most impoverished black neighborhoods today to campaign for Wisconsin Democrats, underlining his party’s efforts to encourage African-Americans to vote. African-Americans ...

Ex-trooper explains why he tased teen before fatal crash

DETROIT (AP) — A former Michigan state trooper whose use of a Taser preceded the death of a 15-year-old black Detroit boy told jurors Thursday that he “absolutely” believed the teen was armed and was “shocked” to learn there was no gun. Mark Bessner, who is white, testified in his ...

Southwestern Michigan city’s water under advisory for lead

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Benton Harbor’s water system has been placed under a state advisory after higher-than-acceptable levels of lead were found in the southwestern Michigan city’s drinking water, officials said. The advisory from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality ...

Dioxin cleanup enters new phase

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — Dow DuPont is preparing to clean up the last section of a mid-Michigan river contaminated with dioxin from past operation of a Dow Chemical Co. plant in Midland. Area residents have until Nov. 20 to submit comments on the plan to the U.S. Environmental Protection ...

Man charged in couple’s deaths

ALLEGAN, Mich. (AP) — Police say a man has been arraigned on charges stemming from in a July crash that killed a newlywed couple in western Michigan just miles from where they had wed weeks earlier. The Allegan County Sheriff’s Office announced 21-year-old Jacob Scot Damron was arraigned ...

Michigan inmate’s deal to reveal remains included Xbox

ULTON, Mich. (AP) — A man serving a life sentence in the death of his estranged wife led authorities to where he buried her body in Michigan eight years ago in exchange for an Xbox, according to authorities. Doug Stewart, 29, will also be allowed to participate in some prison programs, the ...

Arrest made in student death

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Police say a suspect has been arrested in Ohio in the fatal off-campus shooting of a 22-year-old Michigan State University student. The man’s name wasn’t immediately released Monday. But police in East Lansing, Michigan, say he’s 30 years old and from ...

Man kills 2, then himself

SPRING ARBOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a man apparently fatally shot another man and a woman at a home in southern Michigan before killing himself. The shooting happened Saturday evening in Jackson County’s Spring Arbor Township, about 75 miles west of Detroit.

Michigan ministry aims to help ex-cons

By JENNIFER TIMAR Livingston Daily AP Member Exchange LIVINGSTON, Mich. — Steve Blaser was fresh out of prison in 2013. He found God behind bars but needed someone to help guide him on the outside. That’s when he found a mentor through the Second Chance Support Network. He said his ...

Program stops water main breaks

DETROIT (AP) — About eight miles of water transmission mains in suburban Detroit will be examined to assess the pipes’ condition. The Great Lakes Water Authority says the pilot program along 14 Mile Road in Oakland County is part of its commitment to “move from a preventative to a ...