Michigan News

Michigan businessmen vie for GOP nod to face Stabenow

By JEFF KAROUB Associated Press DETROIT — An Iraq War veteran endorsed by the president and an Ivy League-educated buyout specialist are vying today for the chance to take on Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow this fall. Whether John James or Sandy Pensler emerges victorious from the ...

Clean water to be supplied

PARCHMENT, Mich. (AP) — An agreement has been finalized so southwestern Michigan residents dealing with chemical contamination in their water will get clean water. The Kalamazoo City Commission and the Parchment City Commission approved an agreement Monday for Kalamazoo to provide a year’s ...

2 drown in southern Michigan

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — Officials in eastern Michigan say two people drowned and three others were hospitalized after being pulled from Lake Michigan. The Grand Haven Department of Public Safety said on its Facebook page that a human chain was used to reach the first person who experienced ...

Snyder tours tainted water work

PARCHMENT, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has toured a water system project in a city near Kalamazoo that’s dealing with chemical contamination in its public water system. Snyder visited the construction site Sunday in Parchment that includes installation of a new pressure-reduction system ...

Michigan nuclear research facility could fight art forgery

By RJ WOLCOTT Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange EAST LANSING — It would be a signature that’s virtually impossible to fake. Because you’d need an immensely powerful nuclear science research facility to create it. A pair of Michigan State University researchers — Wolfgang ...

Musicians allege age discrimination in Southwest Michigan Symphony

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — Two musicians with the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra have resigned after receiving disciplinary action that they allege was based on their ages. Cellist Susan Dietrich-Reed and husband and trumpet player Steven Reed are alleging age discrimination by the ...

Road construction worker dies

FORT GRATIOT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a road worker has died from injuries he suffered when a vehicle struck him in an eastern Michigan construction zone. St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office says it was notified Thursday that 44-year-old Julian Perez of Indianapolis died at a ...

Jane Fonda honored at Michigan film festival amid protests

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Jane Fonda has been honored with a lifetime achievement award at a northern Michigan film festival founded by Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore. The actress, author and political activist accepted the award Wednesday at the 14th annual Traverse City Film ...

Court: Michigan voters to decide redistricting proposal in November

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan voters this fall will get to decide whether to change how their state’s congressional and legislative districts are drawn after the state Supreme Court kept an anti-gerrymandering proposal on the ballot. In a 4-3 decision issued late ...

Ex-convict, former principal help at-risk Michigan youth

By NICK BUCKLEY Battle Creek Enquirer AP Member Exchange BATTLE CREEK— Damon Brown posed a hypothetical for a group of five kids seated in front of him. “What are the consequences if you rob somebody?” he asked. “You could get locked up,” answered one of the kids gathered for a ...

Land, husband settle complaint

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Federal Election Commission has accepted a $66,000 fine to settle allegations that the husband of former U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land contributed too much money to her 2014 campaign. The FEC said Dan Hibma made $700,000 in excessive contributions. ...

Dems hope pot measure brings out youth vote

By ALICE YIN Associated Press LANSING — As both parties continue pumping funds into the 2018 race, Michigan Democrats hope to cash in on another kind of green. A proposal to legalize marijuana will be on Michigan’s November ballot, putting the state on the cusp of allowing recreational ...

Detroit program helps female ex-felons

By DEASIA PAIGE Detroit Free Press AP Member Exchange DETROIT — In a small room full of decorative handbags and clutches, Tonya Carswell is seated at a table as she meticulously constructs a handbag. All the while, she talks about life after her release from prison. Carswell was riding ...

3 hurt as 2 small planes collide

NORTH FOX ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say three people had minor injuries after a small plane landing on North Fox Island off of Michigan’s northwestern Lower Peninsula collided with another small plane already on the ground. The U.S. Coast Guard says a crew from Air Station Traverse ...

2 communities stop using water

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The residents of two Kalamazoo County communities were ordered to stop using their water for drinking or cooking after the discovery of high amounts of industrial chemicals. Michigan and county health officials said Thursday the water supply of the city of Parchment and ...

Detroit retailer seeks to block Eminem’s clothing trademark

DETROIT (AP) — Eminem has found himself in an unlikely battle: one over retail, not rap. Fashion designer Clement Brown of the Three Thirteen shop is trying to block Eminem’s trademark request for his apparel line, E13, the Detroit Free Press reported. Brown has held a trademark for his ...

GM sideswiped by trade war; cuts outlook as prices rise

NEW YORK (AP) — General Motors, facing rising commodity costs in a trade showdown with Europe and elsewhere, cut its outlook for the year. The diminished expectations overshadowed a strong second quarter and shares tumbled more than 7 percent in early trading. The rest of the auto sector was ...

Ford says restructuring to cost $7B over 3-5 years

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. said this week it is in the midst of a major restructuring of the company that will cost $7 billion in cash and hit pretax earnings by $11 billion over the next three to five years. But the company, which also reported a 48 percent ...

Anti-gerrymandering group airing 1st TV ad in Michigan

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — An anti-gerrymandering group on Tuesday began airing its first TV ad in a campaign to persuade voters to change how Michigan congressional and legislative districts are drawn, appealing especially to independents and Republicans by noting former ...

Michigan doctors to help at a Syrian refugee camp

By JUDY PUTNAM Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange EAST LANSING — What did you do on your summer vacation? A pair of married doctors from East Lansing will have a good answer for that this year. They are joining a large humanitarian effort to help Syrian refugees living in camps in ...