Michigan News

Municipalities’ fiscal outlook is gloomy despite economy

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Eight years into Michigan’s economic recovery, the fiscal outlook is still unnerving for municipalities seen as ill-equipped to withstand the next recession. Despite continued job growth and record auto sales, the state’s per-capita personal ...

Doctor’s arrest brings attention to US female circumcisions

By JEFF KAROUB Associated Press DETROIT — Zehra Patwa learned only a few years ago that during a family trip to India at age 7, she was circumcised, which is common for girls in parts of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Patwa, 46, doesn’t remember undergoing the procedure, which is also ...

2 killed when semi hits 6 vehicles

GREEN OAK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Two men have been killed and a woman was in critical condition after the driver of a semitrailer apparently lost control and struck six vehicles on U.S. 23 in Livingston County. Sunday afternoon’s crash in Green Oak Township left one man dead at the scene. ...

Tesla recalls 53K vehicles

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla Inc. is recalling 53,000 Model S sedans and Model X SUVs worldwide because their parking brakes may get stuck and prevent the vehicles from moving. The recall affects vehicles built between February and October 2016. Tesla says less than 5 percent of the vehicles it’s ...

6 arrested at Flint church

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Police say six people were arrested for disorderly conduct or other reasons at a Flint church during a town hall meeting related to the city’s crisis with lead-tainted water. Flint police Chief Tim Johnson had asked men arriving at House of Prayer Missionary Baptist ...

Sylvia Moy, Motown songwriter and producer, dies at age 78

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — Motown songwriter Sylvia Moy, the storied recording studio’s first female producer who penned or collaborated on several hits, including Stevie Wonder’s “My Cherie Amour” and Marvin Gaye’s “It Takes Two,” has died in suburban ...

GM faces hard road getting compensated for Venezuela seizure

By TOM KRISHER and JOSHUA GOODMAN Associated Press DETROIT — General Motors became the latest corporation to have a factory or other asset seized by the government of Venezuela, and the Detroit automaker faces an uphill battle to recover any damages. GM said Thursday that its only factory ...

Prosecutor can’t use some statements in Michigan shootings that killed 6

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Prosecutors cannot use some statements made by a Michigan man who is charged with killing six people in between picking up riders for Uber. Judge Alexander Lipsey said Thursday that Kalamazoo police were too aggressive when Jason Dalton indicated that he didn’t want ...

Michigan State Police mark 100th

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — In 100 years, the Michigan State Police has gone from being a temporary wartime emergency force of 300 men to a full-service law enforcement agency with nearly 10 times more employees. The agency marked its centennial Wednesday at the Capitol building in ...

Better 911 contacts may have foiled fatal bike crash

DETROIT (AP) — A crash that killed five bicyclists in southwestern Michigan might have been prevented by better communication between 911 dispatchers who got three calls about a reckless driver before he plowed into a pack of riders on a rural road, the National Transportation Safety Board ...

Pregnant woman rescued

DETROIT (AP) — The pregnant woman struggling in the cold waters of the Detroit River wrapped her arms around Officer Brian Gadwell to stay afloat and told him: “I love you.” He replied: “I love you, too, or else I wouldn’t be in here with you.” Gadwell and fellow Detroit police ...

Moose population explodes on Isle Royale

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY — With only two wolves left to feast on them, the moose of Isle Royale National Park are undergoing a population explosion that could endanger the wilderness area’s fir trees and eventually cause many of the moose to starve, scientists ...

Slip and fall lawsuit nixed

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. (AP) — A traumatic fall in a dark, icy parking lot wasn’t enough to sway the Michigan Supreme Court. The justices last week reversed a decision by the state appeals court and said the conditions should have been “open and obvious” to Marguerite Ragnoli. Ragnoli ...

Protesters rally against Republicans who opposed tax cut

BIRMINGHAM, Mich. (AP) — A conservative group is organizing six protests across Michigan to criticize a dozen House Republicans who voted against cutting the state’s income tax. The Michigan Conservative Coalition said it was holding rallies Tuesday at six post offices to coincide with the ...

Flint mayor says water switch ‘too risky’ after lead crisis

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press FLINT, Mich. — Flint’s mayor reversed course Tuesday and recommended that the Michigan city beset by a man-made crisis that left the water supply contaminated with lead continue getting its drinking water from a Detroit-area system long term, saying a ...

2 Detroit officers hurt in shooting after reported burglary

DETROIT (AP) — Two Detroit officers have been shot by a 19-year-old man who may have believed his family’s home was being burglarized. Chief James Craig tells reporters Monday that the shootings on the city’s west side appear to be “an unfortunate situation.” Several calls about a ...

Man charged with shining laser

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area man is facing charges after allegedly shining a laser pointer into the eyes of a Michigan State Police trooper traveling on Interstate 94. Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw said 32-year-old Jonathan Rayner of Roseville was arraigned Sunday at the Detroit ...

Bar owner awaits trial in dispute

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — An elderly northern Michigan bar owner is awaiting trial after a March traffic stop by Michigan State Police left him injured and facing a felony charge. Larry Sevenski, 83, pleaded not guilty on April 12 to resisting arrest. Troopers said Sevenski stepped out of ...

Doctor denies genital mutilation; judge keeps her locked up

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — A Detroit-area doctor charged with performing genital mutilation on two 7-year-old girls denied the allegations through her lawyer Monday, insisting that she conducted a benign religious ritual for families of a Muslim sect. Shannon Smith’s defense ...

Brothers, still: Mentoring program brought them together 42 years ago

By SARAH HETH Holland Sentinel AP Member Exchange HOLLAND, Mich. — It was a grin that brought them together, and 42 years later, that grin is still holding. Mike Visscher, 66, and Dan Castillo, 51, both of Holland, have been friends since 1975, when Visscher signed up to be a “big ...