Michigan News

$3.6M offered to fight invasives

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan agencies say grants totaling $3.6 million are available to support projects intended to prevent the spread of invasive species. The Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program is overseen by the departments of Natural Resources; Environment, Great Lakes and Energy; ...

5 counties get disaster designation

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — Five Michigan counties have been declared federal disaster areas because of losses from heavy rains and high winds in the past year. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue approved Antrim, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau and Otsego counties for the designation. It ...

Whitmer OKs $15M to aid farmers

LANSING (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation to allocate $15 million to a low-interest loan program to help farmers who face financial losses because wet weather is making it hard to plant crops. Whitmer’s office announced the signing Monday. The spending covers ...

Police: Parents needed to stop fights

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Grand Rapids’ deputy police chief says parental supervision could have prevented dozens of fights downtown involving hundreds of teens during the city’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show. Deputy Chief Eric Payne said Monday police officials believe many of ...

1 dead, 3 hurt after fight at graduation party

TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) — Officials say a 17-year-old boy has died and three other people were injured following a large fight and reported stabbing at a graduation party in suburban Detroit. Police say officers responded late Saturday to the Knights of Columbus Hall in Taylor that was rented out ...

Detroit event tickets initially cost more for whites than blacks

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — A global ticketing and event platform has told a group that it could not charge whites more than blacks and other people of color to attend a Detroit event advertised on the firm’s website. Organizers initially promoted on Eventbrite that ...

Michigan Rep. Amash formally withdraws from House GOP caucus

By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press WASHINGTON — Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan formally withdrew from the House Republican conference Monday, days after announcing he is leaving the GOP because he has become disenchanted with partisan politics and “frightened by what I see from ...

Suspect at large after western Michigan officer shot in arm

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — Police say a man believed to have shot a western Michigan officer remains at large. Muskegon Heights Police Chief Joseph Thomas says the officer was shot in the arm around 4 p.m. Saturday while trying to locate a person involved in an earlier shooting. Thomas ...

Lansing hospital rethinks prepayments of out-of-pocket costs

LANSING (AP) — McLaren Greater Lansing hospital will no longer require patients to reschedule medical procedures until they pay a portion of the estimated out-of-pocket costs. Al Herring said he was forced to postpone a cardiac catheterization procedure in May after the hospital called him ...

Archdiocese removes prominent Detroit priest from pulpit

By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER and MARTHA MENDOZA Associated Press DETROIT — A conservative Detroit priest renowned for his orchestral Masses and traditional Latin services has been removed from public ministry after the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit reviewed what it described as a ...

Amish buggy crash injures 6

DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say six children have been injured in western Michigan after a vehicle struck an Amish buggy. The Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office says one of the children is in critical condition. The other five are also being hospitalized and are listed in ...

Kids battling cancer to attend show

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — A nonprofit is planning to give a group of young cancer patients and their families star treatment at a private screening of the movie “Toy Story 4” in Royal Oak. The Bottomless Toy Chest’s 8th Annual Red Carpet Movie event for the children and their families ...

MSU to open allergen-free dining

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Students with food allergies will soon have a new place to dine on Michigan State University’s campus. The Lansing State Journal reports that the school is opening its first allergen-free dining hall, Thrive, on Monday. Gina Keilen is the university’s ...

Detroit Zoo hosting photographer

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Zoo is hosting an exhibition of the work of a renowned wildlife photographer. The Detroit Zoological Society is presenting “Thomas D. Mangelsen — A Life in the Wild “ that’s scheduled to run until Sept. 10 at the zoo in the Detroit suburb of Royal ...

Amash quitting GOP

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, the only Republican in Congress to call for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, said Thursday he is leaving the GOP because he has become disenchanted with partisan politics and “frightened by what I see from ...

Police shoot ax-wielding man

BAGLEY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — State police say an ax-wielding man has been shot to death during a confrontation with law enforcement officers at a northern Michigan home. Police said on Twitter that four Otsego County sheriff’s deputies and a Michigan Department of Natural Resources ...

Lee Iacocca dead at 94

DETROIT (AP) — Lee Iacocca, the auto executive and master pitchman who put the Mustang in Ford’s lineup in the 1960s and became a corporate folk hero when he resurrected Chrysler 20 years later, has died in Bel Air, California. He was 94. Two former Chrysler executives who worked with ...

Ex-FBI agent defends Flint water probe after criticism

FLINT (AP) — A former FBI agent who was hired to investigate the water scandal in Flint has defended his team's work following criticism by state prosecutors, saying new criminal charges were in the works when he and the others were swept out. Andy Arena, who has busted mobsters and corrupt ...

Michigan toy shop needs help

By JUDY PUTNAM Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange DEWITT TOWNSHIP — Volunteers at a pine-dust scented workshop housed in a former appliance store along Old U.S. 27 were busy sawing, sanding, painting and gluing. The workers call themselves “elves.” Their creations that day ...

3 family members die in crash

CHIPPEWA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say three family members are among four people who died in a multi-vehicle crash in mid-Michigan. The crash happened Sunday in Isabella County’s Chippewa Township, near Mount Pleasant and about 120 miles northwest of Detroit. One vehicle swerved ...