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Michigan News

A look at 2019 top new laws

LANSING (AP) — An overhaul of Michigan’s auto insurance system topped the list of new laws in 2019. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and lawmakers also enacted a long-sought criminal justice measure and mostly finalized a budget after their months-long impasse that included an unprecedented amount of ...

Founders of Goldfish Swim School happy they took the plunge

By CANDICE WILLIAMS The Detroit News AP Member Exchange BIRMINGHAM — Nearly 15 years ago, Jenny McCuiston and her husband brainstormed a plan to open a swim school for children. A longtime swimmer and instructor, McCuiston, 39, saw a need to create a bright and inviting space for ...

Brass unhappy with fire photo

DETROIT (AP) — A photo posted on social media showing 18 Detroit firefighters posing in front of a home engulfed in flames was "inappropriate and unprofessional" and will result in disciplinary action, the city's fire commissioner said. The photo was posted Tuesday just before midnight on ...

3 crashes, 3 deaths raise questions about Tesla’s Autopilot

DETROIT (AP) — Three crashes involving Teslas that killed three people have increased scrutiny of the company’s Autopilot driving system just months before CEO Elon Musk has planned to put fully self-driving cars on the streets. On Sunday, a Tesla Model S sedan left a freeway in Gardena, ...

Crews search Lake Michigan for teen swept from pier by wave

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — A 16-year-old girl visiting Lake Michigan for the first time was missing and presumed drowned after apparently being swept into the water by a large wave, authorities said. Eliza Trainer, of Flint, and an 18-year-old friend were knocked into the lake off Holland State ...

Backlog of toxic Superfund clean-ups grows under Trump, including in Michigan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has built up the biggest backlog of unfunded toxic Superfund clean-up projects in at least 15 years, nearly triple the number that were stalled for lack of money in the Obama era, according to 2019 figures quietly released by the Environmental ...

Locals raise money, offer support for a young chef fighting cancer

BY BROOKE KANSIER Traverse City Record-Eagle AP Member Exchange LAKE LEELANAU — Most know Bryon Figueroa for his signature breakfast burritos, grass-fed burgers and fresh-squeezed orange juice, all served out of the namesake Fig’s Breakfast & Lunch kitchen. But more often than not ...

Michigan family reunites with dog that ran after car crash

WOODHAVEN (AP) — A suburban Detroit family has been reunited with their dog, days after the canine ran off following a car crash. Red, a golden retriever, was ejected from the family’s vehicle on Dec. 25 after it hit a slick spot along an exit on Interstate 75 in Auburn Hills and rolled ...

Windshield sticker to replace Mackinac Bridge tolling card

MACKINAW CITY (AP) — The Mackinac Bridge’s MacPass toll card is being replaced with a windshield-mounted sticker that’s automatically scanned when a driver pulls up to the span’s toll booths. The switch could mean travelers who frequently cross the bridge that links Michigan’s Upper ...

Home falls down sandy bluff along Lake Michigan shoreline

WHITE RIVER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A small home along the Lake Michigan shoreline in Michigan fell down a sandy bluff in an area plagued by erosion. Muskegon County officials had been monitoring the condition of the White River Township home which toppled over about 11 p.m. Tuesday, ...

U.S. district judge sworn in

DETROIT (AP) — Federal Magistrate Stephanie Dawkins Davis was sworn in as a U.S. district judge for Michigan’s eastern district. The ceremony was held Tuesday evening at the federal courthouse in downtown Detroit, court officials said in a release. Davis, 52, will serve in the U.S. ...

Officer pushes people, saves them

MONROE (AP) — A southeastern Michigan police officer is credited with pushing two people out of the path of a suspected drunken motorist who nearly slammed into them and then fled the scene. Monroe police said the officer had pulled over a vehicle early Sunday along the city’s Telegraph ...

Whitmer orders review of inspection after ooze discovery

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday ordered Michigan’s environmental agency to review its pollution-inspection procedures after the discovery of a bright green substance along the shoulder of a major interstate in suburban ...

Suspect arraigned in slaying

BENNINGTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A mid-Michigan man was arraigned in the slaying of a man who last was seen on Christmas Eve. Mark Latunski, 50, appeared Monday via video in 66th District Court in Corunna on murder and mutilation of a body charges. Family members reported Kevin Bacon, 25, ...

Enbridge retrieves rod from Straits

MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) — Enbridge Inc. said Monday that it retrieved a 45-foot steel rod that was resting against an underwater oil pipeline where lakes Michigan and Huron converge. The debris had been at the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac since September, when a borehole collapsed ...

Body of missing man now found

SWARTZ CREEK, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Flint man who went missing on Christmas Eve has been found dead, according to police. The body of 25-year-old Kevin Bacon of Swartz Creek was found Saturday in a Bennington Township residence, authorities said. Michigan State Police said a 50-year-old ...

Endangered black rhino at Lansing zoo delivers first calf

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A black rhino that is part of a critically endangered species delivered her first calf at a Lansing zoo, officials announced on Christmas Eve. The unnamed calf was born at Potter Park Zoo on Tuesday before 6 a.m. The 12-year-old mother, Doppsee, nuzzled her baby within ...

Some metals not found in river spill

DETROIT (AP) — Initial water quality tests following the spill of limestone construction aggregate into the Detroit River did not turn up uranium, thorium, mercury or lead, according to an agency that supplies water services to Detroit and dozens of other communities in southeastern ...

Shoppers escape blaze at Detroit grocery store

DETROIT (AP) — A fire has started in a Detroit grocery store while employees were working and customers were shopping inside. Detroit Fire Department Deputy Commissioner Dave Fornell tells The Detroit News that the Metro Food Center on the city’s west side was evacuated Tuesday afternoon. ...

Synagogue member sues anti-Israel protesters, city

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A member of a Michigan synagogue is suing anti-Israel protesters and Ann Arbor city leaders over 16 years of protests outside the Beth Israel Congregation, arguing the protesters have been uniquely provocative and that some restrictions on them would not violate ...