Michigan News

Michigan enacts toughest lead rules in US

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan on Thursday began enforcing the nation’s strictest rules for lead in drinking water, a plan that eventually will result in replacing all 500,000 lead service pipes statewide in the wake of the contamination of Flint’s supply. The lead ...

Doctor pens book on her role in revealing Flint water crisis

By JEFF KAROUB Associated Press FLINT, Mich. — Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha had hard evidence that thousands of people in Flint had been exposed to toxic lead in their drinking water. The pediatrician and public health expert figured city and state officials would share her shock and join her in ...

2 kids die, one injured, in fire

BRONSON, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say two children, ages 2 and 5, have died after the camper they were in caught fire in southern Michigan. The Branch County Sheriff’s Office says the fire started around 10:30 a.m. Monday at a residence in Bronson, about 115 miles southwest of ...

Whitmer allies launch $1.8M ad campaign in governor’s race

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — A political group backing Democrat Gretchen Whitmer for governor launched a $1.8 million, five-week TV ad campaign today, marking the first time she will appeal to viewers before the August primary election. In the 30-second ad , the former ...

14 boys, no regrets: Michigan family happy the way they are

LAKEVIEW, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan couple have 14 boys. And no regrets — regardless of what online opinion-givers have to say about it. “There are some really mean people in the world. And it doesn’t matter,” said Jay Schwandt, the father of the boy brood. “We happen to be this ...

Body found in lake identified

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — The body of a 20-year-old man whose body was found in a suburban Detroit lake and shot multiple times has been identified. Authorities say the body found Thursday in Pontiac’s Osmun Lake was that of Emilio Valdez. The Oakland County sheriff’s office said Friday the ...

Flash floods hit lower Michigan

EDWARDSBURG, Mich. (AP) — Flash flooding in far southwestern Michigan has triggered evacuations and rescues of several residents. MLive.com reports the flooding started Saturday after rains overwhelmed culverts and submerged roads. Cass County Sheriff Richard Behnke says two rescues involved ...

Zoo combines 3 bear habitats, doubling space

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Zoo announced it has converted three bear habitats into one collective environment, more than doubling the space shared by three rescued grizzly bears. The renovated 20,000-square-foot (1,858-square meter) habitat aims to provide a more “naturalistic” ...

Woman, 5-year-old son die in fire

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a woman and her 5-year-old son have died following fire in mid-Michigan. The fire burned early Thursday at LaRoy Froh Townhouses in Lansing. Fire department Capt. Steve Mazurek tells the Lansing State Journal that the 30-year-old woman and her son were ...

Michigan distillery disputes village over wastewater issues

THREE OAKS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan distillery may move if the village where it is located orders the company to stop releasing byproduct containing chemicals into the sewage system. Village of Three Oaks officials said that Journeyman Distillery is violating an ordinance and overwhelming ...

Revised Medicaid work requirement bill moves on

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING— More than 500,000 able-bodied, nonelderly adults in Michigan’s Medicaid expansion program would have to work or meet related requirements to keep qualifying for government health insurance under a revised bill that cleared a major legislative ...

Residents investigate cancer rates near Michigan landfill

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A group of residents is investigating cancer rates in a western Michigan neighborhood that’s near a contaminated landfill classified as a Superfund site. Muskegon resident Pamela Anderson said that after hearing about numerous cases, she started a Facebook group ...

Storefronts being transformed

DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit is seeking local and regional designers to help transform vacant commercial storefronts into high-quality spaces where residents can discuss ongoing plans for their neighborhoods. Submissions for the Design Center in a Box competition are being accepted ...

Lawyer: Bloody blanket found with dead dog after flight

ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — A bloody blanket was among the items returned to a New York man whose dog died while traveling with Delta Air Lines, the man’s attorney said Monday. Evan Oshan, a lawyer for the Pomeranian’s owner, said he’s still awaiting the results of a necropsy on Alejandro. ...

Man moving deer carcass killed

WHEATLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — An 85-year-old man was struck and killed by a vehicle as he attempted to remove a deer carcass from a central Michigan roadway. The Mecosta County sheriff's office says Norman Erickson of Barryton was a passenger in another vehicle that stopped after hitting ...

Boyfriend sought in slaying

DETROIT (AP) — A 28-year-old woman has been slain and her 22-year-old niece critically wounded during a shooting on Detroit’s northwest side. WXYZ-TV reports that Tyiela Autry was shot in the eye early Sunday morning and later died at a hospital. Her niece suffered a gunshot wound to the ...

Knight Rider’s KITT car recreated

By RACHEL GRECO Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange LANSING — Aaron Aikman brings cult classic vehicles to life. Two years ago he teamed up with How-To Halloween founder Jerry Jodloski to recreate the Ghostbusters’ Ecto-1, and last year the pair turned a rusted out 1970 Dodge A100 ...

Prosecutor says cops OK in shooting

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan prosecutor says four officers were justified in the fatal shooting of a man who turned a gun toward them during a standoff. Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting said Thursday he will not charge the officers in the April 18 shooting of ...

Michigan man to be resentenced for 1980 slaying while a juvenile

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man sentenced to life in prison as a juvenile will have a chance at freedom after a judge granted him a resentencing. Berrien County Trial Court Judge John M. Donahue vacated Michael Johnson’s life sentence for second-degree murder on Tuesday, the ...

Snyder: Deal on Medicaid work rules is ‘basically there’

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich.— Gov. Rick Snyder said Thursday that he has conceptually agreed on legislation to impose work, education or training requirements on Medicaid recipients, saying details are being worked out but there has been a general “meeting of ...