Michigan News

U-M gets research money

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan has received $20 million from a foundation to boost its collaboration with two Israeli research institutes. The Ann Arbor school says the gift from The D. Dan and Betty Kahn Foundation will build on advancements in health, science and ...

Wayne State marks milestone

DETROIT (AP) — Wayne State University is celebrating its 150th anniversary and the completion of a $750 million fundraising campaign. The Detroit school says festivities planned for Friday include the presentation of a sesquicentennial time capsule and a program hosted by alumna and actress ...

Michigan haunted attraction to add new features next year

By NATALIE BRODA The Oakland Press AP Member Exchange PONTIAC, Mich. — Changes are on the horizon for Erebus Haunted Attraction in Pontiac as the complex prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary in business next year. In August, Erebus announced a three-year plan to revamp the ...

Detroit bank transformed into huge mirror, light installation

By MICHAEL H. HODGES The Detroit News AP Member Exchange DETROIT — Are we in Oz or what? A life-sized replica of a small ranch house made entirely of mirrors has landed in the neo-classical interior of the old People’s State Bank (aka State Savings Bank), at Fort and Shelby in ...

Michigan coal plant to be redeveloped as clean-power site

LITCHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan company is turning a former coal-fired power plant into a clean energy facility. Michigan Hub Inc. recently broke ground on the $100 million project at the Endicott Generating Plant in Litchfield. The 44-acre energy park will provide up to 168 megawatts ...

Driver enters plea in fatal accident

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — A driver charged in the hit-and-run death of a 6-year-old girl in western Michigan has entered a plea in the case. The Muskegon Chronicle reports 19-year-old Dakota Welch of Muskegon pleaded no contest Thursday to leaving the scene of an accident causing injury ...

Cleaning crews find cremated remains in old funeral home

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — Several cremated remains have been found by cleaning crews at a former Detroit funeral home where mummified remains of 10 fetuses were discovered last week in a ceiling, state licensing inspectors said Thursday. Crews clearing the building for ...

Voting challenge delayed

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — Lawyers for Michigan college Democrats have dropped their bid to challenge voting rules before the Nov. 6 election. A court hearing scheduled for Friday was scratched after a request for an injunction was dropped. Young Democrats still are challenging a law that ...

US probes Ford pickup tailgates opening unexpectedly

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators are trying to figure out why the power tailgates on some Ford F-Series pickup trucks can open unexpectedly while the trucks are moving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into thousands of F-250 and F-350 Super ...

Immigrant detention center proposed

IONIA, Mich. (AP) — A company has proposed opening a privately operated federal immigration detention center at the site of a Michigan prison that was closed in 2009. The Detroit Free Press reports Immigration Centers of America, which operates a detention facility in Farmville, Virginia, ...

CEO pleads guilty to health fraud

DETROIT (AP) — A former Detroit-area health care company CEO has pleaded guilty in an investigation into what federal authorities describe as scheme to illegally distribute controlled substances to drug addicts and others. The Justice Department says 38-year-old Mashiyat Rashid of West ...

Girl injured by tree being cut down

ALLENDALE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say an 11-year-old girl was struck and critically injured by a tree that was being cut down outside a home in western Michigan. The Ottawa County sheriff’s office says the girl arrived at the home with her family on Monday evening in Allendale ...

Man convicted of killing neighbor

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan man accused of killing his neighbor while she cleared snow has been found guilty of first-degree murder. Wendell Popejoy is set to be sentenced on Nov. 5. Popejoy faces a mandatory life prison term without the possibility of parole for the ...

James admits ‘terrible error’ after swastika shown in TV ad

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press DETROIT — Republican U.S. Senate candidate John James of Michigan said Monday he made a “terrible error” by inadvertently showing a swastika in his campaign’s first TV ad of the general election. The ad began airing two weeks ago and already was being ...

Police to file criminal complaint after remains found

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT —  Police in Detroit said they would file a criminal complaint against the owners after the remains of 10 fetuses and one infant were found hidden in a former funeral home that had lost its license when decomposing embalmed bodies were found there ...

Stabenow, James clash in final Senate debate

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press DETROIT — Republican John James on Monday urged people to vote “for the person, not the party” and said he would both stand with and against President Donald Trump as necessary, while Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow touted her bipartisanship and said now ...

Grants awarded for state crops

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Federal grants have been awarded to organizations representing growers of a variety of Michigan specialty crops. The funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture supports efforts such as marketing, sustainability, boosting production, and preventing disease and pest ...

Detroit animal control head tries to bring issues to heel

By CHRISTINE FERRETTI The Detroit News AP Member Exchange DETROIT — The city’s long-troubled animal control operation has its third new leader in three years as it grapples with overcrowding and outdated facilities. The Detroit health department tapped Pittsburgh native Charles Brown ...

James rips ‘ineffective’ Stabenow; she links him to President Trump

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press GRAND RAPIDS — Republican John James on Sunday attacked Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, calling her an ineffective, lifelong politician who too often votes with her party, while Stabenow touted herself as a get-it-done policymaker and criticized ...

No charges in nursing home death

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — No charges will be filed in the death of a man who was attacked at a Grand Rapids nursing home by his roommate. Kent County prosecutor Chris Becker says a man who threw the punch in January has dementia and can’t be held responsible for the death of 81-year-old ...