Michigan News

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 ...

Businessman accused of sign theft

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) — An elected official in suburban Detroit is charged with stealing the campaign signs of a candidate running for school board. Stuart Sherr is a wealthy businessman and a member of the Bloomfield Hills City Commission. He’s accused of illegally removing the ...

State of emergency in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency in Grand Rapids, qualifying the city for additional assistance as it copes with power outages and cleans up from storms. Whitmer says the declaration gives Grand Rapids additional resources beyond what it’s ...

Court revives Porsche dispute

OKEMOS, Mich. (AP) — Was a $100,000 Porsche a lemon? The Michigan appeals court says a Kent County woman will get a second chance to make her case with a jury. Jane Meyering bought a new Porsche Cayenne in 2015, but she sued after having problems with the heating-and-cooling system. The ...

Dingell visitation today

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — A public visitation will be held in Michigan to honor John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in history, who died last week at age 92. The visitation will be today at Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in his hometown of Dearborn, a Detroit suburb. ...

Holocaust survivor from Hungary tracks down stolen artwork

By ORALANDAR BRAND-WILLIAMS The Detroit News AP Member Exchange FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. — Clara Garbon-Radnoti has painful memories of the Holocaust, which claimed the lives of more than 6 million European Jews during World War II, including more than 500,000 from her native ...

Detroit fires see dramatic decline, union chief says he doubts the data

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit has seen a dramatic decline in the number of fires over the last five years, which fire department officials credit to the city’s aggressive blight elimination, bolstered arson investigations and community education efforts. According to the Detroit Fire ...

Michigan regulators open probe of fire that cut gas supply

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan regulators opened an investigation Thursday into a compressor station fire that sparked concerns about keeping natural gas flowing to millions of people during a snap of bitterly cold temperatures. The Public Service Commission, which regulates utilities, voted ...

Man sentenced in teens’ deaths

BEDFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP)  A 50-year-old man who didn’t fight charges after a crash killed two teenage siblings as they walked near a southeastern Michigan roadway has been sentenced to a minimum of 11¢ years in prison. Raymond Reyome of Erie Township learned his punishment Thursday ...

Michigan man gets life without parole in 6 shooting deaths

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A man who fatally shot six strangers in southwestern Michigan was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison with no chance of parole, and some loved ones of those he killed said they believe he’ll face a greater, more permanent punishment. “Someday when you die and you ...

Should fort site be national park?

DETROIT (AP) — Two lawmakers are pushing to have the site of a military fort in southwest Detroit designated as a national park. Democratic state Sen. Stephanie Chang and Detroit City Councilwoman Raquel Castaneda-Lopez want the city to deed Historic Fort Wayne to the federal government. ...

Whitmer wants energy report

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is asking the Michigan Public Service Commission to study the adequacy of the state’s energy supply and its ability to deliver natural gas, electricity and propane. Whitmer’s request Monday to the Michigan Public Service Commission followed a ...

Community unites around musician after illness

BY PATTI BRANDT BURGESS Traverse City Record-Eagle AP Member Exchange TRAVERSE CITY— Local musician Levi Britton’s recent endocarditis — an infection of the lining of the heart — likely started with a bad tooth. It ended with open heart surgery to repair his mitral valve, which ...

Whitmer revamps environmental agency after Flint water crisis

By JOHN FLESHER and DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING,— Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took steps Monday to restructure and rename the state environmental agency that drew criticism for its handling of the Flint water crisis under former Gov. Rick Snyder. The Michigan Department of ...

Nessel to address LGBT rights

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel plans to speak at a meeting in which civil rights officials could ask her to reconsider her predecessor’s opinion that state law doesn’t protect LGBT people from discrimination . The Michigan Civil Rights Commission will decide today ...