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Study: Michigan prison workers facing mental health crisis

LANSING (AP) — Michigan prison workers are facing a mental health crisis that includes much higher rates of post-traumatic stress disorder, suicidal thoughts and alcohol abuse than in the general public, according to a study released Monday. The report, conducted for the state Department of ...

New Reno grave marker for victim of 1982 Lake Tahoe killing, a Michigan native

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Mary Silvani was lost to her family and friends for 37 years. Her burial site remained unmarked for decades at a cemetery in northwest Reno. For a while, the only thing marking her grave was a blue water utility flag. “She in her own right was lost in the world, and then ...

Judge dismisses Courser’s lawsuit

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit in which a former Michigan lawmaker who resigned over a sex scandal accused ex-leaders of the state House of Representatives of conspiring to remove him from office and subject him to criminal charges. Todd Courser’s suit ...

Fairgoers urged to avoid swine flu

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Health officials are urging people to take precautions to avoid swine flu at county and local fairs across Michigan. Swine influenza is a respiratory disease in pigs that’s caused by type A influenza viruses. Swine flu viruses don’t usually infect humans, but human ...

Michigan grandfather, 6 grandsons work on family’s Ida farm

By TOM HAWLEY Monroe News AP Member Exchange MONROE — It was a slow start for the Drodt Farms this spring because of the excessive rainfall. Gary Drodt, 76, of Ida was sitting outside in his garage at his centennial farm in Ida with his grandson, Robbie Turner, 16, waiting for his other ...

Michigan Denny’s under scrutiny

LANSING (AP) — Three young black women say a white man shouted racist abuse at them at a Denny’s in Michigan but when they complained to the manager, he tried to kick them out. LaMaya McGuire, Jennifer McEwen and Sasha Collins of Lansing say the attack occurred around 4 a.m. Oct. 14 at the ...

Body of missing swimmer recovered

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — Indiana conservation officers say the body of a missing teenager in has been recovered in southwestern Michigan. They say Chikaming Township Police in Berrien County, Michigan, told them that the body of a male matching the description of 17-year-old Rahem Mason of ...

Supreme Court orders new trials

ALLEGAN, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has ordered new trials for two men after finding that Allegan County juries were likely swayed by experts whose testimony went too far. In a unanimous decision, the court said experts can’t tell a jury that children usually don’t lie when ...

Man sentenced on stalking charges

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Michigan man has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for repeatedly stalking his ex-girlfriend in Minnesota. Federal prosecutors say 39-year-old Shawn Thomason of Hazel Park, Michigan, devised a plan to digitally stalk, harm, and abduct his ...

Expect another huge blob of algae on Lake Erie this summer

By JOHN SEEWER Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio — Heavy rains that inundated the Great Lakes region this spring will fuel another massive algae bloom across parts of western Lake Erie later this summer, researchers said Thursday. Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric ...

Michigan’s top court lets local court cost scheme stand

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — The Michigan Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to the practice of charging people for the costs of running local courts, a law that brings in tens of millions of dollars each year across the state and helps prop up ailing city budgets. Critics ...

Great Lakes carp defense plan OK’d

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — U.S. states and Canadian provinces have endorsed a plan to build up defenses on an Illinois waterway in hopes of keeping invasive Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes. A resolution issued Wednesday by the region’s eight governors and two premiers supports a U.S. ...

Democratic presidential hopeful Inslee opposes pipeline plan

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Democratic presidential hopeful Jay Inslee waded into a Great Lakes regional controversy on Wednesday, calling for the defeat of a plan to construct a disputed oil pipeline tunnel beneath a channel that connects two of the ...

$3.6M offered to fight invasives

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan agencies say grants totaling $3.6 million are available to support projects intended to prevent the spread of invasive species. The Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program is overseen by the departments of Natural Resources; Environment, Great Lakes and Energy; ...

5 counties get disaster designation

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — Five Michigan counties have been declared federal disaster areas because of losses from heavy rains and high winds in the past year. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue approved Antrim, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau and Otsego counties for the designation. It ...

Whitmer OKs $15M to aid farmers

LANSING (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation to allocate $15 million to a low-interest loan program to help farmers who face financial losses because wet weather is making it hard to plant crops. Whitmer’s office announced the signing Monday. The spending covers ...

Police: Parents needed to stop fights

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Grand Rapids’ deputy police chief says parental supervision could have prevented dozens of fights downtown involving hundreds of teens during the city’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show. Deputy Chief Eric Payne said Monday police officials believe many of ...

1 dead, 3 hurt after fight at graduation party

TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) — Officials say a 17-year-old boy has died and three other people were injured following a large fight and reported stabbing at a graduation party in suburban Detroit. Police say officers responded late Saturday to the Knights of Columbus Hall in Taylor that was rented out ...

Detroit event tickets initially cost more for whites than blacks

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — A global ticketing and event platform has told a group that it could not charge whites more than blacks and other people of color to attend a Detroit event advertised on the firm’s website. Organizers initially promoted on Eventbrite that ...