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Michigan News

Group tries to protect lighthouse

FRANKFORT, Mich. (AP) — An organization responsible for maintaining a historic Michigan lighthouse hopes that improving the site’s shoreline protection system will minimize damage from Lake Michigan’s high water levels. High water is causing problems for properties all along Michigan’s ...

Quicken Loans founder Gilbert back to work after stroke

DETROIT (AP) — Quicken Loans founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert is slowly returning to work eight months after suffering a stroke. Gilbert, 58, returned to his Detroit office early this year. He’s there one or two days a week, using a wheelchair and accompanied by a service dog named ...

GM plans to pull out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it’s pulling out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand as part of a strategy to exit markets that don’t produce adequate returns on investments. The company said in a statement Sunday that it will wind down sales, engineering and design operations for ...

Crafting out a spot: Five Shores Brewing to open in Beulah

BY MARK URBAN Traverse City Record-Eagle AP Member Exchange BEULAH — Co-founders Oliver Roberts and Matt Demorest think Five Shores is right in the middle of something big brewing in Benzie County. From the coast of Lake Michigan to the shores of Lake Ann, there are a handful of ...

Michigan official:Election Day should be a worker holiday

LANSING (AP) — Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is urging businesses to give their workers the day off on Election Day by making it a company holiday. Benson said she's encouraging Michigan companies to give employees the day off work on Nov. 3, so they can vote and work as poll ...

Zoo plays cupid with snow leopards

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Officials at a Michigan zoo are hoping its male snow leopard hooks up with a female snow leopard he was paired with through a breeding program that aims to give the threatened species a boost. Battle Creek's Binder Park Zoo recently introduced Victoria, a ...

Woman wanted for husband’s 2002 death in Michigan arrested in Rome

ROME (AP) — An American woman wanted in the 2002 death of her husband, whose remains were so badly burned they weren’t identified for more than a decade, was arrested in Rome after a multinational search, police said Thursday. Rome police arrested Beverly McCallum, 59, overnight after she ...

East Lansing approves culling to reduce deer herds

EAST LANSING (AP) — Officials in East Lansing have approved a lethal option to manage the growing number of deer in the mid-Michigan city. The city council voted this week to authorize culling as a way to reduce deer herds, the Lansing State Journal reported. East Lansing's city manager ...

Senate rejects Whitmer appointee to hunting panel

LANSING (AP) — Michigan Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s appointee to the state commission that regulates hunting and fishing, which Democrats said was payback because Whitmer refused to pull a separate nominee who is opposed by gun-rights ...

Treasurer: Seeping ‘green ooze’ site subject to forfeiture

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — An industrial site in suburban Detroit from where a bright green goo seeped through a concrete barrier onto an area freeway could be foreclosed due to non-payment of property taxes, the county treasurer said Wednesday. Five properties tied to ...

Alcohol breath test devices back

LANSING (AP) — All 203 of Michigan’s alcohol breath testing devices are back in service amid a fraud investigation of the company that supplies the equipment. The Michigan State Police launched a criminal investigation last month into contract employees with Intoximeters Inc. and suspended ...

Police ID man who stabbed dog

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — Police on Tuesday identified a man whom officers shot and killed after he stabbed a police dog in the head during a hostage situation. Zane Blaisdell, 48, of Saginaw was shot by police inside his home Sunday morning, Michigan State Police Special 1st Lt. David Kaiser ...

Lawmakers defend Michigan student charged over gun photo

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING— State lawmakers and a gun rights group on Tuesday called for changes to Michigan’s terrorism law after a Lake Superior State University student was charged for posting a photo of his rifle on social media and saying it would make “snowflakes ...

Judge charged with crime

VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area judge has been charged with domestic violence assault and battery. David Parrott, 59, was arraigned Monday in 35th District Court in Plymouth, according to the Wayne County prosecutor’s office. Parrott is a judge on the 34th District Court ...

Summer jobs program opening

DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit has opened enrollment for an annual summer employment program for young people aged 14-24. Sign up for Grow Detroit's Young Talent runs to May 1. About 8,000 youth are expected to be hired. Employers also are being sought. More than 8,200 Detroit youth ...

Black History Month marked

DETROIT (AP) — Films, discussions and other activities are planned throughout February by the Detroit Historical Society in recognition of Black History Month. Among the offerings of the society’s Winter Film Series is “With Love from Idlewild,” which showcases filmmaker Tinisha ...

Students to offer tax help

DETROIT (AP) — Dozens of Detroit high school students have become certified tax preparers and will offer free help to their neighbors starting today. About 40 students at Southeastern and Martin Luther King Jr. high schools have become IRS-certified tax preparers, according to The Detroit ...

Detroit marshals troops to revive Fort Wayne

By CHRISTINE FERRETTI The Detroit News AP Member Exchange DETROIT — The Historic Fort Wayne property has languished for decades, but the city is finally taking steps to redevelop the iconic fort. Detroit officials this month will seek out concepts for the city-owned 78-acre riverfront ...

Peters airs 1st ad in Senate race; it touts military creds

LANSING (AP) — Days after voting to convict President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial, Democratic Sen. Gary Peters is launching his first TV ad in what could be a tough re-election fight — highlighting his military service and work to help veterans. The ad debuted during the ...

Michigan to educate drivers about big insurance changes

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan’s top insurance regulator said the state is committed to helping drivers navigate a new law that will let motorists save money by foregoing unlimited medical coverage for crash injuries. The state Department of Insurance and Financial ...