Michigan News

LGBT rights lawyer runs for attorney general

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — A criminal defense lawyer who helped win a battle to strike down Michigan’s gay marriage ban launched her candidacy for state attorney general Tuesday, pledging to protect consumers, to prosecute hate crimes and to sue to close twin oil pipelines ...

Snyder kayaks Grand Island to promote tourism

MUNISING (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has kayaked around Grand Island in Lake Superior to promote tourism. Snyder began a tour of the Upper Peninsula on Tuesday by paddling near Munising and later visiting the Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center. He says he and other officials went under an arch ...

2 charged in murder of man

TAWAS CITY, Mich. (AP) — A second man has been arraigned after being arrested in connection with the slaying of a 72-year-old northern Michigan man whose body was found in a shallow grave behind his home. MLive.com reports 24-year-old Christopher R. Grinnell of Bay City was arraigned Monday ...

Man gets 16-20 in officer’s death

DETROIT (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 16 to 20 years in prison for second-degree murder in the fatal hit-and-run of a Detroit police officer. Fifty-five-year-old Steve Guzina of Lincoln Park also received 10-15-year sentences on each of two other charges: operating under the influence ...

Michigan Medal of Honor recipient humbled by appreciation in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Medal of Honor recipient says he’s humbled by the appreciation he’s been shown by the people in Illinois. James McCloughan, 71, of South Haven, Michigan was the keynote speaker during the main program of the Veterans and Gold Star Family Day Event at the ...

Bruno Mars donates $1M from concert to Flint water crisis

By MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer NEW YORK — Bruno Mars said Saturday he is donating $1 million from his Michigan concert to aid those affected by the Flint water crisis. The Grammy-winning star told the audience at his show in Auburn Hills, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from Detroit, that ...

LGBT group asks Michigan for legal protections

LANSING (AP) — An LGBTQ rights group has asked the Michigan Civil Rights Commission to interpret a current prohibition on sex discrimination to include protections for sexual orientation and gender identity. The commission seeks public feedback through Tuesday as it prepares to deal with a ...

Human remains found

AURELIUS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say human remains have been found in the Grand River near Lansing. The Lansing State Journal and MLive.com report Sunday that people were pulling debris from the river Friday near a canoe landing in Aurelius Township. They found what was thought to ...

University of Michigan campus farm gets students involved

By MARTIN SLAGTER The Ann Arbor News AP Member Exchange ANN ARBOR— Students in University of Michigan dining halls this fall will eat fresh tomatoes, kale, peppers, cucumbers and a variety of other vegetables grown by their classmates at UM’s Campus Farm. After attaining USDA Good ...

For electric cars to take off, they’ll need place to charge

By DEE-ANN DURBIN AP Auto Writer DETROIT — Around the world, support is growing for electric cars. Automakers are delivering more electric models with longer range and lower prices, such as the Chevrolet Bolt and the Tesla Model 3. China has set aggressive targets for electric vehicle sales ...

‘Little Miss Flint’ raises money for 1K backpacks

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A 10-year-old girl known as “Little Miss Flint” helped gather and distribute more than 1,000 backpacks to Flint students after raising more than $10,000 in two weeks. Amariyanna “Mari” Copeny partnered with nonprofit Pack Your Back to pass out free backpacks and ...

Surfer interrupts event, rescues bird

By MARY WARDELL Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — An event commemorating the birthday of the U.S. Coast Guard was interrupted recently when a surfer caught the attention of spectators as he carried an apparently injured seagull back to shore on his board. Dan Schetter, a local known for ...

DNR starts new Eyes in the Field application

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources invites residents to contribute to conservation efforts by reporting their fish and wildlife observations with the new Eyes in the Field application. Available online at michigan.gov/eyesinthefield, the application replaces 15 separate ...

City to discuss property purchases

Potential pact with owners made to avoid eminent domain By MARY WARDELL Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Commission at its regular meeting Monday will consider some property purchases for the hospital project — avoiding the use of eminent domain — along with bids ...

Over the river and Through the mud

Annual Ore to Shore bike race held Saturday Above, the Ore to Shore’s Hard Rock race traverses difficult terrain after rainfall Friday night left parts of the trail muddy. Top left, Shawn Davison, participant in the 48-mile Hard Rock race, is congratulated at Lakeview Arena in Marquette by ...

Report shows drop for state, Marquette County

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The infant death rates for Michigan and Marquette County show a downward trend, according to the Michigan League for Public Policy’s latest Right Start policy report. The report, “2017 Right Start: Infant death rates decline in ...

Scientists team up to track fish

By MAX JOHNSTON Special to the Journal LANSING — Biologists and scientists have teamed up to track fish across the Great Lakes using sound — a literal Great Lakes echo. It’s like the world’s biggest game of Marco Polo, but with fish. The Great Lakes Acoustic Telemetry Observation ...

State reverses 44k jobless fraud cases

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — The state of Michigan said Friday it has reversed at least 44,000 unemployment benefit fraud cases covering a two-year period and is refunding nearly $21 million after a computer system wrongly accused people of collecting excessive benefits. The ...

Freighter aground in river linking lakes Superior, Huron

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says a Great Lakes freighter has run aground in the St. Marys River, which runs between the U.S. and Canada along Michigan’s eastern Upper Peninsula. The Coast Guard says the 629-foot (192-meter) U.S. vessel named Calumet left a steel ...

MSP dog recovering from stabbing in neck

REYNOLDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan State Police dog is recovering after being stabbed in the neck. The 7-year-old German shepherd named Bolt was injured when chasing two suspects Sunday in connection to a drive-by shooting in Reynolds Township, the Greenville Daily News ...