Michigan News

Motown Museum unveils artifacts to mark 60th anniversary

DETROIT (AP) — Pieces of Motown’s origin story that haven’t been seen by the public will go on display in Detroit as part of the label’s 60th anniversary celebration. The Motown Museum says it will display several items, including documents that show label founder Berry Gordy Jr.’s ...

Whitmer names testing exec, ex-Obama official to lead DHHS

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — A former Obama administration official who is an executive with the nonprofit that administers the SAT will lead the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, which is the state's largest agency. Robert Gordon was named director of the ...

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.6M vehicles to fix Takata air bags

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 1.6 million vehicles worldwide to replace Takata front passenger air bag inflators that can be dangerous. Takata inflators can explode with too much force, hurling shrapnel into drivers and passengers. At least 23 people have died from the ...

Man charged in hunter’s death

BELLAIRE, Mich. (AP) — A hunter who authorities say accidentally shot and killed another hunter in Michigan’s northeastern Lower Peninsula on the first day of the state’s annual firearms deer season last year is facing charges. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports 45-year-old David ...

Officials: Human error led to 2016 suburban Detroit sinkhole

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — A sinkhole that damaged homes in a neighborhood north of Detroit and cost $75 million to fix was caused by human error that allowed the quick release of waste and water into a sewer line, according to a top county official. An engineering ...

What you should know about Michigan State University cheeses

By RJ WOLCOTT Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange EAST LANSING — At any given time, there’s close to 30,000 pounds of cheese inside Michigan State University’s Anthony Hall. That’s enough cheese to construct 20 full-sized replicas of the Sparty statue in cheddar, Gouda and ...

Plan to target hunt protest nixed

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The Ann Arbor City Council has turned down a request to take action against protesters who are opposed to a special deer hunt. The Ann Arbor News says protesters have appeared at sites where sharpshooters have been hired to kill up to 150 deer this month. The goal is ...

Another plea in Flint water cases

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s former drinking water regulator has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor in the Flint water investigation. It’s a break for Liane Shekter Smith, who was facing felony charges, including involuntary manslaughter , in an investigation of Flint’s lead-tainted ...

Michigan gas prices rise

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up about 5 cents in the past week to about $2.09 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club said Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded is 54 cents less than a year ago. AAA Michigan says prices are at ...

Man pleads guilty to killing 6 in between driving for Uber

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man charged with killing six strangers between picking up rides for Uber pleaded guilty to murder on Monday, just before attorneys were set to interview jurors for his trial. Jason Dalton’s surprise move came about three years after the shootings, which ...

Michigan museum founder added to aviation hall of fame

By GUS BURNS The Ann Arbor News AP Member Exchange YPSILANTI, Mich.— Staring at the tail section of a World War II-era bomber, his head is in the clouds. Dennis Norton, co-founder of the Yankee Air Museum at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, imagines the chaos young men experienced ...

Whitmer bars LGBT discrimination, nixes religious exemption

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday signed a new directive to prohibit LGBT-based discrimination in state services or by state contractors, replacing a narrower order that her Republican predecessor issued days before he left ...

Mannequins part of escape plan

NEW HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — Two prisoners at a Michigan correctional facility could face attempted escape charges after officers found makeshift mannequins in their bunks. The Detroit Free Press reports that an officer in a tower at the Macomb Correctional Facility northeast of Detroit spotted ...

City battles rats

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — One Detroit-area community is digging deep in its pockets to battle rats. Warren Mayor Jim Fouts says the city is spending $125,000 on bait traps along the fence lines of Interstate 696. He worries that rats fleeing construction on the freeway will scurry into city ...

Judge won’t face more charges

BRIGHTON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge won’t face any additional criminal charges after being found to have concealed a relationship with a detective involved in a murder trial she presided over. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel on Friday declined a last-minute plea to charge ...

Detroit program connects homeless people with shelter dogs

By MEIRA GEBEL Detroit Free Press AP Member Exchange DETROIT — The short and stout pit bull, tugging at its leash, bounded up the stairs of Detroit Animal Care and Control into the loving arms of Robyn Wesley. Nugget, a gray pit bull, is not up for adoption just yet, but will be ...

Michigan family of 5 killed in wrong-way crash in Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A suspected drunken driver heading the wrong way on Interstate 75 in Kentucky struck a vehicle carrying five family members from Michigan early Sunday, killing all six people, authorities said. The southbound pickup truck being driven in the northbound lanes struck the ...

Homeowner shoots intruder

SEBEWA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a Michigan homeowner fatally shot a man who broke into his home and attacked him. The Ionia County sheriff’s office says 40-year-old Justin Eddy of Lansing allegedly forced his way into the home on Tuesday night in Sebewa Township, about 105 ...

US ambassador meets with Michigan man held for spying in Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman met in Moscow on Wednesday with a Michigan man who has been detained on espionage charges as the American government seeks answers about his arrest. Huntsman said he offered support and assistance to Paul Whelan, a corporate security ...

Homeowner shoots intruder

SEBEWA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a Michigan homeowner fatally shot a man who broke into his home and attacked him. The Ionia County sheriff’s office says 40-year-old Justin Eddy of Lansing allegedly forced his way into the home on Tuesday night in Sebewa Township, about 105 ...