Michigan News

Census grants provided

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-based philanthropy is providing grants to organizations seeking to promote and support a fair and accurate count in the 2020 U.S. Census. The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan says the funding is available for groups in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties ...

Residence hall offers homeless students unique ‘safe haven’

By JUSTINE LOFTON MLive.com AP Member Exchange MUSKEGON— Going to school could have become an afterthought when Shakuur Collins became homeless last summer. Fortunately, he was attending one of few schools in Michigan that offers a residence hall for its homeless students. He moved into ...

Official, husband, dispute Detroit police account

PITTSBURGH (AP) — An elected official from western Pennsylvania and her husband are disputing the account of Detroit police about a confrontation in that city last week. Detroit police allege that Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner interfered with officers as they were preparing to ...

Small plane lands on highway

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A pilot safely landed a small plane on a highway in western Michigan after experiencing engine trouble. Steven Chanter, a flight instructor, was in the air with a student pilot Thursday when the plane’s engine began to sputter and the oil pressure dropped. He ...

DTE running turbine project

PINE RIVER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — DTE Energy says it’s flipped the switch on a 65-turbine wind project in central Michigan. The utility announced Friday that the Pine River wind park in Gratiot and Isabella counties is running and can provide enough electricity for more than 54,000 ...

131-year-old Mason farmhouse showcases vast war memento collection

By RACHEL GRECO Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange MASON — Five generations of Scott Shattuck’s family have lived in his 131-year-old farmhouse. The white house, with its wrap-around porch sits on more than 12 acres. Shattuck’s grandfather and father were born there. He grew ...

NTSB blames jammed part for accident at Michigan airport

By DAVID KOENIG AP Airlines Writer A plane carrying the University of Michigan basketball team had already reached the critical speed at which pilots could no longer stop it on the runway. The captain abandoned the takeoff anyway, surprising the pilot in the next seat. The plane hurtled 950 ...

AP NewsBreak: US plans to lift protections for gray wolves

By MATTHEW BROWN and JOHN FLESHER Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials plan to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states, re-igniting the legal battle over a predator that’s run into conflicts with farmers and ranchers after rebounding in some ...

More funds for Great Lakes sought

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Advocacy groups are lobbying Congress to pump more money into programs to protect Great Lakes water quality. More than 100 representatives of organizations in the region are in Washington, D.C., this week for an annual gathering in support of funding for Great ...

Senate leader trashes Whitmer’s ‘stupid’ business tax plan

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — A top Republican lawmaker on Wednesday strongly criticized Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposal to raise taxes on some businesses to help ease the burden on retirees, calling it “stupid.” The Democrat’s budget proposal would reverse parts of a ...

Michigan official says evidence ‘compelling’ in murder case

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — Michigan’s new attorney general said Tuesday there was enough “compelling” evidence to file a murder charge in the disappearance of a suburban Detroit woman, even if the victim’s body hasn’t been found more than two years after she was last ...

Small town dealing with suicides

KINGSLEY, Mich. (AP) — Teachers in a small northern Michigan school district are being trained to watch for signs that could alert them to troubled teens. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports that three teenagers in the Kingsley area have killed themselves in less than eight months, the ...

Detroit developer re-creates castle-like James Scott Mansion

By CANDICE WILLIAMS The Detroit News AP Member Exchange DETROIT— Detroit developer Joel Landy said no one believed he could save the historic James Scott Mansion when he bought it from the city in the early 2000s. The castle-like, Romanesque-style building sat empty for decades, opened ...

Whitmer proposes $507M boost in K-12 spending

By The Associated Press Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today will propose a $507 million increase in state K-12 classroom spending in her first budget. Here are some details: ≤The plan will include $235 million in additional base aid along with $120 million more for special education, an ...

Michigan governor proposes nearly tripling the gas tax

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — New Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who campaigned on a bold promise to “fix the damn roads” in the capital of the U.S. auto industry, will propose nearly tripling the state’s per-gallon fuel tax, her office said Monday. The Democrat’s ...

Duggan to deliver State of City

DETROIT (AP) — Mayor Mike Duggan is expected to highlight city achievements and future plans during Detroit’s annual State of the City Address. The event is scheduled Tuesday evening at East English Village Preparatory Academy. Attendance is by invitation only. During last year’s ...

Rogers City company prioritizes fun time for employees’ families

By JULIE RIDDLE The Alpena News AP Member Exchange ROGERS CITY— Family, fun, and fish — it’s all in a day’s work at Carmeuse Lime and Stone. The recent wintery winds held off long enough for 39 children and grandchildren of employees at Carmeuse to spend a few hours throwing ...

Autoworker upheaval: Families split, children left behind

By JOHN SEEWER Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio — Hundreds of workers at four General Motors plants slated to close by January are facing a painful choice: Take the company’s offer to work at another factory — possibly hundreds of miles away — even if that means leaving behind their ...

Tesla to close stores to reduce costs for $35,000 Model 3

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tesla will only sell its electric cars online as it accelerates its cost cutting so it can realize its long-running goal of selling a mass-market sedan for $35,000. The change announced Thursday will allow the Silicon Valley automaker to begin selling its Model 3 for ...

Meadows, Tlaib hug after dispute over race in Cohen hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two lawmakers who clashed bitterly over race hugged it out Thursday on the House floor. Reps. Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan embraced and chatted for almost a minute as the House took its final votes of the week. It was a striking sight after ...