Michigan News

Google expanding in Michigan

DETROIT (AP) — Google says it’s expanding in Michigan with a move from the Detroit suburbs into the city’s reviving downtown. The company said Tuesday that it will soon move to Detroit’s tech-aspiring downtown area and double its space from the 17,000 square feet it occupies in ...

Snyder meets about Etue’s post

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has met privately with black lawmakers after the Michigan State Police director shared someone else’s Facebook post that called NFL players kneeling during the national anthem “anti-American degenerates.” Snyder has said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue’s ...

Bill about fuel tanks sent to Gov.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan would spend more money reimbursing gas station owners to clean up leaky, environmentally risky fuel tanks under legislation sent to Gov. Rick Snyder. The Republican-controlled Senate passed the bill 26-10 Tuesday months after House approval. Democrats were ...

93-pound Petoskey rock to be displayed in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — A 93-pound (42-kilogram) Petoskey rock illegally removed from Lake Michigan will be permanently displayed in Detroit. State parks chief Ron Olson tells The Associated Press that the big specimen will be moved to Michigan’s popular Outdoor Adventure Center, east of downtown ...

Custody order put on hold in sex offender case

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — A judge on Tuesday put an order on hold that granted a convicted sex offender joint legal custody of a child born to a woman who said the man raped her, and she became pregnant, when she was 12. Sanilac County prosecutors said the case started when ...

Michigan inmate’s published book raises ethics questions

COLDWATER, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan inmate’s book that was published this summer is raising questions as to whether a prison writer should profit from tragedy. Curt Dawkins, 49, is imprisoned for fatally shooting Tom Bowman of Kalamazoo while on drugs in 2004. He’s serving life without ...

Another official facing manslaughter charge in Flint water case

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A special prosecutor said Monday the he will add a charge of involuntary manslaughter against Michigan’s chief medical executive in a criminal investigation of the tainted water crisis in Flint and an extraordinary outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. Dr. Eden Wells was ...

Drivers in deadly crash identified

LEONI TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have identified the two drivers who were killed when a vehicle driving the wrong way on a central Michigan highway collided with an oncoming vehicle. Blackman-Leoni Township Public Safety Director Mike Jester said Monday the crash on U.S. 127 in ...

Official state Christmas tree comes from UP

MARQUETTE — A spruce tree from Stephenson,, in Menominee County will travel south to Lansing this month to become Michigan’s 32nd official Christmas tree. The tree, which was chosen by staff from the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget, is expected to arrive at the ...

Albion College to use donation for new music building

ALBION, Mich. (AP) — Albion College is using the largest donation in its 182-year history on a new music building on campus. A statement from the university says that construction on the new building could begin as early as fall 2018. Richard and Marilyn Vitek made the undisclosed donation, ...

Organization to teach coding to girls in Detroit area

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — Computers already are a big part of Marianna Campbell’s life. Now, the 17-year-old Detroit resident is looking forward to attending workshops, classes and discussions with other girls who want to learn about cyber technology. With a focus on ...

100s downstate lose power

DETROIT (AP) — Strong winds blasted through parts of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, knocking tree limbs onto power lines and cutting electricity to hundreds of homes and businesses. The driver of an ice cream truck and two customers received minor injuries after a tree toppled onto the ...

Duo nabbed for human trafficking

MACOMB, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a suburban Detroit couple face human trafficking and prostitution charges for hiring out a 29-year-old woman with disabilities for sex while forcing her to live in a shed. The Macomb County Sheriff's Office says 30-year-old Misty George and 38-year-old ...

US automakers post 1st monthly sales gain of year in September

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT — The auto industry posted its first monthly sales gain of the year in September, led by strong truck and SUV sales and the replacement of cars destroyed by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. U.S. sales rose 6.1 percent to just over 1.5 million vehicles, ...

Family of slain police informant agrees to $1M settlement

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — A Michigan county has agreed to pay $1.07 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the family of a woman who was killed and dismembered after a Detroit-area police officer exposed her as an informant in a drug bust. Details of the deal between Oakland ...

Judge to Iran: Pay $63M to US Marine jailed for 4 years

By JEFF KAROUB Associated Press DETROIT — Iran must pay $63.5 million to a former U.S. Marine who was jailed in that country for more than four years, according to a ruling by a U.S. judge announced Monday. Judge Ellen Huvelle of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., on Friday granted ...

New development in Detroit?

DETROIT (AP) — A more than 4-acre site just east of downtown Detroit may be redeveloped into new multiunit housing and shops. The Platform says it is exploring options for the property along Gratiot Avenue and has entered into an agreement to develop the land. Landscaping and public space are ...

Snyder calls for flag lowering

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder is calling for U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas. The governor on Monday encouraged residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations to display the flags ...

Jack pines being harvested

BRIGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Officials say about 33 acres of overgrown jack pine trees in Livingston County are being harvested to provide seeds for new trees around Michigan. The trees are at the Department of Natural Resources’ Tree Improvement Center near Brighton. Jack pine cones need heat to ...

Anthem has been a channel for protests since song’s origins

By JEFF KAROUB Associated Press DETROIT — When football players kneel during the national anthem, Mark Clague sees the continuation of a tradition as old as the song itself. The University of Michigan musicology professor and expert on “The Star-Spangled Banner” said the song has been a ...