Michigan News

US House candidate arrested during wage protest in Detroit

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — A U.S. House candidate was arrested Tuesday in Detroit during a protest for higher pay and the right to form unions. Democrat Rashida Tlaib and more than a dozen other demonstrators sat at — and banged on — a long table that took up a lane ...

Tornadoes did hit lower Michigan

FRENCHTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The National Weather Service says three tornadoes struck Wayne and Monroe counties during Tuesday night’s storms. It says an EF-1 storm with peak winds of 95-100 mph traveled 4.3 miles in Monroe County’s Frenchtown Township, ripping roofing from homes, ...

Whitmer, Schuette both back elimination of pension tax

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING— Democrat Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday stepped up her call to end Michigan's "retirement tax," alleging in a new TV ad that her opponent, Republican Bill Schuette, supported a GOP-enacted overhaul that included a business tax cut and the elimination ...

Candidate asked to stop campaign

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s Democratic Party and House Democrats are asking that a candidate end her run for a state House seat following allegations of embezzlement while she worked at a law firm. House Democrats’ Campaign co-chairs Kristy Pagan and Kevin Hertel said Monday in a ...

Michigan AG alleges opponent lied about Nassar probe

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Michigan’s attorney general alleged Monday that his opponent in the governor’s race did not tell the truth about her handling of the prosecution of serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar, accusing her of an “integrity gap” that ...

‘Tough broad’ survives attack

LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) — Two people have been charged with stealing the car of an 88-year-old suburban Detroit woman who emerged from the attack with bruises but plenty of spunk. Gloria Kevelighan says, “I’m a tough broad.” Kevelighan was attacked Tuesday after parking in a handicapped ...

Flint historic union hall transformed into nightclub

By ROBERTO ACOSTA The Flint Journal AP Member Exchange FLINT — The United Auto Workers Local 599 building has stood on East Leith Street on Flint’s north end for more than 60 years. Now, it’s getting a new life as a nightclub and event center, the Flint Journal reported. Once ...

AP Interview: Schuette says Michigan Medicaid law is not going anywhere

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich.— Republican Bill Schuette said Wednesday that he would not undo Michigan’s expansion of Medicaid coverage if he were governor, countering Democrats’ accusation that electing him would lead to hundreds of thousands of adults losing their ...

Michigan, Harvard team up

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan and Harvard University are teaming up to tackle poverty and opioid addiction in Detroit. The schools announced Wednesday they will work with the city to identify steps to improve low-income residents’ livelihoods. The effort pairs ...

New anti-fraud division formed

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has formed a new division to investigate fraud within the auto insurance, health insurance and banking sectors. The anti-fraud unit will be housed within the Department of Insurance and Financial Services. Tuesday’s move follows discussion ...

Agency seeks anti-lock brakes on all new US road motorcycles

By TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer DETROIT— A federal safety agency is recommending that all new motorcycles built for road use in the U.S. have anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control as standard equipment. The National Transportation Safety Board voted 5-0 on Tuesday to make the ...

State gas prices rise 6 cents

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up about 6 cents in the past week to about $2.92 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club says late Sunday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is about 21 cents more than at the same point last ...

Health chief fights Flint charges

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The head of Michigan’s health department is trying to overturn a decision that sends him to trial for two deaths in the Flint water crisis. In court filings Monday, Nick Lyon’s legal team asked a judge to dismiss involuntary manslaughter and other charges. A lower ...

Southfield unveils outdoor art installation of 65 red poles

By BILL LAITNER Detroit Free Press AP Member Exchange SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Southfield’s mavens of modern art applauded after cutting the ribbon recently on metro Detroit’s most ambitious new piece of public art — described as “an abstract grove of trees.” As with most public ...

Deadline looms for claims in $75M Nassar settlement

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — Lawyers rushed to meet a Monday deadline to file lawsuits against Michigan State University to qualify for $75 million set aside for more victims of Larry Nassar. Dozens of lawsuits have been filed in the past week, including one on behalf of 21 Jane ...

Pilot dies in small plane crash

KIMBALL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a pilot of a small plane has died following a crash in Michigan. The St. Clair County sheriff’s office started looking for the plane early Thursday following a report that it was overdue in arriving at the St. Clair County International ...

Nassar loses bid for new sentence

CHARLOTTE, Mich. (AP) — Another Michigan judge has rejected Larry Nassar’s request for a new sentence in one of his three criminal cases. Eaton County Judge Janice Cunningham found no grounds to give the convicted sports doctor a new hearing Thursday. He was sentenced to at least 40 years ...

Ford recalls 2M pickup trucks

DETROIT (AP) — Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Ford is recalling about 2 million F-150 pickup trucks in North America because the seat belts can spark and cause fires. The recall, which covers trucks from the 2015 through 2018 model years, comes about one month after the National ...

Amway founder, Magic owner DeVos dies at 92

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — Billionaire Richard DeVos, co-founder of direct-selling giant Amway, owner of the Orlando Magic and father-in-law of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, died Thursday. He was 92. Family spokesman Nick Wasmiller says DeVos died at his western ...

Michigan drops conviction box from job, license applications

By DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder is ordering the state to no longer ask job applicants and people seeking certain occupational licenses to check a box if they have been convicted of a felony. Snyder, who announced the changes early today, said the box is ...