Michigan News

READY TO RESPOND

By KELSIE THOMPSON Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — When responding to emergency situations, preparedness is key. This week, the U.S. Coast Guard paired up with the Marquette City Fire Department for a dual-agency training on ice rescues. After some time in the classroom reviewing ...

Motel owner paying back wages

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Investigators say a Michigan motel operator who agreed to pay back wages forced some employees to cash checks and return the money. Mehul Patel pleaded guilty Thursday to concealing those facts from the U.S. Labor Department when investigators tried to confirm that ...

State settles lawsuit over false unemployment fraud cases

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency on Thursday settled a lawsuit filed after at least 20,000 people receiving benefits were wrongly flagged for fraud by an automated computer system and assessed high financial penalties. U.S. District ...

Wrongfully convicted man devotes life to mentoring youth

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit man who spent more than nine years in prison after being wrongfully convicted said he wants to help the city’s youth avoid life behind bars. Davontae Sanford, 24, recently launched a nonprofit called Innocent Dreams to provide young residents with job skills, help ...

Help for student loan delinquency

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Free one-on-one counseling is available for Michigan residents who are delinquent on their federal student loans. Michigan’s Treasury Department says it is partnering with a division of the National Student Loan Program on a 1-year pilot effort. Loan recipients will ...

Michigan House members introduce new public records proposal

By CHRIS EHRMANN Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Michigan House members on Wednesday introduced a public records proposal they say will increase transparency. The package of bills would subject the governor and lawmakers to public records requests. It is a new attempt to get legislation ...

Michigan Wolverines land top wide receiver on national signing day

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer ANN ARBOR — Jim Harbaugh moved Michigan’s “Signing of the Stars” event from a downtown theater to its basketball arena, incorporating some non-football coaches instead of putting such as Tom Brady, Derek Jeter and Ric Flair on stage with him as he did ...

University of Michigan video game cache serves as an archive, at play

By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press ANN ARBOR, Mich.— The University of Michigan collects video games. Lots of them. The Ann Arbor university’s Computer and Video Game Archive features over 7,000 titles — everything from time-honored favorites such as “Pac-Man” and ...

Federal judge Rosen retires

DETROIT (AP) — After serving on the bench for 26 years, the federal judge responsible for rescuing Detroit from bankruptcy is retiring from his position and turning to the private sector. U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen, 65, is retiring from the federal bench Tuesday and opening a Judicial ...

Sotomayor says universities need more diversity

By ED WHITE Associated Press ANN ARBOR, Mich. — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Monday said increasing diversity on college campuses is a key to diversifying society at large, noting that the number of black students at the University of Michigan is a “real ...

Woman sentenced in fatal crash

ATLANTA, Mich. (AP) — A northern Michigan woman has been sentenced to a year of probation and fined $915 as a result of a crash that killed state Rep. Peter Pettalia. Montmorency District Judge Benjamin Bolser also sentenced 59-year old Nancy Lunn of Fairview on Friday to pay court ...

Eaton Co. dismissed from suit

CHARLOTTE, Mich. (AP) — Eaton County has been dismissed from a federal lawsuit filed by the family of a teenager who was fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy in 2015. Attorneys for Deven Guilford’s family filed paperwork Friday agreeing to dismiss the county from their lawsuit, meaning the ...

1st woman sworn in as pastor council leader

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — The first woman elected president of the Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity was sworn in Sunday during an installation service at her home church in Detroit. The public ceremony for the Rev. Deedee Coleman was held at Russell ...

100s protest at Detroit Metro

DETROIT (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered at Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Sunday to protest President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, which bans citizens of some Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. Protesters gathered in five separate areas inside ...

VW diesel owners complain of buyback delays

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT — Volkswagen’s efforts to do right by owners who unknowingly purchased cars and SUVs that cheat on emissions tests have run into some speed bumps. Owners say the company isn’t delivering on a promise to quickly buy back their vehicles. Some ...

Fishermen safe, had been stranded

KAWKAWLIN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say six fishermen are safe after getting stranded on an ice floe in Saginaw Bay. Bay County Sheriff Troy Cunningham tells MLive.com the fishermen were about a quarter mile into the bay on Thursday when the ice broke loose. Rescuers responded and ...

Happy Birthday, Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Happy 180th birthday to Michigan. A birthday celebration takes place today, the anniversary of Michigan’s admission into the Union on Jan. 26, 1837. Gov. Rick Snyder, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, Attorney General Bill Schuette and other top elected state ...

Residents oppose trail

EMPIRE, Mich. (AP) — Residents along Little Traverse Lake Road who oppose a nonnotarized trail passing by their home plan to appeal their case after a federal judge rejected their arguments. MLive reports that the Little Traverse Lake Property Owners Association filed a lawsuit against the ...

Reward in cop killing tops $52K

DETROIT (AP) — A reward for information in the slaying of a Detroit police officer now tops $52,000. Detroit police say the reward for tips in the Nov. 22 shooting of Wayne State University Police Officer Collin Rose includes $20,000 from the FBI and about $15,000 each from the Bureau of ...

Dinosaur skeleton finds home

By ANDREW KINGAKING Hillsdale Daily News AP Member Exchange HILLSDALE, Mich. — When Hillsdale College Professor of Biology Dr. Anthony Swinehart led students Matt Hoenig and Hee-Sang Lee on a dinosaur dig in South Dakota, the trio brought home more than just experience. Thanks to a ...