Michigan News

A SEA OF SILVER

The Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds has been a sea of silver-colored campers this week during the 60th Annual Wally Byam Caravan Club International Airstream Rally in Escanaba. The rally, which brings together Airstream owners from across North America, runs through today. (Photo by Ilsa ...

‘Smart city’ efficiency upgrades debated

By MARY WARDELL Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — A majority of city commissioners expressed support for an energy performance contract with Johnson Controls, Inc. at the close of a three-hour work session this week addressing the potential $28 million project that would fund infrastructure ...

Citizens Academy addresses drug issues in U.P.

By RYAN JARVI Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — In the final session of the Michigan State Police’s Citizens’ Academy, Detective Lt. Tim Sholander discussed the prevalence of drugs in the Upper Peninsula and the devastating impacts they can have on communities. One drug that’s been ...

Marine Corps dog with cancer gets tear-filled final farewell

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Hundreds of people in Michigan came together to say a tear-filled final goodbye to a cancer-stricken dog who served three tours in Afghanistan with the U.S. Marines. Cena the 10-year-old black lab received a hero’s farewell Wednesday before being euthanized at the ...

Ex-Fiat Chrysler exec charged in union official payoff

By ED WHITE and TOM KRISHER Associated Press DETROIT — A former Fiat Chrysler executive was charged Wednesday with looting a training center for blue-collar workers by giving $1.2 million through a variety of ways to a UAW leader, his wife and other senior union officials. Al Iacobelli ...

Michigan house’s pond may contain ancient mammoth, mastodon bones

SUMMIT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A house that will soon be up for sale in southern Michigan may have mammoth or mastodon bones at the bottom of its backyard pond. Steve Dodge found the bones and ivory tusks of a giant elephant-like animal after excavating his backyard to build a pond 10 years ...

Hoekstra nominated by Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will nominate former Republican Congressman Peter Hoekstra of Michigan to serve as the U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands. Hoekstra previously served as chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and was the ranking Republican on ...

Flower thief gets jail time

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan woman accused of stealing flowers from local cemeteries that authorities say she used to decorate her home has been sentenced to jail. A judge in Flint sentenced Lisa Corcoran of Vienna Township on Monday to nine months in jail, with credit for 36 days already ...

Actor John Boyega wanted to challenge self with ‘Detroit’

By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press DETROIT — “Detroit” star John Boyega says his new movie may be set a half-century ago, but it explores issues that remain relevant. “We’re dealing with systematic racism. We’re dealing with social unrest. We’re dealing with an uprising. And ...

Gilbert: ‘We screwed up’ on mostly-white crowd in Detroit ad

DETROIT (AP) — A billionaire businessman has apologized for his real estate company’s controversial sign in downtown Detroit that says “See Detroit Like We Do” with an image of a mostly-white crowd. Quicken Loans Founder and Cleveland Cavaliers majority owner Dan Gilbert posted on ...

Detroit unveils historic marker to reflect on 1967 uprising

DETROIT (AP) — The City of Detroit has unveiled a historic marker to reflect on the city’s progress since a five-day period of civil unrest in 1967. About 300 people gathered Sunday in Gordon Park, which is where the destructive uprising began. Democratic U.S. Rep. John Conyers of ...

Federal judge indefinitely halts deportation of 1,400-plus Iraqis

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — A federal judge on Monday indefinitely stopped the deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqis who fear physical harm if kicked out of the U.S., the latest in a series of decisions in favor of the immigrants. The injunction by U.S. District Judge Mark ...

Port Huron-Mackinac Island race gets boost

PORT HURON (AP) — The annual Port Huron to Mackinac Island sailboat race on Lake Huron got a boost from good winds. The Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race started Saturday and the boats finished Sunday and Monday. Race chairwoman Tricia Smotherman says it ended up being faster than she ...

Supporters, foes clash over future of Line 5

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY — An engineering company’s report on the future of twin oil pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac is flawed and biased in favor of continuing the existing system, critics said Monday. A business coalition said keeping oil flowing ...

2 die in downstate crash

WEXFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A crash in northern Michigan’s Wexford County has killed two western Michigan residents. Sheriff’s deputies say a vehicle driven by 59-year-old Janice Verkerke of Middleville failed to stop at a stop sign at a rural intersection and was struck by another ...

Exhibit reflection on ‘67 riots

DETROIT (AP) — An exhibit on works by artists during the civil rights movement is opening at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The museum says “Art of Rebellion” runs from Sunday through Oct. 22. It is part of a community-wide reflection on the 1967 Detroit riot and features 34 paintings, ...

New book focuses on double murder of downstate couple

By RACHEL GRECO Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange WHITE OAK TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The grey, two-story farmhouse and large wood barn that sat outside Stockbridge in 1955 isn’t there anymore. In the late 1960s, to make way for the widening a highway, Howard and Myra Herrick’s farm ...

Michigan building remodel uncovers surprise family tie

By MARY BETH SPALDING South Bend Tribune AP Member Exchange NILES, Mich.— A downtown business venture that developed seemingly out of the blue has taken on a personal meaning owner Melanie Kennedy never expected. Kennedy and her husband, Donny, lifelong Niles residents, bought the ...

Zoo in state gets new lion exhibit

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Do you hear that roar? A zoo in southwest Michigan is officially welcoming lions in a new exhibit. Binder Park Zoo’s new lion exhibit officially opened to the public on Tuesday near Battle Creek. The exhibit already includes two female African lions called Shelby ...

Government likes plan for tunnels: Musk

DETROIT (AP) — Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk says he has “verbal government approval” to build a tunnel for high-speed transportation from New York to Washington that could break ground by the end of this year. Musk didn’t say who gave him the approval, and he acknowledged that ...