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Michigan News

Ballot drive to bar LGBTQ discrimination begins in Michigan

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — A group launched a 2020 ballot initiative Tuesday to expand Michigan’s civil rights law to include anti-discrimination pro tections for LGBTQ people, a step that would put the issue to voters if the Republican-led Legislature does not pass ...

Michigan police release grisly details in mutilation death

CORUNNA, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State Police on Monday revealed details in the slaying of a man whose mutilated body was found last year in the home of his suspected killer. The naked body of Kevin Bacon of Swartz Creek on Dec. 28 was found hanging from the ceiling in the Bennington Township ...

Mother pleads no contest to helping son in body parts case

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A mother accused of helping her son move the dismembered remains of a woman pleaded no contest Monday before a trial in western Michigan. Barbara Chance faces up to a year in jail, Kent County Judge Paul Denenfeld said. Chance’s son, Jared Chance, was convicted ...

New charge against ex-UAW exec

DETROIT (AP) — Federal prosecutors on Monday filed a revised charge against a former United Auto Workers official, signaling that another plea deal is likely in the government's investigation of corruption at the Detroit-based union. Vance Pearson, a former UAW regional director in the St. ...

Michigan’s population rise slows; congressional seat at risk

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan’s population grew by less than 3,000 residents last year, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau that signals the state remains on track to lose one congressional seat following the 2020 count. The figures from the once-a-decade census released Wednesday ...

Explosion sends 6 to hospital

DETROIT (AP) — Six people were hospitalized after an apparent gas explosion at a house on Detroit’s west side, authorities said. No deaths were reported. The cause of the blast remained under investigation, authorities said. Deputy Fire Commissioner David Fornell said responders were ...

Fake charges on accounts reported

EAST LANSING (AP) — About 2,300 cards issued by Michigan State University Federal Credit Union were hit with false transactions to an international televangelist network, officials said. The Lansing-area credit union said it’s unclear who was behind the fraudulent charges to LoveWorld TV. ...

A look at 2019 top new laws

LANSING (AP) — An overhaul of Michigan’s auto insurance system topped the list of new laws in 2019. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and lawmakers also enacted a long-sought criminal justice measure and mostly finalized a budget after their months-long impasse that included an unprecedented amount of ...

Founders of Goldfish Swim School happy they took the plunge

By CANDICE WILLIAMS The Detroit News AP Member Exchange BIRMINGHAM — Nearly 15 years ago, Jenny McCuiston and her husband brainstormed a plan to open a swim school for children. A longtime swimmer and instructor, McCuiston, 39, saw a need to create a bright and inviting space for ...

Brass unhappy with fire photo

DETROIT (AP) — A photo posted on social media showing 18 Detroit firefighters posing in front of a home engulfed in flames was "inappropriate and unprofessional" and will result in disciplinary action, the city's fire commissioner said. The photo was posted Tuesday just before midnight on ...

3 crashes, 3 deaths raise questions about Tesla’s Autopilot

DETROIT (AP) — Three crashes involving Teslas that killed three people have increased scrutiny of the company’s Autopilot driving system just months before CEO Elon Musk has planned to put fully self-driving cars on the streets. On Sunday, a Tesla Model S sedan left a freeway in Gardena, ...

Crews search Lake Michigan for teen swept from pier by wave

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — A 16-year-old girl visiting Lake Michigan for the first time was missing and presumed drowned after apparently being swept into the water by a large wave, authorities said. Eliza Trainer, of Flint, and an 18-year-old friend were knocked into the lake off Holland State ...

Backlog of toxic Superfund clean-ups grows under Trump, including in Michigan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has built up the biggest backlog of unfunded toxic Superfund clean-up projects in at least 15 years, nearly triple the number that were stalled for lack of money in the Obama era, according to 2019 figures quietly released by the Environmental ...

Locals raise money, offer support for a young chef fighting cancer

BY BROOKE KANSIER Traverse City Record-Eagle AP Member Exchange LAKE LEELANAU — Most know Bryon Figueroa for his signature breakfast burritos, grass-fed burgers and fresh-squeezed orange juice, all served out of the namesake Fig’s Breakfast & Lunch kitchen. But more often than not ...

Michigan family reunites with dog that ran after car crash

WOODHAVEN (AP) — A suburban Detroit family has been reunited with their dog, days after the canine ran off following a car crash. Red, a golden retriever, was ejected from the family’s vehicle on Dec. 25 after it hit a slick spot along an exit on Interstate 75 in Auburn Hills and rolled ...

Windshield sticker to replace Mackinac Bridge tolling card

MACKINAW CITY (AP) — The Mackinac Bridge’s MacPass toll card is being replaced with a windshield-mounted sticker that’s automatically scanned when a driver pulls up to the span’s toll booths. The switch could mean travelers who frequently cross the bridge that links Michigan’s Upper ...

Home falls down sandy bluff along Lake Michigan shoreline

WHITE RIVER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A small home along the Lake Michigan shoreline in Michigan fell down a sandy bluff in an area plagued by erosion. Muskegon County officials had been monitoring the condition of the White River Township home which toppled over about 11 p.m. Tuesday, ...

U.S. district judge sworn in

DETROIT (AP) — Federal Magistrate Stephanie Dawkins Davis was sworn in as a U.S. district judge for Michigan’s eastern district. The ceremony was held Tuesday evening at the federal courthouse in downtown Detroit, court officials said in a release. Davis, 52, will serve in the U.S. ...

Officer pushes people, saves them

MONROE (AP) — A southeastern Michigan police officer is credited with pushing two people out of the path of a suspected drunken motorist who nearly slammed into them and then fled the scene. Monroe police said the officer had pulled over a vehicle early Sunday along the city’s Telegraph ...

Whitmer orders review of inspection after ooze discovery

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday ordered Michigan’s environmental agency to review its pollution-inspection procedures after the discovery of a bright green substance along the shoulder of a major interstate in suburban ...