Michigan News

Michigan business groups back fees for cleanup, water needs

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich.— Two influential Michigan business groups on Thursday got behind fee increases proposed by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder to pay for environmental cleanup, water infrastructure and recycling needs, saying they will push the GOP-led Legislature to ...

NCAA clears Michigan State University in scandals

EAST LANSING (AP) — The NCAA cleared Michigan State University of any rules infractions in the Larry Nassar sexual-assault scandal, the school announced Thursday. The school released a letter from Jonathan Duncan, the NCAA’s vice president for enforcement, that addressed the Nassar ...

Fans stream in for 2nd day of Aretha Franklin public viewing

By JEFF KAROUB and JOSH REPLOGLE Associated Press DETROIT — Mourners streamed in for a second day Wednesday to pay their respects to Aretha Franklin, who was dressed in a different outfit for her final public viewing, as if making a costume change during a show. Fans waited festively ...

Detroit schools shut off water

DETROIT (AP) — Drinking water is being shut off at all Detroit public schools because the water in 16 of them was found to have high levels of lead or copper. Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said Wednesday that he’s turning off water at all schools “out of an abundance of caution” while ...

James, Stabenow accept 2 debates in Michigan’s Senate race

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow and her Republican opponent, John James, have made plans for two televised debates before November’s election, the first time Michigan voters will be able to watch a Senate debate in 10 years. The ...

After 30 years, time capsule lost

COLOMA, Mich. (AP) — Ex-classmates in Michigan reunited to uncover a time capsule they buried 30 years ago only to be unable to find it. The Herald-Palladium reports the seven classmates and two teachers spent two hours looking Sunday outside Coloma Junior High in southwestern ...

Snyder orders flags at half-staff

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered that U.S. and Michigan flags be lowered to half-staff for five days in honor of the late U.S. Sen. John McCain. Snyder on Monday said the flags will be lowered on all state buildings and within the state Capitol complex from ...

Michigan worshippers tend vineyards for sacramental wine

By SHERI MCWHIRTER Traverse City Record-Eagle AP Member Exchange TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Some say wine is good for the soul, a sentiment appreciated at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Old Mission Peninsula. The church campus is home to three vineyards where grapes are grown to make a ...

Detroit saying farewell in royal fashion to Queen of Soul

By JEFF KAROUB Associated Press DETROIT — Aretha Franklin had admirers the world over, but there’s no doubt the flame burned brightest in Detroit — the place she was raised and remained for most of her life. It’s difficult to separate the singer from the city, so you better think ...

Judge: Michigan laws burden independent AG candidate

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Michigan’s laws requiring independent candidates for attorney general to collect 30,000 valid voter signatures within six months are unconstitutionally burdensome, a federal judge ruled Monday, ordering that candidate Christopher ...

Democratic nominee Benson outlines election security plan

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich.— Democratic secretary of state candidate Jocelyn Benson on Tuesday unveiled a plan designed to better secure Michigan elections, calling for routine post-election audits, standardized poll worker training and a different system to crosscheck ...

Incinerator working to fix ‘rotten egg’ odor

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit incinerator is working to fix its foul odor issues amid complaints from neighbors. Detroit Renewable Energy needs to upgrade its facility to manage odors before it can be released from a 2014 consent judgment with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the ...

Teen killed, 2 others injured

EASTPOINTE, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 15-year-old boy was killed and two other people were hurt during an exchange of gunfire in a Detroit suburb. Eastpointe police said a fight broke out Saturday night at a house party. The shootout started after the organizer shut down the party. The ...

Detroit residents remember Aretha Franklin, her impact on city

By COREY WILLIAMS and JEFF KAROUB Associated Press DETROIT — To the rest of the world, she was the “Queen of Soul” — a woman whose strong and soulful voice could effortlessly jump multiple octaves whether belting out tear-jerking ballads or jump-and-shout gospel. To residents in her ...

Dad charged in shooting

DETROIT (AP) — Authorities say a man has been charged after his 2-year-old son accidentally shot and wounded himself after finding a gun under a couch at their Detroit home. The Wayne County prosecutor’s office announced Thursday that 24-year-old Johntauris Dupree Barber, also known as ...

Police officer dies

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit police officer has died after being struck earlier this month by a speeding SUV while assisting with crowd and traffic control at a neighborhood event. Police Chief James Craig announced Officer Fadi Shukur’s death Wednesday. The 30-year-old Shukur had been ...

Substance on slide identified

LAPEER, Mich. (AP)  Police say a laboratory has identified the substance left on a slide at a municipal park in eastern Michigan that burned two children. The Lapeer Police Department says the chemical was identified as sodium hydroxide, which is used in a variety of household cleaning ...

Utility plans renewables

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A municipal utility in northern Michigan plans to generate all its electricity from renewable sources such as wind and the sun by 2040. Traverse City Light & Power’s board set the goal during a meeting Tuesday. Kate Madigan of the Michigan Environmental ...

Body of Michigan man located

LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) — Montana authorities say the body of a 39-year-old Michigan man who was reported missing in the Crazy Mountains has been found. Park County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brad Bichler says in a statement that searchers found the man Wednesday afternoon in Sweet Grass County ...

Schuette picks former state Rep. Lisa Lyons as running mate

By JEFF KAROUB Associated Press DETROIT — Michigan Republican governor candidate Bill Schuette on Wednesday announced former state Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons as his running mate, a key step for the current state attorney general on the road to the November election. Lyons joined Schuette at ...