Michigan News

Candidate’s Twitter hacked?

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan State Police is investigating after Republican U.S. Senate candidate Lena Epstein said someone hacked her campaign’s Twitter account last week and “liked” posts from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. Epstein, who is Jewish, has said any ...

Ex-militia member convicted

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a former Serbian militia member charged with killing a Bosnian Muslim couple in 1994 faces up to 10 years in prison and losing his U.S. citizenship after lying to obtain it. They say 57-year-old Alexander Kneginich of Crown Point, Indiana, ...

Trench rescue successful

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Emergency crews have rescued two men who were buried in dirt up to their hips after a trench collapsed at a residential construction site in suburban Detroit. Chesterfield Township Police Chief Bradley Kersten says the two men apparently were digging a ...

Human trafficking discussed

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. (AP) — Human trafficking and sexual assault are among the topics scheduled to be discussed at the next meeting of the Michigan Women’s Commission . The public meeting takes place this afternoon at the Bavarian Inn Lodge and Conference Center in Frankenmuth. Other planned ...

Kalamazoo creates foundation

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — The Kalamazoo, Michigan City Commission has voted to create a foundation to replace a portion of its budget, retain a cut to its property tax and fund programs addressing poverty. The commission voted 5-2 in favor of documents outlining how the nonprofit “Kalamazoo ...

AP Sources: GE’s Immelt among finalists in Uber CEO search

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT — Former General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt is among the finalists being considered to run ride-hailing company Uber, but there’s no clear consensus among its board about a front-runner, two people briefed on the search said Monday. The people, who ...

Detroit creates protected bike lanes

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit is creating new “protected” bike lanes in an effort to ensure safer cycling. The green and white lanes are deemed protected because they have a separation between bike and parking lanes. Detroit has more than 200 miles of bike lanes, but only nine miles of the ...

CMU recovering from flooding

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — Flooding in central Michigan that caused more than $100 million in property damage earlier this summer has affected about one-third of Central Michigan University’s nearly 130 facilities. The university is preparing to welcome students back to campus for the ...

MSU police officer recovering from a severe brain injury

By RJ WOLCOTT Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange MASON, Mich. — Maureen Kennedy once pulled a man from a burning car, dragging the disoriented driver to safety minutes before the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames. The detective sergeant with the Michigan State University Police ...

Murder conviction scratched

DETROIT (AP) — A man in prison for 45 years could be on the cusp of freedom after another man said he had no role in a 1971 murder in Detroit. A judge last week threw out Richard Phillips’ conviction and granted a new trial. Wayne County prosecutors have pledged to appeal. For decades, ...

Man charged for online threats

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A man who authorities say posted threatening, anti-Semitic messages on Twitter has been placed on probation for two years in western Michigan. The Grand Rapids Press reports 31-year-old David Lenio of Grand Rapids learned his punishment on Thursday after being ...

MSU rejects white nationalist

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan State University on Thursday denied a request by a group headed by white nationalist Richard Spencer to rent space on the campus for a September event, following rejections by other large schools. The East Lansing school said in a statement the decision was made ...

Mich. OKs redistricting, paid sick-time ballot drives

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Advocates of a less partisan redistricting process and paid sick days will start collecting voter signatures for the 2018 ballot after clearing a procedural step Thursday at the Michigan elections board. Voters Not Politicians, a ...

Mich. OKs redistricting, paid sick-time ballot drives

LANSING, Mich. — Advocates of a less partisan redistricting process and paid sick days will start collecting voter signatures for the 2018 ballot after clearing a procedural step Thursday at the Michigan elections board. Voters Not Politicians, a grass-roots group of volunteers proposing to ...

Aretha Franklin to retire in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — Aretha Franklin is set to retire in her hometown of Detroit and plans to open a nightclub in the city. The legendary soul singer tells the Detroit Free Press that she is moving from her longtime home in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She also wants to open a small club that she ...

Humans remains found inside car

BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Police say a 1970s car pulled from a pond this week in Michigan had human remains inside and may have been underwater for years. The discovery of the Buick sedan was made Tuesday in Saginaw County’s Buena Vista Township by workers removing barrels from ...

Louisiana’s favorite crustacean an invasive species in Michigan

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — News that Louisiana’s favorite crustacean has turned up as an invasive species in Michigan prompted a local tourism agency to create a pop-up crawfish festival in Michigan. A crew including a chef who farms crawfish left Lafayette, Louisiana, on Thursday morning for a ...

Police seek swastika flag hanger

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Grand Rapids Police Department is asking for the public's help with identifying a man who hung an American flag with a swastika painted on it from an overpass over Interstate 196. Police say officers were called to the overpass before 7 a.m. Monday on a report ...

LGBT rights lawyer runs for attorney general

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — A criminal defense lawyer who helped win a battle to strike down Michigan’s gay marriage ban launched her candidacy for state attorney general Tuesday, pledging to protect consumers, to prosecute hate crimes and to sue to close twin oil pipelines ...

Snyder kayaks Grand Island to promote tourism

MUNISING (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has kayaked around Grand Island in Lake Superior to promote tourism. Snyder began a tour of the Upper Peninsula on Tuesday by paddling near Munising and later visiting the Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center. He says he and other officials went under an arch ...