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Michigan News

Motorist, 90, hits buggy, leaves

MARLETTE, Mich. (AP) — Police in Michigan's Thumb region say a 90-year-old motorist crashed into a horse-drawn buggy in broad daylight and then continued home without stopping. Michigan State Police said Monday afternoon's hit-and-run crash in Sanilac County's Marlette Township left the sole ...

Ford to add 3,000 jobs in the Detroit area, invest $1.45B

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is adding 3,000 jobs at two factories in the Detroit area and investing $1.45 billion to build new pickup trucks, SUVs, and electric and autonomous vehicles. The company said Tuesday that about $750 million will go the Michigan Assembly Plant in the Detroit ...

Michigan sues opioid distributors under drug dealer law

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan on Tuesday sued four companies over the deadly painkiller epidemic, becoming what state Attorney General Dana Nessel said is the first state to sue major opioid distributors under a liability law that is typically used to go after drug ...

Jury convicts man in slaying

EAST LANSING (AP) — A man was found guilty of murder Tuesday in the fatal shooting of a Michigan State University student outside an off-campus apartment building. Isai Berrones, 22, of Alamo, Texas, was shot while trying to break up a fight between women in October 2018. Investigators said ...

Long prison sentence upheld for doctor who hurt patients

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — A federal appeals court affirmed a nearly 20-year prison sentence for a doctor who performed unnecessary spinal surgeries in California and Michigan, procedures that were described by prosecutors as "plain butchery." Aria Sabit acknowledged the awful ...

Michigan Rep. Slotkin says she will vote to impeach Trump

ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) — Rep. Elissa Slotkin, a freshman Democrat who flipped a Republican seat in battleground Michigan, said Monday she will vote to impeach President Donald Trump, defending her position during a rowdy town hall. Slotkin, who first announced her decision in an op-ed in the ...

1 killed, 3 hurt in rollover crash

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — One person was killed and three more were injured early Sunday during a car crash in southwestern Michigan, authorities said. According to a statement from the St. Joseph Public Safety Department, the crash occurred before 6:30 a.m. Sunday. Authorities believe two ...

Narrow server farm vote shows legislative rift on tax breaks

LANSING (AP) — A razor-thin legislative vote on tax breaks for a Grand Rapids-area data center could portend problems for other companies or industries hoping to secure incentives to stay in or expand into Michigan. In the Republican-led Legislature’s final days of voting this year, it was ...

Woman’s body found in snowy rural area

MAPLE CITY (AP) — A woman's body was dragged over a snowy hill and left in a rural area in northern Michigan, police said. Leelanau County Sheriff Mike Borkovich said investigators are treating it as a homicide. Authorities in the Maple City area, northwest of Traverse City, were called ...

Benson: 30-minute promise is kept — with an appointment

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said Thursday that people who book an appointment will get in and out of branch offices within half an hour, but that guarantee does not apply to those who show up without one. Benson, who campaigned on a ...

Michigan is poised to legalize sports, online gambling

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan’s Legislature voted Wednesday to legalize sports betting and internet gambling, expanding options for gamblers in a state with three commercial casinos in Detroit and two-dozen tribal casinos elsewhere. The bills reflect a compromise ...

Michigan ore boat worker drowns

BURNS HARBOR, Ind. (AP) — A Michigan woman who was a deckhand on an ore boat has died after falling into Lake Michigan at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor, authorities said. Sara Murawski, 30, of Kinde, Michigan, had just completed a work trip of several weeks and was onshore retrieving her ...

Man’s body recovered

CARO, Mich. (AP) — Police have recovered the body of a man whose truck was found submerged in a ditch in Michigan’s Thumb region. Tuscola County Sheriff Glen Skrent said the body of John Loughner, 44, was found around Monday about a quarter-mile from where his truck went into a ditch about ...

Michigan Senate panel OKs sports betting, online gambling

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan would legalize sports betting and internet gambling under bills approved Tuesday by a legislative panel, as lawmakers worked to send the measures to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer by week’s end. The Senate Regulatory Reform Committee voted ...

Legislature OKs restoring over half of vetoed funds

LANSING (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Legislature on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted to restore more than half of the state funding that Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed, largely resolving a protracted budget process that broke down over fixing aging roads and morphed into a fight ...

Amid climate change concern, GM rolls out big new Chevy SUVs

MILFORD (AP) — Global concerns about climate change are not stopping General Motors from making large SUVs for U.S. drivers. GM on Tuesday rolled out the next generation of its big truck-based SUVs with more space and features. They’re also heavier with only a small improvement in gas ...

Overdose victims found by kids

DETROIT (AP) — Two girls — ages 8 and 6 — discovered four overdose victims at a Detroit house, including their mother who was among three who died. First-responders used the overdose-reversing drug, Naloxone, to revive a 32-year-old man about 4 p.m. Sunday on the city’s east side, ...

Mom charged in toddler’s death

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit woman was charged Monday with murder in the death of her 20-month-old son. Rhionna Nichols, 20, was arraigned on murder, child abuse and torture charges. Prosecutors accused Nichols of causing head trauma that led to her son’s death. She was jailed without bond, ...

iGym levels playing field for disabled, able-bodied children

ANN ARBOR (AP) — One Kreps brother uses a wheelchair and the other doesn’t, yet they are able to play sports together on a level playing field thanks to an augmented reality system developed at the University of Michigan. The technology, called iGYM, allows people with mobility ...

State nears deal to legalize sports, online gambling

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — The Legislature and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are closing in on an agreement to legalize sports betting and internet gambling in Michigan, with final votes possible this week. The development would be a landmark in a state with many gambling ...