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Michigan News

Whitmer to GOP Legislature: Stop ‘screwing around’ on roads

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday that the Republican-led Legislature should stop “screwing around” and present her with a viable plan to raise up to $2.5 billion in new revenue for roads. A legislative leader meanwhile accused Whitmer of fabricating a crisis and said ...

Survey finds new auto technology can annoy drivers

DETROIT (AP) — Alerts from new driver assist systems can be so annoying that some motorists are turning the features off, according to a new survey. The 2019 J.D. Power Tech Experience Index study also found that frustrated drivers may avoid the systems in future vehicle purchases. That's a ...

Detroit center replaces name of ex-mayor with racist past

By JEFF KAROUB Associated Press DETROIT — The home of Detroit’s annual auto show and other major events has officially changed its name to the TCF Center and moved on from its original name, which honored a former mayor known for racist and segregationist policies, officials announced ...

Candidate who wanted city as white ‘as possible’ ends run

MARYSVILLE (AP) — A city council candidate in Michigan who said last week that she wants to keep her community white “as much as possible” withdrew from the council race on Monday. Jean Cramer stopped by Marysville City Hall to say she was leaving the race and later, at the request of ...

Lawsuit filed over rollback of child immigrant protections

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Nineteen states — including Michigan — and the District of Columbia sued on Monday over the Trump administration’s effort to alter a federal agreement that limits how long immigrant children can be kept in detention. “We wish to protect children from ...

Beer returns to Labor festival

BELDING, Mich. (AP) — A popular Labor Day weekend festival in western Michigan is turning to beer to raise cash. Organizers of the festival in Belding hope a beer tent will help pay bills and build a financial cushion for 2020. The event hasn't had a beer tent since the 1970s. Belding ...

Strong apple harvest forecast

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan apple growers are expecting another strong showing this fall. A crop estimate of 25.25 million bushels was announced Friday. That's about the same as the harvest in 2018. Executive Director Diane Smith of the Michigan Apple Committee says the estimate is ...

Out for coffee, chief saves life

MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A police chief getting a morning coffee suddenly had a more urgent priority: He shed his shirt and boots and jumped into a pond to save a woman whose car was in the water in Ingham County. Meridian Township Chief Ken Plaga and Sgt. Ed Bensonen got the car door ...

Search for girls suspended

MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have suspended a search for remains of missing girls after digging last week in suburban Detroit. Warren police Commissioner Bill Dwyer tells WWJ-AM “items of interest” were found. Details weren’t released. He says family members of missing ...

3 wounded in shooting

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a weekend shooting outside a nightclub in suburban Detroit left three people wounded. The Oakland County sheriff’s office says deputies responded early Sunday to Vogue Nightclub in Pontiac after a person in the club was asked to leave and threatened to ...

Michigan gas prices up 2 cents

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide have risen 2 cents from a week ago to about $2.72 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club said Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded is about 23 cents less than a year ago and could be at the lowest ...

Lawsuit challenges mandatory dues for Michigan attorneys

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING (AP) — A new lawsuit challenges Michigan’s requirement that lawyers pay full dues to the State Bar, alleging it violates their constitutional rights to free speech and association in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that prohibits ...

FireKeepers Casino celebrates a decade of growth

By NICK BUCKLEY Battle Creek Enquirer AP Member Exchange BATTLE CREEK— Henry and Pat Jones were visiting Michigan to see family and tour the state’s casino circuit. Earlier this month, the Florida couple made a stop at FireKeepers Casino, which was celebrating its 10-year ...

Ex-inmate hails ‘second chance’ after 45 years in prison

DETROIT (AP) — A 65-year-old Michigan man who was granted clemency after serving 45 years in prison for murder says everyone is capable of redemption. Abner Hines, who is black, and four other men robbed a store in 1974. All of them were armed, and one of the other men shot and killed the ...

Cops won’t ask about status

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Police in Michigan’s second-largest city won’t ask for a person’s immigration status when responding to 911 calls or providing services unless it’s an important part of a criminal investigation. Grand Rapids announced the policy last week, months after an ...

Officers bust fish scofflaw

GLADWIN, Mich. (AP) — Tips from suspicious anglers helped Michigan officers bust a scofflaw who illegally took more than 1,400 panfish from Lake Lancer in Gladwin County. The state Department of Natural Resources says it recently received numerous complaints about a man who frequented the ...

Worker accused of defrauding

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A former Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo employee has been indicted on a federal wire fraud charge after allegedly defrauding immigrants she was supposed to be assisting. Federal prosecutors contend that Monica Karina Mazei engaged in a scheme between 2015 and this year ...

Man charged in death of Detroit girl attacked by 3 dogs while on her bike

DETROIT (AP)— A man was charged Thursday in the death of a 9-year-old Detroit girl, who was mauled by three dogs despite rescue efforts by neighbors, her father and emergency workers. Pierre Cleveland, 33, was charged with second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and having a dangerous ...

Michigan priest accused of binding teen

ALLEGAN (AP) — A priest wrapped a teen boy in plastic and tape and left him in a janitor’s room for more than an hour at a Michigan church, prosecutors alleged Thursday as they filed a charge of false imprisonment. The alleged incident occurred in 2013. But the attorney general’s office, ...

Republicans file 2nd suit challenging formation of redistricting panel

LANSING (AP) — The Michigan Republican Party sued Thursday to block the formation of a commission to draw congressional and legislative lines in 2021, saying the voter-approved change is unconstitutional because there will be no reliable way to verify the panel’s political makeup. The ...