Michigan News

Community unites around musician after illness

BY PATTI BRANDT BURGESS Traverse City Record-Eagle AP Member Exchange TRAVERSE CITY— Local musician Levi Britton’s recent endocarditis — an infection of the lining of the heart — likely started with a bad tooth. It ended with open heart surgery to repair his mitral valve, which ...

Whitmer revamps environmental agency after Flint water crisis

By JOHN FLESHER and DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING,— Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took steps Monday to restructure and rename the state environmental agency that drew criticism for its handling of the Flint water crisis under former Gov. Rick Snyder. The Michigan Department of ...

Nessel to address LGBT rights

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel plans to speak at a meeting in which civil rights officials could ask her to reconsider her predecessor’s opinion that state law doesn’t protect LGBT people from discrimination . The Michigan Civil Rights Commission will decide today ...

Artisan spreads relief to hospice patients, families

BY STEPHANIE SHOMIN Traverse City Record-Eagle AP Member Exchange TRAVERSE CITY— Jim Sommerfield wondered how to handle his grief after Mary Ellen, his wife of 47 years, passed away from lung cancer last January. A few months into 2018 Sommerfield happened upon the answer: start a ...

Appeal curbs heat use by 10 percent in Michigan amid cold

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Efforts to conserve heat in Michigan during the extreme cold reduced usage by 10 percent following a fire at a major natural gas facility, stabilizing Consumers Energy’s ability to supply houses and other critical buildings, officials said ...

Rapid thaw could wreak havoc on pipes, roadways in Midwest

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — Much of the Midwest was preparing for a rapid thaw after this week’s polar vortex sent wind chill temperatures plummeting below minus-50 in some places. But the transition to warmer conditions threatens a new set of problems. Ruptured water ...

Gas use reduction requested

RAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Consumers Energy has called on customers to voluntarily reduce their natural gas usage following a fire at a suburban Detroit gas compressor station amid bitterly cold weather. The Jackson-based utility says no one was injured in the fire Wednesday at its Ray ...

Tesla posts small 4Q profit, expects to make money this year

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla managed to eke out a small fourth-quarter profit to close 2018, and it pledged to make money in all quarters this year. But staying in the black will be difficult with a major debt payment due and slowing demand for pricier versions of its electric vehicles. Palo Alto, ...

Audit: Michigan should better monitor job-creation promises

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan's economic development arm should better ensure that businesses receiving cash incentives create and keep promised jobs, according to a state audit released Wednesday. Auditors reviewed Michigan Business Development Program incentives ...

Report blasts MSU’s handling of sex cases

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — Michigan State University’s failure to detect and stop sexual assaults by now-imprisoned sports doctor Larry Nassar indicates a lack of institutional control, according to a U.S. Department of Education report. The nearly 50-page program ...

Whitmer alters state of state date

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will deliver her first State of the State address a week later than planned to avoid having it on the same night as President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech. The Democratic governor will speak Feb. 12 during a joint session of the ...

Deep freeze envelops Midwest, even stops the US mail

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A deadly arctic deep freeze enveloped the Midwest, forcing widespread closure of schools, offices and prompting the U.S. Postal Service to take the rare step of suspending mail delivery to a wide swath of the region because of the cold. Many normal activities shut down ...

With shutdown over, scientists rush to salvage Isle Royale wolf study

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY — A 60-year-old study of wolves and moose at Isle Royale National Park is back on track after being derailed by the partial government shutdown, and enough private funding has been raised to ensure the work will go on even if federal ...

Reward offered in child’s death

DETROIT (AP) — A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest in the shooting of a 3-year-old boy who was killed as he rode in a vehicle on Detroit's west side. Crime Stoppers of Michigan announced the reward Monday. Christian Miller was killed Thursday ...

Hospital restricts visitors

DETROIT (AP) — Henry Ford Health System in Detroit is implementing temporary visitor restrictions at six hospitals to protect patients, employees and visitors from the spread of the flu. The system says visitors can be no younger than 12 and patients with flu-like symptoms and have scheduled ...

Gas prices up 10 cents

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up about 10 cents from a week ago to about $2.17 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club says Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded is about 47 cents less than a year ago. The state’s highest ...

Verdict reduction sought

DETROIT (AP) — Lawyers for Detroit are asking a judge to reduce a $3.5 million verdict for a man who was arrested in a case of mistaken identity. Marvin Seales was in custody for two weeks in 2012 before the mistake was cleared up. The trial centered on the actions of a Detroit police ...

Petoskey newspaper sold

MISHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) — Schurz Communications says it’s selling its publishing division, including 20 newspapers in five states, to GateHouse Media LLC. Indiana-based Schurz, which owns the South Bend Tribune and The Herald-Times in Bloomington announced the deal Monday. Terms were not ...

Officer acquitted in gun firing

PAW PAW, Mich. (AP) — A southwestern Michigan police officer who fired five shots at a stolen car has been acquitted of reckless discharge of a gun. A jury in Van Buren County returned the verdict Friday. Chelsey Omilian was a Mattawan officer in November 2017 when she fired at a Chevrolet ...

Teen DJ turns love of music into professional gig

By JEREMY ERVIN Times Herald AP Member Exchange PORT HURON, Mich. — Speakers standing on each side of a lighting rack blasted Timmy Trumpet’s music through the living room of the Welch family’s Port Huron home. Gunner Welch, 14, first got into DJing about a year ago. His family ...