Michigan News

Kid Rock criticized for appearing in Detroit arena debut

DETROIT (AP) — The choice of Kid Rock as the opening act for a new sports arena in mostly black Detroit has injected the musician into the national debate over race and culture because of his embrace of the Confederate flag, an expletive-laced criticism of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and ...

New Nissan Leaf gets more range, but is it enough?

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT — Nissan is turning over a new Leaf, adding 43 miles of range to the world’s top-selling electric car while dropping its price to undercut Tesla’s Model 3 and the Chevrolet Bolt. But the new Leaf, due out in the U.S. early next year, won’t be ...

5 teens killed in crash ID’d

COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have released the names of five teenagers killed in a fiery weekend car crash in southwestern Michigan. Jaquarius Hegler, Marshawn Williams, Elexus Hillsman, Cortavian Murphy and Deztanee Cobb were positively identified by a medical examiner, the ...

Police still searching for missing woman

MARINETTE — Eighty-three-year-old Jeanette L. Fullerton is still missing after an extensive search for the woman was conducted Aug. 26. Multiple public safety personnel, volunteers and K-9 units searched for Fullerton around the area of the Fullerton home in Wagner, Wisconsin. Fullerton is ...

UPPCO: Unseasonably wet weather expected to reduce energy costs

MARQUETTE — Significant rainfall and cooler temperatures may have dampened the spirits of outdoor recreationists this summer, but the weather has provided for an increase in the production of clean, renewable energy from Upper Peninsula Power Company’s hydroelectric generation fleet, ...

Organizers: Donate, volunteer and drink beer to help fight hunger issues

By JAYMIE DEPEW Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — As teachers and students prepare for the new school year, Feeding America West Michigan prepares and urges others to help people in need. September is Hunger Action Month, a month where people across the country stand together and fight ...

Michigan doubles capacity to prep inmates for in-demand jobs

BLACKMAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Inside what was once a prison license plate factory, 42-year-old inmate Richard Willett spends his days in a converted robotics lab, learning how to operate computerized machinery in hopes of working a good-paying job when he’s freed. It’s better than his ...

Group to present petitions at annual bridge walk

By LISA BOWERS Journal Staff Writer MACKINAW CITY – Members of Voters Not Politicians, a grassroots organization seeking to change the way voting districts in the state are drawn, will be asking participants at the Mackinac Bridge walk on Monday for signatures. VNP, a nonpartisan ...

Tigers’ Fulmer to miss time with numbness in hand

By DAVE HOGG Associated Press DETROIT — Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer will miss at least two starts with recurring numbness in his pitching hand. Fulmer, Detroit’s unquestioned No. 1 pitcher after the trade of Justin Verlander, has been bothered by the problem for most of the ...

Honda owners could get up to $500 in air bag settlement

DETROIT (AP) — Honda and some of the people suing the company over faulty Takata air bag inflators have agreed to a $605 million settlement. The settlement, which still must be approved by a federal judge, covers owners of 16.5 million Honda and Acura vehicles with the inflators dating back ...

U.P. State Fair numbers up over 2016, best year ever

ESCANABA — The Upper Peninsula State Fair saw a dramatic increase in attendance this year, according to fair organizers, as ticket sales were up 17 percent over 2016. Delta Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Vickie Micheau said Thursday that this year’s estimated attendance at the ...

Sen. Stabenow holds roundtable with community leaders at NMU

By LISA BOWERS Journal Ishpeming Bureau ISHPEMING – Sen. Debbie Stabenow concluded her weeklong series of workforce discussions throughout the state at Northern Michigan University’s Jacobetti Complex on Friday. The discussion focused on what can be done to fill the demand for ...

Ishpeming redoubling efforts to beautify city

By LISA BOWERS Journal Ishpeming Bureau ISHPEMING – Early American botanist Liberty Hyde Bailey once said: “A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on ...

Company finds gaps in underwater oil pipeline’s coating

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY — The company that operates twin oil pipelines in the waterway linking Lake Huron and Lake Michigan said Wednesday it has found a number of gaps in a protective layer of enamel coating on the pipes. Enbridge Inc.’s disclosure ...

Vigil for killed teen turns to protest

DETROIT (AP) — Police were forced to temporarily close a Detroit street as a crowd protested the death of a teenager who crashed an all-terrain vehicle after a state trooper shocked him with a Taser. The Wednesday night protest began as a vigil started for 15-year-old Damon Grimes at the ...

Test results: Michigan kids worse in reading, better in math

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — While test scores worsened in reading and science, and improved in math and social studies, fewer than half of all Michigan students were proficient on the latest round of the M-STEP state standardized assessment, according to results released ...

Straits area sees worker shortage amid visa problems

MACKINAW CITY (AP) — Some business owners in the tourist industry of Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island say they’re experiencing a severe worker shortage because of a drop in federal visas. The federal government limits visas to 66,000 foreign workers per year, but it didn’t used to ...

Uber’s new CEO brings experience

DETROIT (AP) — For a surprise choice, Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi appears to check the boxes needed to tackle the massive job of leading Uber from a rapidly growing but dysfunctional money-loser to a company that can turn a consistent profit. Like Uber, Expedia is a global juggernaut that ...

Flint to see $100M in new projects

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Redevelopment projects are expected to bring more than $100 million in renovation work to Flint as the city works to recover from a lead-tainted water crisis. Projects include the Capitol Theatre, The Ferris Wheel building and Mott Community College’s culinary school ...

Statewide gas prices rise 6 cents

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have risen by about 6 cents per gallon in the past week. The Dearborn-based auto club says Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.47 per gallon. That’s about 8 cents more than at the same ...