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Michigan News

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 ...

178 cats removed from home

WEST BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A couple has been sentenced to three years’ probation after 178 cats were removed earlier this year from a suburban Detroit home. WJBK-TV reports that Jonathan and Jennifer Klein also were ordered Wednesday to pay more than $4,400 in restitution. They ...

Michigan bills target payroll fraud, bolster AG’s crackdown

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan Democrats are eager to bolster the state attorney general’s planned crackdown on payroll fraud with a series of bills aimed at closing gaps they say let business owners escape unpunished. The measures would toughen criminal penalties, ...

Indicted lawmaker back in Lansing, says treatment saved him

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Days after his colleagues formally demanded his resignation, a Michigan lawmaker under federal indictment returned to the Legislature for the first time in months Tuesday, saying his treatment for an addiction to painkillers probably saved his life. Rep. Larry Inman, a ...

Motown founder donates $4M

DETROIT (AP) — Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. is donating $4 million toward a project to expand a museum housed in the Detroit building where he built his music empire, officials announced Wednesday. Gordy’s gift, which coincides with the company’s 60th anniversary, is the ...

Fellow Democrat declares Whitmer’s roads plan dead

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — The minority leader of the Michigan House said Thursday that Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposed 45-cents-a-gallon fuel tax hike is dead in the Republican-led Legislature, adding that there are other kinds of tax increases that could pay ...

‘Disgrace’: Michigan House urges indicted lawmaker to resign

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — The Michigan House approved a resolution Thursday urging the resignation of a lawmaker who is facing federal charges over an alleged scheme to trade votes for campaign money. In the measure, which passed 98-8, the House reserved the right to take ...

Whitmer to GOP Legislature: Stop ‘screwing around’ on roads

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday that the Republican-led Legislature should stop “screwing around” and present her with a viable plan to raise up to $2.5 billion in new revenue for roads. A legislative leader meanwhile accused Whitmer of fabricating a crisis and said ...

Survey finds new auto technology can annoy drivers

DETROIT (AP) — Alerts from new driver assist systems can be so annoying that some motorists are turning the features off, according to a new survey. The 2019 J.D. Power Tech Experience Index study also found that frustrated drivers may avoid the systems in future vehicle purchases. That's a ...

Detroit center replaces name of ex-mayor with racist past

By JEFF KAROUB Associated Press DETROIT — The home of Detroit’s annual auto show and other major events has officially changed its name to the TCF Center and moved on from its original name, which honored a former mayor known for racist and segregationist policies, officials announced ...

Candidate who wanted city as white ‘as possible’ ends run

MARYSVILLE (AP) — A city council candidate in Michigan who said last week that she wants to keep her community white “as much as possible” withdrew from the council race on Monday. Jean Cramer stopped by Marysville City Hall to say she was leaving the race and later, at the request of ...

Lawsuit filed over rollback of child immigrant protections

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Nineteen states — including Michigan — and the District of Columbia sued on Monday over the Trump administration’s effort to alter a federal agreement that limits how long immigrant children can be kept in detention. “We wish to protect children from ...