Michigan News

Mom Proms for charity spread across country

By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — For a decade now, women have donned their old prom and bridesmaid dresses — even wedding dresses — for an evening of charitable revelry in suburban Detroit. And the idea is catching on. As the annual retro-shindig known as ...

Chain reviewing dress policy

KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) — An executive from a Texas-based restaurant chain plans to meet with American Legion groups in Michigan and discuss dress code policy changes after some group members were told they weren’t permitted to wear their affiliated jackets. The Grand Rapids Press reported ...

Lured by deals, car buyers go for SUVs, pickups in February

By DEE-ANN DURBIN AP Auto Writer DETROIT — Lured by Presidents Day deals, U.S. buyers snapped up pickups and SUVs in February, brightening what is usually a lackluster month for the auto industry. Overall sales of new vehicles fell 1 percent from last February to 1.3 million, according to ...

Spiritual medium Rosen gets personal in new book

By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. — Spiritual medium Rebecca Rosen told one woman that a dead ex-boyfriend is sorry for abusing her while they dated, and she informed another that her late friend was slain. That was within the first few minutes of Rosen’s ...

Legion officers remove vests

KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) — American Legion officers say they were told they weren’t permitted to wear their affiliated jackets at a Dave & Buster’s in Michigan because they showed evidence of gang affiliation. Victor Murdock and Adrienne Brown of the American Legion Riders Post 179 out ...

Bernero won’t seek 4th term

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says he won’t seek a fourth term this year so he can spend more time with his family. Bernero announced the surprise decision on Facebook, side-stepping what’s shaping up as the most competitive field he would face since first being ...

Airplane builders aim for the wild blue yonder in Caro

By JEFF SCHRIER MLive AP Member Exchange CARO, Mich.— If you love to fly and dream of owning your own airplane, three men who share your passion now build airplanes for sale in a hangar at Tuscola Area Airport near Caro. Andy Enos, a licensed corporate pilot, Rick Hayes, a retiree from ...

Man, boy killed in crash

DOWAGIAC, Mich. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a car crash in southwestern Michigan that killed man and a 4-year-old boy. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says 21-year-old Jordan White of Dowagiac and 4-year-old Wyatt Lister were killed when a car White was driving careened off of a ...

Algonac students make fleece blankets for kids in hospitals

By BOB GROSS The Times Herald AP Member Exchange ALGONAC, Mich. — Tying a knot can be tough when your fingers are tiny and you’re still in kindergarten. But kindergartners and first-graders at Millside Elementary persisted earlier this month, The Times Herald reported. With the help ...

Man admits to Michigan State lab firebombing 25 years later

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A man who denied firebombing an animal researcher’s laboratory at Michigan State University in 1992 even as he pleaded guilty now admits he carried out the attack and participated in others across the country. Rodney Coronado told the Lansing State Journal he was ...

Takata guilty plea expected in cover-up of air bag troubles

DETROIT (AP) — Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp. is expected to plead guilty today to a criminal charge and agree to a $1 billion penalty for concealing a deadly air bag inflator problem. Company representatives are scheduled to be in U.S. District Court in Detroit Monday afternoon. The ...

AAA: Marquette gasoline prices highest in state for 7th week

DEARBORN (AP) — AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have risen by about 4 cents per gallon in the past week. The Dearborn-based auto club said today the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.30 per gallon. That’s about 54 cents more than it was at the same ...

Department of Natural Resources’ RAP line accepting text messages

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is making it easier for citizens to report fish and game violations through the convenience of text messaging. The Report All Poaching (RAP) hotline (800-292-7800) now accepts text messages in addition to telephone calls. Text messages ...

Lawmakers want citizen oversight of enviro work

By LAINA STEBBINS LANSING — Bills introduced by Michigan House and Senate Democrats would establish citizen oversight commissions to restore a layer of accountability in environmental enforcement — commissions which have not existed in Michigan for a quarter-century. The boards would ...

Leaders to finish Soo Locks study

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — Members of Congress from Michigan are prodding federal officials to finish an analysis of building a new navigational lock on the waterway linking Lake Superior with the other four Great Lakes. Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Republican Rep. Bill Huizenga ...

Income tax cut defeated in Republican-led Michigan House

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — The Republican-controlled Michigan House has failed to approve an income tax cut, rejecting the plan early this after a lengthy session and the unsuccessful cajoling of some resistant members of the majority. The legislation would have lowered the ...

Duggan gives State of City address

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan listed job training, affordable housing and rebuilding neighborhoods among his priorities during his fourth State of the City address. Duggan on Tuesday detailed the transformation of services and finances in a city that exited bankruptcy in 2014. He ...

U of M course addresses fake news

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan is starting a class this fall that will help students evaluate fake news. University librarians are partnering with the school’s College of Literature, Science and the Arts to create the class aimed at helping students better critically ...

GR police talk immigration status

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) — A police chief in western Michigan is urging members of the area's immigrant community to ignore fears of deportation if they become crime victims. Grand Rapids police Chief David Rahinsky told a meeting at the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan on Monday that his ...

Detroit mayor to deliver address

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan plans to deliver his fourth State of the City address at Focus: HOPE's offices in the city. The program is scheduled for today night. Duggan's speaking points were not revealed in advance of the event, but he may discuss the city's surging downtown ...