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Michigan News

Gas prices rise to $2.66 per gallon

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide have risen 5 cents from a week ago to about $2.66 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club said today the average price for self-serve regular unleaded is about 27 cents less than a year ago. AAA says lower demand as fall ...

$4M for Interlochen arts center

INTERLOCHEN, Mich. (AP) — A $4 million gift to the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula will help add housing for students, faculty and visiting artists. The recently announced gift is from the Midland-based Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation and the ...

178 cats removed from home

WEST BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A couple has been sentenced to three years’ probation after 178 cats were removed earlier this year from a suburban Detroit home. WJBK-TV reports that Jonathan and Jennifer Klein also were ordered Wednesday to pay more than $4,400 in restitution. They ...

Michigan bills target payroll fraud, bolster AG’s crackdown

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan Democrats are eager to bolster the state attorney general’s planned crackdown on payroll fraud with a series of bills aimed at closing gaps they say let business owners escape unpunished. The measures would toughen criminal penalties, ...

Indicted lawmaker back in Lansing, says treatment saved him

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Days after his colleagues formally demanded his resignation, a Michigan lawmaker under federal indictment returned to the Legislature for the first time in months Tuesday, saying his treatment for an addiction to painkillers probably saved his life. Rep. Larry Inman, a ...

Motown founder donates $4M

DETROIT (AP) — Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. is donating $4 million toward a project to expand a museum housed in the Detroit building where he built his music empire, officials announced Wednesday. Gordy’s gift, which coincides with the company’s 60th anniversary, is the ...

Fellow Democrat declares Whitmer’s roads plan dead

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — The minority leader of the Michigan House said Thursday that Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposed 45-cents-a-gallon fuel tax hike is dead in the Republican-led Legislature, adding that there are other kinds of tax increases that could pay ...

‘Disgrace’: Michigan House urges indicted lawmaker to resign

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — The Michigan House approved a resolution Thursday urging the resignation of a lawmaker who is facing federal charges over an alleged scheme to trade votes for campaign money. In the measure, which passed 98-8, the House reserved the right to take ...

Whitmer to GOP Legislature: Stop ‘screwing around’ on roads

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday that the Republican-led Legislature should stop “screwing around” and present her with a viable plan to raise up to $2.5 billion in new revenue for roads. A legislative leader meanwhile accused Whitmer of fabricating a crisis and said ...

Survey finds new auto technology can annoy drivers

DETROIT (AP) — Alerts from new driver assist systems can be so annoying that some motorists are turning the features off, according to a new survey. The 2019 J.D. Power Tech Experience Index study also found that frustrated drivers may avoid the systems in future vehicle purchases. That's a ...

Detroit center replaces name of ex-mayor with racist past

By JEFF KAROUB Associated Press DETROIT — The home of Detroit’s annual auto show and other major events has officially changed its name to the TCF Center and moved on from its original name, which honored a former mayor known for racist and segregationist policies, officials announced ...

Candidate who wanted city as white ‘as possible’ ends run

MARYSVILLE (AP) — A city council candidate in Michigan who said last week that she wants to keep her community white “as much as possible” withdrew from the council race on Monday. Jean Cramer stopped by Marysville City Hall to say she was leaving the race and later, at the request of ...

Lawsuit filed over rollback of child immigrant protections

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Nineteen states — including Michigan — and the District of Columbia sued on Monday over the Trump administration’s effort to alter a federal agreement that limits how long immigrant children can be kept in detention. “We wish to protect children from ...

Beer returns to Labor festival

BELDING, Mich. (AP) — A popular Labor Day weekend festival in western Michigan is turning to beer to raise cash. Organizers of the festival in Belding hope a beer tent will help pay bills and build a financial cushion for 2020. The event hasn't had a beer tent since the 1970s. Belding ...

Strong apple harvest forecast

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan apple growers are expecting another strong showing this fall. A crop estimate of 25.25 million bushels was announced Friday. That's about the same as the harvest in 2018. Executive Director Diane Smith of the Michigan Apple Committee says the estimate is ...

Out for coffee, chief saves life

MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A police chief getting a morning coffee suddenly had a more urgent priority: He shed his shirt and boots and jumped into a pond to save a woman whose car was in the water in Ingham County. Meridian Township Chief Ken Plaga and Sgt. Ed Bensonen got the car door ...

Search for girls suspended

MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have suspended a search for remains of missing girls after digging last week in suburban Detroit. Warren police Commissioner Bill Dwyer tells WWJ-AM “items of interest” were found. Details weren’t released. He says family members of missing ...

3 wounded in shooting

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a weekend shooting outside a nightclub in suburban Detroit left three people wounded. The Oakland County sheriff’s office says deputies responded early Sunday to Vogue Nightclub in Pontiac after a person in the club was asked to leave and threatened to ...

Michigan gas prices up 2 cents

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide have risen 2 cents from a week ago to about $2.72 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club said Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded is about 23 cents less than a year ago and could be at the lowest ...

Lawsuit challenges mandatory dues for Michigan attorneys

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING (AP) — A new lawsuit challenges Michigan’s requirement that lawyers pay full dues to the State Bar, alleging it violates their constitutional rights to free speech and association in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that prohibits ...