Michigan News

AAA says gas prices fall 6 cents

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide have fallen about six cents in the past week to about $2.92 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club said today that the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is about 49 cents more than at the same point ...

Michigan state park officers want right to carry guns

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The union representing Michigan state park officers says they should be allowed to have guns and bulletproof vests to handle unruly visitors. The Michigan State Employees Association says officers are in an unsafe work environment because of a lack of training and ...

Michigan conservancy uses goats to combat invasive plants

BY SHERI MCWHIRTER The Traverse City Record-Eagle AP Member Exchange ARCADIA, Mich. — Deep in the Benzie County woods, tucked away behind brambles and brush, a small herd of domesticated goats is hard at work doing what those creatures do best: eating everything they can reach. Seven ...

Michigan court throws out $1M verdict in boy’s death at fair

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The state appeals court threw out a $1 million verdict in the death of a 6-year-old boy who was riding a bike to see his pony when he was struck by a pickup truck at the Northwestern Michigan Fair. The court ordered a new trial, saying jurors should have been ...

Lawyer to help in Flint lawsuits

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A judge overseeing lawsuits related to Flint’s lead-tainted water has hired a Washington lawyer to assist her as special master at $600 per hour. Deborah Greenspan was appointed Thursday by Ann Arbor federal Judge Judith Levy. Greenspan is experienced in handling ...

Ground broken for Flint school

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A new school is coming to Flint, thanks to $35 million from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Local and state leaders broke ground Tuesday for the Flint Cultural Center Academy, a free charter school that will open in fall 2019 and eventually have as many as 650 ...

Carjacking conviction overturned

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — An appeals court has overturned the murder conviction of a man who was accused of pushing a 65-year-old woman out of a minivan before stealing the vehicle in suburban Detroit. The decision means Macomb County prosecutors must put Joe Hendrix on trial again or ...

Michigan man sues police

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit man is suing two sheriff’s deputies after suffering injuries from being immobilized with a stun gun when authorities mistook him for a parole absconder. Ronnie Flemming, 59, alleges in a federal lawsuit that he was falsely arrested and unjustly ...

Michigan town approves wind farm moratorium amid backlash

MONITOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — An eastern Michigan town is halting consideration of wind turbine projects amid resident complaints over an energy company’s proposal to build a wind farm in the area. Monitor Township officials unanimously approved a moratorium Monday on the construction of ...

Travel ban ruling stirs dismay among immigrants, advocates

By JEFF KAROUB and JULIE WATSON, Associated Press DETROIT — Maryam Bahramipanah is torn between staying with her husband, who came to Michigan from their native Iran, and returning home to see her mother, who suffered a stroke. With the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Tuesday to uphold ...

Worker loses foot at race track

WILLIAMS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A maintenance worker has lost his foot in an accident involving a tractor and another vehicle at a mid-Michigan race track. Pete Badgero was driving a tractor Friday night at Tri-City Motor Speedway in Bay County’s Williams Township. The tractor and a truck ...

Hot-air balloon pilot rescued

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — A hot-air balloon pilot escaped injury after his balloon struck power lines and fell into a southeastern Michigan lake. WXYZ-TV reports the man was rescued Sunday morning by fishermen on Thompson Lake around the Livingston County community of Howell. The pilot was taken ...

MSU board to consider payout to Nassar victims

By ALICE YIN Associated Press LANSING — Michigan State’s board of trustees will address a plan Friday to pay a $500 million settlement to Larry Nassar’s victims, a meeting that comes amid calls for the school’s interim president to resign over recent comments about some of the women ...

2 sentenced in death of 3 kids

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Two people blamed for the deaths of three children in a Flint, Michigan, house fire have each been sentenced to 18 to 36 years in prison. The mother of two of the children, Erica Starkey, and her acquaintance, Rodney King Jr., were sentenced Wednesday. Police say King set ...

Board set to OK redistricting measure

LANSING (AP) — The Michigan elections board is set to certify a redistricting initiative for the statewide ballot in November. The proposed constitutional amendment is backed by opponents of political gerrymandering. It would task an independent commission with drawing congressional and ...

DNR selling parcels downstate

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is preparing to auction off some of its holdings in Presque Isle County. The DNR says 41 parcels will be available in the northeastern Lower Peninsula county. They range in size from 1 acre to 32 acres. Real Estate Services ...

120 Nassar victims urge MSU board to fire Engler

By ALICE YIN Associated Press LANSING— A letter signed by 120 sexual abuse victims of former sports doctor Larry Nassar today urged Michigan State University’s governing board to oust interim president John Engler, saying he had reinforced a “culture of abuse” at the school. The ...

Woman kills worker, is charged

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit woman has been faces felony charges after her car struck and killed a construction worker. The Detroit Free Press reports that the charges against 22-year-old Samiya Speed include operating a vehicle while intoxicated, driving with a suspended license and careless ...

Ford: Detroit train station key to autonomous vehicle plans

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT— Bill Ford looks past the tons of paint, plaster and steel needed to remake Detroit’s blighted Michigan Central train station and sees more than just an iconic building in desperate need of a makeover. The executive chairman of Ford Motor Co. ...

Miss Michigan spends year promoting arts education

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Miss Michigan is ready to pass on the crown after spending a year promoting arts education at schools throughout the state. Heather Kendrick, 24, will relinquish the title Saturday when she crowns Miss Michigan 2018, the Muskegon Chronicle reported . Kendrick said her ...