Michigan News

Presidential contenders O’Rourke, Gillibrand visit Michigan

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press CENTER LINE, Mich. — Democratic presidential contenders showed Michigan’s importance on Monday, campaigning early in a state that Donald Trump became the first Republican in decades to win. Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of ...

Benson discloses finances, urges lawmakers to require it

LANSING (AP) — Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson voluntarily disclosed her personal finances Thursday while calling on state lawmakers to make such reporting mandatory. The Democrat posted a financial disclosure form on her department’s website. It is modeled after the statement ...

Humane Society seeks release of dogs from Michigan lab

MATTAWAN, Mich. (AP) — The Humane Society of the United States is pushing for the release of three dozen dogs from a western Michigan laboratory, alleging that an undercover investigation found that they are being fed fungicides. The animal rights group on Tuesday released the findings of ...

Reports on Michigan child welfare ‘depressing,’ says judge

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan’s new governor has inherited a troubled child-welfare system that has failed to protect foster kids from abuse and operates with a faulty computer network that might need to be scrapped after just five years, experts reported Wednesday. A judge got an update on a ...

Prosecutor: officers justified

HARRISON, Mich. (AP) — A prosecutor says three central Michigan sheriff’s deputies were legally justified in the fatal shooting of an armed man who disregarded orders to drop his weapon. Clare County Prosecutor Michelle J. Ambrozaitis said Tuesday she has reviewed investigative reports ...

Chief: Probe finds racially divided Detroit police precinct

DETROIT (AP) — A second white Detroit police officer has been fired for misconduct after his partner posted a racist video online, and an internal audit found that racial insensitivity is a “dirty little secret” in the west side police precinct where both worked, the city’s police chief ...

Judge says panel had authority to complete oil pipeline deal

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — A Michigan panel’s approval of an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the Great Lakes will remain intact even though a state law set unconstitutionally long terms for authority members, a judge ruled. The Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority was created ...

Trump seeks cuts for cleanup of Great Lakes, other waterways

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY — President Donald Trump is making another attempt to slash federal funding that goes toward cleaning up major U.S. waterways including the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay, even though Congress has thwarted his previous attempts, ...

UAW chief raises strike pay, issues warning to automakers

DETROIT (AP) — The president of the United Auto Workers union warned automakers that the union is prepared to strike if it doesn’t get its way in upcoming contract talks. Gary Jones told delegates at the union’s bargaining convention in Detroit Monday that it would raise weekly strike ...

Honda to recall 1M vehicles

DETROIT (AP) — Honda is likely to recall around 1 million older vehicles in the U.S. and Canada because the Takata driver’s air bag inflators that were installed during previous recalls could be dangerous. Documents posted Monday by Canadian safety regulators show that Honda is recalling ...

Man arrested in dog fighting case

DETROIT (AP) — A 29-year-old Detroit man has been arrested after authorities found about 30 dogs and equipment used for dog fighting. The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says Sunday that the man is expected to be arraigned today in 36th District Court on animal fighting, cruelty to ...

Census grants provided

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-based philanthropy is providing grants to organizations seeking to promote and support a fair and accurate count in the 2020 U.S. Census. The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan says the funding is available for groups in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties ...

Residence hall offers homeless students unique ‘safe haven’

By JUSTINE LOFTON MLive.com AP Member Exchange MUSKEGON— Going to school could have become an afterthought when Shakuur Collins became homeless last summer. Fortunately, he was attending one of few schools in Michigan that offers a residence hall for its homeless students. He moved into ...

Official, husband, dispute Detroit police account

PITTSBURGH (AP) — An elected official from western Pennsylvania and her husband are disputing the account of Detroit police about a confrontation in that city last week. Detroit police allege that Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner interfered with officers as they were preparing to ...

Small plane lands on highway

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A pilot safely landed a small plane on a highway in western Michigan after experiencing engine trouble. Steven Chanter, a flight instructor, was in the air with a student pilot Thursday when the plane’s engine began to sputter and the oil pressure dropped. He ...

DTE running turbine project

PINE RIVER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — DTE Energy says it’s flipped the switch on a 65-turbine wind project in central Michigan. The utility announced Friday that the Pine River wind park in Gratiot and Isabella counties is running and can provide enough electricity for more than 54,000 ...

131-year-old Mason farmhouse showcases vast war memento collection

By RACHEL GRECO Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange MASON — Five generations of Scott Shattuck’s family have lived in his 131-year-old farmhouse. The white house, with its wrap-around porch sits on more than 12 acres. Shattuck’s grandfather and father were born there. He grew ...

NTSB blames jammed part for accident at Michigan airport

By DAVID KOENIG AP Airlines Writer A plane carrying the University of Michigan basketball team had already reached the critical speed at which pilots could no longer stop it on the runway. The captain abandoned the takeoff anyway, surprising the pilot in the next seat. The plane hurtled 950 ...

AP NewsBreak: US plans to lift protections for gray wolves

By MATTHEW BROWN and JOHN FLESHER Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials plan to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states, re-igniting the legal battle over a predator that’s run into conflicts with farmers and ranchers after rebounding in some ...

More funds for Great Lakes sought

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Advocacy groups are lobbying Congress to pump more money into programs to protect Great Lakes water quality. More than 100 representatives of organizations in the region are in Washington, D.C., this week for an annual gathering in support of funding for Great ...