Michigan News

Michigan worshippers tend vineyards for sacramental wine

By SHERI MCWHIRTER Traverse City Record-Eagle AP Member Exchange TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Some say wine is good for the soul, a sentiment appreciated at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Old Mission Peninsula. The church campus is home to three vineyards where grapes are grown to make a ...

Detroit saying farewell in royal fashion to Queen of Soul

By JEFF KAROUB Associated Press DETROIT — Aretha Franklin had admirers the world over, but there’s no doubt the flame burned brightest in Detroit — the place she was raised and remained for most of her life. It’s difficult to separate the singer from the city, so you better think ...

Judge: Michigan laws burden independent AG candidate

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Michigan’s laws requiring independent candidates for attorney general to collect 30,000 valid voter signatures within six months are unconstitutionally burdensome, a federal judge ruled Monday, ordering that candidate Christopher ...

Democratic nominee Benson outlines election security plan

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich.— Democratic secretary of state candidate Jocelyn Benson on Tuesday unveiled a plan designed to better secure Michigan elections, calling for routine post-election audits, standardized poll worker training and a different system to crosscheck ...

Incinerator working to fix ‘rotten egg’ odor

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit incinerator is working to fix its foul odor issues amid complaints from neighbors. Detroit Renewable Energy needs to upgrade its facility to manage odors before it can be released from a 2014 consent judgment with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the ...

Teen killed, 2 others injured

EASTPOINTE, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 15-year-old boy was killed and two other people were hurt during an exchange of gunfire in a Detroit suburb. Eastpointe police said a fight broke out Saturday night at a house party. The shootout started after the organizer shut down the party. The ...

Detroit residents remember Aretha Franklin, her impact on city

By COREY WILLIAMS and JEFF KAROUB Associated Press DETROIT — To the rest of the world, she was the “Queen of Soul” — a woman whose strong and soulful voice could effortlessly jump multiple octaves whether belting out tear-jerking ballads or jump-and-shout gospel. To residents in her ...

Dad charged in shooting

DETROIT (AP) — Authorities say a man has been charged after his 2-year-old son accidentally shot and wounded himself after finding a gun under a couch at their Detroit home. The Wayne County prosecutor’s office announced Thursday that 24-year-old Johntauris Dupree Barber, also known as ...

Police officer dies

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit police officer has died after being struck earlier this month by a speeding SUV while assisting with crowd and traffic control at a neighborhood event. Police Chief James Craig announced Officer Fadi Shukur’s death Wednesday. The 30-year-old Shukur had been ...

Substance on slide identified

LAPEER, Mich. (AP)  Police say a laboratory has identified the substance left on a slide at a municipal park in eastern Michigan that burned two children. The Lapeer Police Department says the chemical was identified as sodium hydroxide, which is used in a variety of household cleaning ...

Utility plans renewables

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A municipal utility in northern Michigan plans to generate all its electricity from renewable sources such as wind and the sun by 2040. Traverse City Light & Power’s board set the goal during a meeting Tuesday. Kate Madigan of the Michigan Environmental ...

Body of Michigan man located

LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) — Montana authorities say the body of a 39-year-old Michigan man who was reported missing in the Crazy Mountains has been found. Park County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brad Bichler says in a statement that searchers found the man Wednesday afternoon in Sweet Grass County ...

Schuette picks former state Rep. Lisa Lyons as running mate

By JEFF KAROUB Associated Press DETROIT — Michigan Republican governor candidate Bill Schuette on Wednesday announced former state Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons as his running mate, a key step for the current state attorney general on the road to the November election. Lyons joined Schuette at ...

Old churches, schools used for housing in Michigan

By BRYCE AIRGOOD Detroit Free Press AP Member Exchange BERKLEY, Mich. — When Berkley resident Eric Wheeler found out Our Lady of La Salette School could be redeveloped into a five-story apartment complex, he was worried. Wheeler’s house shares a lot line with the property. What would ...

Charges dismissed in 2003 slaying; man released

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT— A Detroit man who spent about 15 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit was released Wednesday— on his birthday. A review determined that Aaron Salter’s case was primarily based on mistaken identification and the charges against him ...

Pastor apologizes for remarks

BRIGHTON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan pastor apologized to a woman who said she was shamed for breastfeeding inside a church in a Detroit suburb. Amy Marchant, 29, said a church leader privately messaged her on Facebook after she nursed her child at The Naz Church in Brighton two months ...

AP Source: Soul icon Aretha Franklin is seriously ill

NEW YORK (AP) — Fans and friends, including Mariah Carey and Missy Elliott, offered prayers and well wishes to Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, who is seriously ill. Queen Bey dedicated her performance with husband, Jay Z, to the Queen of Soul drawing a thunderous roar from Aretha Franklin’s ...

Sculpture planned for Native American cemetery to be moved

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A new sculpture planned for a Native American burial site in western Michigan is being relocated after a tribe raised concerns it would disturb sacred ground. Construction was already underway to place the 16-foot (4.9-meter) granite sculpture, “All My Relations,” ...

Freed Michigan juvenile lifer gets chance at motherhood

By NICQUEL TERRY The Detroit News AP Member Exchange DETROIT— Kimberly Simmons never had a chance to raise her first daughter. Sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder and arson in Detroit more than 30 years ago at age 17, Simmons gave birth in a prison medical unit and ...

People, dogs die in fire

LINCOLN PARK, Mich. (AP) — A 4-year-old boy and two women have been killed in a house fire southwest of Detroit. The early Saturday morning blaze in Lincoln Park also killed four dogs inside the home. A man was able to get out of the house and was being treated at a hospital. WXYZ-TV ...