Michigan News

Kidnapping conviction stands

DETROIT (AP) — An appeals court has affirmed the conviction and long prison sentence of a Wisconsin woman who lived under an alias for 16 years while trying to dodge a kidnapping case in Michigan. Kim Johns was accused of kidnapping her former lover at gunpoint in 2000 and taking her on an ...

Michigan students de-stress by spending time with cows

By HALEY HANSEN Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange EAST LANSING, Mich. — The therapy dogs have competition. With finals this month, Michigan State University students can unwind by spending quality time with the school’s dairy cows at the Dairy Cattle Teaching and Research ...

Michigan Legislature races clock to finish lame-duck session

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Michigan's Republican-led Legislature raced Wednesday to pass bills in the final days of a contentious lame-duck session, as the fate of several key bills hung in the balance before newly elected Democrats take over top offices in ...

Michigan man, 90, brings Christmas to wife in nursing home

CHARLOTTE, Mich. (AP) — A 90-year-old Michigan man dressed up as Santa and brought Christmas to a local nursing home so his wife of six decades could celebrate the holidays. Don West was at his wife’s bedside as a guitarist strummed along during a holiday party at Golden Days II Adult ...

State gas prices decline

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are down 8 cents in the past week to about $2.26 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club said Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded is 19 cents less than a year ago. Prices have fallen 75 cents per ...

Teen killer seeks parole

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A man who was 16 when he killed a 13-year-old girl in 1986 is pleading for a second chance. Mlive.com reports that Christopher Machacek was sentenced in 1988 to life in prison without parole for the shooting death of Mary Ann Hulbert. Mary Ann told Machacek on Dec. ...

Michigan knife-maker wins Discovery Channel show

By BOB GROSS Port Huron Times Herald AP Member Exchange YALE, Mich. — A Yale resident won a competition on the Discovery Channel show “Master of Arms.” Michael Morris, who owns Morris Knives, crafted the winning weapon, a replica of the U.S. Navy’s Elgin Cutlass Pistol, a bizarre ...

Michigan GOP advances bill to make ballot drives harder

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Republicans moved Wednesday to curtail ballot initiatives by advancing a measure limiting how many signatures could come from any one region of the state, the latest proposal assailed by critics as an unconstitutional, lame-duck power grab from voters or ...

Charges against officials dropped

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — A prosecutor has dropped charges of failing to report child abuse against two school officials in a case where an art teacher threw a chair in his southwestern Michigan classroom , hitting and injuring an 11-year-old student. Berrien County Prosecutor Michael Sepic ...

Chain drops ‘crack fries’ label

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan-based bar and restaurant chain plans to change the name of its “Crack Fries” in January to distance itself from a word associated with the drug epidemic. A post on HopCat’s website by BarFly Ventures CEO Mark Gray says the recipe and ingredients of ...

Michelle Obama surprises students at Motown Museum

By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press DETROIT — Michelle Obama surprised a group of Detroit college students on Tuesday afternoon, walking into the Motown Museum as the young men of color took part in a roundtable discussion on education. The former first lady was greeted with smiles, ...

Michigan Legislature OKs bill to limit tougher regulations

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer and other future governors would have a tougher time adopting stricter environmental and other state regulations under a Republican-backed bill sent to Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday. He vetoed similar legislation in 2011, but this ...

Michigan marking 1st day for legal, recreational pot

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan is officially the first state in the Midwest to allow marijuana for more than medical purposes. Thursday marks the first day for the legal recreational partaking of pot in Michigan following voters' strong endorsement in the Nov. 6 election. Michigan is now among ...

Toyota US chief says car sales are close to bottoming out

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT — Toyota’s top U.S. executive says car sales nationwide have nearly bottomed out and his company will keep making them despite a dramatic shift to trucks and SUVs. U.S. CEO Jim Lentz told the Detroit Economic Club Wednesday that car sales fell below ...

Michigan GOP moves to strip Democratic officeholders’ power

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republicans who control Michigan's Legislature voted Wednesday to advance a measure that strips campaign-finance oversight power from the Democratic secretary of state-elect, and they moved to give lawmakers authority to stand up for GOP-backed laws if they think the ...

More Nassar-inspired bills headed to Michigan governor

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Michigan lawmakers on Tuesday advanced more bills inspired by the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case — voting to ease the prosecution of alleged abusers, stiffen child pornography penalties and let more people speak at sentencings under ...

Ink fumes sicken 20

ANN ARBOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say that about 20 people were taken to hospitals after being sickened by fumes from spilled printer ink at an office park in southeastern Michigan. The Ann Arbor Township Fire Department says the ink was found spilled atop a package that was ...

Sick leave advocates plan 2020 ballot drive if law gutted

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Advocates said Monday they will launch a 2020 ballot drive if the Republican-led Legislature successfully guts a new law that made Michigan the 11th state to require employers to provide paid time off to workers who are sick or who have ill ...

2 dead, 7 injured in fire

WHITE PIGEON, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a pregnant woman and a child are dead and seven other people were taken to a hospital following an early-morning house fire in southwestern Michigan. White Pigeon Fire Chief Troy Andrews says crews responding to a report of a fire shortly after 3 ...