Michigan News

Detroit to host global conference

DETROIT (AP) — A global conference focusing on cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies is planned this fall in Detroit. The Nov. 9 conference dubbed Integr8 is expected to draw about 500 manufacturing and technology professionals from business, government and ...

Severe storms hit lower Michigan

KEWADIN, Mich. (AP) — Severe thunderstorms that packed heavy rains and damaging winds spawned a suspected tornado in northern Michigan. The National Weather Service says photos of the possible tornado were taken Thursday evening in Antrim County, near Elk Lake. No injuries were reported. A ...

Michigan village mulls disincorporation

SPRING LAKE, Mich. (AP) — A divisive ballot measure is asking residents in a small western Michigan village whether to allow their local government to create a mechanism by which the village can disincorporate. Spring Lake voters will consider the charter amendment Tuesday. If approved, the ...

Tesla moves to sooth worries about Model 3 output targets

By DEE-ANN DURBIN AP Auto Writer DETROIT — Electric car maker Tesla Inc. calmed jittery investors Wednesday, assuring them it can meet aggressive production targets for its new lower-cost Model 3 sedan. CEO Elon Musk said investors should have “zero concern” about whether Tesla will be ...

Deer poacher sought

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State conservation officers are appealing to the public for tips about the illegal killing of two deer in Tuscola County. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says remains of the 8- and 9-point bucks were found Tuesday night. They were in a ditch near the ...

Court keeps Great Lakes wolves on endangered species list

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY — A federal appeals court Tuesday retained federal protection for gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region, ruling that the government made crucial errors when it dropped them from the endangered species list five years ago. The ...

Summertime blues: July sees big decline in US auto sales

By DEE-ANN DURBIN AP Auto Writer DETROIT— July saw the biggest year-over-year decline in U.S. vehicle sales so far this year, leaving automakers to hope that consumers are just waiting to pounce on Labor Day deals. U.S. sales of new cars and trucks fell 7 percent to 1.4 million in July, ...

Crews replace Flint water lines

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Nearly 1,800 additional homes in Flint have had service lines replaced in the latest phase of an effort to help fix the city’s lead-tainted water crisis. Mayor Karen Weaver’s office says about 2,700 homes have had aging water lines replaced since March 2016 under the ...

Record number of Michigan schools to begin early

DETROIT (AP) — A record number of school districts in Michigan are bypassing the state’s 11-year ban on starting school before Labor Day and opening their doors to students in August. More than 120 school districts across the state have received waivers from the Michigan Department of ...

Trump awards Medal of Honor to Army medic from Michigan

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press WASHINGTON — An Army medic who “ran into danger” to save wounded soldiers during a Vietnam War battle despite his own serious wounds on Monday became the first Medal of Honor recipient under President Donald Trump, 48 years after the selfless acts ...

Dogfighting probe underway

MASON, Mich. (AP) — Authorities in two Michigan counties have seized a total of 46 dogs as part of a long-running investigation into dogfighting. Ingham County Animal Control Director John Dinon says the dogs have been seized from homes in Ingham and Eaton counties in an ongoing ...

Detroit firefighter dies

DETROIT (AP) — Authorities say a Detroit firefighter died Saturday shortly after finishing his second fire run on a stress-filled day. Detroit Fire Department deputy commissioner Dave Fornell says 50-year-old firefighter Kevin Ramsey died Saturday. He says Ramsey told colleagues he wasn’t ...

RAFT CRAFT creationS

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Hand kids some lumber and a few power tools, and who knows what they’ll come up with. With this past week’s campers at the Adventure Building Camp, it was a raft and, as a side project, a bicycle rack. The camp took place at a large ...

Michigan lighthouse now open to public after restoration

By NICOLE HAYDEN The Times Herald An AP Member Exchange PORT SANILAC, Mich. — The Port Sanilac Lighthouse will now be open for public tours after a private owner spent the past two years rehabilitating the property. Jeff Shook, lighthouse owner and Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy ...

Historic area in Michigan to turn into housing complex

LANSING (AP) — An Indianapolis-based developer is planning to transform the former Michigan School for the Blind campus in Lansing into a housing community. It has taken TWG Development LLC about two years to get all the necessary approvals for the $24.4 million project, including tax ...

Lifetime movie ‘Flint’ dramatizes city’s water crisis

By LYNN ELBER AP Television Writer BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Melissa Mays, a resident of Flint, Michigan, came armed to discuss the city’s tainted water crisis and a new Lifetime TV movie dramatizing it. Mays, speaking to a TV critics’ meeting Friday, pointed to several bottles she had ...

Years later, Michigan child welfare still under judge’s eye

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — Michigan’s child-welfare system remains under court oversight, 11 years and millions of dollars after a sweeping lawsuit challenged the way the state cares for vulnerable kids who are removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. There is no ...

State Senate candidate Carey makes stop in Marquette

By MARY ANN HEATH Journal News Editor MARQUETTE — Mike Carey, a Republican candidate for state Senate, made a stop in Marquette Friday on a self-described mission to meet as many Upper Peninsula residents as possible prior to the 2018 election. Carey is running for the 38th District Senate ...

City to decide waste contract Monday

By MARY WARDELL Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Commission on Monday will vote on garbage collection contracts that will impact waste and recycling collection in the city for the next seven to 10 years, as well as, potentially, county-wide recycling. The decision comes ...

Eagle Mine seeks minerals lease for 15,300 acres

By RYAN JARVI Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Eagle Mine has requested to lease mineral rights from the state on land spanning nearly 15,300 acres in Baraga, Houghton, Iron and Marquette counties. Much of the property is classified as Leasable Development with Restriction, meaning ...