Michigan News

Trump’s return to west Michigan comes amid Democratic gains

By SARA BURNETT and DAVID EGGERT Associated Press GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The 50 or so party faithful gathered at a western Michigan GOP headquarters prayed for President Donald Trump’s re-election and hummed with excitement about his upcoming visit — a meeting-turned-pep rally for the ...

Bacterial meningitis kills prison guard

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman says a guard who worked at a western Michigan prison died after contracting bacterial meningitis and an inmate has been diagnosed with it. MDOC spokesman Chris Gautz says the guard died Monday. He says the 52-year-old man ...

Detroit officer fired after hearing

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit police say an officer has been fired after an internal investigation into alleged drug dealing. Police Chief James Craig says the probationary officer was arrested Sunday and taken from jail to a hearing at police headquarters Tuesday, where she was fired. Craig says ...

18 measles cases since March 13

OAK PARK, Mich. (AP) — Michigan health officials say ten more cases of measles have been confirmed in the Detroit area, raising the number in Oakland County to 18 since March 13. The highly contagious disease has been linked to a person who was visiting from Israel and had stayed in New ...

Man sentenced for wife’s slaying

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — A man convicted in the fatal shooting of his wife inside a marijuana grow room in their southwestern Michigan home has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. John Lewis was given the mandatory punishment Monday in a Berrien County courtroom after a jury in ...

River Raisin battlefield park to begin construction in 2020

MONROE, Mich. (AP) — The River Raisin National Battlefield Park will begin most of the construction for the historic Michigan site’s estimated $100 million redevelopment next year. Toni Cooper, executive of the national park’s foundation, recently unveiled details and a timeline for the ...

Trucked-in food helps rural hungry

By MAXWELL EVANS Special to the Journal LANSING — For Michiganders struggling with food insecurity, mobile food pantries are just one way to increase access to healthy foods, as a network of agencies works to bolster education and expand food services in hard-to-reach regions. Mobile ...

New Soo lock in federal budget request

DETROIT — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, recently announced the new Soo Lock project in Sault Ste. Marie has been included in President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2020 budget request to Congress in the amount of roughly $75.3 million. These funds are sufficient to ...

Fight breaks out at birthday party

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Police say two men were arrested after guns were pulled during a fight at a birthday party in southwestern Michigan with children in attendance. No shots were fired during the fight on Sunday evening in Kalamazoo. A woman at the party had what police described as ...

Gas prices rise 12 cents to $2.71

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up about 12 cents from a week ago to about $2.71 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club says today the average price for self-serve regular unleaded is about 1 cent less than a year ago. AAA says the statewide ...

Report: Great Lakes feeling effects of rapid climate warming

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY — The Great Lakes region is warming faster than the rest of the U.S., a trend likely to bring more extreme storms while also degrading water quality, worsening erosion and posing tougher challenges for farming, scientists reported ...

Wolves may get new home at Isle Royale National Park

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY — A U.S.-Canadian team prepared Thursday for another mission to relocate gray wolves to Isle Royale National Park in Michigan from a second Lake Superior island, where the predators are in danger of starvation after gobbling up a caribou ...

State jobless rate at 4 percent

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.0 percent in February — the fifth consecutive month it has remained unchanged. Figures released Thursday by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget show the state’s jobless rate a bit higher ...

Theft of $86K brings probation

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former director of the Michigan Hispanic/Latino Commission has been sentenced to five years of probation for stealing nearly $86,000 that was set aside for a Michigan statue to honor farm labor leader Cesar Chavez. The Lansing State Journal reports 82-year-old Maria ...

A fish tale: Michigan native tells story of how salmon got to Great Lakes

By RJ WOLCOTT Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange HASLETT — Close to 10 million chinook and coho salmon swim in Lake Michigan, Lake Huron and Lake Superior. There were none when Howard Tanner started as the chief of the Michigan Department of Conservation’s Fish Division in ...

Michigan 1 of 5 states where GOP kept control despite losing

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan is among five states where Republicans retained control of the state House even though Democratic candidates won more votes statewide last fall, according to an Associated Press analysis. The House districts showed the fourth-highest GOP ...

Attorney slams Engler for attending game amid Nassar probe

DETROIT (AP) — John Engler’s front-row interest in Michigan State University basketball has led to a war of words over the former school president’s availability to speak to investigators about the Larry Nassar scandal . Things have become so nasty that Engler’s attorney has advised ...

Father charged in son’s death

PAW PAW, Mich. (AP) — A southwestern Michigan man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the fatal overdose of his 16-year-old son. Michigan State Police say 48-year-old Gary Birkhead of Bangor was arraigned in Van Buren County District Court Wednesday on charges ...

Body of baby found in car

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Police searching for a missing 35-year-old Michigan woman say they have found the body of her 6-day-old daughter in her car. Lansing police say Ashley Shade’s Toyota Camry was found parked Tuesday and that Shade has not been located. Shade and the infant were reported ...

House OKs subjecting lawmakers, governor to record requests

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — The Michigan House voted unanimously Tuesday to expand the state's open-records law to cover the Legislature and governor's office, moving to end the state's status as one of just two that wholly exempts both entities from disclosing communications ...