Michigan News

Health chief fights Flint charges

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The head of Michigan’s health department is trying to overturn a decision that sends him to trial for two deaths in the Flint water crisis. In court filings Monday, Nick Lyon’s legal team asked a judge to dismiss involuntary manslaughter and other charges. A lower ...

Southfield unveils outdoor art installation of 65 red poles

By BILL LAITNER Detroit Free Press AP Member Exchange SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Southfield’s mavens of modern art applauded after cutting the ribbon recently on metro Detroit’s most ambitious new piece of public art — described as “an abstract grove of trees.” As with most public ...

Deadline looms for claims in $75M Nassar settlement

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — Lawyers rushed to meet a Monday deadline to file lawsuits against Michigan State University to qualify for $75 million set aside for more victims of Larry Nassar. Dozens of lawsuits have been filed in the past week, including one on behalf of 21 Jane ...

Pilot dies in small plane crash

KIMBALL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a pilot of a small plane has died following a crash in Michigan. The St. Clair County sheriff’s office started looking for the plane early Thursday following a report that it was overdue in arriving at the St. Clair County International ...

Nassar loses bid for new sentence

CHARLOTTE, Mich. (AP) — Another Michigan judge has rejected Larry Nassar’s request for a new sentence in one of his three criminal cases. Eaton County Judge Janice Cunningham found no grounds to give the convicted sports doctor a new hearing Thursday. He was sentenced to at least 40 years ...

Ford recalls 2M pickup trucks

DETROIT (AP) — Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Ford is recalling about 2 million F-150 pickup trucks in North America because the seat belts can spark and cause fires. The recall, which covers trucks from the 2015 through 2018 model years, comes about one month after the National ...

Amway founder, Magic owner DeVos dies at 92

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — Billionaire Richard DeVos, co-founder of direct-selling giant Amway, owner of the Orlando Magic and father-in-law of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, died Thursday. He was 92. Family spokesman Nick Wasmiller says DeVos died at his western ...

Michigan drops conviction box from job, license applications

By DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder is ordering the state to no longer ask job applicants and people seeking certain occupational licenses to check a box if they have been convicted of a felony. Snyder, who announced the changes early today, said the box is ...

Man charged following baby’s death

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — A northern Michigan man faces an open murder charge in the death of his girlfriend’s 1-month-old daughter. Twenty-year-old Thomas Gene Weatherholt of Traverse City is being held without bond following his arraignment Tuesday. Grand Traverse County sheriff’s ...

4 tornadoes in weekend storms

BATH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Officials confirm four tornadoes touched down in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula over the weekend, knocking down trees and damaging buildings. No injuries were reported. The National Weather Service says Saturday’s tornadoes included one in Clinton County’s Bath ...

AP Exclusive: Franklin’s family says her eulogy was offensive

By DAVID BAUDER AP Media Writer NEW YORK — The late Aretha Franklin’s family said Monday that it found an Atlanta pastor’s eulogy delivered at the Queen of Soul’s funeral last week to be offensive and distasteful. The eulogist, the Rev. Jasper Williams Jr., was criticized for a ...

Gas prices down 8 cents to $2.85

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are down about 8 cents in the past week to about $2.85 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club says the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is about 23 cents more than at the same point last ...

Crews still cleaning up after storm

CADILLAC, Mich. (AP) — Crews from out of state are helping utility workers in repairing widespread electricity outages across much of western and northern Michigan caused by strong storms this week. Consumers Energy says it had nearly 29,000 homes and businesses still without power Thursday ...

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 ...