Michigan News

Under pressure: Controversial pipeline under Straits of Mackinac passes test

MACKINAW CITY (AP) — Enbridge says an oil pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac in northern Michigan has passed pressure tests required in a Justice Department agreement following a 2010 oil spill in southwestern Michigan. The tests took place Saturday on one pipeline that’s part of ...

Advice from lawyer at issue

DETROIT (AP) — A woman who’s been serving a no-parole sentence since 1990 could eventually be released from prison if she can convince a judge that her lawyer gave her bad advice. The Michigan Supreme Court recently reopened LaTonya Hobson’s case. A Wayne County judge will hold a hearing ...

County youth fair in Michigan purchases new fairgrounds

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) — An agriculture group that operates a youth fair in western Michigan has purchased 140 acres for a new fairgrounds and gathering space. The Kent County Youth Agricultural Association announced Monday that it had purchased the Deer Run Golf Club in Lowell. The new property ...

Authorities: Man, 2 children dead after Michigan fire

FLINT (AP) — Authorities say three people, including two children, have died following an early morning fire in Flint, Michigan. Flint Fire Department District Commander Mark Kovach says firefighters responded about 2:30 a.m. Monday and found the two-story home engulfed in flames. Kovach ...

Experts: Uber must make changes at top

By TOM KRISHER and BARBARA ORTUTAY AP Business Writers DETROIT — Uber must get rid of leaders who tolerate bad behavior and hire people who don’t — including up to the chief executive — experts say, as the ride-hailing company gets ready to announce significant changes to its culture ...

Immigration arrests of dozens of Chaldeans prompt protest

By JEFF KAROUB and ALICIA CALDWELL Associated Press DETROIT — The arrests of dozens of Iraqi Christians in southeastern Michigan by U.S. immigration officials appear to be among the first roundups of people from Iraq who have long faced deportation, underscoring rising concerns in other ...

Exhibit explores the brain

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) — The Grand Rapids Public Museum is planning a new exhibit that will allow visitors to explore the brain. The exhibit titled “Brain: The World Inside Your Head” opens Sept. 16. It uses special effects, hands-on learning activities, video games, optical illusions and ...

Judge says he’s been suspended

ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) — A Lenawee County judge accused of sexually harassing a female employee says he’s been suspended without pay for six months. Probate Judge Gregg Iddings says he was notified last week by the Michigan Supreme Court. Court spokesman John Nevin told The Daily Telegram ...

Cemetery opens Celebration of Life banquet center

By PERRY A. FARRELL Detroit Free Press AP Member Exchange TROY— From cracking open a bottle of wine to turning cremated remains into glass dishes, families are finding new options to celebrate the life of a recently deceased loved one at White Chapel Memorial Park in Troy. Innovative in ...

Michigan city gets new library thanks to couple

HEMLOCK (AP) — A city in central Michigan is getting a new $2.8 million library thanks to an unexpected donation from a couple’s estate. “We did not know they were going to leave their estate. It was a complete surprise to us,” said BillieJo Bluemer, the director of Rauchholz Memorial ...

Michigan brewer combines experience and artistry

By MITCH GALLOWAY Ludington Daily News AP Member Exchange LUDINGTON — His boss raves about him, saying his experience is unmatched, while his mentor, whom he’s been living with the last three months, touts his talents and promising future. For Corey Wentworth, new head brewer at ...

Entrepreneur Shri Thanedar to run for Michigan governor

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Ann Arbor entrepreneur Shri Thanedar, an immigrant from India who has experienced a rollercoaster of business successes and failures, is running for Michigan governor in 2018, saying he is best-suited to help the state in part because of his own ...

No criminal charges in pool death

NILES, Mich. (AP) — A prosecutor has decided no criminal charges will be sought in the carbon monoxide poisoning death of a 13-year-old boy in the pool area of a southwestern Michigan hotel. Berrien County Prosecutor Michael Sepic said Thursday that negligence may have played a role in the ...

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 ...