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Michigan News

Michigan Rep. Mitchell won’t seek 3rd term in Congress

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Second-term Republican Rep. Paul Mitchell of Michigan announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election to Congress, citing a desire to focus on his family and expressing frustration with his time in Washington. The decision was a surprise because Mitchell is 62 and ...

Weather runs gamut for Port Huron to Mackinac sailboat race

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — The roughly 200 sailboats participating in this year’s annual Port Huron to Mackinac race experienced heavy rain and wind as well as more agreeable conditions on their lengthwise journey of Lake Huron. The Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race started Saturday ...

Detroit Mayor Duggan endorsing Biden for president

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden in the race to challenge Donald Trump in the 2020 race for the White House. As vice president under Barack Obama, Biden “was just a great friend of Detroit,” Duggan told The Associated Press on ...

US hotels caught in fight over housing detained migrants

DETROIT (AP) — There’s a new target in the clash over immigration: hotels. Advocacy groups and unions are pressuring Marriott, MGM and others not to house migrants who have been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. For decades, the U.S. government has occasionally ...

Michigan leukemia survivor reunites with bone marrow donor

By ALYSSA BURR MLive.com AP Member Exchange CALEDONIA— Leukemia survivor Bob Falkenberg had one important stop to make on his cross country bike ride, and that was to the home of his bone marrow donor, Jason Rottman. Rottman and Falkenberg greeted each other with an embrace in front of ...

Pageant winner ousted

DETROIT (AP) — The Miss World America organization has stripped its Michigan pageant winner of her title, which she says was because of tweets she made about Muslims and black people. Kathy Zhu was crowned the pageant’s Michigan winner last week. She’s a University of Michigan ...

Body identified as Detroit woman

ANGOLA, Ind. (AP) — Authorities on Sunday identified a Michigan woman who was found dead 20 years ago in a northeastern Indiana field, renewing the investigation into her “suspicious” death. The Steuben County Sheriff’s Department said they followed hundreds of leads to try to identify ...

800K lose power in storms

DETROIT (AP) — Crews are working to restore power after heavy storms over two days knocked out power for over 800,000 Michigan homes and businesses. Two utilities say it could take until Wednesday to restore power for everyone. Detroit-based DTE Energy said Sunday afternoon that roughly ...

100s attend veteran’s funeral

NILES, Mich. (AP) — Hundreds of people attended the funeral for a Vietnam veteran from Michigan who had no known living relatives. Sixty-seven-year-old Wayne “Sarge” Wilson of Niles died during heart surgery in May, years after he’d made funeral arrangements for himself at Brown ...

Michigan cuts pot fees in 19 cities impacted by drug war

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan regulators announced Thursday a cut in marijuana licensing fees for prospective business owners living in 19 cities whose residents were disproportionately impacted by the drug war. Under the new “social equity” program, applicants ...

Corvette goes mid-engine for first time to raise performance

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer WARREN — When you first lay eyes on the new 2020 Corvette, a modern version of the classic American sports car isn’t the first thing that pops into your head. Instead, you think Lamborghini, Lotus, McLaren. The eighth-generation ‘Vette, dubbed C8, is ...

US heat wave just warming up for long and scorching weekend

DETROIT (AP) — The heat wave that has been roasting much of the U.S. in recent days is just getting warmed up, with temperatures expected to soar to dangerous levels through the weekend. Communities are preparing by offering buildings as cooling centers and asking residents to check in on ...

2-year-old girl missing in Michigan woods found safe

COMINS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A missing 2-year-old girl was reunited with her family Tuesday morning, more than 24 hours after she wandered away from a woodland campsite in northern Michigan, prompting a massive search involving law enforcement dogs and a helicopter, police said. After ...

Dem trying to unseat Michigan’s Amash raised $100K in 1 week

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Democrat running to replace Michigan Rep. Justin Amash said Tuesday she raised $100,000 in the first week since announcing her campaign for what’s become a crowded — and newly competitive — three-way race. Attorney Hillary Scholten of Grand Rapids joined ...

Study: Michigan prison workers facing mental health crisis

LANSING (AP) — Michigan prison workers are facing a mental health crisis that includes much higher rates of post-traumatic stress disorder, suicidal thoughts and alcohol abuse than in the general public, according to a study released Monday. The report, conducted for the state Department of ...

New Reno grave marker for victim of 1982 Lake Tahoe killing, a Michigan native

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Mary Silvani was lost to her family and friends for 37 years. Her burial site remained unmarked for decades at a cemetery in northwest Reno. For a while, the only thing marking her grave was a blue water utility flag. “She in her own right was lost in the world, and then ...

Judge dismisses Courser’s lawsuit

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit in which a former Michigan lawmaker who resigned over a sex scandal accused ex-leaders of the state House of Representatives of conspiring to remove him from office and subject him to criminal charges. Todd Courser’s suit ...

Fairgoers urged to avoid swine flu

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Health officials are urging people to take precautions to avoid swine flu at county and local fairs across Michigan. Swine influenza is a respiratory disease in pigs that’s caused by type A influenza viruses. Swine flu viruses don’t usually infect humans, but human ...

Michigan grandfather, 6 grandsons work on family’s Ida farm

By TOM HAWLEY Monroe News AP Member Exchange MONROE — It was a slow start for the Drodt Farms this spring because of the excessive rainfall. Gary Drodt, 76, of Ida was sitting outside in his garage at his centennial farm in Ida with his grandson, Robbie Turner, 16, waiting for his other ...