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Ex-UAW official sentenced

DETROIT (AP) — A former United Auto Workers vice president has been sentenced to 15 months in prison in a scheme that funneled cash from a job training center in Detroit toward personal uses. Norwood Jewell appeared Monday in U.S. District Court in Detroit. He is the highest ranking labor ...

Hearing set on Franklin’s will

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A judge is expected to consider a request for a handwriting expert to examine wills discovered in couch cushions after Aretha Franklin’s death. A hearing is scheduled today in Oakland County Probate Court, north of Detroit. A handwritten 2014 document shows Franklin ...

Ford shows most powerful street-legal Mustang with 760 hp

DETROIT (AP) — The most powerful street-legal Ford Mustang ever built will go on sale this fall. A 5.2-liter supercharged V8 will crank out 760 horsepower in the 2020 Shelby GT500. The new version has a beefed-up suspension and brakes. It also has a seven-speed automatic transmission that ...

Carson City graduate wins skeet championship with 1 thumb

By ALEX FREEMAN Daily News AP Member Exchange CARSON CITY — The thumbs up — a universal sign that everything is all right. On June 15, Aiden Adkins, 17, a recent graduate from Carson City-Crystal High School (CC-C), posed for photos with a championship belt buckle courtesy of the ...

Census grants awarded

DETROIT (AP) — Nearly $1 million in grants have been awarded to Detroit-area organizations seeking to promote and support a fair and accurate 2020 U.S. Census count. The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan says the grants range from $7,000 to $75,000. Funding runs through August ...

Water works authority honored

DETROIT (AP) — The Great Lakes Water Authority has been recognized for drinking water operations at one of its facilities in Detroit. The Partnership for Safe Water gave the authority’s Water Works Park the 2019 Directors Award for Water Treatment.

Okemos man recounts trip across Lake Michigan in new book

By JUDY PUTNAM Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange OKEMOS — Fifty years ago, Vic Jackson got into a lively debate with his boss about just how small a boat you could take to cross one of the Great Lakes. What came next is the stuff of legend. On a $5 bet, Jackson declared he could ...

1770s sideplate unearthed at old Mackinaw City fort

MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) — Archaeologists unearthed an 18th century serpent sideplate from a British trade gun at a historic Mackinaw City fort. The nearly 5 inches (12.7 centimeters) long piece was found last Tuesday in Fort Michilimackinac. It’s believed to date back to the 1770s. Lynn ...

Recall petition approved

DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A group wanting to recall a Michigan lawmaker who is facing charges over an alleged scheme to trade votes for campaign money has cleared an initial procedural hurdle. The bipartisan Board of State Canvassers approved the wording of the petition Thursday. State ...

Whitmer: Delaying pension payments has ‘long-term cost’

DELHI TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday tamped down suggestions that she is open to delaying the elimination of debt in Michigan’s teacher retirement system to help boost road repairs, saying such a move would come with a long-term cost. The Democrat’s proposed ...

Michigan GOP sues to block redistricting commission

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Republicans sued Tuesday to block the creation of Michigan’s new, voter-approved redistricting commission, challenging eligibility guidelines that prohibit politicians and others from serving on the panel. The lawsuit, filed in federal court and ...

Ex-MSU president gets $2.5M retirement payout

By JEFF KAROUB Associated Press EAST LANSING — The former Michigan State University president accused of lying about her knowledge of allegations against sports doctor Larry Nassar is getting about $2.5 million as part of a retirement package and agreed not to sue the school, it was ...

Emergency declared for Lake Co.

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency for Lake County, which is grappling with the effects of heavy rainfall and flooding from a storm more than a week ago. Whitmer’s declaration Monday makes available state resources to help the county in northern Michigan ...

5 governors push presidential candidates to aid Great Lakes

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — Five Democratic governors of states in the Great Lakes region Monday urged the candidates in next year’s presidential election to support a plan for safeguarding their shared waters by boosting federal spending on treatment plants and environmental cleanups. Led by ...

Who’s on each night of the 2020 debates in Detroit

By The Associated Press The second set of Democratic presidential debates will be tonight and Wednesday in Detroit, with 20 candidates spread evenly over two nights. NIGHT 1 Steve Bullock, Montana governor Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana John Delaney, former congressman from ...

2nd Dem debate will be some candidates’ last chance to shine

DETROIT (AP) — Democrats gathering in Detroit for a pivotal presidential debate will have to decide, once again, how to respond to President Donald Trump while presenting their own vision for the country. Candidates are sure to use the high-profile setting tonight and Wednesday to blast ...

Water bill help available

DETROIT (AP) — The Great Lakes Water Authority is making available more than $1.2 million to help some customers in Detroit and Flint with current and past-due water bills. The authority’s board has approved the transfer of additional Water Residential Assistance Program funding. The ...

Trump touts economy, but not everyone in Michigan feeling it

SAGINAW (AP) — A bright mural welcomes people to downtown Saginaw, where a new indoor market opened along the riverfront last year — part of the city’s decades-long effort to reinvent itself after the auto industry started leaving. Inside the market, vendors sell falafel, fresh-baked pies ...

Researchers tracking grass carp

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan and Ohio crews are surveying several Lake Erie bays and river mouths this summer in search of invasive grass carp. They’re hoping to capture some of the fish and install transmitters enabling researchers to track their movements. A network of receivers ...

Man fatally shoots escaped alligator

DAYTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A man fatally shot an escaped alligator after he says the reptile lunged at him at his rural Michigan property. Derrick Fells says he was collecting minnows Saturday in Tuscola County’s Dayton Township when he heard a “hissing” sound and the alligator ...