Michigan News

Muskegon Co. voters reject tax

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Residents in a western Michigan county Tuesday voted against adopting a special tax to fund programs for children and families. Supporters had said the money could be used to prevent youth violence, provide after-school opportunities and offer employment help. A ...

Grand Rapids voters OK tax

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Voters in Grand Rapids have authorized a tax to support the city’s library system for another 20 years. The proposal was on Tuesday’s general election ballot. The tax began in 1997, when voters agreed to help the library pay off a bond for building projects and ...

Incumbent in Detroit mayor race defeats Coleman Young II

DETROIT (AP) — Incumbent Mike Duggan will serve a second term as Detroit’s mayor after defeating state Sen. Coleman Young II in Tuesday’s election. Young, the son of Detroit’s first black mayor Coleman A. Young, conceded the race as Duggan held a commanding lead with nearly all of the ...

Incumbent Weaver survives recall, remains Flint’s mayor

DETROIT (AP) — Incumbent Karen Weaver survived a recall effort to remain Flint’s mayor as the Michigan city slowly recovers from a lead-contaminated water crisis. Weaver won Tuesday’s winner-takes-all election and will serve the final two years of her four-year term. The lengthy ballot ...

Michigan Senate looks to allow concealed guns in schools

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — The Republican-controlled Michigan Senate on Tuesday began passing legislation to let people with extra training carry guns inside churches, schools and other places now off limits. The bills were approved by a committee on 3-2 party-line votes, two ...

Big money at stake in court case involving teachers

LANSING (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a case that will determine whether more than $550 million will be returned to school employees who had money deducted for retiree health care. Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration wants to keep the money but so far has lost in ...

17 people try to oust Flint mayor in winner-takes-all recall

DETROIT (AP) — Seventeen people are vying to oust the mayor of Flint today as the city slowly recovers from a lead-contaminated water crisis. Mayor Karen Weaver faces recall in a winner-takes-all election in which winner will serve the final two years of her current term. The lengthy ...

Bill lets teachers carry guns

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican lawmakers are renewing their attempt to let gun owners carry their weapons inside Michigan schools, day care centers and other gun-free zones. Fast-tracked legislation up for a vote in a Senate committee today would allow concealed pistol license holders ...

Museum gets music exhibit

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan museum is getting a new exhibit that explores the connection between music and politics. The “Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics” exhibit will arrive at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum on Tuesday, The Grand Rapids Press reports . It ...

Michigan man turns building into space for art, music

By RACHEL GRECO Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange CHARLOTTE, Mich. — Richard Turbin was newly-divorced and looking for something larger than life to throw himself into when he first discovered the space in downtown Charlotte. Twenty-four years ago he needed a flash light to walk ...

Michigan family turns beekeeping into a business

By HEATHER JORDAN The Saginaw News AP Member Exchange UNIONVILLE, Mich. — About 10 years ago, Josh and Jodie Kieliszewski noticed a wild swarm of bees had made a home in one of the trees on their property in rural Unionville in Michigan. Josh Kieliszewski, an agriculture science teacher ...

Water woes bubble below the surface in Flint recall election

By JEFF KAROUB Associated Press DETROIT  — Karen Weaver was elected mayor of Flint two years ago arguing that her predecessor had bungled the response to the city’s lead-contaminated water crisis. Seventeen other people now believe they can do a better job and are seeking to oust her ...

Investigatory interview of Michigan’s top cop not released

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan State Police declined Wednesday to release a transcript or summary of an investigatory interview with the law enforcement agency’s director over her decision to share a Facebook post calling NFL players who kneel during the national ...

Tesla posts record quarterly loss of $619M on Model 3 delays

By DEE-ANN DURBIN AP Auto Writer DETROIT— Tesla Inc.’s first attempt at high-volume production isn’t going as well as it hoped — and the company has a record quarterly loss to show for it. Tesla posted a $619 million loss in the third quarter as it spent heavily to clear up ...

Artist, designer turning Flint water bottles into fashion

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — An artist and a fashion designer are planning to make clothing out of the water bottles piling up from the lead-tainted water crisis in Flint. Conceptual artist Mel Chin has teamed up with Detroit native Tracy Reese and the Queens Museum in New York City. They plan to ...

State lawmakers OK bill that includes vetoed spending

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan lawmakers gave final approval Tuesday to a supplemental budget bill that would fund a statewide tracking system for rape evidence and also restore roughly $3 million, or more than half, of spending that Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed months ...

17-year-old gets 40-100 years

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A 17-year-old Grand Rapids-area youth has been sentenced to 40 to 100 years in prison in the strangulation death of his 18-year-old half-sister. Seventeen-year-old Savon Schmus learned his sentence Monday after pleading guilty earlier this month Monday to murder in ...

Police ID buggy crash victims

SHERIDAN, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State Police have identified the parents injured when a horse-drawn buggy and pickup truck collided, killing three of their children. They say 40-year-old buggy driver Paul Martin of Sheridan was in stable condition Monday at a Flint hospital. His wife, ...

Bill OKs electric bicycles on trails

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — New Michigan laws will allow bicyclists to use electric-assisted bikes on roads and paved trails. The legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on Monday defines the bikes in law and classifies them based on speed and other factors. Under current law, e-bikes are treated ...