Michigan News

Government likes plan for tunnels: Musk

DETROIT (AP) — Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk says he has “verbal government approval” to build a tunnel for high-speed transportation from New York to Washington that could break ground by the end of this year. Musk didn’t say who gave him the approval, and he acknowledged that ...

Detroit officer Renee Hall hired as Dallas police chief

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas announced Wednesday that it has hired a Detroit deputy police chief to be its first female police chief and lead a department that saw several officers killed last summer when a gunman opened fire during a protest. U. Renee Hall, who starts Sept. 5, will step into the ...

Court: Munising officer has immunity

MUNISING (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of an Upper Peninsula police officer who fatally shot an unarmed man after a car chase that reached 100 mph. Timothy Mitchell’s family sued Munising Officer Justin Schlabach, saying he used excessive force at the end of a chase in ...

Snyder task force wants municipalities to prefund retiree care for new hires

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan should require municipalities to prefund new hires’ retiree medical costs and help local governments facing substantially underfunded pension and retiree health obligations, a task force created by Gov. Rick Snyder said Tuesday after ...

UM-Flint gets water money

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Flint campus of the University of Michigan is getting $400,000 from the state for costs related to the city's water crisis. The money is part of the new budget signed last week by Gov. Rick Snyder. University spokesman Rick Fitzgerald says the money is partial ...

Appeals court tosses suit in jobless benefits fraud case

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING— The Michigan appeals court on Tuesday tossed a lawsuit filed by people who were wrongly accused of defrauding the state’s unemployment benefits system, ruling that they waited too long to sue. A lawyer for the three men, who want class-action ...

Tesla driver recants, now says Autopilot not to blame for crash

By DEE-ANN DURBIN AP Auto Writer DETROIT— A Tesla driver says his car’s partially self-driving Autopilot system wasn’t responsible for a crash in Minnesota, despite what he initially told investigators. In its police report obtained by The Associated Press on Monday, the Kandiyohi ...

Blocked farmer seeks court order

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan city is defending a decision to keep an apple grower away from its outdoor market because of his views on gay marriage. East Lansing urged a judge Monday to reject an injunction that would force the city to bring Stephen Tennes back to the market. Tennes ...

Conviction of dad thrown out

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has thrown out the conviction of a Flint man who was accused of attacking his daughter’s boyfriend after finding them in a bedroom. The court says Tmando Denson’s trial in Genesee County was spoiled when the prosecutor referred to an ...

Michigan bike shop ramping up brand

By DAN NIELSEN Traverse City Record-Eagle AP Member Exchange TRAVERSE CITY— A new bicycle brand is rolling through Traverse City. Bearclaw Bicycle Co. has sold 74 bikes since its inception a couple of years ago, and now is poised for a burst of marketing intended to increase ...

Tax credits to aid housing

DETROIT (AP) — Four developments in Detroit will receive more than $4 million in tax credits for affordable housing. Mayor Mike Duggan says the credits will help create or preserve 385 units of affordable housing across the city. The developments were selected for the federal low-income ...

Marquette Blues roll past Bark River, move into Mid Pen championship

By Journal Sports Staff ESCANABA — The Marquette Blues moved into the Mid Pen Tournament title game after crushing Bark River 14-0 Saturday in five innings. The Blues roared out of the gate, scoring five runs in the first inning. Marquette then padded its lead with four more in the ...

Singer/storyteller to share Michigan lumberjack history

By Associated Press staff ALANSON — Escanaba-based singer/storyteller Bill Jamerson will present an hour-long musical program about Michigan lumberjack history at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26, in the Alanson Village Park next to the library, weather permitting. With guitar in hand, Jamerson ...

Escanaba marketplace officially open

By JENNY LANCOUR Escanaba Daily Press ESCANABA — Escanaba has a new landmark in town — the new marketplace, which was dedicated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by the public and several dignitaries under sunny skies Friday afternoon. About 40 people attended the Downtown ...

Detroit at crossroads 50 years after riots devastated city

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — Deborah Chenault Green is 62, a writer. But 50 years ago she was a pre-teen, sleeping on the porch to escape the oppressive heat, awakening to see a sky that glowed unnaturally. Azerine Jones is a retired baker. But in 1967 she was the ...

Finalists found for city manager

By LISA BOWERS Journal Ishpeming Bureau MARQUETTE — Negaunee’s search for a new city manager and city attorney may be over soon. The Negaunee City Council learned at its regular meeting Thursday that the city manager search had narrowed to four candidates, and two firms had applied for ...

Property agreement dodges eminent domain suit

By MARY WARDELL Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Commission last week approved more property acquisitions for city road projects, avoiding eminent domain action that was previously approved for one location. At its regular meeting, the commission in two split votes ...

FORESTVILLE ROCKS MARQUETTE

The third annual camping, craft beer and music festival Forestville took place over the weekend just off of the Noquemanon Trail Network in Marquette Township. Above, Travis Swanson, right, and Harry South play in the Travis Swanson Quartet Saturday afternoon. At right, a customer picks up some ...

Snyder signs $56.5B Michigan budget

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder signed a $56.5 billion budget Friday that will spend more on at-risk students and Flint's water crisis, concluding a bumpier-than-usual process with the GOP-led Legislature that ended with a spending blueprint well ...

MVAA director visits Marquette to discuss future of veterans homes

By RYAN JARVI Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — As the state of Michigan prepares to next year begin building smaller long-term care facilities for veterans throughout the state, pending the approval of federal grant funding, state officials said firm plans for the D.J. Jacobetti Home for ...