Michigan News

Man convicted of killing girlfriend

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A man who admits killing his girlfriend before exchanging gunfire with officers on a Grand Rapids freeway has been convicted of first-degree murder. A Kent County jury returned the verdict Thursday after a brief trial. There was no dispute that Adam Nolin fatally ...

Michigan lawmakers OK $15M to help farmers amid wet weather

LANSING (AP) — The Michigan Legislature on Thursday voted to allocate $15 million to a low-interest loan program to help farmers who face financial losses because wet weather is making it hard to plant crops. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is expected to sign the bill , which cleared the Senate and ...

Anti-abortion ballot drives to start within days in Michigan

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Groups backing two anti-abortion ballot drives in Michigan said Wednesday that they will begin collecting signatures within days after clearing procedural steps at the state elections board following a debate over what abortion-rights advocates ...

Man in midst of divorce must share

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit man who was in the middle of a divorce when he won more than $30 million must share the lottery windfall with his ex-wife. The Michigan appeals court says a marriage isn’t over until it’s over. It means Mary Beth Zelasko can keep $15 million ...

Michigan seeks federal aid

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is asking the federal government to approve Michigan farmers for disaster assistance because of wet weather that’s making it hard to plant crops. Whitmer made the request Wednesday in a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Michigan ...

State unemployment rate rises

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's unemployment rate rose slightly to 4.2% in May while the number of jobless workers increased for a third straight month. Figures released Wednesday by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget show the state's seasonally adjusted jobless ...

Mom who died in Michigan river with 2 girls was ‘tired, sad’

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan woman who drove her car into a river, killing herself and twin daughters, had been talking about being "sad and lonely," a family member said. The bodies of Ineza McClinton, 44, and 9-year-old twins Angel and Faith McClinton were recovered Monday and ...

Whitmer: Benton Harbor school closure plan is no ‘ultimatum’

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday that a proposal to close Benton Harbor’s high schools was no “ultimatum,” and state and local officials will begin negotiations following the school board’s rejection of her plan last week. The school ...

Nessel: Civil rights panel not bound by ex-AG’s LGBT opinion

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is not bound by a 2018 state opinion that says LGBT people have no protection under an anti-discrimination law, Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office said Tuesday, citing the U.S. Supreme Court’s pending ...

Detroit-area school gardens bring science to life

By MAUREEN FEIGHAN The Detroit News AP Member Exchange HOLLY— Looking for a spot to begin her elementary school’s very first garden — a place where they could not just grow food but bring science to life — Patterson Elementary School teacher Kathy Marion settled on an area in full ...

Tension developing in Aretha Franklin will dispute

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A fight is emerging over whether a son of Aretha Franklin could be put in charge of the late singer's estate after a 2014 handwritten will was found under cushions in her suburban Detroit home. Attorneys for the estate said in a court filing Monday that "there is no ...

Swastika found at cemetery

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A swastika has been found in a Jackson County cemetery where World War II soldiers are buried. Jackson Mayor Derek Dobies has reported the vandalism at the Mount Evergreen Cemetery to the police department. Authorities believe it happened before the weekend, possibly ...

Port Huron to open sledding hill at park this summer

By JACKIE SMITH Port Huron Times Herald AP Member Exchange PORT HURON— Soon, the winter won’t be the only time local families can go sledding at Palmer Park. Two artificial ramps for a sledding hill will open up later this month to the public, and those interested will be able to take ...

Overflowing Great Lakes pose new threat for endangered bird

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer GLEN HAVEN — Peering through a spotting scope mounted on a tripod, researcher Alice Van Zoeren notices a piping plover skittering across a sandy, pebble-strewn Lake Michigan beach and hopping into a nest, swapping places with its mate. “Nest ...

GM spends $150M on factory

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — General Motors says it will spend $150 million so it can make more heavy-duty pickup trucks at its Flint, Michigan, assembly plant. The money will improve the factory’s conveyor system and for other equipment to boost output. The factory builds heavy-duty Chevrolet ...

Michigan House budget bars spending on new Detroit bridge

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s transportation department could be prohibited from doing work related to construction of a new bridge between Detroit and Canada under a spending bill advanced Wednesday by House Republicans, drawing criticism from opposing lawmakers who say Canada already ...

Amash, impeachment supporter, quits a conservative group

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Justin Amash, the lone Republican calling for President Donald Trump’s impeachment, has quit the Freedom Caucus of House conservatives, his spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday. The split comes a few weeks after Amash called for the House to impeach Trump based on the ...

State bill boosts spending to combat lead, abusive clergy

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — A $28.8 million mid-year spending bill that received final legislative approval Tuesday would allocate funding to help deal with tougher rules for lead in drinking water, investigate sexual abuse by clergy and replenish a compensation fund for ...

Women seeking abortion get offer

YALE, Mich. (AP) — A hotel manager in Michigan’s rural Thumb region is offering free lodging to women who come from states that have passed tough abortion restrictions to have the procedure. The Detroit Free Press reports Yale Hotel manager Shelley O’Brien proffered an invitation on ...

Google has state expansion plans

TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) — Google is committing to spend $17 million to upgrade and expand offices in Detroit and Ann Arbor, a move the tech giant says will give it the capacity to “significantly” increase its Michigan workforce in coming years. Google has more than 600 employees ...