Michigan News

Elections bureau rejects challenges to El-Sayed

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan’s elections bureau on Wednesday rejected challenges to the candidacy of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed, declaring that he has been a continuously registered voter in the state for 15 years. The challenges were brought ...

GOP candidates for Michigan governor meet in 1st debate

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Four Republicans running for Michigan governor made their case to voters in their first debate Wednesday night, agreeing on policy points while clashing at times over President Donald Trump, Flint’s water crisis and other issues. The ...

Michigan House passes post-Parkland school safety bills

By ALICE YIN Associated Press LANSING — Michigan’s House passed its first school safety initiative since the Parkland, Florida, mass shooting on Tuesday, advancing the state’s most sweeping campus security protocols yet. A bipartisan five-bill package to create a school safety ...

Police to resume excavation for remains of missing girls

MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities were set to resume excavation work in a wooded area northeast of Detroit for the remains of a 12-year-old girl and the bodies of up to six others missing for decades. Warren police, the FBI and other agencies started work at the site in Macomb ...

State Superintendent Brian Whiston dies at 56

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State Superintendent Brian Whiston, who led the Michigan Department of Education since 2015, has died. He was 56. The department said Whiston died Monday evening at his home, surrounded by family. He had gone on long-term disability leave Friday after being treated for ...

Grant application deadline nears

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Time is running out to apply for federal grants that can help pay for planting trees and restoring native vegetation in the Great Lakes region. The U.S. Forest Service says it expects to distribute about $3.7 million this year with funding from the Great Lakes ...

Residents in troubled Detroit neighborhood want better

By NICQUEL TERRY The Detroit News AP Member Exchange DETROIT— For some, it’s a war zone. For others, it’s home. Life and death play out in this east side community among the few who refuse to give up on the 48205 ZIP code. Part of the area has been dubbed “The Red Zone”— gang ...

Parking deck section crumbles

DETROIT (AP) — Part of a Detroit parking deck has collapsed, dropping eight vehicles about 10 feet to the level below. Deputy Fire Commissioner David Fornell says firefighters received a call about 10:20 a.m. Thursday and first searched the structure to make sure nobody was in the cars ...

Michigan Senate OKs $56.6B budget with more base school aid

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING— The Michigan Senate on Thursday approved a $56.6 billion budget plan that would provide the biggest increase in base aid for lower-funded school districts in a dozen years while slightly trimming a main fund that covers other state spending, largely ...

Tesla cash burn accelerates, CEO predicts profit ahead

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT — Tesla’s record net loss in the first quarter and fast-burn through millions of dollars is raising questions about the company’s ability to pay all its bills. CEO Elon Musk conceded that criticism is valid but said during a sometimes-testy ...

Interim to remain in attorney spot

DETROIT (AP) — The top federal prosecutor in Detroit will be staying in that position unless President Donald Trump picks a replacement. The U.S. District Court announced Wednesday that its federal judges had voted to appoint Matthew Schneider as the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of ...

3 dead in downstate shooting

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say the shooter and one of the victims in an apparent double murder-suicide at a western Michigan home had a child together. The shooting during an apparent domestic dispute was reported Sunday evening in Ottawa County’s Holland Township. The ...

2-year-old dies in pond

PIERSON, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 2-year-old boy died after being pulled from a pond near the family’s rural home in central Michigan. Michigan State Police say emergency crews were called Sunday afternoon to the home near the Montcalm County village of Pierson about the child being ...

Mom gets 23 years for girl’s death

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan woman has been sentenced to at least 23 years in prison for the death of her 4-year-old daughter, who was found wrapped in blankets and duct tape. A judge ordered Monday that 34-year-old Kelly Ballinger of Kalamazoo serve a sentence of between 23 ...

Bear captured after wandering into Michigan neighborhood

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — Wildlife workers have tranquilized and captured a black bear that was wandering around a mid-Michigan community. The bear traveled through backyards Monday morning of a neighborhood in the city of Midland with a middle school nearby. WNEM-TV reports the bear was trapped ...

Michigan State University to offer farrier program

By RJ WOLCOTT Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange EAST LANSING, Mich. — After guiding his hand down the length of Sokol the horse’s right leg, David Hallock wheels over a metal tool cart complete with pliers, hammers and what looks like a nail file the size of a machete. The ...

NOT REAL NEWS: No yellow star on Michigan immigrant licenses

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican state lawmakers in Michigan didn’t try to mandate labeling the driver’s licenses of immigrants with yellow stars, contrary to a claim in a story circulating on several liberal-leaning sites. The story at themaven and other sites included a meme with a ...

Detroit released from active state oversight of finances

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — Detroit reached a key step in fiscal redemption on Monday by reclaiming control of its own finances roughly three years after exiting the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. A state review commission unanimously agreed to release the ...

State traffic deaths fall 3 percent

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Officials say alcohol- and drug-related crashes remain a significant problem in Michigan even though a new report shows overall traffic deaths decreased 3 percent last year. The Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center announced Thursday that Michigan ...

Flint skyline to see changes to decades-old weather ball

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A tall, looming weather ball in downtown Flint that informs residents of sunshine or precipitation is changing its lettering. Crews this week are removing the “FM” for FirstMerit Bank on the 5,000-pound tower that lights up red, blue and yellow to signal weather ...