Michigan News

Hoekstra nominated by Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will nominate former Republican Congressman Peter Hoekstra of Michigan to serve as the U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands. Hoekstra previously served as chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and was the ranking Republican on ...

Flower thief gets jail time

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan woman accused of stealing flowers from local cemeteries that authorities say she used to decorate her home has been sentenced to jail. A judge in Flint sentenced Lisa Corcoran of Vienna Township on Monday to nine months in jail, with credit for 36 days already ...

Actor John Boyega wanted to challenge self with ‘Detroit’

By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press DETROIT — “Detroit” star John Boyega says his new movie may be set a half-century ago, but it explores issues that remain relevant. “We’re dealing with systematic racism. We’re dealing with social unrest. We’re dealing with an uprising. And ...

Gilbert: ‘We screwed up’ on mostly-white crowd in Detroit ad

DETROIT (AP) — A billionaire businessman has apologized for his real estate company’s controversial sign in downtown Detroit that says “See Detroit Like We Do” with an image of a mostly-white crowd. Quicken Loans Founder and Cleveland Cavaliers majority owner Dan Gilbert posted on ...

Detroit unveils historic marker to reflect on 1967 uprising

DETROIT (AP) — The City of Detroit has unveiled a historic marker to reflect on the city’s progress since a five-day period of civil unrest in 1967. About 300 people gathered Sunday in Gordon Park, which is where the destructive uprising began. Democratic U.S. Rep. John Conyers of ...

Federal judge indefinitely halts deportation of 1,400-plus Iraqis

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — A federal judge on Monday indefinitely stopped the deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqis who fear physical harm if kicked out of the U.S., the latest in a series of decisions in favor of the immigrants. The injunction by U.S. District Judge Mark ...

Port Huron-Mackinac Island race gets boost

PORT HURON (AP) — The annual Port Huron to Mackinac Island sailboat race on Lake Huron got a boost from good winds. The Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race started Saturday and the boats finished Sunday and Monday. Race chairwoman Tricia Smotherman says it ended up being faster than she ...

Supporters, foes clash over future of Line 5

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY — An engineering company’s report on the future of twin oil pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac is flawed and biased in favor of continuing the existing system, critics said Monday. A business coalition said keeping oil flowing ...

2 die in downstate crash

WEXFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A crash in northern Michigan’s Wexford County has killed two western Michigan residents. Sheriff’s deputies say a vehicle driven by 59-year-old Janice Verkerke of Middleville failed to stop at a stop sign at a rural intersection and was struck by another ...

Exhibit reflection on ‘67 riots

DETROIT (AP) — An exhibit on works by artists during the civil rights movement is opening at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The museum says “Art of Rebellion” runs from Sunday through Oct. 22. It is part of a community-wide reflection on the 1967 Detroit riot and features 34 paintings, ...

New book focuses on double murder of downstate couple

By RACHEL GRECO Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange WHITE OAK TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The grey, two-story farmhouse and large wood barn that sat outside Stockbridge in 1955 isn’t there anymore. In the late 1960s, to make way for the widening a highway, Howard and Myra Herrick’s farm ...

Michigan building remodel uncovers surprise family tie

By MARY BETH SPALDING South Bend Tribune AP Member Exchange NILES, Mich.— A downtown business venture that developed seemingly out of the blue has taken on a personal meaning owner Melanie Kennedy never expected. Kennedy and her husband, Donny, lifelong Niles residents, bought the ...

Zoo in state gets new lion exhibit

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Do you hear that roar? A zoo in southwest Michigan is officially welcoming lions in a new exhibit. Binder Park Zoo’s new lion exhibit officially opened to the public on Tuesday near Battle Creek. The exhibit already includes two female African lions called Shelby ...

Government likes plan for tunnels: Musk

DETROIT (AP) — Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk says he has “verbal government approval” to build a tunnel for high-speed transportation from New York to Washington that could break ground by the end of this year. Musk didn’t say who gave him the approval, and he acknowledged that ...

Detroit officer Renee Hall hired as Dallas police chief

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas announced Wednesday that it has hired a Detroit deputy police chief to be its first female police chief and lead a department that saw several officers killed last summer when a gunman opened fire during a protest. U. Renee Hall, who starts Sept. 5, will step into the ...

Court: Munising officer has immunity

MUNISING (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of an Upper Peninsula police officer who fatally shot an unarmed man after a car chase that reached 100 mph. Timothy Mitchell’s family sued Munising Officer Justin Schlabach, saying he used excessive force at the end of a chase in ...

Snyder task force wants municipalities to prefund retiree care for new hires

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan should require municipalities to prefund new hires’ retiree medical costs and help local governments facing substantially underfunded pension and retiree health obligations, a task force created by Gov. Rick Snyder said Tuesday after ...

UM-Flint gets water money

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Flint campus of the University of Michigan is getting $400,000 from the state for costs related to the city's water crisis. The money is part of the new budget signed last week by Gov. Rick Snyder. University spokesman Rick Fitzgerald says the money is partial ...

Appeals court tosses suit in jobless benefits fraud case

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING— The Michigan appeals court on Tuesday tossed a lawsuit filed by people who were wrongly accused of defrauding the state’s unemployment benefits system, ruling that they waited too long to sue. A lawyer for the three men, who want class-action ...

Tesla driver recants, now says Autopilot not to blame for crash

By DEE-ANN DURBIN AP Auto Writer DETROIT— A Tesla driver says his car’s partially self-driving Autopilot system wasn’t responsible for a crash in Minnesota, despite what he initially told investigators. In its police report obtained by The Associated Press on Monday, the Kandiyohi ...