Michigan News

Substance on slide identified

LAPEER, Mich. (AP)  Police say a laboratory has identified the substance left on a slide at a municipal park in eastern Michigan that burned two children. The Lapeer Police Department says the chemical was identified as sodium hydroxide, which is used in a variety of household cleaning ...

Utility plans renewables

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A municipal utility in northern Michigan plans to generate all its electricity from renewable sources such as wind and the sun by 2040. Traverse City Light & Power’s board set the goal during a meeting Tuesday. Kate Madigan of the Michigan Environmental ...

Body of Michigan man located

LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) — Montana authorities say the body of a 39-year-old Michigan man who was reported missing in the Crazy Mountains has been found. Park County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brad Bichler says in a statement that searchers found the man Wednesday afternoon in Sweet Grass County ...

Schuette picks former state Rep. Lisa Lyons as running mate

By JEFF KAROUB Associated Press DETROIT — Michigan Republican governor candidate Bill Schuette on Wednesday announced former state Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons as his running mate, a key step for the current state attorney general on the road to the November election. Lyons joined Schuette at ...

Old churches, schools used for housing in Michigan

By BRYCE AIRGOOD Detroit Free Press AP Member Exchange BERKLEY, Mich. — When Berkley resident Eric Wheeler found out Our Lady of La Salette School could be redeveloped into a five-story apartment complex, he was worried. Wheeler’s house shares a lot line with the property. What would ...

Charges dismissed in 2003 slaying; man released

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT— A Detroit man who spent about 15 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit was released Wednesday— on his birthday. A review determined that Aaron Salter’s case was primarily based on mistaken identification and the charges against him ...

Pastor apologizes for remarks

BRIGHTON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan pastor apologized to a woman who said she was shamed for breastfeeding inside a church in a Detroit suburb. Amy Marchant, 29, said a church leader privately messaged her on Facebook after she nursed her child at The Naz Church in Brighton two months ...

AP Source: Soul icon Aretha Franklin is seriously ill

NEW YORK (AP) — Fans and friends, including Mariah Carey and Missy Elliott, offered prayers and well wishes to Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, who is seriously ill. Queen Bey dedicated her performance with husband, Jay Z, to the Queen of Soul drawing a thunderous roar from Aretha Franklin’s ...

Sculpture planned for Native American cemetery to be moved

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A new sculpture planned for a Native American burial site in western Michigan is being relocated after a tribe raised concerns it would disturb sacred ground. Construction was already underway to place the 16-foot (4.9-meter) granite sculpture, “All My Relations,” ...

Freed Michigan juvenile lifer gets chance at motherhood

By NICQUEL TERRY The Detroit News AP Member Exchange DETROIT— Kimberly Simmons never had a chance to raise her first daughter. Sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder and arson in Detroit more than 30 years ago at age 17, Simmons gave birth in a prison medical unit and ...

People, dogs die in fire

LINCOLN PARK, Mich. (AP) — A 4-year-old boy and two women have been killed in a house fire southwest of Detroit. The early Saturday morning blaze in Lincoln Park also killed four dogs inside the home. A man was able to get out of the house and was being treated at a hospital. WXYZ-TV ...

Pontoon boat falls, woman dies

LINCOLN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — One person has been killed and another critically injured when the pontoon boat they were riding in fell from a trailer while being towed along a western Michigan road. State police say Sunday that a woman from White Cloud was pronounced dead at the scene ...

University of Michigan creates tiny computer

By MARTIN SLAGTER The Ann Arbor News AP Member Exchange ANN ARBOR — Just how tiny is the world’s smallest computer? According to a team of University of Michigan electrical and computer engineering professors, the new device they created is dwarfed by a grain of rice. It could even ...

Detroit firm designs, repairs pipe organs

By NOLAN RYAN The Detroit News AP Member Exchange DETROIT— In this age of digital, portable instruments, pipe organs would seem to be obsolete. But Rick Helderop, who repairs and designs them for a living, says he’s as busy as ever. Helderop, who owns Covenant Organs and has ...

Detroit school district missing 560 municipal license plates

DETROIT (AP) — A newspaper investigation has found that up to 560 license plates belonging to Detroit’s school district have vanished, and no one knows why. The missing state-issued municipal plates don’t have annual renewal fees and aren’t tied to a vehicle identification number. It ...

Judge dismisses Dow lawsuit

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — Dow Chemical has prevailed in a long-running lawsuit by property owners over dioxin contamination along the Tittabawassee River. TV station WJRT says the 2003 lawsuit was recently dismissed by a Saginaw County judge. Dow argued that the statute of limitations had long ...

$510 million milk processing complex to be built in state

By JOHN FLESHER Associated Press TRAVERSE CITY— A $510 million milk-processing complex will be constructed in Michigan, creating nearly 300 jobs and bolstering a dairy industry among the largest in the U.S. that has been suffering because of low prices and high costs, state officials said ...

Michigan US House seat deals with quirky double election

By JEFF KAROUB Associated Press DETROIT— A U.S. House district representing Detroit and some surrounding cities has made some major news: First came last year, when longtime Democratic Rep. John Conyers resigned after being accused of groping and sexually harassing women. Then this week, ...

Court affirms money for prisoner

ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) — An appeals court has affirmed a $12,500 verdict in favor of a Michigan prisoner who said guards retaliated against him for cooperating with abuse investigators. Randle Griffin says his rights were violated at Gus Harrison prison in Adrian. He says he lost a job in the ...

Ford celebrates production of 10 million Mustang sports cars

By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press FLAT ROCK, Mich.— Ford Motor Co. marked production of the 10 millionth Mustang with celebrations Wednesday at the automaker’s headquarters and at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant where the iconic sports car is made. A parade of Mustangs from 1964 to the ...