Michigan News

Stabenow, James face off in Michigan’s US Senate race

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan is seeking a fourth term today and is hoping to stave off political newcomer John James and to prevent a surprise breakthrough in a state where Republican senators have been a rarity. Stabenow ...

Candidates crisscross Michigan in final campaign stops

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Republican Bill Schuette and Democrat Gretchen Whitmer crisscrossed Michigan on Monday, making their closing appeals and firing up their get-out-the-vote organizers on the eve of the election for governor. Schuette, the state attorney general who ...

Voter turnout for Michigan’s midterm election may spike

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Last-ditch efforts are in motion to spur people to the polls on Tuesday. This election, Michigan voters may not need prodding. The number of absentee ballots issued and returned statewide is up by more than 50 percent from the same point in 2014 ...

Nassar victims make plea on Title IX changes

By ED WHITE, Associated Press DETROIT — Dozens of people who said they were victims of sexual assault by doctors at three major universities urged Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to make campuses accountable for investigating abuse allegations in a letter released Thursday. The Education ...

Parents seek public’s help in son’s 2015 hit-and-run death

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — The parents of a Detroit-area college student who was killed in a hit-and-run in 2015 again are pleading for help to solve the case. Ryan Tsatsos of Macomb County was killed as he walked to his dorm at Central Michigan University on a rainy Halloween night. He ...

James goes on attack against Stabenow’s military votes

GREENBUSH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate John James is boosting his TV ad spending and airing his first negative spot against Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow, who launched her own closing ad highlighting ways she says she has benefited the state. James, who flew ...

Child dies in fall from trailer

SHERIDAN, Mich. (AP) — Police say a 10-year-old child has died after falling from a trailer that was taking children around a central Michigan community during Halloween trick-or-treating. Michigan State Police say the child was with a group of children riding in Sheridan on Wednesday night ...

Schuette cancels TV ads in all markets except Detroit

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette on Tuesday canceled TV ads across Michigan in the final week of the race, except in the Detroit market — another sign that his campaign was facing an uphill climb to defeat Democrat Gretchen ...

$155K to man wrongfully jailed

ALBION, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan has agreed to pay $155,000 to settle a lawsuit by a man who spent a weekend in jail. The problem: State police had arrested the wrong guy. Billy Rowe of Calhoun County was arrested on child pornography charges in 2011. But he was the wrong Rowe. The ...

GOP may face grim reward for revival of Detroit

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press DETROIT — During their eight years in control of Michigan’s government, Republicans have had one achievement that stands out: successfully taking the city of Detroit through federal bankruptcy to make way for its economic revival. Now that feat may bring ...

Ground broken on new vets home

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials have broken ground for a new veterans home at the site of a former military housing complex in suburban Detroit. The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency said despite Monday’s groundbreaking for the Southeast Michigan Veterans Home , ...

Frogs raised at zoo released

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — About two dozen endangered frogs raised at the Detroit Zoo have been released into the wild. The Detroit Zoological Society says 25 dusky gopher frogs were moved this month to the Ward Bayou Wildlife Management Area in southern Mississippi. The frogs were bred at the ...

State gas prices up to $2.80

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up 2 cents in the past week to about $2.80 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club says early today the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is about 27 cents more than at the same point last ...

Michigan veteran receives high school diploma after 48 years

By RJ WOLCOTT Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange LANSING, Mich. — Forty-eight years after leaving Eastern High School to join the United States Navy, Dann Huisken recently received his diploma. In 1970, the now-retired chief petty officer was an 18-year-old senior at Eastern who ...

Michigan cities use public art to add design to area

By CHRISTINA HALL Detroit Free Press AP Member Exchange DETROIT — A mural of President John F. Kennedy wearing multicolored sunglasses pops on the side of a cement-block building in Royal Oak. A rusted-brown metal horse sculpture, its mane blowing in the breeze, stands in the grass at ...

Obama in Michigan, Wisconsin to rally Dems, encourage black voters

By IVAN MORENO Associated Press MILWAUKEE — Former President Barack Obama plans to visit one of Milwaukee’s most impoverished black neighborhoods today to campaign for Wisconsin Democrats, underlining his party’s efforts to encourage African-Americans to vote. African-Americans ...

Ex-trooper explains why he tased teen before fatal crash

DETROIT (AP) — A former Michigan state trooper whose use of a Taser preceded the death of a 15-year-old black Detroit boy told jurors Thursday that he “absolutely” believed the teen was armed and was “shocked” to learn there was no gun. Mark Bessner, who is white, testified in his ...

Southwestern Michigan city’s water under advisory for lead

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Benton Harbor’s water system has been placed under a state advisory after higher-than-acceptable levels of lead were found in the southwestern Michigan city’s drinking water, officials said. The advisory from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality ...

Dioxin cleanup enters new phase

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — Dow DuPont is preparing to clean up the last section of a mid-Michigan river contaminated with dioxin from past operation of a Dow Chemical Co. plant in Midland. Area residents have until Nov. 20 to submit comments on the plan to the U.S. Environmental Protection ...

Man charged in couple’s deaths

ALLEGAN, Mich. (AP) — Police say a man has been arraigned on charges stemming from in a July crash that killed a newlywed couple in western Michigan just miles from where they had wed weeks earlier. The Allegan County Sheriff’s Office announced 21-year-old Jacob Scot Damron was arraigned ...