Michigan News

Honda owners could get up to $500 in air bag settlement

DETROIT (AP) — Honda and some of the people suing the company over faulty Takata air bag inflators have agreed to a $605 million settlement. The settlement, which still must be approved by a federal judge, covers owners of 16.5 million Honda and Acura vehicles with the inflators dating back ...

U.P. State Fair numbers up over 2016, best year ever

ESCANABA — The Upper Peninsula State Fair saw a dramatic increase in attendance this year, according to fair organizers, as ticket sales were up 17 percent over 2016. Delta Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Vickie Micheau said Thursday that this year’s estimated attendance at the ...

Sen. Stabenow holds roundtable with community leaders at NMU

By LISA BOWERS Journal Ishpeming Bureau ISHPEMING – Sen. Debbie Stabenow concluded her weeklong series of workforce discussions throughout the state at Northern Michigan University’s Jacobetti Complex on Friday. The discussion focused on what can be done to fill the demand for ...

Ishpeming redoubling efforts to beautify city

By LISA BOWERS Journal Ishpeming Bureau ISHPEMING – Early American botanist Liberty Hyde Bailey once said: “A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on ...

Company finds gaps in underwater oil pipeline’s coating

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY — The company that operates twin oil pipelines in the waterway linking Lake Huron and Lake Michigan said Wednesday it has found a number of gaps in a protective layer of enamel coating on the pipes. Enbridge Inc.’s disclosure ...

Vigil for killed teen turns to protest

DETROIT (AP) — Police were forced to temporarily close a Detroit street as a crowd protested the death of a teenager who crashed an all-terrain vehicle after a state trooper shocked him with a Taser. The Wednesday night protest began as a vigil started for 15-year-old Damon Grimes at the ...

Test results: Michigan kids worse in reading, better in math

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — While test scores worsened in reading and science, and improved in math and social studies, fewer than half of all Michigan students were proficient on the latest round of the M-STEP state standardized assessment, according to results released ...

Straits area sees worker shortage amid visa problems

MACKINAW CITY (AP) — Some business owners in the tourist industry of Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island say they’re experiencing a severe worker shortage because of a drop in federal visas. The federal government limits visas to 66,000 foreign workers per year, but it didn’t used to ...

Uber’s new CEO brings experience

DETROIT (AP) — For a surprise choice, Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi appears to check the boxes needed to tackle the massive job of leading Uber from a rapidly growing but dysfunctional money-loser to a company that can turn a consistent profit. Like Uber, Expedia is a global juggernaut that ...

Flint to see $100M in new projects

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Redevelopment projects are expected to bring more than $100 million in renovation work to Flint as the city works to recover from a lead-tainted water crisis. Projects include the Capitol Theatre, The Ferris Wheel building and Mott Community College’s culinary school ...

Statewide gas prices rise 6 cents

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have risen by about 6 cents per gallon in the past week. The Dearborn-based auto club says Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.47 per gallon. That’s about 8 cents more than at the same ...

AP Sources: Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi to lead Uber

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT — Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has been named Uber’s top executive, taking the difficult job of mending the dysfunctional ride-hailing giant and turning it from money-losing behemoth to a profitable company. Uber’s fractured eight-member board ...

Man exonerated after 25 years seeks millions from Detroit

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — A Detroit man who served 25 years in prison for murder based on sham evidence has filed a lawsuit seeking more than $100 million, saying police deliberately framed him by switching bullets to win a conviction. Desmond Ricks, 51, was released from ...

Mail by pail is name of game for Detroit’s floating ZIP code

By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press ABOARD THE J.W. WESTCOTT II — The U.S. has tens of thousands of ZIP codes. Only one of them floats. The J.W. Westcott II — ZIP code 48222 — delivers mail to passing freighters, serving as a link with land for the sailors who work the region’s ...

Elderly bar owner avoids jail

BELLAIRE, Mich. (AP) — An 84-year-old northern Michigan bar owner convicted of resisting arrest during a traffic stop by Michigan State Police that left him injured has avoided jail time. A judge on Thursday sentenced Larry Sevenski to time served along with $1,800 in fines and costs. He ...

Man acquitted in assault

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A man who was grabbed by the throat by a police officer during an arrest in southwestern Michigan has been acquitted of attempting to resist or obstruct police. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports 20-year-old Diante Churchwell was found not guilty of the misdemeanor charge ...

Sewage enters trench used to repair Detroit-area sinkhole

FRASER, Mich. (AP) — Officials say about 1.5 million gallons of sewage flowed into a trench used to repair a sewer line that collapsed and created a sinkhole north of Detroit. The Macomb County Public Works Office says no one was in the trench at the time of the incident overnight Monday. ...

Flags lowered to honor Ehlers

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff today on all state buildings and within the state Capitol complex in honor of late former U.S. Rep. Vern Ehlers. A service in Ehlers’ honor will be at 3 p.m. today at Eastern Avenue ...

Charges filed in chief’s death

COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 24-year-old man has been charged with reckless driving in the death of a fire chief who was hit while responding to a crash in southwestern Michigan. Brandon Clevenger of Springfield was charged Tuesday with reckless driving causing death. The Kalamazoo ...

Police: Remains in sunken car may be missing Michigan man

BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Police in Michigan believe humans remains found in car at the bottom of a pond belong to someone who went missing decades ago. Buena Vista Township Detective Sgt. Greg Klecker said the remains are likely those of Julius “Pete” Colwye, 62, who was last ...