Michigan News

MSU board to consider payout to Nassar victims

By ALICE YIN Associated Press LANSING — Michigan State’s board of trustees will address a plan Friday to pay a $500 million settlement to Larry Nassar’s victims, a meeting that comes amid calls for the school’s interim president to resign over recent comments about some of the women ...

2 sentenced in death of 3 kids

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Two people blamed for the deaths of three children in a Flint, Michigan, house fire have each been sentenced to 18 to 36 years in prison. The mother of two of the children, Erica Starkey, and her acquaintance, Rodney King Jr., were sentenced Wednesday. Police say King set ...

Board set to OK redistricting measure

LANSING (AP) — The Michigan elections board is set to certify a redistricting initiative for the statewide ballot in November. The proposed constitutional amendment is backed by opponents of political gerrymandering. It would task an independent commission with drawing congressional and ...

DNR selling parcels downstate

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is preparing to auction off some of its holdings in Presque Isle County. The DNR says 41 parcels will be available in the northeastern Lower Peninsula county. They range in size from 1 acre to 32 acres. Real Estate Services ...

120 Nassar victims urge MSU board to fire Engler

By ALICE YIN Associated Press LANSING— A letter signed by 120 sexual abuse victims of former sports doctor Larry Nassar today urged Michigan State University’s governing board to oust interim president John Engler, saying he had reinforced a “culture of abuse” at the school. The ...

Woman kills worker, is charged

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit woman has been faces felony charges after her car struck and killed a construction worker. The Detroit Free Press reports that the charges against 22-year-old Samiya Speed include operating a vehicle while intoxicated, driving with a suspended license and careless ...

Ford: Detroit train station key to autonomous vehicle plans

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT— Bill Ford looks past the tons of paint, plaster and steel needed to remake Detroit’s blighted Michigan Central train station and sees more than just an iconic building in desperate need of a makeover. The executive chairman of Ford Motor Co. ...

Miss Michigan spends year promoting arts education

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Miss Michigan is ready to pass on the crown after spending a year promoting arts education at schools throughout the state. Heather Kendrick, 24, will relinquish the title Saturday when she crowns Miss Michigan 2018, the Muskegon Chronicle reported . Kendrick said her ...

Michigan enacts toughest lead rules in US

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan on Thursday began enforcing the nation’s strictest rules for lead in drinking water, a plan that eventually will result in replacing all 500,000 lead service pipes statewide in the wake of the contamination of Flint’s supply. The lead ...

Doctor pens book on her role in revealing Flint water crisis

By JEFF KAROUB Associated Press FLINT, Mich. — Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha had hard evidence that thousands of people in Flint had been exposed to toxic lead in their drinking water. The pediatrician and public health expert figured city and state officials would share her shock and join her in ...

2 kids die, one injured, in fire

BRONSON, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say two children, ages 2 and 5, have died after the camper they were in caught fire in southern Michigan. The Branch County Sheriff’s Office says the fire started around 10:30 a.m. Monday at a residence in Bronson, about 115 miles southwest of ...

Whitmer allies launch $1.8M ad campaign in governor’s race

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — A political group backing Democrat Gretchen Whitmer for governor launched a $1.8 million, five-week TV ad campaign today, marking the first time she will appeal to viewers before the August primary election. In the 30-second ad , the former ...

14 boys, no regrets: Michigan family happy the way they are

LAKEVIEW, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan couple have 14 boys. And no regrets — regardless of what online opinion-givers have to say about it. “There are some really mean people in the world. And it doesn’t matter,” said Jay Schwandt, the father of the boy brood. “We happen to be this ...

Body found in lake identified

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — The body of a 20-year-old man whose body was found in a suburban Detroit lake and shot multiple times has been identified. Authorities say the body found Thursday in Pontiac’s Osmun Lake was that of Emilio Valdez. The Oakland County sheriff’s office said Friday the ...

Flash floods hit lower Michigan

EDWARDSBURG, Mich. (AP) — Flash flooding in far southwestern Michigan has triggered evacuations and rescues of several residents. MLive.com reports the flooding started Saturday after rains overwhelmed culverts and submerged roads. Cass County Sheriff Richard Behnke says two rescues involved ...

Zoo combines 3 bear habitats, doubling space

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Zoo announced it has converted three bear habitats into one collective environment, more than doubling the space shared by three rescued grizzly bears. The renovated 20,000-square-foot (1,858-square meter) habitat aims to provide a more “naturalistic” ...

Woman, 5-year-old son die in fire

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a woman and her 5-year-old son have died following fire in mid-Michigan. The fire burned early Thursday at LaRoy Froh Townhouses in Lansing. Fire department Capt. Steve Mazurek tells the Lansing State Journal that the 30-year-old woman and her son were ...

Michigan distillery disputes village over wastewater issues

THREE OAKS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan distillery may move if the village where it is located orders the company to stop releasing byproduct containing chemicals into the sewage system. Village of Three Oaks officials said that Journeyman Distillery is violating an ordinance and overwhelming ...

Revised Medicaid work requirement bill moves on

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING— More than 500,000 able-bodied, nonelderly adults in Michigan’s Medicaid expansion program would have to work or meet related requirements to keep qualifying for government health insurance under a revised bill that cleared a major legislative ...

Residents investigate cancer rates near Michigan landfill

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A group of residents is investigating cancer rates in a western Michigan neighborhood that’s near a contaminated landfill classified as a Superfund site. Muskegon resident Pamela Anderson said that after hearing about numerous cases, she started a Facebook group ...