Michigan News

2 dead, 7 injured in fire

WHITE PIGEON, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a pregnant woman and a child are dead and seven other people were taken to a hospital following an early-morning house fire in southwestern Michigan. White Pigeon Fire Chief Troy Andrews says crews responding to a report of a fire shortly after 3 ...

Michigan deer rehab facility may close if rules don’t change

BY PATTI BRANDT BURGESS, Traverse City Record Eagle AP Member Exchange TRAVERSE CITY— Rehabilitating motherless fawns could be a thing of the past for one Bingham Township couple. David and Donna Prevo say a new Michigan Department of Natural Resources policy that says fawns have to be ...

Michigan gas prices fall

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are down 12 cents in the past week to about $2.28 per gallon amid continued declines in oil prices. The Dearborn-based auto club says early today the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is at its lowest ...

Michigan Senate votes to gut minimum wage, sick leave laws

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Michigan’s Republican-led Senate passed bills Wednesday that would substantially scale back citizen-initiated minimum wage and paid sick leave laws that a business lobby criticized as too burdensome, setting up expected lawsuits if GOP ...

Women pleads in child’s death

PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) — A woman is awaiting sentencing after entering a plea in a crash that killed a 9-year-old who was walking his bike with his mother along a road in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula. Thirty-seven-year-old Holley Hibbler of Petoskey pleaded no contest Wednesday in an ...

Michigan Senate committee OKs Straits oil pipeline bill

LANSING (AP) — Legislation moving in Michigan’s Senate would authorize the Mackinac Bridge Authority to help implement a deal to replace twin oil pipelines in a crucial Great Lakes channel. The Republican-led Senate Government Operations Committee passed the bill 3-2 on party lines ...

Michigan Senate OKs ban on taxpayer-paid union release time

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — School districts and other public employers would have to stop providing taxpayer-funded leave time for employees to conduct union business under legislation that was narrowly approved Tuesday by the Republican-led Michigan Senate. The bill, which passed 20-18 primarily ...

Teacher gets probation

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — An art teacher who authorities say threw a chair in his southwestern Michigan classroom, hitting and injuring an 11-year-old student, has been sentenced to nine months of probation and 50 hours community service. The Herald-Palladium reports 49-year-old Thomas Barnes ...

China court reduces sentence of Michigan-native Brown

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese court has reduced the prison sentence for former college football player and American citizen Wendell Brown from four years to three for his involvement in a bar fight, a rights monitoring group said Wednesday. Brown, a native of Detroit who played for Ball State ...

13 dogs die in fire, others saved

ALLENDALE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say 13 dogs have died and more than two dozen others were rescued following a fire at a garage in rural western Michigan that was being used as a kennel. The fire was reported early Monday at Whispering Oaks Farm Kennel in Ottawa County’s ...

Michigan dive team seeks info on history

By JEREMY ERVIN Port Huron Times Herald AP Member Exchange MARYSVILLE, Mich. — Don Evans, 91, first became interested in diving when he read about a drowning in the Black River. The Navy veteran would become an important early member of St. Clair County’s volunteer dive team. Over the ...

State gas prices fall to $2.40

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are down 8 cents in the past week to about $2.40 per gallon amid continued declines in oil prices. The Dearborn-based auto club said today the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is at its lowest level ...

Lansing police K-9 gets Kevlar vest

By ERIC LACY Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange LANSING— A Lansing Police Department K-9 has received a gift that may save his life while out in the field. A German shepherd named Chief received a 5-pound bullet and stab protective vest recently from Vested Interest in K-9s Inc., ...

Police: Suspect in Detroit senior complex slayings arrested

DETROIT (AP) — A registered sex offender charged in the fatal shootings of two people and an attempted rape inside a low-income senior complex in Detroit has been arrested in Virginia. Detroit police said Monday that James Fleming, 69, surrendered to authorities in Richmond around midnight. ...

Woman killed with dumbell

TROY, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit man has been charged in the fatal bludgeoning of his 55-year-old aunt with a 15-pound (6.8 kilogram) dumbbell. Nayir Masrur was arraigned Wednesday on first-degree murder. Rubab Huq was found slain Monday in the basement of a home in Troy, north of ...

Cleveland Cavaliers owner selling Detroit casino in $1B deal

DETROIT (AP) — Businessman and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has reached a $1 billion agreement to sell the Greektown Casino-Hotel in downtown Detroit, one of the city’s three casinos, companies involved in the deal announced Wednesday. The move marks the latest in billions of ...

Senate OKs Coast Guard bill with ballast water compromise

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — The U.S. Senate approved a compromise policy Wednesday on dumping ship ballast water in coastal ports and the Great Lakes, a practice blamed for spreading invasive species that damage the environment and the economy. The plan, ...

Insanity defense may be sought

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — A lawyer may pursue an insanity defense for a man charged in the fatal shooting of an off-duty Port Huron police officer. The Times Herald of Port Huron reports Tuesday that court documents show attorney Bill Colovos has filed a motion to have Joshua Bauman undergo ...

Michigan man who posed as medic had history of lying

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — Court records show that a Michigan man who will soon finish a county jail sentence for impersonating an ambulance medic had a history of lying. Tony Fortuna, 42, is nearing the end of his nine months in Kent County Jail, The Detroit News reported . He was sentenced in ...

Michelle Obama’s book tour includes Detroit stop

By JEFF KAROUB Associated Press Michelle Obama’s 12-stop jaunt across the country — and an ocean — is not your average book tour. Of course, the former first lady is not your average author. Oprah Winfrey joined Obama Tuesday night at the United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls and ...