Michigan News

School seeks mentors

DETROIT (AP) — Cornerstone schools is seeking volunteer mentors for each of its 2,500 students in kindergarten through 8th grade. Mentors in the Partner Morning Program will interact with students four times each academic year. Each visit will last about two hours. They will receive an ...

Michigan man sets himself on fire trying to kill bees

DOWAGIAC, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 46-year-old man accidentally set himself on fire while trying to exterminate bees in an underground hive in southwestern Michigan. The Cass County sheriff’s department says a neighbor was able to put out the fire by the time authorities arrived ...

Officials ask for tree check

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Have trees around your house? Take a few minutes to check them for an invasive beetle. The request comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which has designated August as National Tree Check Month. In Michigan, officials are primarily worried about the Asian ...

Enrollment drop forces college to close undergrad programs

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — Marygrove College, a small liberal arts school surrounded by homes in a northwest Detroit neighborhood, is shutting down its undergraduate programs due to declining enrollment. Beginning in January, the 112-year-old institution will offer only ...

Woman sentenced in dad’s death

KALKASKA, Mich. (AP) — A northern Michigan woman has been sentenced to 10 to 15 years in prison in the stabbing death of her father. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports 27-year-old Jessica Kay Degroot of Kalkaska learned her punishment on Tuesday after pleading guilty to manslaughter in ...

Duggan, Young to face off

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and the son of a former mayor won the lion’s share of Tuesday’s non-partisan mayoral primary and will face off in a fall general election that will determine who will lead the city for the next four years. With about 90 percent of the precincts ...

Ford repairs Austin police SUVs, but questions linger

By DEE-ANN DURBIN AP Auto Writer DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. has begun repairing Ford Explorer SUVs in Austin, Texas, that were pulled off police duty because exhaust containing carbon monoxide was seeping into them. But the company faces lingering questions about the safety of thousands of ...

Farmers get flood relief

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Farmers and ranchers in 14 Michigan counties are eligible for emergency loans due to widespread damage amid severe storms and flash flooding in June. The update from the U.S. Department of Agriculture comes after President Donald Trump last week made a disaster ...

Woman in shooting identified

MARINE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have identified a 36-year-old woman who died after being shot while confronting officers with a gun in southeastern Michigan. St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon tells The Times Herald of Port Huron that Melissa Wiseman of Richmond died Friday night ...

Tesla raising cash in push to get Model 3 to masses

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Tesla is raising $1.5 billion as it ramps up production of the Model 3 sedan, its first mass market electric car. The company said Monday that it planned to offer senior notes due in 2025 and would use the offering’s proceeds to further strengthen its balance sheet ...

Detroit residents to give input on riverfront park design

DETROIT (AP) — A nonprofit in Detroit has sent two dozen residents to Chicago, Philadelphia and New York to gather ideas for a 22-acre riverfront site west of downtown. The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy builds and maintains the RiverWalk, a development that extends across Detroit River ...

Michigan officials say home sale sign violates civil rights

MASON, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Department of Civil Rights officials say a veteran’s front-yard sign advertising the sale of his home violates state and federal laws because it calls for “no foreigners.” James Prater’s sign in front of his home in Mason says “Terms No foreigners Iraq ...

Snyder: ‘Strong possibility’ for Foxconn to come to Michigan

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder is optimistic that Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group will open a facility in Michigan, but said what exactly it is has not been determined and it could be a few months before any potential deal takes ...

State part of broadband network

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is opting into a national public safety broadband network. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley recently signed a letter for Michigan to participate in the First Responder Network Authority, known as FirstNet. FirstNet, in partnership with AT&T, will build, operate and ...

Grant support for Flint education

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — An afterschool and summer learning program for children in the Flint area has received a grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. The $3 million in funding will support YouthQuest, which delivers educational, enrichment and physical fitness opportunities to more ...

2 dead in back seat of vehicle

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit police say firefighters discovered two bodies in the back seat after extinguishing a car fire. They say the fire Saturday afternoon on Detroit’s east side left the bodies burned beyond recognition. Investigators said they could not determine the ages or genders of ...

Michigan community welcomes adults with disabilities

By JUDY PUTNAM Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange LANSING — Matt Arends, 37, is a pioneer. He’s the first to move into an eastside Lansing neighborhood near Sparrow Hospital to launch a small community of adults with disabilities. Eventually, the hope is that Arends, who has ...

Mobile coffee shop finds success in Detroit

DETROIT — Drifter Coffee wasn’t set to open its window for another hour one recent Sunday in Eastern Market, but the turquoise and white coffee caboose already had a line of customers eager to get their caffeine fix. The sun beating down and market packed, founder Alleah Webb estimated ...

Flint developers hope engineering work helps Buick City site

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Economic development officials in Flint are making a push to revitalize the former manufacturing site that once produced every Buick that General Motors made. The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce was awarded a $197,000 federal grant to allow work to be completed at ...

60-year-old man charged in slaying of Wayne State officer

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — Authorities charged a 60-year-old man with first-degree murder Thursday in the slaying of a Wayne State University police officer near campus, the third officer the man is accused of shooting in Detroit. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said ...