Michigan News

Military member fatally shot

ST. JOSEPH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 23-year-old active duty member of the U.S. military has been shot and killed while visiting family for the holidays in southwestern Michigan. St. Joseph Township police say Tyrone Hassell III suffered multiple gunshot wounds Monday night in St. Joseph ...

Cause still unknown in Ironwood fire

IRONWOOD (AP) — Investigators in the Upper Peninsula are still trying to determine the cause of a fire that killed three people in downtown Ironwood nearly a year ago. Ironwood Fire Marshal Brandon Snyder says last February’s fire “remains an active case.” He tells The Daily Globe that ...

Ford recalls 873K pickup trucks

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling more than 874,000 F-Series pickup trucks with engine block heaters in the U.S. and Canada because they can catch fire. The recall covers certain F-150s from the 2015 through 2019 model years, as well as the 2017 through 2019 F-250, 350, 450 and 550. The ...

Legislature begins passing budget, online gambling bills

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — The Republican-controlled Legislature began voting Thursday to legalize online gambling and to spend more on roads and environmental cleanup — despite criticism that it would shift money that otherwise should go to Michigan schools. The ...

Girl fights leukemia with Christmas wishes from thousands

BRIGHTON, Mich. (AP) — A southeastern Michigan girl who is battling leukemia has many fans — more than 4,500 so far and growing by the day. Emma Roberts of Brighton has received that many Christmas cards in the past three weeks. It began as a social media campaign by a fellow Brighton ...

Lawmakers attempt to modify operations of Prop 2 redistricting commission

By LISA BOWERS Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Opponents of a Republican lawmaker’s bid to put additional requirements on the independent citizens redistricting commission formed by Proposal 2 have dubbed the measure unconstitutional. Senate Bill 1254, which was sponsored by Sen. Phil ...

Kidnapping conviction stands

DETROIT (AP) — An appeals court has affirmed the conviction and long prison sentence of a Wisconsin woman who lived under an alias for 16 years while trying to dodge a kidnapping case in Michigan. Kim Johns was accused of kidnapping her former lover at gunpoint in 2000 and taking her on an ...

Michigan students de-stress by spending time with cows

By HALEY HANSEN Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange EAST LANSING, Mich. — The therapy dogs have competition. With finals this month, Michigan State University students can unwind by spending quality time with the school’s dairy cows at the Dairy Cattle Teaching and Research ...

Michigan Legislature races clock to finish lame-duck session

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Michigan's Republican-led Legislature raced Wednesday to pass bills in the final days of a contentious lame-duck session, as the fate of several key bills hung in the balance before newly elected Democrats take over top offices in ...

Michigan man, 90, brings Christmas to wife in nursing home

CHARLOTTE, Mich. (AP) — A 90-year-old Michigan man dressed up as Santa and brought Christmas to a local nursing home so his wife of six decades could celebrate the holidays. Don West was at his wife’s bedside as a guitarist strummed along during a holiday party at Golden Days II Adult ...

State gas prices decline

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are down 8 cents in the past week to about $2.26 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club said Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded is 19 cents less than a year ago. Prices have fallen 75 cents per ...

Teen killer seeks parole

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A man who was 16 when he killed a 13-year-old girl in 1986 is pleading for a second chance. Mlive.com reports that Christopher Machacek was sentenced in 1988 to life in prison without parole for the shooting death of Mary Ann Hulbert. Mary Ann told Machacek on Dec. ...

Michigan knife-maker wins Discovery Channel show

By BOB GROSS Port Huron Times Herald AP Member Exchange YALE, Mich. — A Yale resident won a competition on the Discovery Channel show “Master of Arms.” Michael Morris, who owns Morris Knives, crafted the winning weapon, a replica of the U.S. Navy’s Elgin Cutlass Pistol, a bizarre ...

Michigan GOP advances bill to make ballot drives harder

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Republicans moved Wednesday to curtail ballot initiatives by advancing a measure limiting how many signatures could come from any one region of the state, the latest proposal assailed by critics as an unconstitutional, lame-duck power grab from voters or ...

Charges against officials dropped

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — A prosecutor has dropped charges of failing to report child abuse against two school officials in a case where an art teacher threw a chair in his southwestern Michigan classroom , hitting and injuring an 11-year-old student. Berrien County Prosecutor Michael Sepic ...

Chain drops ‘crack fries’ label

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan-based bar and restaurant chain plans to change the name of its “Crack Fries” in January to distance itself from a word associated with the drug epidemic. A post on HopCat’s website by BarFly Ventures CEO Mark Gray says the recipe and ingredients of ...

Michelle Obama surprises students at Motown Museum

By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press DETROIT — Michelle Obama surprised a group of Detroit college students on Tuesday afternoon, walking into the Motown Museum as the young men of color took part in a roundtable discussion on education. The former first lady was greeted with smiles, ...

Michigan Legislature OKs bill to limit tougher regulations

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer and other future governors would have a tougher time adopting stricter environmental and other state regulations under a Republican-backed bill sent to Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday. He vetoed similar legislation in 2011, but this ...

Michigan marking 1st day for legal, recreational pot

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan is officially the first state in the Midwest to allow marijuana for more than medical purposes. Thursday marks the first day for the legal recreational partaking of pot in Michigan following voters' strong endorsement in the Nov. 6 election. Michigan is now among ...