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Michigan News

Court throws out sentence

GRAND BLANC TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan appeals court has thrown out a 50-year prison sentence for a former Cub Scout leader and teacher who was convicted of killing his wife. Andrew Farley Jr. of Grand Blanc Township was convicted of second-degree murder. But the appeals court said ...

Project seeks input in telling Battle Creek’s untold racial history

BY NICK BUCKLEY Battle Creek Enquirer AP Member Exchange BATTLE CREEK — Memories fade in time, and history can be subjective. Which is why the Battle Creek Racial History Timeline Project exists. It’s an initiative of the Battle Creek Coalition for Truth, Racial Healing and ...

Michigan inmate back in prison after mistaken Ohio release

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan inmate who was mistakenly released after being transferred to Ohio to face drug charges is back behind bars after more than a week on the lam, prison officials said over the weekend. Talleon S. Brazil, 31, was captured at a house in Detroit on Saturday by the ...

Michigan governor to take national stage to rebut Trump

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING— Democrats are putting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan on the national stage Tuesday to rebut President Donald Trump, elevating a fresh face and casting an election-year spotlight on a swing state in the Midwest as the party looks to win back ...

Man with IS link pleads guilty

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man accused of making plans to leave the U.S. to fight for the Islamic State group pleaded guilty Thursday to a conspiracy charge. Mohamud Muse, of Lansing, acknowledged that he made a video pledging loyalty to IS and had planned to travel to Somalia at ...

No more waiting: State to borrow $3.5 billion for roads

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday that Michigan will borrow $3.5 billion to rebuild the state’s deteriorating highways and bridges over five years, calling it a fiscally responsible move after the Republican-led Legislature rejected her ...

Address highlights

By The Associated Press Other highlights from Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s second annual State of the State address: MATERNAL AND INFANT MORTALITY She said black women are three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women. She proposed expanding postpartum ...

Michigan mom pleads no contest in child’s death

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The mother of a 10-month-old girl who was dehydrated and malnourished pleaded no contest Wednesday to second-degree murder, two days after her husband was convicted in the child’s death. Tatiana Fusari will serve a minimum of 25 years in prison, WOOD-TV ...

Michigan students highlight racism after group chat incident

SALINE, Mich. (AP) — Black students at a predominantly white suburban Detroit high school say they are commonly subjected to racist remarks like those that white classmates posted online this week. During the Saline board of education’s meeting on Tuesday, Saline High School teacher Matt ...

Michigan ballot law changes struck down by a 2nd court

LANSING (AP) — Another Michigan court has vacated changes to the state’s ballot drive law, declaring that a geographic limitation on collecting petitions unconstitutionally takes power out of the hands of voters. The state appeals court, in a 2-1 decision Monday, affirmed a lower judge. It ...

GM to invest $2.2B in Detroit to build electric vehicles

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is spending $2.2 billion to refurbish an underused Detroit factory so it can build a series of electric and self-driving vehicles, eventually employing 2,200 people. GM said in a statement Monday that the factory will start building the company’s first ...

State mental health hotline coming

LANSING (AP) — Michigan will create a statewide mental health hotline under legislation signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The telephone referral system will be available 24 hours a day, seven days of week and refer people experiencing a mental health crisis to service providers. A spending ...

Early voting is underway in Michigan’s presidential primary

LANSING (AP) — Voting is underway in Michigan’s presidential primary more than a year after the option was greatly expanded through the passage of a ballot measure, though many Democrats vying for the nomination remain focused — for now — on Iowa and other early states. The 45-day ...

3rd woman accuses Michigan lawmaker of sexual harassment

LANSING (AP) — A third woman in two weeks has publicly come forward with sexual harassment allegations against a Michigan state legislator, according to a published report Sunday. Melissa Osborn, who works as a regulatory affairs specialist for a trade group, told Crain’s Detroit Business ...

Newspaper sues school district

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — A Michigan newspaper has sued Traverse City Area Public Schools for allegedly disregarding transparency laws related to the unexpected resignation of the former superintendent. The lawsuit filed Friday by the Traverse City Record-Eagle alleged the district misused closed ...

Man loses ‘bright lights’ appeal

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Bright lights — long prison stay. Police had probable cause to pull over a man who was driving in Ypsilanti with his high beams on, a stop that led to the discovery of cocaine, an outstanding arrest warrant — and ultimately a 10-year prison sentence, an appeals ...

Michigan lawmaker says senator harassed her at orientation

LANSING (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker alleged Tuesday that a fellow legislator sexually harassed her during a Capitol orientation 14 months ago, coming forward a week after a young female reporter said the same senator made a sexist comment to her before a group of high school boys. Sen. ...

Camera case to go to trial

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — A southeastern Michigan man is heading to trial for allegedly hiding cameras disguised as USB chargers in the bathrooms of several restaurants. Brad R. Szachta of Ypsilanti waived preliminary examination last Thursday and is scheduled for a Feb. 24 pretrial hearing ...

Some lawmakers favor moose hunt

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Some Michigan lawmakers believe the federal government should open Isle Royale National Park to moose hunters. MLive.com reports that the House Natural Resources Committee heard testimony last week on a resolution supporting a limited moose hunt on the Lake Superior ...

Michigan spends $4.6 million to swap parolee ankle bracelets

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A technology change is forcing Michigan's corrections department to spend about $4.6 million to more than 4,000 parolees and others under state supervision with new ankle monitors. According to Mlive, Michigan Department of Corrections Public Information Officer Chris ...