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Striking workers question whether UAW leaders can be trusted

ROMULUS (AP) — The strike against General Motors by the United Auto Workers is playing out amid a corruption scandal inside the UAW that has caused distrust of the union leadership among many rank-and-file members. On picket lines at plants across the country, many of the 49,000 workers have ...

Man charged in killings of 4 women in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — A prosecutor announced murder charges Wednesday against a 34-year-old man in the slayings of four women in Detroit whose deaths authorities have characterized as the work of a serial killer. Deangelo Martin is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and four counts of ...

Vehicle hits buggy, 3 kids die

CHARLOTTE (AP) — Authorities in Michigan say three children were killed and another was injured after a motor vehicle struck their horse-drawn buggy. Eaton County Undersheriff Jeff Cook says the buggy was struck from behind Wednesday as it traveled along Vermontville Highway near Charlotte ...

Former teacher gets probation

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A former suburban Detroit special education teacher accused of physically abusing autistic students has been sentenced to two years of probation. Twenty-nine-year-old Brittany Stevens of Mount Clemens was given her punishment Tuesday after pleading no contest to ...

Suspect could face murder charge

DETROIT (AP) — Murder charges could be announced against a man suspected of killing at least four women and stowing their bodies in vacant houses in Detroit. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy is expected to discuss the case against 34-year-old Deangelo Martin today. Martin has been ordered ...

Slow progress reported in talks as GM strike enters 3rd day

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT — Union and company bargainers are making progress toward a new contract as a strike by United Auto Workers brought 33 General Motors factories to a halt continued into its third day. Committees working on thorny issues such as wages, health insurance ...

State workers notified of potential layoffs

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan’s 48,000 state government workers were notified Monday of potential temporary layoffs in case the next budget is not enacted before Oct. 1. Budget director Chris Kolb and other members of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Cabinet emailed the ...

No deal yet in UAW strike vs GM

DETROIT (AP) — Talks are set to resume today after a pause overnight, but there was no end to the strike against General Motors. Brian Rothenberg, spokesman for the UAW, said today “They are talking, they’ve made progress, we’ll see how long it takes.” The walkout by upward of ...

More third-graders are expected to be held back under law

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Third-graders who started school in recent weeks may be forced to repeat the grade next year if they struggle with reading, the result of a 2016 Michigan law whose most controversial provision kicks in beginning next spring. The number of ...

1 motorcyclist dead, 4 injured

PORT HURON (AP) — Authorities say one man died and four other people were hurt in an accident involving several motorcycles in eastern Michigan. The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement on Sunday that the man who died lost control of his motorcycle while transitioning from ...

House explodes, woman dies

BAD AXE (AP) — Authorities say an eastern Michigan woman was killed and her daughter was injured in a home explosion and fire. Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson said in a statement that the explosion happened Saturday night in the township of Sand Beach. Hanson’s statement says a ...

No Deal: Auto workers strike against GM in contract dispute

DETROIT (AP) — More than 49,000 members of the United Auto Workers walked off General Motors factory floors or set up picket lines early today as contract talks with the company deteriorated into a strike. Workers shut down 33 manufacturing plants in nine states across the U.S., as well as ...

Ingrao to speak at UPMGA meeting

MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula Master Gardener Association presents “Biological Pest Control — Good Bugs vs. Bad Bugs” by Adam J. Ingrao from 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Peter White Public Library Shiras Room. Ingrao, an Army veteran, is the veteran’s liasion for Michigan ...

Greyhound station coveted

DETROIT (AP) — Greyhound riders soon might have to catch a bus elsewhere in Detroit. The Detroit Free Press reports that a state-owned property that houses the Greyhound station is being coveted by developers and could be demolished. The Transportation Department would like Greyhound out by ...

3 teens arrested in fatal shooting

DEARBORN (AP) — A 14-year-old Detroit boy wearing a GPS tether is one of three teens arrested in the armed robbery and fatal shooting of a 29-year-old woman. The 14-year-old, a 13-year-old and 17-year-old are being held in connection with last week’s killing of Saja Aljanabi and they could ...

Whitmer on vetoing Republican budget bills: ‘We’ll see’

LANSING (AP) — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was noncommittal about signing final spending bills that began advancing in the Republican-led Legislature on Thursday, a day after talks broke down between her and GOP leaders. “We’ll see,” she said, hours before House-Senate conference ...

Budget talks break down between Whitmer, Republican leaders

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Budget talks broke down Wednesday between Republican legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, just days after they agreed to sideline negotiations over a long-term road-funding proposal to focus on passing a spending plan before an ...

Men killed by slabs identified

STERLING HEIGHTS (AP) — Police have identified two workers who died when slabs of granite fell on them inside a Detroit-area business. Sterling Heights police say 30-year-old Benjamin Allen Welch of Warren and 53-year-old James Jones of Shelby Township died in the accident Monday afternoon ...

Prosecutor quits after news breaks

DETROIT (AP) — A state prosecutor resigned after authorities learned “incredibly disturbing” news that he had an intimate relationship with a woman while handling her allegations of sexual assault, Michigan’s attorney general said Tuesday. Brian Kolodziej, an assistant attorney ...