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Michigan News

Man charged in fatal fire deaths

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) — A man was charged Thursday with involuntary manslaughter in a house fire that killed his wife and three children in western Michigan. Robert Scales, 38, has said he was at work when the fire occurred in Grand Rapids in February. Kent County prosecutor Chris Becker ...

Woman charged in dog’s killing

DETROIT (AP) — A 28-year-old Detroit-area woman has been charged after vehicle battery jumper cables were used to hang her mother's pet dog. The Wayne County prosecutor's office says Shavon Lewis-Roby was arraigned Thursday in Detroit's 36th District Court on a charge of second-degree animal ...

New solo version of Aretha song about race, faith released

NEW YORK (AP) — A never-before-heard solo version of the late Aretha Franklin’s riveting and powerful collaboration with Mary J. Blige about faith and race, 2006’s “Never Gonna Break My Faith,” has arrived on Juneteenth. Sony’s RCA Records, RCA Inspiration and Legacy Recordings ...

Foes of new Detroit-Canada bridge lose key court decision

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan appeals court ruled in favor of the state Thursday in a challenge to a second bridge being built between Detroit and Canada. Companies controlled by the Moroun family, owners of the Ambassador Bridge, sued over the condemnation of land to make room for the Gordie ...

Teen’s death prompts facility’s loss of contract, license

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Prompted by the death of a teen who was wrongly restrained by staff, a Michigan facility for teenagers with behavioral problems on Thursday lost its contract with the state to care for youth in the state’s foster care and juvenile justice systems and its license to ...

Whitmer extends coronavirus emergency through July 16

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday extended Michigan's coronavirus emergency declaration through July 16, enabling her to keep intact certain business closures, longer unemployment benefits and other changes after she previously lifted a stay-at-home order. The Democratic ...

Michigan family plants poppy field to honor late son

FENNVILLE, Mich. (AP) — The sea of poppies a couple in central Michigan planted to honor their late son who was deployed in Afghanistan is bringing comfort to many visitors during moments filled with national unrest. The seemingly endless field of red, white and blue flowers stretching ...

Legislature OKs bills to help small breweries grow

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Small breweries could sell and deliver more craft beer to stores without having to go through Michigan’s three-tier system for alcohol distribution under legislation that advanced to the governor’s desk on Wednesday. The Senate voted ...

Whitmer: K-12 schools can reopen; rules coming June 30

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday that K-12 schools can reopen for in-person instruction as long as Michigan’s successful containment of the coronavirus doesn’t lapse, subject to safety rules she will announce June 30. Schools closed in ...

Michigan attorney general proposes changes to policing

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s top law enforcement official unveiled several changes she hopes to make to policing in the state, including a public registry of verified police misconduct claims meant to increase transparency and prevent problem officers from getting rehired in law enforcement ...

Michigan group is short signatures to ban abortion method

LANSING (AP) — A ballot group failed to collect enough petition signatures to put veto-proof legislation before the Republican-led Michigan Legislature that would prohibit a common second-trimester abortion procedure, the state elections bureau said. Monday’s report was a blow to the ...

Mother’s ashes found after flood

SANFORD, Mich. (AP) — With a friend’s help, a woman has discovered her mother’s ashes in the flood-ravaged remains of her Midland County home. Kathy Parsch said she had made eight trips to the home in Sanford, which was destroyed by a flood nearly a month ago, but couldn’t find the ...

Michigan recyclables can be returned, salons reopen after 3-month hiatus

MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Recyclable items can once again be returned for cash in Michigan after an almost three-month suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic, which is great news for those who didn’t stop collecting bottles, cans and plastics in the meantime. Joe Potchea of ...

Columbus statue removed

DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit has removed a bust of explorer Christopher Columbus from a prominent downtown spot after 110 years. The bust has been placed in storage until its future can be determined, Mayor Mike Duggan told reporters Monday. The move comes as cities the world over ...

Pandemic leads to losses

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau says the Detroit area has lost out on more than $200 million through cancellations of convention and other business gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic. The actual amount of money lost amid virus-related lockdowns and ...

Principal motivates W.K. Kellogg graduate for his future

By ELENA DURNBAUGH Battle Creek Enquirer AP Member Exchange BATTLE CREEK — W.K. Kellogg graduate Tyberius Settles hasn’t always been a model student, and he owns that. “I was falling off. I was skipping class, I didn’t do no work, and I was just falling. I wasn’t even ...

1000s lose power after big storms

DETROIT (AP) — About 168,700 homes and businesses were without electricity Thursday in Michigan after thunderstorms barreled through the state, downing hundreds of trees and power lines. DTE Energy said about 49,700 of its customers in southeast Michigan were without service as of 8 p.m. ...

Budget chairs: Lift July deadline; Senate wants federal help

LANSING (AP) — Key Republican lawmakers on Thursday backed legislation that would waive a requirement that the Legislature pass the next state budget in less than three weeks, citing uncertainty over a major shortfall caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Senate Appropriations Committee ...

Cristobal remnants head to Canada after battering Midwest

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — Severe thunderstorms accompanied by winds approaching 70 mph battered lower Michigan late Wednesday as the remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal moved out of the Midwest and into Canada. Cristobal ended a trek from the Gulf of Mexico up through the midsection of the U.S. ...

Judge gives time to LGBT rights drive, won’t cut signatures

LANSING (AP) — A Michigan judge on Wednesday gave an LGBT rights ballot drive more time to collect signatures due to coronavirus stay-at-home restrictions but refused the group's request to slash the number of signatures needed to make the ballot. The ruling from Court of Claims Judge ...