Michigan News

Parking deck section crumbles

DETROIT (AP) — Part of a Detroit parking deck has collapsed, dropping eight vehicles about 10 feet to the level below. Deputy Fire Commissioner David Fornell says firefighters received a call about 10:20 a.m. Thursday and first searched the structure to make sure nobody was in the cars ...

Michigan Senate OKs $56.6B budget with more base school aid

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING— The Michigan Senate on Thursday approved a $56.6 billion budget plan that would provide the biggest increase in base aid for lower-funded school districts in a dozen years while slightly trimming a main fund that covers other state spending, largely ...

Tesla cash burn accelerates, CEO predicts profit ahead

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT — Tesla’s record net loss in the first quarter and fast-burn through millions of dollars is raising questions about the company’s ability to pay all its bills. CEO Elon Musk conceded that criticism is valid but said during a sometimes-testy ...

Interim to remain in attorney spot

DETROIT (AP) — The top federal prosecutor in Detroit will be staying in that position unless President Donald Trump picks a replacement. The U.S. District Court announced Wednesday that its federal judges had voted to appoint Matthew Schneider as the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of ...

3 dead in downstate shooting

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say the shooter and one of the victims in an apparent double murder-suicide at a western Michigan home had a child together. The shooting during an apparent domestic dispute was reported Sunday evening in Ottawa County’s Holland Township. The ...

2-year-old dies in pond

PIERSON, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 2-year-old boy died after being pulled from a pond near the family’s rural home in central Michigan. Michigan State Police say emergency crews were called Sunday afternoon to the home near the Montcalm County village of Pierson about the child being ...

Mom gets 23 years for girl’s death

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan woman has been sentenced to at least 23 years in prison for the death of her 4-year-old daughter, who was found wrapped in blankets and duct tape. A judge ordered Monday that 34-year-old Kelly Ballinger of Kalamazoo serve a sentence of between 23 ...

Bear captured after wandering into Michigan neighborhood

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — Wildlife workers have tranquilized and captured a black bear that was wandering around a mid-Michigan community. The bear traveled through backyards Monday morning of a neighborhood in the city of Midland with a middle school nearby. WNEM-TV reports the bear was trapped ...

Michigan State University to offer farrier program

By RJ WOLCOTT Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange EAST LANSING, Mich. — After guiding his hand down the length of Sokol the horse’s right leg, David Hallock wheels over a metal tool cart complete with pliers, hammers and what looks like a nail file the size of a machete. The ...

NOT REAL NEWS: No yellow star on Michigan immigrant licenses

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican state lawmakers in Michigan didn’t try to mandate labeling the driver’s licenses of immigrants with yellow stars, contrary to a claim in a story circulating on several liberal-leaning sites. The story at themaven and other sites included a meme with a ...

Detroit released from active state oversight of finances

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — Detroit reached a key step in fiscal redemption on Monday by reclaiming control of its own finances roughly three years after exiting the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. A state review commission unanimously agreed to release the ...

State traffic deaths fall 3 percent

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Officials say alcohol- and drug-related crashes remain a significant problem in Michigan even though a new report shows overall traffic deaths decreased 3 percent last year. The Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center announced Thursday that Michigan ...

Flint skyline to see changes to decades-old weather ball

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A tall, looming weather ball in downtown Flint that informs residents of sunshine or precipitation is changing its lettering. Crews this week are removing the “FM” for FirstMerit Bank on the 5,000-pound tower that lights up red, blue and yellow to signal weather ...

Candidate criticized over anti-Muslim remarks

By ALICE YIN Associated Press LANSING — A Republican gubernatorial candidate was rebuked by colleagues Thursday for peddling “conspiracy theories” about Muslims on the floor of the Michigan Senate. State Sen. Patrick Colbeck in a Thursday speech defended unsubstantiated claims of the ...

Michigan judge strikes down state aid to private schools

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — A Michigan judge on Thursday struck down as unconstitutional state laws that reimburse private schools for the cost of fire drills, inspections and other state requirements. Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Diane Stephens said the 2016 and 2017 ...

Colleges to compete in debate

DETROIT (AP) — Teams from Central Michigan University, the University of Michigan-Flint, and Morehouse and Spelman colleges will compete in a debate hosted by the UAW-Ford in Detroit. The two-round “Debate in the D” is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Detroit Preparatory High ...

Lieutenant governor: AG’s Flint probe ‘gross abuse of power’

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley on Wednesday escalated his criticism of state Attorney General Bill Schuette’s prosecution of top state officials for the Flint water crisis, calling it a “gross abuse of power” intended to aid Schuette’s run ...

Ford promises more savings as 1Q earnings rise 9 percent

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday it will shed most of its North American car lineup as part of broad plan to save money and make the company more competitive in a fast-changing marketplace. The changes include getting rid of all cars in the ...

Michigan’s 2018 candidate filing deadline nears

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan’s 2018 elections came into clearer focus Tuesday, the deadline for candidates to file for top offices such as governor, Congress and the Legislature. Next is a 3 1/2-month slog to the August primary, followed by the general election in ...

Michigan House OKs $56.7B budget with per-pupil funding hike

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — The Michigan House approved a $56.7 billion budget plan Tuesday that would boost spending on school security after the Florida high school shooting and cut funding for universities that fail to comply with proposed sexual misconduct rules in the ...