Michigan News

Michigan US House seat deals with quirky double election

By JEFF KAROUB Associated Press DETROIT— A U.S. House district representing Detroit and some surrounding cities has made some major news: First came last year, when longtime Democratic Rep. John Conyers resigned after being accused of groping and sexually harassing women. Then this week, ...

Court affirms money for prisoner

ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) — An appeals court has affirmed a $12,500 verdict in favor of a Michigan prisoner who said guards retaliated against him for cooperating with abuse investigators. Randle Griffin says his rights were violated at Gus Harrison prison in Adrian. He says he lost a job in the ...

Ford celebrates production of 10 million Mustang sports cars

By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press FLAT ROCK, Mich.— Ford Motor Co. marked production of the 10 millionth Mustang with celebrations Wednesday at the automaker’s headquarters and at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant where the iconic sports car is made. A parade of Mustangs from 1964 to the ...

Tlaib wins Conyers’ seat; Congress to get 1st Muslim woman

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — Former Michigan state Rep. Rashida Tlaib has won the Democratic nomination to run unopposed for the House seat long held by former Rep. John Conyers, setting her up to become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress. No Republicans or ...

Trump-backed John James wins Michigan’s GOP Senate nod

By JEFF KAROUB Associated Press DETROIT — Michigan businessman John James, a black Iraq War veteran who was endorsed by President Donald Trump, won the Republican nomination Tuesday and will take on Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow this fall. James, a political newcomer, convincingly ...

Michigan businessmen vie for GOP nod to face Stabenow

By JEFF KAROUB Associated Press DETROIT — An Iraq War veteran endorsed by the president and an Ivy League-educated buyout specialist are vying today for the chance to take on Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow this fall. Whether John James or Sandy Pensler emerges victorious from the ...

Clean water to be supplied

PARCHMENT, Mich. (AP) — An agreement has been finalized so southwestern Michigan residents dealing with chemical contamination in their water will get clean water. The Kalamazoo City Commission and the Parchment City Commission approved an agreement Monday for Kalamazoo to provide a year’s ...

2 drown in southern Michigan

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — Officials in eastern Michigan say two people drowned and three others were hospitalized after being pulled from Lake Michigan. The Grand Haven Department of Public Safety said on its Facebook page that a human chain was used to reach the first person who experienced ...

Snyder tours tainted water work

PARCHMENT, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has toured a water system project in a city near Kalamazoo that’s dealing with chemical contamination in its public water system. Snyder visited the construction site Sunday in Parchment that includes installation of a new pressure-reduction system ...

Michigan nuclear research facility could fight art forgery

By RJ WOLCOTT Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange EAST LANSING — It would be a signature that’s virtually impossible to fake. Because you’d need an immensely powerful nuclear science research facility to create it. A pair of Michigan State University researchers — Wolfgang ...

Musicians allege age discrimination in Southwest Michigan Symphony

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — Two musicians with the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra have resigned after receiving disciplinary action that they allege was based on their ages. Cellist Susan Dietrich-Reed and husband and trumpet player Steven Reed are alleging age discrimination by the ...

Road construction worker dies

FORT GRATIOT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a road worker has died from injuries he suffered when a vehicle struck him in an eastern Michigan construction zone. St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office says it was notified Thursday that 44-year-old Julian Perez of Indianapolis died at a ...

Jane Fonda honored at Michigan film festival amid protests

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Jane Fonda has been honored with a lifetime achievement award at a northern Michigan film festival founded by Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore. The actress, author and political activist accepted the award Wednesday at the 14th annual Traverse City Film ...

Court: Michigan voters to decide redistricting proposal in November

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan voters this fall will get to decide whether to change how their state’s congressional and legislative districts are drawn after the state Supreme Court kept an anti-gerrymandering proposal on the ballot. In a 4-3 decision issued late ...

Ex-convict, former principal help at-risk Michigan youth

By NICK BUCKLEY Battle Creek Enquirer AP Member Exchange BATTLE CREEK— Damon Brown posed a hypothetical for a group of five kids seated in front of him. “What are the consequences if you rob somebody?” he asked. “You could get locked up,” answered one of the kids gathered for a ...

Land, husband settle complaint

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Federal Election Commission has accepted a $66,000 fine to settle allegations that the husband of former U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land contributed too much money to her 2014 campaign. The FEC said Dan Hibma made $700,000 in excessive contributions. ...

Dems hope pot measure brings out youth vote

By ALICE YIN Associated Press LANSING — As both parties continue pumping funds into the 2018 race, Michigan Democrats hope to cash in on another kind of green. A proposal to legalize marijuana will be on Michigan’s November ballot, putting the state on the cusp of allowing recreational ...

Detroit program helps female ex-felons

By DEASIA PAIGE Detroit Free Press AP Member Exchange DETROIT — In a small room full of decorative handbags and clutches, Tonya Carswell is seated at a table as she meticulously constructs a handbag. All the while, she talks about life after her release from prison. Carswell was riding ...

3 hurt as 2 small planes collide

NORTH FOX ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say three people had minor injuries after a small plane landing on North Fox Island off of Michigan’s northwestern Lower Peninsula collided with another small plane already on the ground. The U.S. Coast Guard says a crew from Air Station Traverse ...

2 communities stop using water

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The residents of two Kalamazoo County communities were ordered to stop using their water for drinking or cooking after the discovery of high amounts of industrial chemicals. Michigan and county health officials said Thursday the water supply of the city of Parchment and ...