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Michigan News

Propane prices focus of meeting

ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) — Propane pricing and customer protections are on the agenda this week at a U.P. Energy Task Force meeting in Escanaba. Wednesday’s meeting at Bay de Noc Community College is open to the public to comment on energy issues in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The task ...

Budget impasse remains due to dispute over shifting funds

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republican lawmakers said Thursday that they were very close to agreeing to restore some funding she vetoed during a budget impasse, but a deal remained elusive due to their clash over limiting the governor’s power to ...

Michigan Supreme Court takes case of foreclosure windfalls

DETROIT (AP) — A lawyer on Thursday warned the Michigan Supreme Court that local governments could face a financial calamity if forced to repay surplus cash from the sale of tax-foreclosed properties. There is no dispute that state law allows county treasurers to keep money left over after ...

Officers cleared in shooting

WALLOON LAKE (AP) — The fatal shooting of a 27-year-old man by two police officers in northern Michigan has been ruled justified. Charlevoix County Prosecutor Allen Telgenhof says in a letter Thursday that the Boyne City officer and county sheriff’s deputy have been cleared of wrongdoing ...

Acting UAW head says he’ll clean up corruption found by feds

DETROIT (AP) — The acting president of the United Auto Workers said Wednesday that a corruption scandal plaguing the union will get worse before it gets better, but he’s confident he can fix the mess and turn over a clean house to the next leader. Rory Gamble, a union vice president who ...

House backs ban on cages for egg-laying hens

LANSING (AP) — Michigan would become the fifth state to require that egg-laying hens be housed in cage-free areas under legislation approved by the state House on Wednesday. The main bill , which is part of a broader update of the state’s animal industry law, would change and delay ...

Michigan bills would let college athletes earn money

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan is the latest state to consider letting college athletes be paid following the introduction of bipartisan legislation Wednesday that would allow them to cash in on the use of their name, image and likeness. The bills, which are modeled ...

Firm, owner sentenced

MADISON HEIGHTS (AP) — A Detroit-area company has been ordered to pay roughly $1.5 million and its owner one year in prison for illegally storing hazardous waste. The Justice Department announced Wednesday that Judge Stephen Murphy issued the sentence after accepting guilty pleas in February ...

Ann Arbor schools win $1B bond

ANN ARBOR (AP) — Voters in the Ann Arbor school district have approved a $1 billion bond proposal, the largest in Michigan since 1994. The district says the money will be used to upgrade schools, add classrooms, buy buses and technology, among other priorities. The Washtenaw County clerk's ...

Candidate gets 4% of vote

MARYSVILLE (AP) — A city council candidate in Michigan who dropped out after saying she wanted to keep her community white “as much as possible” still received 4% of the vote. Jean Cramer, shown above on Aug. 23, ended her candidacy in Marysville in August, but it was too late to remove ...

Michigan House votes to lift ban on baiting, feeding deer

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — The Michigan House voted Tuesday to lift a state ban on baiting and feeding deer that extends throughout the Lower Peninsula and parts of the Upper Peninsula, passing legislation that is opposed by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s ...

Incumbent loses in Flint

FLINT (AP) — Voters have elected a new mayor in Flint, where recovery from a lead-contaminated water crisis remains a major issue. Former Flint city councilman and current state Rep. Sheldon Neeley on Tuesday defeated incumbent Mayor Karen Weaver. The Genesee County Clerk’s Office reports ...

Bill Clinton among those honoring US Rep. Conyers at funeral

DETROIT (AP) — Elected officials, religious leaders, music stars and Detroit sports heroes gathered Monday at a church to remember longtime U.S. Rep. John Conyers. Former President Bill Clinton, civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer were ...

ICE agent cleared in shooting

DETROIT (AP) — A U.S. customs agent has been cleared in a federal civil damages trial of wrongdoing following the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man during a 2015 police raid in Detroit. The U.S. Attorney’s office in Detroit said Mitchell Quinn’s jury trial ended Monday. Quinn was a ...

Party shooting leaves 1 dead

DETROIT (AP) — One person has been killed and four others wounded during an early morning shooting at an after-party on Detroit’s eastside. Police say someone fired shots into a crowd just before 5 a.m. Saturday. A 26-year-old man may have been the target of the shooting and was slain. A ...

Grants help with home energy

LANSING (AP) — More than $54 million in grants have been awarded to community service agencies to help low-income Michigan residents who fall behind on home energy bills. Michigan Energy Assistance Program grant agencies help with payments that can be used to meet home heating and ...

Unusual election method in Detroit suburb breaks new ground

EASTPOINTE, Mich. (AP) — Mary Hall-Rayford wants a seat on the city council in a Detroit suburb. Her election pitch sounds strange. “Please rank me number one,” the retired educator says in a video. “Or at least number two.” Huh? Indeed, Eastpointe will make Michigan history ...

Manufacturing Day educates Michigan students, pools talent

By BRYCE AIRGOOD The Port Huron Times Herald AP Member Exchange PORT HURON — There was a time in her life when Jaclyn Radford, 21, thought computer numerical control would be in her future. That is, until she attended a Manufacturing Day event as a sophomore at Capac High School and ...

Regulatory board halts state’s drinking water rules

LANSING (AP) — A Michigan regulatory oversight board staffed with business and industry representatives selected by former Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has temporarily paused state drinking water standards that would limit allowable levels of certain toxic industrial chemicals. The ...

Whitmer signs counselor bill

LANSING (AP) — Licensed professional counselors will continue to be able to diagnose and treat patients after Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation updating their scope of practice. Whitmer says the law enacted Tuesday will ensure that more than 150,000 people can still receive ...