Michigan News

Pot license deadline extended

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials have extended the deadline for medical marijuana businesses to become licensed. The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs said Wednesday the original deadline has been pushed from June 15 to September 15. Officials say the extension allows ...

Senate approves $100 million for Snyder’s workforce plan

By ALICE YIN Associated Press LANSING — The Michigan Senate agreed to grant Gov. Rick Snyder’s plan to revitalize Michigan’s workforce $100 million on Wednesday, upping the House’s $75 million offer last month. Lawmakers voted 30-2 to establish a fund within the state’s Higher ...

Athlete, studio blazing trail for Paralympic dance in US

By JEFF KAROUB Associated Press BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A few years ago, Cheryl Angelelli retired from Paralympic swimming and sought to fill a competitive void in her life. Around the same time, a social media call came out from a Detroit-area dance studio looking for students ...

Golf-club wielder loses appeal

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — This isn’t the way to complain about toppings on a pizza. The Michigan appeals court has affirmed the conviction of a man who was armed with a golf club during an unhappy return to a Happy’s Pizza in Lansing. Timothy Matthews yelled, “Who made my ...

Boy drowns Sunday

OXFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 16-year-old boy has drowned at an Oakland County lake. Sgt. Dale Brown of the sheriff’s office says the boy couldn’t reach a floating swimming platform Sunday at Clear Lake, about 50 feet from shore. The sheriff’s office got a call around 7:20 p.m. from ...

2 motorcyclists die

YANKEE SPRINGS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Two men from the Grand Rapids area have died in a motorcycle crash involving a fallen tree branch. A large limb fell Sunday night in Yankee Springs Township in Barry County. Police say one of the riders was hit by the branch, and the other rider aboard a ...

Bittersweet ending for Detroit Hardware Co.

By ALLIE GROSS Detroit Free Press AP Member Exchange DETROIT — The request was, perhaps, unusual. Janice Slappy was looking for a tool to cut a ring off of a dead person’s hand. Slappy’s mother had passed away a few days before. Somehow her mom’s wedding rings were overlooked ...

Girl power: All-female teams compete at robotics event

By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press DETROIT— Half a dozen teenage girls from Canada know exactly how to narrow the skills gap. Or at least how to get the process started. The Ontario-based Build a Dream Amazon Warriors were among the thousands of young people from nearly four-dozen ...

Traverse City approves needle exchange program

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Traverse City leaders have unanimously approved needle exchanges for intravenous drug users. Commissioner Michele Howard suggested needle exchanges to reduce the effects of an opioid crisis affecting the Grand Traverse County area, the Traverse City Record-Eagle ...

2 cops arraigned in tavern case

D ETROIT (AP) — A former Detroit police commander who was working off-duty as a tavern security officer has been arraigned on assault, neglect of duty and other charges after a 42-year-old man was injured while being forced from the business. The Wayne County prosecutor’s office ...

House votes to create private industry panel to advise DEQ

By ALICE YIN Associated Press and Journal staff LANSING — A bill to integrate private business stakeholders with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s rule-making process narrowly passed the Republican-controlled state House on Tuesday, infuriating Democrats who fear another ...

Protesters gather at Snyder’s office

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — About 100 people crowded into Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s office lobby to demand that the state continue to provide bottled water to Flint residents. MLive.com reports the protesters gathered Tuesday for about 40 minutes until they said they were denied a meeting. ...

Group turns in petitions for $12 minimum wage

By ALICE YIN Associated Press LANSING — Paying Michigan workers $12 an hour by 2022 and phasing out the reduced minimum wage for tipped workers could be put to a popular vote this fall. On Monday, the Michigan One Fair Wage group submitted 373,507 signatures in support of annually ...

Michigan board: Civil rights law bars LGBT discrimination

By DAVID EGGERT and JEFF KAROUB Associated Press LANSING — A Michigan agency will for the first time process complaints of discrimination against LGBT people after a board said Monday that the state’s civil rights law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender ...

2 schools closed after mercury found

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Two suburban Detroit schools have been temporarily closed after a science experiment found high levels of mercury in a water sample. The Rochester Community Schools district says students were dismissed early Monday and classes at Van Hoosen Middle School and ...

Man ordered to pay $2K for graffiti

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A former Eastern Michigan University student who admitted to painting racist graffiti on campus has been ordered to pay more than $2,000 in restitution. The Ann Arbor News reports 29-year-old Eddie Curlin learned his punishment Monday after earlier pleading guilty to ...

Girl hurt after bus windows are shot

MOUNT MORRIS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Police say a 10-year-old girl was injured by broken glass after two windows were shot out of a school bus in Michigan. Mount Morris Township police Chief Terence Green says pellet and airsoft guns were used to shoot windows on the bus carrying students ...

Gas station clerk shot to death

WYOMING, Mich. (AP) — A 49-year-old gas station clerk in western Michigan has been fatally shot during an apparent robbery. The station’s owner tells WOOD-TV that a man was in the gas station about 6 a.m. Monday and demanded money. The owner says he told the man he didn’t have anything ...

Clerk: Conyers III short of valid signatures for ballot

DETROIT (AP) — The son of former U.S. Rep. John Conyers will not have his name printed on the Aug. 7 Democratic primary ballot to replace his father. Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett decided Monday that John Conyers III had fewer than the 1,000 valid nominating petition signatures ...

AP Interview: Unemployment exemption gone from Medicaid bill

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — The sponsor of proposed Medicaid work requirements said Monday that lawmakers are removing a provision to exempt recipients who live in Michigan counties with high unemployment, saying it would have been too difficult to administer and denying ...