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Fallen Marine’s mom: We will rebuild memorial lost to flood

SANFORD, Mich. (AP) — The mother of a Marine who was killed in Iraq is pledging to rebuild a war memorial that was destroyed by a dam failure in central Michigan. “I sat there and cried,” Kim Burgess said after visiting the scene in Sanford last week. “I just felt like I had let our ...

Man charged in beating

DETROIT (AP) — A 20-year-old Detroit nursing home patient was charged Sunday with beating his 75-year-old roommate in an assault that authorities say the younger man recorded on his cellphone and posted on social media. Jaden T. Hayden of Ypsilanti was charged with two counts of assault, ...

National Guard saves books

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan National Guard rescued 80,000 items from the basement of a Midland library that was flooded when rain swept through the area and dams failed. “There’s no way we could have done it without them,” said Terrie Ahlers, supervisor of adult services at ...

Whitmer OKs nonessential health procedures, small gatherings

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday further relaxed stay-at-home restrictions, saying a ban on nonessential health procedures would be lifted next week and that groups of up to 10 people can gather immediately ahead of the Memorial Day ...

Flood raises fears of pollution at Michigan toxic waste site

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY — It took seven years to settle on a plan for cleansing two rivers and floodplains polluted with dioxins from a Dow Chemical Co. plant in central Michigan. The work itself has lasted nearly twice as long, with plenty still to do. Now, ...

Pandemic politics: Maskless Trump tours Michigan Ford plant

By Associated Press Staff YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Pandemic politics shadowed President Donald Trump’s trip to Michigan on Thursday as he highlighted lifesaving medical devices, with the president and officials from the electoral battleground state clashing over federal aid, mail-in ...

Michigan unemployment: 22.7%

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan's unemployment rate rocketed in April, likely setting an all-time high at 22.7%, as coronavirus restrictions shut down businesses and put people out of work, the state reported Wednesday. April was the first full month of stay-home orders and business shutdowns. ...

GOP rising star John James faces trouble at top of ticket

By SARA BURNETT Associated Press Michigan Senate candidate John James has been called a rising star of the Republican Party so many times it’s become a cliche. The African American combat veteran, business owner and 38-year-old father of three brought down the house at the ...

7 barbers ticketed for cutting hair at Michigan Capitol

LANSING (AP) — Police ticketed seven people for cutting hair during a protest outside the Michigan Capitol, where about a dozen barbers and hair stylists defied stay-at-home orders to give free hair cuts Wednesday. At one point, about 300 people attended the demonstration that was ...

Michigan mails absentee ballot applications to all voters

LANSING (AP) — The state has spent $4.5 million to mail absentee ballot applications to all 7.7 million registered voters ahead of the August primary and November general election in Michigan, a crucial presidential battleground. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, announced the ...

Courts toss literacy ruling

DETROIT (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday threw out a groundbreaking decision that said Detroit students had a constitutional right to education and literacy, just days after Michigan’s governor settled the case by agreeing to seek millions from the Legislature to improve ...

Thousands evacuated as river dams break in central Michigan

EDENVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Rapidly rising water overtook dams and forced the evacuation of about 10,000 people in central Michigan, where the governor said one dow ntown could be “under approximately 9 feet of water” by Wednesday. For the second time in less than 24 hours, families ...

EMU plans in-person classes

YPSILANTI (AP) — Eastern Michigan University is planning to hold in-person classes for the fall semester at the school’s Ypsilanti campus. School officials announced that the campus’ reopening and the return of in-person learning for students will follow a “rigorous and systematic ...

Texas salon owner travels to Michigan to back defiant barber

YPSILANTI (AP) — Eastern Michigan University is planning to hold in-person classes for the fall semester at the school’s Ypsilanti campus. School officials announced that the campus’ reopening and the return of in-person learning for students will follow a “rigorous and systematic ...

Automakers help restart US industry as globe reopens further

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — More than 130,000 autoworkers returned to factories across the U.S. for the first time in nearly two months Monday in one of the biggest steps yet to restart American industry, while an experimental vaccine against the coronavirus yielded encouraging results in a small ...

DTE reaches air pollution deal

DETROIT (AP) — DTE Energy will reduce air pollution from five coal-fired power plants in southeast Michigan under a proposed settlement of a 10-year-old lawsuit filed by the federal government, officials said Thursday. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the agreement also requires ...

Michigan settles suit after landmark right to read ruling

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will ask the Michigan Legislature to provide at least $94.4 million to Detroit’s public schools to settle a lawsuit that describes the city’s schools as “slum-like” and incapable of delivering access to literacy. The settlement ...

Ramadan Lights to pick Detroit area’s best-decorated homes

DEARBORN (AP) — Detroit-area Muslims who’ve had to socially distance themselves from the more communal aspects of Ramadan because of the coronavirus pandemic are instead celebrating the holy month in lights. During last year’s iteration of Ramadan, in which worshippers fast daily from ...

Ionia Co. tables ICE center

IONIA (AP) — The Ionia County Board of Commissioners is withholding its support for a proposed immigration detention center planned to hold 600 men accused of violating immigration laws until it receives more information from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. With the majority of the ...

State settles ‘right to read’ suit

LANSING (AP) — The state of Michigan early today announced a settlement in a lawsuit filed by Detroit schoolchildren, after a federal appeals court issued a groundbreaking decision recognizing a constitutional right to education and literacy. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the plaintiffs ...