Michigan News

Lawmakers may forgive snow days after frigid temps

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan lawmakers are considering whether to cut schools some slack after frigid temperatures and other weather caused a high number of snow days. State law forgives K-12 districts from making up six days that have been canceled for emergencies, ...

Property owners lose appeal

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge to a Saginaw ordinance that requires owners of vacant properties to allow the city to enter if the property becomes dangerous. Several owners refused to register and filed a lawsuit, saying they had no obligation to agree ...

U of M pulls in $5.28B in campaign

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan says it pulled in $5.28 billion during its multi-year fundraising campaign that wrapped up at the end of 2018. The Ann Arbor school earlier this month released the final results of its “Victors for Michigan “ campaign, which saw more ...

Actor Curtis Armstrong gifts film, TV mementos to Oakland U

OAKLAND, Mich. (AP) — Actor Curtis Armstrong is donating collectables from his 30-year career in film and television to the archives of his alma mater, Oakland University. Twenty boxes filled with annotated scripts, behind-the-scenes photos, contracts, actor interviews, press clippings, and ...

Help sought after dogs rescued

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit animal control agency is asking the public for help after rescuing 53 dogs from being hoarded. Macomb County Animal Control says the dogs were seized Wednesday while a Sterling Heights man was loading them into a moving van to take them to a ...

Program offers youth enrichment

DETROIT (AP) — A youth enrichment program that offers free classes on life skills, academics and physical activity is coming to Detroit. The city says Saturdays in The D will start March 2. It is open to any kindergarten through 12th grade student who lives in Detroit. Classes will be held ...

Body of missing sledder found

SPENCER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Divers have recovered the body of a snowmobiler who drove into open water on a lake in western Michigan. Sgt. Joel Roon of the Kent County Sheriff’s Office says the body of 29-year-old Joseph Brown was found Thursday afternoon in water 50-60 feet (15-18 ...

Groups back Asian carp plan

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Hunting and fishing groups have teamed up to support a plan for preventing Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes. They have formed the Great Lakes Conservation Coalition, which will push for funding of a strategy proposed by the U.S. Army Corps of ...

Dressed for success?

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday criticized a Detroit TV station’s decision to air a story about the reaction to the dress she wore during her State of the State speech, which featured numerous unflattering or sexist comments about her ...

Lawmakers block Whitmer order

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Republican lawmakers on Thursday blocked Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s bid to restructure the state environmental agency — the first time the Legislature has rejected a gubernatorial executive order since 1977. The GOP-led Senate voted ...

Groups back Asian carp plan

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Hunting and fishing groups have teamed up to support a plan for preventing Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes. They have formed the Great Lakes Conservation Coalition, which will push for funding of a strategy proposed by the U.S. Army Corps of ...

Help sought after dogs rescued

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit animal control agency is asking the public for help after rescuing 53 dogs from being hoarded. Macomb County Animal Control says the dogs were seized Wednesday while a Sterling Heights man was loading them into a moving van to take them to a ...

Dressed for success? Whitmer SOTS address clothing object of broadcast coverage

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday criticized a Detroit TV station’s decision to air a story about the reaction to the dress she wore during her State of the State speech, which featured numerous unflattering or sexist comments about her ...

Nessel asked to review how wage, sick day laws were gutted

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel was asked Wednesday to review the constitutionality of Michigan Republicans’ unprecedented maneuver to significantly scale back minimum wage increases and paid sick leave requirements, which are due to take ...

State of emergency in Ionia County

DETROIT (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency for Ionia County to help it recover from recent flooding in Portland and other winter weather effects. The declaration Wednesday also noted recent ice storm damage in the city of Belding and authorizes the Michigan State ...

Forfeitures in drug cases eyed

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Legislation advancing in Michigan would limit law enforcement’s ability to take ownership of cash and other property in drug cases that don’t result in convictions. The Senate voted 36-2 Wednesday, sending the bill to the House. It was the first vote on a bill by ...

Whitmer says roads, education in crisis; touts tuition plan

DAVID EGGERT Associated Press and Journal Staff LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday identified two major crises facing Michigan — aging infrastructure and a lagging education system — while promising to soon propose a “real solution” to fix the roads and touting a ...

Biden: Longtime Rep. John Dingell treated all with ‘dignity’

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Longtime Rep. John Dingell knew that jobs were about more than collecting a paycheck, and that health care meant more than just good health. Both were about dignity, former Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday while eulogizing the longest serving member of Congress in ...

Whitmer to focus on magnitude of road problem in speech

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday she will discuss the magnitude of Michigan’s problem with poor roads and bridges in her first State of the State address, appealing to the public to give feedback on the costs of pothole-ridden ...

Public honors late John Dingell, longest-serving congressman

By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press DEARBORN — Hundreds of John Dingell’s former constituents lined up Monday at a performing arts center in suburban Detroit to pay their respects to the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history, passing his flag-covered coffin and offering ...