Michigan News

Michigan launches $2M education campaign to boost recycling

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan on Monday launched a $2 million educational campaign aimed at boosting the state’s low recycling rate and cutting the amount of materials improperly left in curbside bins. Just 15% of solid waste is recycled in the state, which is ...

Jury awards more than $3M in Michigan bogus epilepsy case

DETROIT (AP) — A jury on Monday awarded more than $3 million to a woman who was misdiagnosed with epilepsy, one of hundreds of people to accuse a Detroit-area doctor of misreading tests to enrich himself and his employer. Dr. Yasser Awaad was accused of running an “EEG mill,” a reference ...

Lt. Gov. Gilchrist, wife have baby

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist and his wife, Ellen, have announced the birth of their third child. Ruby Madeline Gilchrist was born last Wednesday at Henry Ford Hospital in West Bloomfield Township in suburban Detroit. Her father issued a written statement Monday — ...

Michigan residents killed in crash

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers have released the names of two Michigan residents killed in a weekend small airplane crash on the Kenai Peninsula. Troopers say the passengers killed in the crash of the private plane Friday night have been tentatively identified as 42-year-old ...

AP Interview: Top Dem says businesses, trucks must fix roads

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — With Republicans firmly opposed to a 45-cents-a-gallon fuel tax hike, Democratic lawmakers want businesses to do more to help fix the roads. A new $1.2 billion proposal from House Democrats would raise the state’s corporate tax, create a new ...

Were human remains found?

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials are questioning if crews digging water service lines in Flint near an American Indian burial ground found human remains after an inspector found work was being conducted without an archaeologist. The Flint Journal reports the inquiry in a June 18 letter ...

Twin brothers charged in assault

DETROIT (AP) — Twin 61-year-old brothers have been charged in an assault that took place earlier this month at a Detroit restaurant. Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy’s office says Dwight and Duane Samuels face assault with intent to murder and assault with intent to do great bodily harm, ...

U of M receives 2 $10M gifts

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan says it’s received two separate, $10 million gifts designed to benefit a campus library as well as its business school and film and television department. The Ann Arbor school’s William C. Clements Library has accepted $10 million from ...

Prosecutor reviews WWII veteran’s nursing home choking death

ANN ARBOR (AP) — Police have reopened the investigation into the 2015 death of a World War II veteran at a Michigan nursing home. Walter Jarnot, 89, died in September 2015 after he choked while eating at the Glacier Hills nursing home in Ann Arbor. Charles Jarnot said the nursing home told ...

Bay City woman, 98, sews to help those in need

By ANNA LIZ NICHOLS The Bay City Times AP Member Exchange BAY CITY — Victoria Williams tirelessly sews colorful garments for those in need. She’s 98 years old, but isn’t letting that slow her down. “Not to brag, but I can thread a needle first shot, every time, even now,” ...

Ohio says shutting Michigan pipeline would impact refineries

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Operators of refineries in Ohio are worried that a potential shutdown of a Great Lakes oil pipeline in Michigan could push up their costs or even force them to close. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine sent Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer a letter this past week asking her to not let ...

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 ...