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Michigan News

MSU students skip holiday break to care for sheep

By MARK JOHNSON Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP— While her classmates went home to celebrate the holidays over winter break, Michigan State University junior Rachel VonDoloski stayed behind to watch the flock. After all, it’s breeding season at the MSU Sheep ...

Whitmer, advocates seek hand-held phones ban while driving

By DAVID EGGER T Associated Press LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and safety advocates want to combat distracted driving by restricting the use of cellphones, though pending legislation does not go as far as what she proposed nearly a year ago. The bill would prohibit motorists ...

Detroit museum workers spend 100-plus hours moving painting

DETROIT (AP) — Conservators at the Detroit Institute of Arts have spent dozens of hours preparing to move an enormous three-dimensional painting into storage to create space for a new display. Anselm Kiefer’s “Das Geviert,” which was completed in 1997, is so deeply textured that ...

Firefighters face discipline

DETROIT (AP) — A group of Detroit firefighters who posed in front of a vacant burning home for a photo to celebrate a battalion chief's impending retirement will be disciplined for what the city's fire commissioner called their "momentary lapse in judgment." Detroit Fire Commissioner Eric ...

Clinics awarded grant money

DETROIT (AP) — Nearly four dozen clinics will share $860,500 through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan's Strengthening the Safety Net program. The funding will help the clinics provide free or low-cost medical, dental and mental health care services to uninsured and underinsured Michigan ...

Pedestrian bridges planned

DETROIT (AP) — A design has been selected for five pedestrian bridges that will traverse a Detroit freeway as part of an international bridge project that will connect the city to Windsor, Ontario, Canada, officials announced Thursday. The spans over Interstate 75 in southwest Detroit will ...

Judge won’t compel health system to fund doctor’s defense

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge declined for now to compel a Michigan-based health system to advance legal costs for a doctor’s defense against murder charges in the deaths of 25 Ohio hospital patients. U.S. District Judge George Caram Steeh in Michigan concluded Wednesday it’s in ...

Man blamed for green I-696 ooze left barrels on Thumb land

MARION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Environmental regulators found barrels scattered across land in Michigan’s Thumb region that’s owned by the now-imprisoned owner of a shuttered electroplating business that leaked a green substance containing a known cancer-causing contaminant onto the ...

Case dismissed vs. ex-official

FLINT (AP) — A judge dismissed a misdemeanor charge Wednesday and closed a criminal case against a state official who was fired as head of Michigan’s drinking water office during the Flint water scandal. Liane Shekter Smith’s 2019 deal with a special prosecutor called for her no-contest ...

Michigan dad denies being complicit in autistic son’s death

JENISON, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan college professor whose severely autistic 16-year-old son drowned in an icy backyard pool last March says the authorities treated him unfairly by charging him in his son’s death. Timothy Koets, who is scheduled to stand trial in March in the ...

‘Remote’ pharmacies bill OK’d by state Legislature

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — People could pick up prescriptions at Michigan pharmacies that are not staffed by an on-site pharmacist under a bill that cleared the Legislature on Wednesday and will go to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for her signature. The measure would allow for ...

James raises $3.5M, Peters $2.5M in Michigan’s Senate race

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Republican challenger John James raised $3.5 million in the last three months of 2019, topping Democratic incumbent Gary Peters by $1 million in Michigan’s U.S. Senate race. It was the second straight quarterly fundraising victory for James, a ...

Police chief gets probation

BLOOMFIELD HILLS (AP) — A suburban Detroit police chief has been sentenced to one year of probation and 30 days of community service after pleading guilty to a drunken driving charge. Lake Angelus Police Chief Michael Farley was also ordered Monday by an Oakland County judge to pay more than ...

Ballot drive to bar LGBTQ discrimination begins in Michigan

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — A group launched a 2020 ballot initiative Tuesday to expand Michigan’s civil rights law to include anti-discrimination pro tections for LGBTQ people, a step that would put the issue to voters if the Republican-led Legislature does not pass ...

Michigan police release grisly details in mutilation death

CORUNNA, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State Police on Monday revealed details in the slaying of a man whose mutilated body was found last year in the home of his suspected killer. The naked body of Kevin Bacon of Swartz Creek on Dec. 28 was found hanging from the ceiling in the Bennington Township ...

Mother pleads no contest to helping son in body parts case

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A mother accused of helping her son move the dismembered remains of a woman pleaded no contest Monday before a trial in western Michigan. Barbara Chance faces up to a year in jail, Kent County Judge Paul Denenfeld said. Chance’s son, Jared Chance, was convicted ...

New charge against ex-UAW exec

DETROIT (AP) — Federal prosecutors on Monday filed a revised charge against a former United Auto Workers official, signaling that another plea deal is likely in the government's investigation of corruption at the Detroit-based union. Vance Pearson, a former UAW regional director in the St. ...

Michigan’s population rise slows; congressional seat at risk

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan’s population grew by less than 3,000 residents last year, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau that signals the state remains on track to lose one congressional seat following the 2020 count. The figures from the once-a-decade census released Wednesday ...

Explosion sends 6 to hospital

DETROIT (AP) — Six people were hospitalized after an apparent gas explosion at a house on Detroit’s west side, authorities said. No deaths were reported. The cause of the blast remained under investigation, authorities said. Deputy Fire Commissioner David Fornell said responders were ...

Fake charges on accounts reported

EAST LANSING (AP) — About 2,300 cards issued by Michigan State University Federal Credit Union were hit with false transactions to an international televangelist network, officials said. The Lansing-area credit union said it’s unclear who was behind the fraudulent charges to LoveWorld TV. ...