Michigan News

Ingrao to speak at UPMGA meeting

MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula Master Gardener Association presents “Biological Pest Control — Good Bugs vs. Bad Bugs” by Adam J. Ingrao from 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Peter White Public Library Shiras Room. Ingrao, an Army veteran, is the veteran’s liasion for Michigan ...

Greyhound station coveted

DETROIT (AP) — Greyhound riders soon might have to catch a bus elsewhere in Detroit. The Detroit Free Press reports that a state-owned property that houses the Greyhound station is being coveted by developers and could be demolished. The Transportation Department would like Greyhound out by ...

3 teens arrested in fatal shooting

DEARBORN (AP) — A 14-year-old Detroit boy wearing a GPS tether is one of three teens arrested in the armed robbery and fatal shooting of a 29-year-old woman. The 14-year-old, a 13-year-old and 17-year-old are being held in connection with last week’s killing of Saja Aljanabi and they could ...

Whitmer on vetoing Republican budget bills: ‘We’ll see’

LANSING (AP) — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was noncommittal about signing final spending bills that began advancing in the Republican-led Legislature on Thursday, a day after talks broke down between her and GOP leaders. “We’ll see,” she said, hours before House-Senate conference ...

Budget talks break down between Whitmer, Republican leaders

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Budget talks broke down Wednesday between Republican legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, just days after they agreed to sideline negotiations over a long-term road-funding proposal to focus on passing a spending plan before an ...

Men killed by slabs identified

STERLING HEIGHTS (AP) — Police have identified two workers who died when slabs of granite fell on them inside a Detroit-area business. Sterling Heights police say 30-year-old Benjamin Allen Welch of Warren and 53-year-old James Jones of Shelby Township died in the accident Monday afternoon ...

Prosecutor quits after news breaks

DETROIT (AP) — A state prosecutor resigned after authorities learned “incredibly disturbing” news that he had an intimate relationship with a woman while handling her allegations of sexual assault, Michigan’s attorney general said Tuesday. Brian Kolodziej, an assistant attorney ...

Differences remain as Whitmer, GOP lawmakers work on budget

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — The tabling of talks on a multibillion-dollar plan to improve Michigan’s roads clears the way for passage of the next state budget. But first, Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Republican-led Legislature have three weeks to resolve ...

Granite slab kills workers

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — A fire chief says two workers have been killed after granite slabs shifted on top of them inside a Detroit-area business. Sterling Heights Fire Chief Chris Martin tells WDIV-TV the incident occurred Monday afternoon at the business called the Stone ...

Pilot dies after plane hits tower

WHITEHALL, Mich. (AP) — A small plane has crashed into a water tower near school athletic fields in western Michigan, killing the 80-year-old pilot. The National Transportation Safety Board says it will investigate the crash, which occurred Monday in Whitehall, 55 miles (88 kilometers) ...

Man rejects plea deal

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Grand Rapids man accused of killing a woman and dismembering her body has rejected a plea deal that offered an opportunity for parole after 31 years in prison. Jared Chance told a judge Monday that he wants to go to trial in the death of 31-year-old Ashley Young. ...

Detroit to host conference

DETROIT (AP) — Barriers and opportunities to access to arts, culture, mobility, urban space and the new economy will be discussed during an internet and digital society conference in Detroit. Organizers say the re:publica Sequencer Tour will be held Sept. 27-28. The conference also will ...

Musical ‘test drive’ in Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A restored edition of a pioneering, enduring American opera put through its paces in Michigan is making its official debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. “The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess” is set to premiere Sept. 23. The staging of the "performance edition" ...

Development opens in Corktown

DETROIT (AP) — A $150 million mixed-use development officially has opened just west of downtown in Detroit's Corktown neighborhood. Mayor Mark Duggan's office says Elton Park's first phase was completed in just over two years and includes 151 residential units and more than 11,000 square ...

Ram adds 875K pickups to recall for tailgate problem

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is adding more than 875,000 Ram pickup trucks worldwide to a series of recalls to fix tailgates that can open while the trucks are being driven. The expansion covers certain Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups from the 2013 through 2018 model years that have power ...

Moody’s downgrades Ford’s credit rating to junk status

DETROIT (AP) — Moody's Investors Service on Monday downgraded Ford's credit rating to junk status, citing expectations that the automaker will be weighed by weak earnings and cash generation as it pursues a costly restructuring plan. Ford responded by saying that its underlying business is ...

Whitmer, GOP leaders will proceed on state budget without road fix

LANSING (AP) — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republican legislative leaders have agreed to enact a state budget without including a long-term funding plan to fix deteriorating roads. The trio said today they talked over the weekend and will immediately work to set spending targets to ...

Gas prices rise to $2.66 per gallon

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide have risen 5 cents from a week ago to about $2.66 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club said today the average price for self-serve regular unleaded is about 27 cents less than a year ago. AAA says lower demand as fall ...

$4M for Interlochen arts center

INTERLOCHEN, Mich. (AP) — A $4 million gift to the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula will help add housing for students, faculty and visiting artists. The recently announced gift is from the Midland-based Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation and the ...