Michigan News

State gas prices up to $2.80

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up 2 cents in the past week to about $2.80 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club says early today the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is about 27 cents more than at the same point last ...

Michigan veteran receives high school diploma after 48 years

By RJ WOLCOTT Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange LANSING, Mich. — Forty-eight years after leaving Eastern High School to join the United States Navy, Dann Huisken recently received his diploma. In 1970, the now-retired chief petty officer was an 18-year-old senior at Eastern who ...

Michigan cities use public art to add design to area

By CHRISTINA HALL Detroit Free Press AP Member Exchange DETROIT — A mural of President John F. Kennedy wearing multicolored sunglasses pops on the side of a cement-block building in Royal Oak. A rusted-brown metal horse sculpture, its mane blowing in the breeze, stands in the grass at ...

Obama in Michigan, Wisconsin to rally Dems, encourage black voters

By IVAN MORENO Associated Press MILWAUKEE — Former President Barack Obama plans to visit one of Milwaukee’s most impoverished black neighborhoods today to campaign for Wisconsin Democrats, underlining his party’s efforts to encourage African-Americans to vote. African-Americans ...

Ex-trooper explains why he tased teen before fatal crash

DETROIT (AP) — A former Michigan state trooper whose use of a Taser preceded the death of a 15-year-old black Detroit boy told jurors Thursday that he “absolutely” believed the teen was armed and was “shocked” to learn there was no gun. Mark Bessner, who is white, testified in his ...

Southwestern Michigan city’s water under advisory for lead

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Benton Harbor’s water system has been placed under a state advisory after higher-than-acceptable levels of lead were found in the southwestern Michigan city’s drinking water, officials said. The advisory from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality ...

Dioxin cleanup enters new phase

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — Dow DuPont is preparing to clean up the last section of a mid-Michigan river contaminated with dioxin from past operation of a Dow Chemical Co. plant in Midland. Area residents have until Nov. 20 to submit comments on the plan to the U.S. Environmental Protection ...

Man charged in couple’s deaths

ALLEGAN, Mich. (AP) — Police say a man has been arraigned on charges stemming from in a July crash that killed a newlywed couple in western Michigan just miles from where they had wed weeks earlier. The Allegan County Sheriff’s Office announced 21-year-old Jacob Scot Damron was arraigned ...

Michigan inmate’s deal to reveal remains included Xbox

ULTON, Mich. (AP) — A man serving a life sentence in the death of his estranged wife led authorities to where he buried her body in Michigan eight years ago in exchange for an Xbox, according to authorities. Doug Stewart, 29, will also be allowed to participate in some prison programs, the ...

Arrest made in student death

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Police say a suspect has been arrested in Ohio in the fatal off-campus shooting of a 22-year-old Michigan State University student. The man’s name wasn’t immediately released Monday. But police in East Lansing, Michigan, say he’s 30 years old and from ...

Man kills 2, then himself

SPRING ARBOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a man apparently fatally shot another man and a woman at a home in southern Michigan before killing himself. The shooting happened Saturday evening in Jackson County’s Spring Arbor Township, about 75 miles west of Detroit.

Michigan ministry aims to help ex-cons

By JENNIFER TIMAR Livingston Daily AP Member Exchange LIVINGSTON, Mich. — Steve Blaser was fresh out of prison in 2013. He found God behind bars but needed someone to help guide him on the outside. That’s when he found a mentor through the Second Chance Support Network. He said his ...

Program stops water main breaks

DETROIT (AP) — About eight miles of water transmission mains in suburban Detroit will be examined to assess the pipes’ condition. The Great Lakes Water Authority says the pilot program along 14 Mile Road in Oakland County is part of its commitment to “move from a preventative to a ...

U-M gets research money

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan has received $20 million from a foundation to boost its collaboration with two Israeli research institutes. The Ann Arbor school says the gift from The D. Dan and Betty Kahn Foundation will build on advancements in health, science and ...

Wayne State marks milestone

DETROIT (AP) — Wayne State University is celebrating its 150th anniversary and the completion of a $750 million fundraising campaign. The Detroit school says festivities planned for Friday include the presentation of a sesquicentennial time capsule and a program hosted by alumna and actress ...

Michigan haunted attraction to add new features next year

By NATALIE BRODA The Oakland Press AP Member Exchange PONTIAC, Mich. — Changes are on the horizon for Erebus Haunted Attraction in Pontiac as the complex prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary in business next year. In August, Erebus announced a three-year plan to revamp the ...

Detroit bank transformed into huge mirror, light installation

By MICHAEL H. HODGES The Detroit News AP Member Exchange DETROIT — Are we in Oz or what? A life-sized replica of a small ranch house made entirely of mirrors has landed in the neo-classical interior of the old People’s State Bank (aka State Savings Bank), at Fort and Shelby in ...

Michigan coal plant to be redeveloped as clean-power site

LITCHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan company is turning a former coal-fired power plant into a clean energy facility. Michigan Hub Inc. recently broke ground on the $100 million project at the Endicott Generating Plant in Litchfield. The 44-acre energy park will provide up to 168 megawatts ...

Driver enters plea in fatal accident

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — A driver charged in the hit-and-run death of a 6-year-old girl in western Michigan has entered a plea in the case. The Muskegon Chronicle reports 19-year-old Dakota Welch of Muskegon pleaded no contest Thursday to leaving the scene of an accident causing injury ...

Cleaning crews find cremated remains in old funeral home

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — Several cremated remains have been found by cleaning crews at a former Detroit funeral home where mummified remains of 10 fetuses were discovered last week in a ceiling, state licensing inspectors said Thursday. Crews clearing the building for ...