Michigan News

Insider Q&A: Getting VW owners their share

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT— About a year ago, Volkswagen agreed to spend up to $15.3 billion to settle consumer lawsuits and government allegations that its diesel vehicles cheated on U.S. emissions tests. Included was up to $10 billion for owners of about 450,000 VWs and Audis ...

Storms cause damage downstate

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Thunderstorms packing winds exceeding 60 mph caused damage across Michigan, knocking out power to tens of thousands of customers. Trees and power lines were knocked down by the storms, which started Thursday night and continued this morning. Heavy rain and hail are ...

Public meetings on pipeline start

HOLT (AP) — Public meetings are beginning on a report listing alternatives to pipelines carrying oil beneath the waterway where Lakes Huron and Michigan meet. The analysis by Dynamic Risk Assessment Systems Inc. was released last week. It presented six choices for dealing with Enbridge ...

Freeze in aid to private schools?

DETROIT (AP) — A judge says she’s leaning toward an injunction that would stop $2.5 million in state aid for Michigan private schools. Judge Cynthia Diane Stephens heard arguments Wednesday from lawyers for the state and a coalition of public school groups. Opponents are challenging the ...

Kilpatrick wants sentence tossed

DETROIT (AP) — Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is continuing efforts to get his public corruption sentence tossed aside. Kilpatrick has filed a motion asking a federal judge to vacate an order that he serve 28 years in prison. He was found guilty in 2013 after resigning in 2008 as mayor ...

3 injured at assembly plant

DETROIT (AP) — Three people have been injured after a pressure valve popped off a small filter pump during a maintenance operation at the General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. Fire officials say one person suffered minor burns Wednesday morning and was taken to a hospital. The two ...

Wounded airport officer honored

Flint Bishop Airport police officer Lt. Jeff Neville shakes hands with a well-wisher from inside the “Concern Over Police Safety — C.O.P.S.” truck, pulling a float during the 27th annual Fourth of July Freedom Festival parade honoring Neville, in downtown Fenton, Mich., on Tuesday. Lt. ...

Man tries to remove bees with fireworks, burns down garage

GRAND BLANC TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man who tried to use fireworks to remove a bees’ nest from his garage ended up burning the building down instead. MLive reported crews responding to the home in Grand Blanc Township on Monday saw fireworks shooting into the sky from the burning ...

Secrets revealed? Team to visit museum of magic in Michigan

MARSHALL, Mich. (AP) — Some of the secrets hidden in the American Museum of Magic could soon be revealed. Two assessors are scheduled to visit the southern Michigan museum in September as part of a program offered through the Washington-based American Institute for Conservation of Historic ...

Company looks at solar farms

BAD AXE, Mich. (AP) — Huron County is developing a solar energy ordinance after a renewable energy company said it wants to build about a dozen solar farms in the area. MLive reported California-based Cypress Creek Renewables has been pitching the idea to county residents in the county at ...

Calley revives legislature change

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is starting a new effort to make Michigan’s Legislature part-time. The Detroit News reported Calley’s Clean Michigan Committee announced Monday it submitted a new petition with revised language to the Secretary of State. The new petition would ...

MSU road trip scheduled

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Representatives of Michigan State University are embarking on a road trip this month to promote research, education and innovation linked to the East Lansing school. The three-week, seven-community tour dubbed “The Great State Road Trip” kicks off July 17. It ...

Gibraltar Trade Center closing

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — The 600,000-square-foot Gibraltar Trade Center in Macomb County’s Mount Clemens is closing later this summer after 37 years in business. The public market which has vendors who sell everything from toys to guns to rugs to clothing made the announcement on its ...

Police shooting ruled justified

MANISTEE, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan county prosecutor has ruled that a police officer’s actions in the fatal shooting of a 73-year-old man were justified. Authorities say Manistee Police Officer Doug Vansickle shot Lee Pat Milks on March 28 after he came out of the house with a gun and told ...

Michigan grandmother has started selling her cherry vodka

By ALEXANDER ALUSHEFF Associated Press LANSING— For decades, Hedy Steinbart has made cherry-infused vodka out of her Lansing home for family parties and holidays. Now Steinbart, 92, can go to the liquor store and buy a bottle of her own concoction. Her grandson, Kyle Miller, of Chicago, ...

Historic pipe organ completes cathedral’s $4.7M restoration

By JEFF SCHRIER MLive AP Member Exchange SAGINAW — The final piece of the $4.7 million restoration of the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw is now in place — a majestic pipe organ to fill the church with music. The Cathedral purchased the 87-year-old pipe organ from St. ...

Indians rally to split twinbill with Tigers

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT — Jose Ramirez homered to cap Cleveland’s four-run rally in the sixth inning, and the Indians earned a split of Saturday’s doubleheader against Detroit, beating the Tigers 4-1 in the nightcap. The Tigers won the opener 7-4 and led 1-0 in the ...

Michigan hunters take aim at sandhill cranes, mourning doves

LANSING (AP) — If hunters have their way, a long-legged wetlands bird and an oft-spotted gray dove in southern Michigan could become the latest game species in the state. Michigan United Conservation Clubs passed two measures at its annual convention earlier this month to seek sandhill crane ...

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Marquette city firefighters hold trainings in apartment building set to be demolished By KELSIE THOMPSON Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The faint smell of smoke lingered along Summit Street in Marquette this week, as firefighters from the Marquette City Fire Department worked to ...

U.P.’s first energy efficiency training program set

By RYAN JARVI Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — There are still open seats available at the Upper Peninsula’s first-ever Building Operator Certification training program, designed to provide participants with the knowledge of how to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy waste. The ...