Michigan News

River rescuers saluted

DETROIT (AP) — Two Detroit police officers were among several people recognized by the city for rescuing a pregnant woman from the Detroit River. City officials say Tuesday was the first time Ethel Woodger has seen officers Brian Gadwell and Steven Rauser since they jumped into the cold ...

Trump official looks to help Michigan with opioid crisis

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder is looking to fight the opioid epidemic in Michigan with help from President Donald Trump’s administration. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway joined Snyder in Lansing on Tuesday for a listening ...

Wilder named to state Supreme Court

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder promoted a veteran state appellate judge to the Michigan Supreme Court on Tuesday, becoming the first governor to have appointed a majority of the court since the state began electing justices in the 1850s. Kurtis Wilder, a ...

Slain corrections officers memorial unveiled

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Nearly 200 people were on hand in Lansing for the unveiling of a memorial to four Michigan corrections officers who were killed by inmates over the years. The Fallen Officers Memorial was unveiled outside the Michigan Corrections Organization headquarters on Sunday for ...

Sailor’s remains returned

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — The remains of a Michigan sailor killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor will be returned to Port Huron, Michigan, for burial on his family’s cemetery plot. Karrer-Simpson Funeral Home released a statement Monday saying the Navy recently identified the remains of ...

Pepsi recalls bottles of pop

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — The maker of Pepsi is encouraging customers to return certain 16.9-ounce bottles of Pepsi-Cola that were sold in Michigan earlier this year. PepsiCo says there’s no safety issue. But the company says it received 18 complaints of a metallic taste, from late February to ...

Huge sinkholes now appearing in places where they shouldn’t

By ROGER SCHNEIDER Associated Press FRASER, Mich. — Dora Linda Nishihara was driving in San Antonio one dark evening in early December when she suddenly disappeared from sight. Later, her car, with her body inside, was found at the bottom of a 12-foot-deep water-filled sinkhole that had ...

Pictured Rocks cautions hikers

MUNISING (AP) — Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is cautioning hikers to stay away from the park’s dune and cliff edges after a second large-scale erosion event occurred in the Grand Sable Dunes area. The incident this month took place just west of the park’s Log Slide Overlook. The ...

Funding proposals now available through Michigan Invasive Species Program

LANSING — Funding proposals for 2017 now are being accepted through the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program, with an anticipated $3.6 million available to applicants. The program — a joint effort of the Michigan departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality, and Agriculture ...

LSSU president dies after surgery

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — Lake Superior State University says school President Thomas Pleger has died following brain surgery. He was 48. School spokesman John Shibley says Pleger’s wife, Teresa, told school administrators her husband died Sunday, two days after undergoing brain ...

Flint River patrols to increase under program expansion

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Additional patrols will be hitting the Flint River Trail in and around the city’s downtown area following an expansion of a University of Michigan-Flint program. The patrols will be added beginning this week through the end of October, the Flint Journal reported. The ...

Opera House is reopening

ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) — An opera house billed as Michigan’s oldest is reopening after a $6 million, yearlong renovation. Officials say the Croswell Opera House in Adrian marked its reopening Saturday and Sunday with concerts by Under the Streetlamp. The nationally touring band includes ...

Exhibit highlights neighborhoods

DETROIT (AP) — An exhibit spotlighting city neighborhoods and the people who have worked with ARISE Detroit! has opened at the Detroit Historical Museum. “Neighborhoods Rising” is scheduled to run through June 18. It features nearly 200 photos, video and audio displays that are part of ...

Detroit Packard car plant still in ruins 3 years after sale

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — Peruvian developer Fernando Palazuelo saw the hulking and crumbling Packard car plant on Detroit’s east side and vowed to turn the industrial ruin that’s a symbol of the city’s urban decay into bright apartments, busy shops and art ...

Mail-delivery ship on Detroit River saves lives

By JAMES DAVID DICKSON The Detroit News AP Member Exchange DETROIT — In its 143rd year on the Detroit River, the J.W. Westcott Co. once again went beyond its normal mail-delivery duties and helped save lives. This time, Senior Capt. Ryan Gazdecki helped rescue a pregnant woman, two ...

Schuette aims to curb ‘smurfing’

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has launched a campaign to stop meth production in Michigan. Schuette announced the effort Thursday to stop “smurfing.” That’s when meth producers pay others to buy over-the-counter medicine used to make the drug. A news ...

$47M paid so far in food aid settlement for Michigan poor

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — Thousands of Michigan residents who were wrongly cut off from food assistance have received a total of $47 million under a settlement with the state, and that amount could grow. The Department of Health and Human Services under Republican Gov. Rick ...

Michigan House OKs budget with $100 more per pupil

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Base funding would increase by $100 per student under a $55.8 billion budget plan approved Tuesday by a divided Michigan House, which also voted to give schools significantly more money to teach low-income kids as requested by Gov. Rick ...

For-profit school wins in court

KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) — Private schools that operate for a profit can qualify for certain tax exemptions under Michigan law. The Michigan Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of the owner of Sanford-Brown College, a school that provided medical training in Kentwood, near Grand ...