Michigan News

2 cops arraigned in tavern case

D ETROIT (AP) — A former Detroit police commander who was working off-duty as a tavern security officer has been arraigned on assault, neglect of duty and other charges after a 42-year-old man was injured while being forced from the business. The Wayne County prosecutor’s office ...

House votes to create private industry panel to advise DEQ

By ALICE YIN Associated Press and Journal staff LANSING — A bill to integrate private business stakeholders with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s rule-making process narrowly passed the Republican-controlled state House on Tuesday, infuriating Democrats who fear another ...

Protesters gather at Snyder’s office

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — About 100 people crowded into Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s office lobby to demand that the state continue to provide bottled water to Flint residents. MLive.com reports the protesters gathered Tuesday for about 40 minutes until they said they were denied a meeting. ...

Group turns in petitions for $12 minimum wage

By ALICE YIN Associated Press LANSING — Paying Michigan workers $12 an hour by 2022 and phasing out the reduced minimum wage for tipped workers could be put to a popular vote this fall. On Monday, the Michigan One Fair Wage group submitted 373,507 signatures in support of annually ...

Michigan board: Civil rights law bars LGBT discrimination

By DAVID EGGERT and JEFF KAROUB Associated Press LANSING — A Michigan agency will for the first time process complaints of discrimination against LGBT people after a board said Monday that the state’s civil rights law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender ...

2 schools closed after mercury found

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Two suburban Detroit schools have been temporarily closed after a science experiment found high levels of mercury in a water sample. The Rochester Community Schools district says students were dismissed early Monday and classes at Van Hoosen Middle School and ...

Man ordered to pay $2K for graffiti

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A former Eastern Michigan University student who admitted to painting racist graffiti on campus has been ordered to pay more than $2,000 in restitution. The Ann Arbor News reports 29-year-old Eddie Curlin learned his punishment Monday after earlier pleading guilty to ...

Girl hurt after bus windows are shot

MOUNT MORRIS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Police say a 10-year-old girl was injured by broken glass after two windows were shot out of a school bus in Michigan. Mount Morris Township police Chief Terence Green says pellet and airsoft guns were used to shoot windows on the bus carrying students ...

Gas station clerk shot to death

WYOMING, Mich. (AP) — A 49-year-old gas station clerk in western Michigan has been fatally shot during an apparent robbery. The station’s owner tells WOOD-TV that a man was in the gas station about 6 a.m. Monday and demanded money. The owner says he told the man he didn’t have anything ...

Clerk: Conyers III short of valid signatures for ballot

DETROIT (AP) — The son of former U.S. Rep. John Conyers will not have his name printed on the Aug. 7 Democratic primary ballot to replace his father. Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett decided Monday that John Conyers III had fewer than the 1,000 valid nominating petition signatures ...

AP Interview: Unemployment exemption gone from Medicaid bill

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — The sponsor of proposed Medicaid work requirements said Monday that lawmakers are removing a provision to exempt recipients who live in Michigan counties with high unemployment, saying it would have been too difficult to administer and denying ...

Trooper injured in crash

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan state trooper was treated for minor injuries after a woman suspected of drunk driving crashed into his parked patrol car. Michigan State Police tweeted that Trooper Matt Unterbrink was assisting another officer by using his car to block traffic on Interstate 96 when ...

Northern states taking down vestiges of racism, intolerance

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — A nearly 80-year-old statue depicting a European settler with a weapon in his hand towering over a Native American that some say celebrates white supremacy has been dismantled by crews in southwestern Michigan’s Kalamazoo. And at the ...

Corpses pulled from fire

SWARTZ CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Nearly a dozen corpses awaiting services have been pulled from a fire at Flint-area funeral home. Authorities say the 11 bodies were removed Wednesday night from a walk-in cooler at Sharp Funeral Home in Swartz Creek by building staff and firefighters. The fire at ...

Advocates march for man seeking sanctuary in Michigan church

DETROIT (AP) — A group of immigrant advocates is walking from Detroit to Lansing to bring attention to an Albanian man seeking sanctuary in a Detroit church. The 90-mile journey started Monday at Central United Methodist Church in Detroit, where 48-year-old Ded Rranxburgaj has taken refuge ...

AP FACT CHECK: Tesla safety claims aren’t quite right

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT — For years, Tesla has boasted that its cars and SUVs are safer than other vehicles on the roads, and CEO Elon Musk doubled down on the claims in a series of tweets this week. The electric vehicles are under intense scrutiny from federal investigators, ...

$500M settlement reached with MSU in Nassar case

By DAVID EGGERT and ED WHITE Associated Press LANSING — Michigan State University agreed to pay $500 million to settle claims from more than 300 women and girls who said they were assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar in the worst sex-abuse case in sports history, officials said. The ...

Michigan cross removed from state land after complaint

GRASS LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A large white cross that’s been in Jackson County for nearly 70 years has been taken down after a complaint over the religious symbol standing on state-owned land. The Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists asked the state Department of Natural ...

Jury convicts Michigan man of killing gas station clerk

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP)  Jurors convicted a man Wednesday of kidnapping and killing a western Michigan gas station clerk whose body has never been found. The Muskegon County jury deliberated about 1Ω hours before finding Jeffrey Willis, 48, guilty of first-degree murder in the death of ...

Ford production resuming

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is resuming production of its F-150 pickup following a fire at a plant where parts for the vehicle are made. The automaker said on Wednesday that work will restart Friday at the Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan. Production of Ford’s Super Duty at its Louisville, ...