Michigan News

Ex-MSU president gets $2.5M retirement payout

By JEFF KAROUB Associated Press EAST LANSING — The former Michigan State University president accused of lying about her knowledge of allegations against sports doctor Larry Nassar is getting about $2.5 million as part of a retirement package and agreed not to sue the school, it was ...

Emergency declared for Lake Co.

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency for Lake County, which is grappling with the effects of heavy rainfall and flooding from a storm more than a week ago. Whitmer’s declaration Monday makes available state resources to help the county in northern Michigan ...

5 governors push presidential candidates to aid Great Lakes

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — Five Democratic governors of states in the Great Lakes region Monday urged the candidates in next year’s presidential election to support a plan for safeguarding their shared waters by boosting federal spending on treatment plants and environmental cleanups. Led by ...

Who’s on each night of the 2020 debates in Detroit

By The Associated Press The second set of Democratic presidential debates will be tonight and Wednesday in Detroit, with 20 candidates spread evenly over two nights. NIGHT 1 Steve Bullock, Montana governor Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana John Delaney, former congressman from ...

2nd Dem debate will be some candidates’ last chance to shine

DETROIT (AP) — Democrats gathering in Detroit for a pivotal presidential debate will have to decide, once again, how to respond to President Donald Trump while presenting their own vision for the country. Candidates are sure to use the high-profile setting tonight and Wednesday to blast ...

Water bill help available

DETROIT (AP) — The Great Lakes Water Authority is making available more than $1.2 million to help some customers in Detroit and Flint with current and past-due water bills. The authority’s board has approved the transfer of additional Water Residential Assistance Program funding. The ...

Trump touts economy, but not everyone in Michigan feeling it

SAGINAW (AP) — A bright mural welcomes people to downtown Saginaw, where a new indoor market opened along the riverfront last year — part of the city’s decades-long effort to reinvent itself after the auto industry started leaving. Inside the market, vendors sell falafel, fresh-baked pies ...

Researchers tracking grass carp

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan and Ohio crews are surveying several Lake Erie bays and river mouths this summer in search of invasive grass carp. They’re hoping to capture some of the fish and install transmitters enabling researchers to track their movements. A network of receivers ...

Man fatally shoots escaped alligator

DAYTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A man fatally shot an escaped alligator after he says the reptile lunged at him at his rural Michigan property. Derrick Fells says he was collecting minnows Saturday in Tuscola County’s Dayton Township when he heard a “hissing” sound and the alligator ...

Michigan Rep. Mitchell won’t seek 3rd term in Congress

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Second-term Republican Rep. Paul Mitchell of Michigan announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election to Congress, citing a desire to focus on his family and expressing frustration with his time in Washington. The decision was a surprise because Mitchell is 62 and ...

Weather runs gamut for Port Huron to Mackinac sailboat race

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — The roughly 200 sailboats participating in this year’s annual Port Huron to Mackinac race experienced heavy rain and wind as well as more agreeable conditions on their lengthwise journey of Lake Huron. The Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race started Saturday ...

Detroit Mayor Duggan endorsing Biden for president

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden in the race to challenge Donald Trump in the 2020 race for the White House. As vice president under Barack Obama, Biden “was just a great friend of Detroit,” Duggan told The Associated Press on ...

US hotels caught in fight over housing detained migrants

DETROIT (AP) — There’s a new target in the clash over immigration: hotels. Advocacy groups and unions are pressuring Marriott, MGM and others not to house migrants who have been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. For decades, the U.S. government has occasionally ...

Michigan leukemia survivor reunites with bone marrow donor

By ALYSSA BURR MLive.com AP Member Exchange CALEDONIA— Leukemia survivor Bob Falkenberg had one important stop to make on his cross country bike ride, and that was to the home of his bone marrow donor, Jason Rottman. Rottman and Falkenberg greeted each other with an embrace in front of ...

Pageant winner ousted

DETROIT (AP) — The Miss World America organization has stripped its Michigan pageant winner of her title, which she says was because of tweets she made about Muslims and black people. Kathy Zhu was crowned the pageant’s Michigan winner last week. She’s a University of Michigan ...

Body identified as Detroit woman

ANGOLA, Ind. (AP) — Authorities on Sunday identified a Michigan woman who was found dead 20 years ago in a northeastern Indiana field, renewing the investigation into her “suspicious” death. The Steuben County Sheriff’s Department said they followed hundreds of leads to try to identify ...

800K lose power in storms

DETROIT (AP) — Crews are working to restore power after heavy storms over two days knocked out power for over 800,000 Michigan homes and businesses. Two utilities say it could take until Wednesday to restore power for everyone. Detroit-based DTE Energy said Sunday afternoon that roughly ...

100s attend veteran’s funeral

NILES, Mich. (AP) — Hundreds of people attended the funeral for a Vietnam veteran from Michigan who had no known living relatives. Sixty-seven-year-old Wayne “Sarge” Wilson of Niles died during heart surgery in May, years after he’d made funeral arrangements for himself at Brown ...

Michigan cuts pot fees in 19 cities impacted by drug war

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan regulators announced Thursday a cut in marijuana licensing fees for prospective business owners living in 19 cities whose residents were disproportionately impacted by the drug war. Under the new “social equity” program, applicants ...