Michigan News

Funding proposals now available through Michigan Invasive Species Program

LANSING — Funding proposals for 2017 now are being accepted through the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program, with an anticipated $3.6 million available to applicants. The program — a joint effort of the Michigan departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality, and Agriculture ...

LSSU president dies after surgery

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — Lake Superior State University says school President Thomas Pleger has died following brain surgery. He was 48. School spokesman John Shibley says Pleger’s wife, Teresa, told school administrators her husband died Sunday, two days after undergoing brain ...

Flint River patrols to increase under program expansion

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Additional patrols will be hitting the Flint River Trail in and around the city’s downtown area following an expansion of a University of Michigan-Flint program. The patrols will be added beginning this week through the end of October, the Flint Journal reported. The ...

Opera House is reopening

ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) — An opera house billed as Michigan’s oldest is reopening after a $6 million, yearlong renovation. Officials say the Croswell Opera House in Adrian marked its reopening Saturday and Sunday with concerts by Under the Streetlamp. The nationally touring band includes ...

Exhibit highlights neighborhoods

DETROIT (AP) — An exhibit spotlighting city neighborhoods and the people who have worked with ARISE Detroit! has opened at the Detroit Historical Museum. “Neighborhoods Rising” is scheduled to run through June 18. It features nearly 200 photos, video and audio displays that are part of ...

Detroit Packard car plant still in ruins 3 years after sale

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — Peruvian developer Fernando Palazuelo saw the hulking and crumbling Packard car plant on Detroit’s east side and vowed to turn the industrial ruin that’s a symbol of the city’s urban decay into bright apartments, busy shops and art ...

Mail-delivery ship on Detroit River saves lives

By JAMES DAVID DICKSON The Detroit News AP Member Exchange DETROIT — In its 143rd year on the Detroit River, the J.W. Westcott Co. once again went beyond its normal mail-delivery duties and helped save lives. This time, Senior Capt. Ryan Gazdecki helped rescue a pregnant woman, two ...

Schuette aims to curb ‘smurfing’

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has launched a campaign to stop meth production in Michigan. Schuette announced the effort Thursday to stop “smurfing.” That’s when meth producers pay others to buy over-the-counter medicine used to make the drug. A news ...

$47M paid so far in food aid settlement for Michigan poor

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — Thousands of Michigan residents who were wrongly cut off from food assistance have received a total of $47 million under a settlement with the state, and that amount could grow. The Department of Health and Human Services under Republican Gov. Rick ...

Michigan House OKs budget with $100 more per pupil

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Base funding would increase by $100 per student under a $55.8 billion budget plan approved Tuesday by a divided Michigan House, which also voted to give schools significantly more money to teach low-income kids as requested by Gov. Rick ...

For-profit school wins in court

KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) — Private schools that operate for a profit can qualify for certain tax exemptions under Michigan law. The Michigan Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of the owner of Sanford-Brown College, a school that provided medical training in Kentwood, near Grand ...

Auto sales fall 4.7 pct.; 7-year win streak may be coming to an end

By TOM KRISHER and DEE-ANN DURBIN AP Auto Writers DETROIT — U.S. auto sales fell 4.7 percent last month, the most pronounced slowdown of the year and a strong indication that 2017 will put an end to seven straight years of growth. Auto executives and analysts, who have been anticipating a ...

Lakes cleanup aid put back into federal budget

By Associated Press staff WASHINGTON — A bipartisan bill to keep the federal government running through September would continue funding the Great Lakes cleanup program targeted for a cut by the White House. Support for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative had been uncertain after the ...

Michigan teachers can quit union at any time

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan appeals court says teachers and other school employees can quit a union at any time, not just one month a year. In a 3-0 decision, the court says it’s following Michigan’s right-to-work law, which says workers can’t be forced to support a union to ...

GM opens restored Flint factory that’s considered birthplace

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — General Motors has restored an old factory in Flint that’s considered to be the company’s birthplace. The Durant-Dort Factory One, which reopened Monday, includes event space and an archive with about 100,000 historical documents, photos and other artifacts about ...

Man charged in fire, brother killed

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — A 20-year-old man has been charged with murder and arson in connection with a fire that killed his 17-year-old brother in the family’s home in Sterling Heights. The Detroit News reports that Mark Marroki was arraigned Monday. The early Friday morning blaze ...

Foundation giving $3.5 million

DETROIT (AP) — The Battle Creek-based W.K. Kellogg Foundation is giving $3.5 million to the Detroit Promise scholarship program to help high school graduates pay their college tuition. Scholarships cover tuition and other costs at two-year colleges or four-year universities that are not ...

Gunfire exchange leaves suspect dead, officer in critical condition

DETROIT (AP) — A man who critically wounded a Detroit police officer responding to a domestic dispute was caught on video surveillance chambering a round into a handgun as officers knocked on the door to his apartment building, the city’s police chief said Monday. Cameras inside the west ...

Protesters hold May Day rally at Michigan’s Capitol

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Social justice advocates are holding a May Day rally in front of Michigan’s Capitol to show solidarity with immigrants and refugees. Members from Black Lives Matter, the American Civil Liberties Union and others gathered Monday afternoon in protest of President Donald ...

$14.5M aviation factory opens in west Michigan

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (AP) — An aviation manufacturer has opened a $14.5 million factory in west Michigan so Muskegon-area workers can build engine parts for Boeing 777 airplanes. Johnson Technology’s Brilliant Factory in Norton Shores held a grand opening Monday, the Muskegon Chronicle ...