Michigan News

States sue Trump administration over fuel economy fines

By DEE-ANN DURBIN AP Auto Writer DETROIT — New York, California and three other states are suing the Trump administration, saying it must put in place higher penalties for automakers that violate federal fuel economy standards. The U.S. Department of Transportation more than doubled ...

Michigan’s Trott will not seek re-election to House

By ERICA WERNER and THOMAS BEAUMONT Associated Press WASHINGTON— Veteran Republicans are bailing on Congress in growing numbers, as GOP control of Washington fails to produce the unity or legislative successes party leaders wish for. With President Donald Trump willing, if not eager, ...

No summer homicides in Saginaw

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — Police in Saginaw say the city had no homicides between Memorial Day and Labor Day for the first time in decades. Police Chief Bob Ruth tells The Saginaw News that it’s been a busy summer but “extreme violence has been down a little bit.” A 41-year-old man was ...

Michigan Guard sending help

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Army National Guard is sending more than 1,000 soldiers to the South to help people affected by Hurricane Irma. Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais says Guard members “are anxious to get down there” as soon as possible. The Guard says it will be providing ...

Michigan youth cycling nonprofit receives foundation grant

By ERIN SLOAN Traverse City Record-Eagle An AP Member Exchange TRAVERSE CITY— Big dreams are becoming a reality for the Norte Youth Cycling group’s Executive Director Ty Schmidt. “We have all these dreams of dreaming big; we’re such a small, scrappy nonprofit — there’s ...

Tannery sludge at Michigan landfill tied to water pollution

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Superfund landfill suspected of chemically polluting a Michigan water system once accepted toxic sludge from a leather tannery that used the same chemical compounds, according to state records and a former truck driver. Sand Lake resident Earl Tefft told ...

Michigan farmer grows crops in shipping containers

By JIM HARGER The Grand Rapids Press An AP Member Exchange GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Brian Harris is not a traditional farmer. But neither is the tender kale, spicy arugula and crispy pak choi he raises inside of a converted freight container on the edge of downtown Grand ...

Woman who chose baby instead of chemotherapy has died

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan woman who sacrificed the chance to prolong her life in order to give birth to her sixth child died early Saturday, her husband said. Nick DeKlyen told The Associated Press that his wife, Carrie DeKlyen, died surrounded by family at University of Michigan Hospital ...

Study: Auto insurers illegally charge women more in Michigan

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — A group defending Michigan’s auto insurance system says it has uncovered instances of insurers illegally selling more expensive policies to women and widowed drivers, raising questions about state oversight of rating practices as the industry ...

Library asks for $20K to balance budget

By MARY WARDELL Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The Peter White Public Library is asking to double its revenue sharing from the city in the upcoming fiscal year, an increase of $20,000, in order to balance its budget. In the last of the Marquette City Commission’s special budget ...

City budget heads to commission for approval

By MARY WARDELL Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Next year’s city budget is balanced with no tax hikes or increases to water/sewer rates, though budget amendments are expected as details emerge from the Johnson Controls energy performance contract. The Marquette City Commission ...

MTU alum reveals secrets of nerdy talk

By GARRETT NEESE Houghton Daily Mining Gazette HOUGHTON — Preparing for Thursday’s talk to Michigan Technological University students, alumna Libby Titus talked with a fellow engineering student who said the hardest part of the work wasn’t dynamics or analysis, but people and ...

HAPPY 40th

Economic Club of Marquette County to hold celebration By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Its dinner speakers have included heads of industry and top-ranking government officials. However, the Economic Club of Marquette County also has provided a means for local ...

Procedural shift

Committee communication debated By LISA BOWERS Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The Marquette Township Board will be changing the way its committees and departments report their progress. During its regular meeting on Tuesday night, the board discussed different ways to provide ...

Mastodon bones discovered at Michigan construction site

BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Paleontology experts are investigating the discovery of prehistoric mastodon bones at a Michigan construction site. Workers found the bones Aug. 31 while excavating a road at a housing development in Byron Center, which is about 13 miles south of Grand Rapids, ...

Battle may head to Supreme Court

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A man who is challenging Christian prayers at Jackson County meetings says he’ll probably turn next to the U.S. Supreme Court. Peter Bormuth says his fight isn’t over, despite a defeat Wednesday at a federal appeals court. The court said there’s nothing illegal ...

Group seeks to up Michigan minimum wage

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Advocates for restaurant workers launched a 2018 ballot drive Thursday to gradually raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour, saying the growing industry is not paying enough to employees — including those who earn tips. The group ...

State Senate votes to cut breakwall fees in Great Lakes

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan would cut state fees assessed on homeowners who have wave-reducing breakwalls near the Great Lakes shoreline under legislation a divided state Senate approved Wednesday. The vote came 15 months after Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed another bill ...

Lawsuit revived in jail death

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A woman whose husband died after a 300-pound jail officer knelt on his back has won a major decision in a lawsuit claiming he was the victim of excessive force. An appeals court on Wednesday reversed key rulings by federal Judge Terrence Berg and reinstated the ...

Senate leader: Mandated cut in car insurance rates is ‘dead’

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Any proposal to automatically cut premiums for Michigan drivers would be “dead” on arrival in the Republican-led Senate, Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof said Wednesday, bringing into question lawmakers’ long-sought aim to enact major auto ...