Michigan News

Hospital to pay $90K in OT case

DETROIT (AP) — The federal government says a Detroit-based hospital system has agreed to pay $90,000 in an overtime dispute with 22 employees. The employees work in the cardiac sonography department at Henry Ford Health System. The U.S. Labor Department says sonographers would start up to ...

Heinz Awards: Doc in Flint, Michigan, water crisis, 4 others

By JOE MANDAK Associated Press PITTSBURGH — A pediatrician who helped call attention to childhood health risks from exposure to lead in Flint, Michigan’s water supply is one of five people being honored with $250,000 prizes from the Pittsburgh-based Heinz Family Foundation. The ...

EPA head: No renewable fuel promise made to ex-Trump adviser

By TOM KRISHER Associated Press DETROIT — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has told a group of senators he never made any promises to billionaire investor Carl Icahn about renewable fuel credits that were costing one of Icahn’s companies millions of dollars. Pruitt ...

Kid Rock opens concert with no political announcement

By COREY WILLIAMS and DAVID EGGERT Associated Press DETROIT — In the end, the political aspirations of musician Kid Rock were not laid bare Tuesday night before thousands of screaming fans when the rocker performed the first of six concerts at a new sports arena in Detroit. For much ...

Tomlin among Detroit speakers

DETROIT (AP) — Organizers of the fourth annual Detroit Homecoming are bringing in professionals with Detroit ties in hopes of convincing them to invest or reinvest in the city. The three-day event starts today with an invitation-only gathering at the Michigan Central train station. Speakers ...

Michigan Attorney General Schuette announces run for governor

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press MIDLAND, Mich. — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette launched a bid for governor Tuesday, entering as the Republican front-runner by promising to be a “jobs governor” who would cut income taxes and high auto insurance premiums and not accept that ...

House bills extend 0.08 drunken driving limit for 5 years

LANSING (AP) — Legislation up for a vote in Michigan’s Legislature would continue the state’s 0.08 blood-alcohol limit for drunken driving until 2023. The limit is set to return to 0.10 in 2018, putting federal funding at risk unless lawmakers act. Legislators first moved to the 0.08 ...

Lawmaker cleared to run

DETROIT (AP) — A former state lawmaker who wants a seat on the Detroit City Council has a clear path to the ballot. The Michigan Supreme Court is interested in the case of Virgil Smith. But nothing will happen before the Nov. 7 election. Smith had agreed not to seek elective office for ...

Son charged in mom’s death

WHEATFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 19-year-old Lansing-area man has been charged in the shooting death of his 51-year-old mother. Andrew Willson was arraigned Monday in 55th District Court in Mason on open murder and gun charges. Lisa Willson was found dead Friday morning in their ...

States sue Trump administration over fuel economy fines

By DEE-ANN DURBIN AP Auto Writer DETROIT — New York, California and three other states are suing the Trump administration, saying it must put in place higher penalties for automakers that violate federal fuel economy standards. The U.S. Department of Transportation more than doubled ...

Michigan’s Trott will not seek re-election to House

By ERICA WERNER and THOMAS BEAUMONT Associated Press WASHINGTON— Veteran Republicans are bailing on Congress in growing numbers, as GOP control of Washington fails to produce the unity or legislative successes party leaders wish for. With President Donald Trump willing, if not eager, ...

No summer homicides in Saginaw

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — Police in Saginaw say the city had no homicides between Memorial Day and Labor Day for the first time in decades. Police Chief Bob Ruth tells The Saginaw News that it’s been a busy summer but “extreme violence has been down a little bit.” A 41-year-old man was ...

Michigan Guard sending help

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Army National Guard is sending more than 1,000 soldiers to the South to help people affected by Hurricane Irma. Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais says Guard members “are anxious to get down there” as soon as possible. The Guard says it will be providing ...

Michigan youth cycling nonprofit receives foundation grant

By ERIN SLOAN Traverse City Record-Eagle An AP Member Exchange TRAVERSE CITY— Big dreams are becoming a reality for the Norte Youth Cycling group’s Executive Director Ty Schmidt. “We have all these dreams of dreaming big; we’re such a small, scrappy nonprofit — there’s ...

Tannery sludge at Michigan landfill tied to water pollution

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Superfund landfill suspected of chemically polluting a Michigan water system once accepted toxic sludge from a leather tannery that used the same chemical compounds, according to state records and a former truck driver. Sand Lake resident Earl Tefft told ...

Michigan farmer grows crops in shipping containers

By JIM HARGER The Grand Rapids Press An AP Member Exchange GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Brian Harris is not a traditional farmer. But neither is the tender kale, spicy arugula and crispy pak choi he raises inside of a converted freight container on the edge of downtown Grand ...

Woman who chose baby instead of chemotherapy has died

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan woman who sacrificed the chance to prolong her life in order to give birth to her sixth child died early Saturday, her husband said. Nick DeKlyen told The Associated Press that his wife, Carrie DeKlyen, died surrounded by family at University of Michigan Hospital ...

Study: Auto insurers illegally charge women more in Michigan

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — A group defending Michigan’s auto insurance system says it has uncovered instances of insurers illegally selling more expensive policies to women and widowed drivers, raising questions about state oversight of rating practices as the industry ...

Library asks for $20K to balance budget

By MARY WARDELL Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The Peter White Public Library is asking to double its revenue sharing from the city in the upcoming fiscal year, an increase of $20,000, in order to balance its budget. In the last of the Marquette City Commission’s special budget ...

City budget heads to commission for approval

By MARY WARDELL Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Next year’s city budget is balanced with no tax hikes or increases to water/sewer rates, though budget amendments are expected as details emerge from the Johnson Controls energy performance contract. The Marquette City Commission ...