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Michigan News

Supreme Court orders new trials

ALLEGAN, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has ordered new trials for two men after finding that Allegan County juries were likely swayed by experts whose testimony went too far. In a unanimous decision, the court said experts can’t tell a jury that children usually don’t lie when ...

Man sentenced on stalking charges

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Michigan man has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for repeatedly stalking his ex-girlfriend in Minnesota. Federal prosecutors say 39-year-old Shawn Thomason of Hazel Park, Michigan, devised a plan to digitally stalk, harm, and abduct his ...

Expect another huge blob of algae on Lake Erie this summer

By JOHN SEEWER Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio — Heavy rains that inundated the Great Lakes region this spring will fuel another massive algae bloom across parts of western Lake Erie later this summer, researchers said Thursday. Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric ...

Michigan’s top court lets local court cost scheme stand

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — The Michigan Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to the practice of charging people for the costs of running local courts, a law that brings in tens of millions of dollars each year across the state and helps prop up ailing city budgets. Critics ...

Great Lakes carp defense plan OK’d

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — U.S. states and Canadian provinces have endorsed a plan to build up defenses on an Illinois waterway in hopes of keeping invasive Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes. A resolution issued Wednesday by the region’s eight governors and two premiers supports a U.S. ...

Democratic presidential hopeful Inslee opposes pipeline plan

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Democratic presidential hopeful Jay Inslee waded into a Great Lakes regional controversy on Wednesday, calling for the defeat of a plan to construct a disputed oil pipeline tunnel beneath a channel that connects two of the ...

$3.6M offered to fight invasives

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan agencies say grants totaling $3.6 million are available to support projects intended to prevent the spread of invasive species. The Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program is overseen by the departments of Natural Resources; Environment, Great Lakes and Energy; ...

5 counties get disaster designation

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — Five Michigan counties have been declared federal disaster areas because of losses from heavy rains and high winds in the past year. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue approved Antrim, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau and Otsego counties for the designation. It ...

Whitmer OKs $15M to aid farmers

LANSING (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation to allocate $15 million to a low-interest loan program to help farmers who face financial losses because wet weather is making it hard to plant crops. Whitmer’s office announced the signing Monday. The spending covers ...

Police: Parents needed to stop fights

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Grand Rapids’ deputy police chief says parental supervision could have prevented dozens of fights downtown involving hundreds of teens during the city’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show. Deputy Chief Eric Payne said Monday police officials believe many of ...

1 dead, 3 hurt after fight at graduation party

TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) — Officials say a 17-year-old boy has died and three other people were injured following a large fight and reported stabbing at a graduation party in suburban Detroit. Police say officers responded late Saturday to the Knights of Columbus Hall in Taylor that was rented out ...

Detroit event tickets initially cost more for whites than blacks

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — A global ticketing and event platform has told a group that it could not charge whites more than blacks and other people of color to attend a Detroit event advertised on the firm’s website. Organizers initially promoted on Eventbrite that ...

Michigan Rep. Amash formally withdraws from House GOP caucus

By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press WASHINGTON — Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan formally withdrew from the House Republican conference Monday, days after announcing he is leaving the GOP because he has become disenchanted with partisan politics and “frightened by what I see from ...

Suspect at large after western Michigan officer shot in arm

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — Police say a man believed to have shot a western Michigan officer remains at large. Muskegon Heights Police Chief Joseph Thomas says the officer was shot in the arm around 4 p.m. Saturday while trying to locate a person involved in an earlier shooting. Thomas ...

Lansing hospital rethinks prepayments of out-of-pocket costs

LANSING (AP) — McLaren Greater Lansing hospital will no longer require patients to reschedule medical procedures until they pay a portion of the estimated out-of-pocket costs. Al Herring said he was forced to postpone a cardiac catheterization procedure in May after the hospital called him ...

Archdiocese removes prominent Detroit priest from pulpit

By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER and MARTHA MENDOZA Associated Press DETROIT — A conservative Detroit priest renowned for his orchestral Masses and traditional Latin services has been removed from public ministry after the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit reviewed what it described as a ...

Amish buggy crash injures 6

DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say six children have been injured in western Michigan after a vehicle struck an Amish buggy. The Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office says one of the children is in critical condition. The other five are also being hospitalized and are listed in ...

Kids battling cancer to attend show

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — A nonprofit is planning to give a group of young cancer patients and their families star treatment at a private screening of the movie “Toy Story 4” in Royal Oak. The Bottomless Toy Chest’s 8th Annual Red Carpet Movie event for the children and their families ...

MSU to open allergen-free dining

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Students with food allergies will soon have a new place to dine on Michigan State University’s campus. The Lansing State Journal reports that the school is opening its first allergen-free dining hall, Thrive, on Monday. Gina Keilen is the university’s ...

Detroit Zoo hosting photographer

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Zoo is hosting an exhibition of the work of a renowned wildlife photographer. The Detroit Zoological Society is presenting “Thomas D. Mangelsen — A Life in the Wild “ that’s scheduled to run until Sept. 10 at the zoo in the Detroit suburb of Royal ...