Michigan News

Detroit-area school gardens bring science to life

By MAUREEN FEIGHAN The Detroit News AP Member Exchange HOLLY— Looking for a spot to begin her elementary school’s very first garden — a place where they could not just grow food but bring science to life — Patterson Elementary School teacher Kathy Marion settled on an area in full ...

Tension developing in Aretha Franklin will dispute

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A fight is emerging over whether a son of Aretha Franklin could be put in charge of the late singer's estate after a 2014 handwritten will was found under cushions in her suburban Detroit home. Attorneys for the estate said in a court filing Monday that "there is no ...

Swastika found at cemetery

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A swastika has been found in a Jackson County cemetery where World War II soldiers are buried. Jackson Mayor Derek Dobies has reported the vandalism at the Mount Evergreen Cemetery to the police department. Authorities believe it happened before the weekend, possibly ...

Port Huron to open sledding hill at park this summer

By JACKIE SMITH Port Huron Times Herald AP Member Exchange PORT HURON— Soon, the winter won’t be the only time local families can go sledding at Palmer Park. Two artificial ramps for a sledding hill will open up later this month to the public, and those interested will be able to take ...

Overflowing Great Lakes pose new threat for endangered bird

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer GLEN HAVEN — Peering through a spotting scope mounted on a tripod, researcher Alice Van Zoeren notices a piping plover skittering across a sandy, pebble-strewn Lake Michigan beach and hopping into a nest, swapping places with its mate. “Nest ...

GM spends $150M on factory

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — General Motors says it will spend $150 million so it can make more heavy-duty pickup trucks at its Flint, Michigan, assembly plant. The money will improve the factory’s conveyor system and for other equipment to boost output. The factory builds heavy-duty Chevrolet ...

Michigan House budget bars spending on new Detroit bridge

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s transportation department could be prohibited from doing work related to construction of a new bridge between Detroit and Canada under a spending bill advanced Wednesday by House Republicans, drawing criticism from opposing lawmakers who say Canada already ...

Amash, impeachment supporter, quits a conservative group

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Justin Amash, the lone Republican calling for President Donald Trump’s impeachment, has quit the Freedom Caucus of House conservatives, his spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday. The split comes a few weeks after Amash called for the House to impeach Trump based on the ...

State bill boosts spending to combat lead, abusive clergy

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — A $28.8 million mid-year spending bill that received final legislative approval Tuesday would allocate funding to help deal with tougher rules for lead in drinking water, investigate sexual abuse by clergy and replenish a compensation fund for ...

Women seeking abortion get offer

YALE, Mich. (AP) — A hotel manager in Michigan’s rural Thumb region is offering free lodging to women who come from states that have passed tough abortion restrictions to have the procedure. The Detroit Free Press reports Yale Hotel manager Shelley O’Brien proffered an invitation on ...

Google has state expansion plans

TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) — Google is committing to spend $17 million to upgrade and expand offices in Detroit and Ann Arbor, a move the tech giant says will give it the capacity to “significantly” increase its Michigan workforce in coming years. Google has more than 600 employees ...

22 caught in Michigan sting targeting child sex solicitation

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Authorities in Michigan say they’ve arrested 22 people as part of an online child sex sting targeting suspects who are accused of soliciting sex with children. Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell announced the arrests Sunday and says they were believed to be targeting ...

Detroit chief says neo-Nazis sought gay pride event violence

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit police officers prevented violence by a neo-Nazi group that wanted to spark “Charlottesville No. 2” during a gay pride festival over the weekend, the city's police chief said Monday. Chief James Craig said five people among about 15 white supremacists were openly ...

Bishops meeting on sex abuse clouded by state investigations

DETROIT (AP) — Hundreds of boxes. Millions of records. From Michigan to New Mexico this month, attorneys general are sifting through files on clergy sex abuse, seized through search warrants and subpoenas at dozens of archdioceses. They’re looking to prosecute, and not just priests. If the ...

James announces Senate run vs. Sen. Peters in Michigan

LANSING (AP) — Republican businessman John James of Michigan announced Thursday that he will challenge first-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Gary Peters in 2020 in a key state for President Donald Trump’s re-election chances. James, a 37-year-old African American combat veteran and CEO of an ...

Inman seeks treatment

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker who was charged in an alleged scheme to trade votes for campaign money says he’s seeking treatment for his long-term use of prescription painkillers. The attorney for Rep. Larry Inman, a Traverse City-area Republican who’s facing pressure to ...

Michigan SOS: First-time voter law is null

LANSING (AP) — Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said a requirement that some first-time voters cast a ballot in person if they registered by mail or through a third-party drive is unenforceable in light of a 2018 voter-approved constitutional amendment that expanded options for ...

Republicans sue over ballot

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s Republican-led House and Senate are suing to preserve a law that makes it harder to qualify proposals for the statewide ballot. Two lawsuits filed Wednesday in the Court of Claims and state appeals court seek to force Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn ...

Sales chief alleges Fiat Chrysler violated whistleblower law

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler’s U.S. sales chief is suing the company, alleging that it withheld 90% of his pay package because he testified in a government inquiry of sales reporting practices. Reid Bigland, who has been with the company for 22 years, alleges that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles ...

Whitmer OKs e-cigarette ban for minors, cites ‘reservations’

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer reluctantly signed a ban Tuesday to keep electronic cigarettes out of the hands of Michigan minors, expressing reservations because it will separate e-cigarettes from the definition of tobacco products. Whitmer agreed to ...