Michigan News

Presbyterian church in Albion founded in 1837 closes down

By KALEA HALL AND NICK BUCKLEY Battle Creek Enquirer AP Member Exchange BATTLE CREEK — The First Presbyterian Church of Albion has closed its doors after 182 years of ministry. More than 90 people gathered for the church’s final service, led by the Rev. Charlotte Ellison. Among the ...

Female police officers recruited

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Grand Rapids Police Department is recruiting female officers. The May 18 information session is a first by the Grand Rapids department, which has 44 female officers. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is aimed at women who have an interest in law ...

Records: 9-year-old boy charged in mother’s shooting death

FAWN RIVER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 9-year-old boy has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of his mother in their southern Michigan home, according to court documents. The woman was found early Monday morning in Fawn River Township, St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough told ...

Ex-mayoral spokesman Berg dies

DETROIT (AP) — Former Detroit mayoral spokesman and communications strategist Bob Berg has died following a battle with cancer. He was 76. Van Dyke Horn public relations firm Chief Executive Peter Van Dyke says Berg died Wednesday at his Detroit home. Berg served as press secretary from ...

Michigan House approves bill to cut auto insurance premiums

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — The Republican-led Michigan House early today approved a plan to reduce the state’s high auto insurance premiums, moving to no longer require that drivers buy unlimited medical benefits through their car insurer to cover crash injuries. The move ...

Kalamazoo schools leader chosen as state superintendent

LANSING— Michigan’s Board of Education on Tuesday chose Kalamazoo Public Schools Superintendent Michael Rice to lead the Department of Education, citing his track record of closing the “achievement gap” for minority students and his experience as an educator both in and outside the ...

Students kill classmate, injure 8 others

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (AP) — Two high school students shot and killed a classmate and injured eight others at a charter school in a Colorado community that marked the 20th anniversary of one of the nation’s worst school shootings just weeks ago. Douglas County sheriff’s officials said ...

Michigan Senate approves plan to cut car insurance rates

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s Senate passed legislation Tuesday aimed at cutting the country’s highest average auto insurance premiums by eliminating a requirement that drivers buy unlimited medical benefits to cover crash injuries. No other U.S. state has such a mandate. Motorists could ...

Great Lakes water levels surge, some record highs predicted

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY — Water levels are surging in the Great Lakes and likely will set records this summer, forecasters said Monday — a remarkable turnaround from earlier this decade that’s bringing welcome relief to shippers and marina owners, but ...

US Coast Guard Hollyhock sets buoy-tending record for ship

By BRIAN WELLS The Times Herald AP Member Exchange PORT HURON — Shortly after 8 a.m. recently, the U.S. Coast Guard Hollyhock and her crew, surrounded by fishing boats under an overcast sky, pulled away from the Algonac pier, embarking on a buoy-tending mission that would set a record ...

Michigan city asks full court to hear parking ticket case

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — A Michigan city on Monday asked a federal appeals court to set aside a recent decision and reopen a dispute over whether marking tires to keep track of illegally parked cars violates the U.S. Constitution. An attorney for Saginaw called it a case of ...

Alleged vandal pleads not guilty

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A 19-year-old man suspected of defacing the gravesite of former President Gerald Ford and first lady Betty Ford has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges. The Grand Rapids Press reports Christian Johnson entered the plea Monday to charges of larceny and ...

Michigan Legislature approves bill to forgive 4 snow days

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan schools would not have to reschedule up to four snow days that occurred during an artic deep freeze under legislation sent Thursday to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for her expected signature. The bill won final approval when Senate Democrats agreed ...

Whitmer declares flood emergency

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency in Wayne County in response to widespread flooding resulting from this week’s heavy rainfall. Whitmer acted Thursday after Wayne County Executive Warren Evans issued a similar declaration. Evans pointed out ...

Conflict in Michigan AG’s office over Flint water records

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — A civil war of sorts is developing in the Michigan attorney general’s office over 23 boxes of records found in a state basement and what role — if any — they have in the Flint water criminal investigation. Prosecutors led by Fadwa Hammoud, a ...

Gov. Whitmer orders study of insurers’ use of non-driving factors

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday ordered a review of how Michigan’s auto insurers use non-driving factors such as education and credit scores to set premiums that rank among the nation’s highest. The Democrat’s directive also includes an examination of how insurers ...

Defense strikes back in records dispute in Flint water case

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — Lawyers for Michigan’s former health director are firmly opposing an effort to put his Flint water criminal case on hold for six months, saying it’s a sign of “dysfunction” by prosecutors. In blunt language, Nick Lyon’s defense team urged ...

Soldier from Michigan dies

LINCOLN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The military says a 28-year-old U.S. soldier from suburban Detroit has died of wounds sustained from a noncombat incident in Syria. The Defense Department says Private First Class Michael A. Thomason of Lincoln Park died Monday in Kobani. Details of the incident ...

Flint water scandal’s special prosecutor out after 3 years

DETROIT (AP) — A special prosecutor who spent three years leading a criminal investigation of the Flint water scandal has been fired, officials announced Monday, apparently part of the fallout from the recent discovery of 23 boxes of records in the basement of a state building. Todd ...

Judge: Meth was in courthouse

IONIA, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge says an encounter with methamphetamine inside the courthouse where he works serves as a warning about the extent of the drug epidemic. The Daily News of Greenville reports Ionia County Probate/Juvenile Court Judge Robert Sykes Jr. recounted his experience ...