Michigan News

Michigan drops conviction box from job, license applications

By DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder is ordering the state to no longer ask job applicants and people seeking certain occupational licenses to check a box if they have been convicted of a felony. Snyder, who announced the changes early today, said the box is ...

Man charged following baby’s death

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — A northern Michigan man faces an open murder charge in the death of his girlfriend’s 1-month-old daughter. Twenty-year-old Thomas Gene Weatherholt of Traverse City is being held without bond following his arraignment Tuesday. Grand Traverse County sheriff’s ...

4 tornadoes in weekend storms

BATH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Officials confirm four tornadoes touched down in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula over the weekend, knocking down trees and damaging buildings. No injuries were reported. The National Weather Service says Saturday’s tornadoes included one in Clinton County’s Bath ...

AP Exclusive: Franklin’s family says her eulogy was offensive

By DAVID BAUDER AP Media Writer NEW YORK — The late Aretha Franklin’s family said Monday that it found an Atlanta pastor’s eulogy delivered at the Queen of Soul’s funeral last week to be offensive and distasteful. The eulogist, the Rev. Jasper Williams Jr., was criticized for a ...

Gas prices down 8 cents to $2.85

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are down about 8 cents in the past week to about $2.85 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club says the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is about 23 cents more than at the same point last ...

Crews still cleaning up after storm

CADILLAC, Mich. (AP) — Crews from out of state are helping utility workers in repairing widespread electricity outages across much of western and northern Michigan caused by strong storms this week. Consumers Energy says it had nearly 29,000 homes and businesses still without power Thursday ...

Michigan business groups back fees for cleanup, water needs

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich.— Two influential Michigan business groups on Thursday got behind fee increases proposed by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder to pay for environmental cleanup, water infrastructure and recycling needs, saying they will push the GOP-led Legislature to ...

NCAA clears Michigan State University in scandals

EAST LANSING (AP) — The NCAA cleared Michigan State University of any rules infractions in the Larry Nassar sexual-assault scandal, the school announced Thursday. The school released a letter from Jonathan Duncan, the NCAA’s vice president for enforcement, that addressed the Nassar ...

Fans stream in for 2nd day of Aretha Franklin public viewing

By JEFF KAROUB and JOSH REPLOGLE Associated Press DETROIT — Mourners streamed in for a second day Wednesday to pay their respects to Aretha Franklin, who was dressed in a different outfit for her final public viewing, as if making a costume change during a show. Fans waited festively ...

Detroit schools shut off water

DETROIT (AP) — Drinking water is being shut off at all Detroit public schools because the water in 16 of them was found to have high levels of lead or copper. Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said Wednesday that he’s turning off water at all schools “out of an abundance of caution” while ...

James, Stabenow accept 2 debates in Michigan’s Senate race

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow and her Republican opponent, John James, have made plans for two televised debates before November’s election, the first time Michigan voters will be able to watch a Senate debate in 10 years. The ...

After 30 years, time capsule lost

COLOMA, Mich. (AP) — Ex-classmates in Michigan reunited to uncover a time capsule they buried 30 years ago only to be unable to find it. The Herald-Palladium reports the seven classmates and two teachers spent two hours looking Sunday outside Coloma Junior High in southwestern ...

Snyder orders flags at half-staff

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered that U.S. and Michigan flags be lowered to half-staff for five days in honor of the late U.S. Sen. John McCain. Snyder on Monday said the flags will be lowered on all state buildings and within the state Capitol complex from ...

Michigan worshippers tend vineyards for sacramental wine

By SHERI MCWHIRTER Traverse City Record-Eagle AP Member Exchange TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Some say wine is good for the soul, a sentiment appreciated at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Old Mission Peninsula. The church campus is home to three vineyards where grapes are grown to make a ...

Detroit saying farewell in royal fashion to Queen of Soul

By JEFF KAROUB Associated Press DETROIT — Aretha Franklin had admirers the world over, but there’s no doubt the flame burned brightest in Detroit — the place she was raised and remained for most of her life. It’s difficult to separate the singer from the city, so you better think ...

Judge: Michigan laws burden independent AG candidate

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Michigan’s laws requiring independent candidates for attorney general to collect 30,000 valid voter signatures within six months are unconstitutionally burdensome, a federal judge ruled Monday, ordering that candidate Christopher ...

Democratic nominee Benson outlines election security plan

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich.— Democratic secretary of state candidate Jocelyn Benson on Tuesday unveiled a plan designed to better secure Michigan elections, calling for routine post-election audits, standardized poll worker training and a different system to crosscheck ...

Incinerator working to fix ‘rotten egg’ odor

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit incinerator is working to fix its foul odor issues amid complaints from neighbors. Detroit Renewable Energy needs to upgrade its facility to manage odors before it can be released from a 2014 consent judgment with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the ...

Teen killed, 2 others injured

EASTPOINTE, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 15-year-old boy was killed and two other people were hurt during an exchange of gunfire in a Detroit suburb. Eastpointe police said a fight broke out Saturday night at a house party. The shootout started after the organizer shut down the party. The ...

Detroit residents remember Aretha Franklin, her impact on city

By COREY WILLIAMS and JEFF KAROUB Associated Press DETROIT — To the rest of the world, she was the “Queen of Soul” — a woman whose strong and soulful voice could effortlessly jump multiple octaves whether belting out tear-jerking ballads or jump-and-shout gospel. To residents in her ...