Michigan News

Thanedar spending $1M to air new gubernatorial ads

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Democrat Shri Thanedar said Tuesday he will spend $1 million to air 10 new TV ads in the governor’s race over the next two months, with an emphasis on giving positions on issues such as roads, education and the economy. The new spots will air ...

Deal aimed at helping Flint kids exposed to lead

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — Thousands of children who were exposed to lead in Flint’s drinking water would get access to more health screenings and education services under a deal announced Monday. Families will be encouraged to get kids signed up on a registry, which will ...

Man charged with shooting girl

DETROIT (AP) — A 24-year-old man has been charged in connection with the shooting of a 3-year-old girl outside a Detroit gas station. The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says Exel Taylor was expected to be arraigned Monday afternoon on three counts of assault with intent to murder and ...

Michigan family killed in crash

STERLING, Colo. (AP) — Officials have released the names of four members of a Michigan family who died in a crash with a semitrailer in northeastern Colorado. The Colorado State Patrol says 48-year-old Thomas Toth and 48-year-old Christina Daskas-Toth died early Saturday when their van hit a ...

Budtenders to be in high demand in Michigan

By KATHLEEN GRAY Detroit Free Press AP Member Exchange DETROIT — With medical marijuana on the cusp of becoming a bona fide industry in Michigan, the people who educate customers and sell the product in dispensaries — budtenders in marijuana lingo — will be in high demand. Across ...

Michigan’s top court hearing cases over guns, schools

By ED WHITE Associated Press ANN ARBOR — A gun openly carried by a spectator at a school concert in 2015 has turned into a major legal case as the Michigan Supreme Court considers whether the state’s public schools can trump the Legislature and adopt their own restrictions on ...

A look at the fallout from sports doctor scandal

By The Associated Press Numerous people have been fired or forced out of jobs in the wake of the scandal involving once-renowned gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, who is serving decades in prison for molesting athletes and for child pornography crimes. Nassar worked for both Michigan State ...

Shooter found incompetent

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — The attorney for a 19-year-old student accused of killing his parents at Central Michigan University says his client has been found incompetent to stand trial. Court-appointed attorney Joshua Blanchard says James Davis Jr. was found incompetent to stand trial ...

Ex-Ford employee awarded nearly $17 million in discrimination suit

DETROIT (AP) — A jury has awarded nearly $17 million to a former Ford engineer who sued the automaker for discrimination because he says two supervisors repeatedly berated and criticized him for his Arab background and accent. On March 28, a federal jury in Michigan ruled that Faisal Khalaf ...

Deer mount returned to family after nearly 4 decades

By BLAKE BACHO The Monroe News MONROE, Mich. — The 9-point buck peers stoically out of a corner of Harold Kleinow’s dining room. His head is turned just slightly to the left, and the antlers resting atop his brow are almost unbelievably thick. The mounting is a modern style, with the ...

Michigan church restored in time for Easter Sunday

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Some Michigan churchgoers received an Easter surprise when their century-old sanctuary re-opened its doors more than a year after a wind storm tore through the building. Members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Lansing expected to attend Easter mass in the reception ...

State OKs water for Nestle

OSCEOLA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials have approved a permit allowing Nestle Waters North America Inc. to pump more groundwater for its Ice Mountain brand. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality ruled Monday the company’s application to increase water output to 400 ...

Lansing police wound shooter

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Police in Lansing say a man was badly wounded after shooting at tactical officers who tracked him down after he earlier fired at another officer. The department says the 25-year-old man was in critical but stable condition after Saturday’s shooting. No officers were ...

Driver had pot in his system

DETROIT (AP) — A teenage driver who struck two good Samaritans helping passengers in an overturned car had marijuana in his system at the time. Keith Martin was driving that April morning last year when he crashed into cancer doctor Cynthia Ray and aspiring high school athlete Sean English ...

Michigan teen launches young adult book subscription service

By HALEY HANSEN Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange LAINGSBURG — Cameron Allen was recently assigned to create a business for a school project. He’s finished the assignment well ahead of the due date. The 14-year-old Laingsburg student launched his own book subscription service ...

30 dogs believed dead after fire

FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say about 30 dogs are believed to have died in an early morning fire at a boarding kennel in western Michigan. The fire was reported about 4:40 a.m. today at Storm’s Ahead Kennels in Muskegon County’s Fruitport Township. The township’s ...

Tax preparers warned of data theft

LANSING (AP) — State Treasury officials are urging tax professionals to be alert to data theft schemes and scams in the final weeks before the April 17 filing deadline. Michigan Deputy Treasurer Glenn White says data safeguards should be reviewed and immediately enhanced. Data security plans ...

Body found in bag, man charged

GAYLORD, Mich. (AP) — A man has been charged with murder after a body was found by hunters earlier this month in a large plastic bag in mid-Michigan. Joseph Zoran was ordered held without bond on Monday after the 37-year-old Gaylord-area man was arrested Friday. The body of 67-year-old ...

New cars are quickly getting self-driving safety features

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT — Autonomous vehicles get all the headlines, but automakers are gradually adding advanced electronic safety features to human-driven cars as they step toward a world of self-driving vehicles. Car and tech companies are rolling out laser sensors, ...

Michigan State official who oversaw Nassar faces charges

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan State University official who oversaw Larry Nassar is facing criminal charges amid an investigation into the handling of complaints against the former sports doctor, who is in prison for sexually assaulting patients under the ...