Michigan News

New state teachers would default to 401(k) under compromise plan

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Newly hired teachers in Michigan would have only a 401(k) retirement plan unless they choose a less generous pension benefit under the tentative framework of a deal reached between Gov. Rick Snyder and top Republican lawmakers Thursday. The ...

U-M can ban guns on campus

ANN ARBOR (AP) — The University of Michigan can ban guns on its campuses, the state appeals court said, rejecting arguments that the school is stepping on turf controlled by the Legislature. In a 2-1 decision, the court said a 2001 ban doesn't violate the U.S. Constitution. The court also ...

Michigan panel OKs prison cuts; no deal — yet — on pensions

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING— Michigan would cut spending at all but one of its 30 prisons under a legislative compromise reached Wednesday without the support of Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration, which Republican leaders have excluded from key budget decisions because of ...

Michigan city rejects payment, says 2,700 pennies aren’t from heaven

JACKSON (AP) — A man who owes $270 for trash in his yard wants to pay with lots of pennies, but a Michigan city isn’t taking the change. Brian McGonegal has tried to pay off his debt by making a series of $27 payments with 2,700 pennies. The Jackson city treasurer, however, has rejected ...

Survivors reflect on year after fatal bike crash in Michigan

KALAMAZOO (AP) — The four survivors of a Michigan bike crash that killed five cyclists say they’ve been dealing with lasting physical and psychological trauma in the year since the accident. Wednesday marks the first anniversary of the crash in which cyclists with the Chain Gang Bicycle ...

Tesla rides high but faces issues

By DEE-ANN DURBIN AP Auto Writer DETROIT — Tesla Inc. was riding high as it hosted its annual shareholders’ meeting Tuesday. The automaker’s shares are trading at record levels, and it has surpassed General Motors and Ford in market value. It’s about to introduce its first ...

Teen shot to death over sneakers

DETROIT (AP) — A 17-year-old has been shot to death near a Detroit high school after setting up an online meeting to supposedly buy Nike Air Jordan sneakers. The teen and a 21-year-old picked up a third man Tuesday afternoon and were driving to another location to get the shoes when a fight ...

Shareholders to settle GM’s fight with activist investor

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors’ normally tranquil annual meeting could be a contentious affair this year, as an activist investor targets GM’s stagnant stock price. The nation’s No. 1 automaker has posted more than $42 billion in profits over the past seven years. Yet the stock has ...

Michigan shoreline to get $1M fix to fight erosion

LELAND, Mich. (AP) — Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in northwest Michigan has outlined a $1 million plan to address severe shoreline erosion next to a historic island lighthouse. MLive reported that engineers determined this spring that erosion has eaten the shoreline ringing the ...

Judge OKs part of Flint lawsuit

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A judge has refused to dismiss portions of a sweeping lawsuit against state and local officials in the Flint water crisis. Residents who drank lead-tainted water can continue to press ahead with their claim that their right to “bodily integrity” was spoiled by the ...

State: Keeping Medicaid costs $800M under GOP bill

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — It could cost Michigan up to $800 million a year to keep its Medicaid expansion at current enrollment levels if cuts approved by the U.S. House are enacted, top officials in Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration warned Monday while defending a ...

Legislation aims to get rid of concealed pistol licenses

By CHRIS EHRMANN Associated Press LANSING — Michigan residents could soon carry concealed pistols without a permit under legislation making its way through the Legislature. A four-bill package looks to remove the restriction of needing a concealed pistol license to carry a concealed ...

US probes air bag failures in Jeeps

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government is investigating complaints that air bag control computers in some Jeep Liberty SUVs can fail, preventing the air bag system from operating properly in a crash. The probe covers about 105,000 of the vehicles from the 2012 model year. The National Highway ...

AAA: Average gas price up 7 cents

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have risen by about 7 cents per gallon in the past week. The Dearborn-based auto club says late Sunday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.50 per gallon. That’s about 9 cents less than at the ...

Woman dies in SUV, fire truck crash

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a woman has died and a man has been critically injured after an SUV they were riding in crashed into a firetruck that was stopped at the scene of an earlier crash in southeastern Michigan. No firefighters were injured. They had stopped Monday night ...

AAA: State gas prices fall 5 cents

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have fallen by about 5 cents per gallon in the past week. The Dearborn-based auto club said earlier today the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.42 per gallon. That’s about 8 cents less than at ...

House explodes in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — No injuries are reported after an early-morning explosion destroyed a Detroit home. The explosion happened around 3 a.m. today on the city’s west side. Broadcasters say the home was a vacant rental property that was being renovated. Nearby homes were damaged by the blast, ...

ICE agents eat, then make arrests

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The owner of a Michigan restaurant said U.S. immigration agents who were conducting enforcement at the business ate breakfast — and complimented the chef — before arresting three workers, according to media reports on Thursday. The Ann Arbor News and WJBK-TV ...

Michigan dunes developers clash with conservationists

SAUGATUCK TOWNSHIP (AP) — A Michigan developer who plans to create a private marina and nearly 40 home sites near the Saugatuck Dunes State Park is facing pushback from conservation groups. The property spanning more than 300 acres once belonged to oil tycoon Aubrey McClendon, who proposed ...

House passes contentious ‘Choose Life’ license plate bill

By CHRIS EHRMANN Associated Press LANSING — Michigan drivers might soon be able to drive around with “Choose Life” license plates. The Republican-led House passed legislation Thursday that would allow drivers the option to purchase a “Choose Life” license plate for $35. Some of the ...