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Michigan News

An Ithaca cider mill becoming a hidden gem in its area

By GREG NELSON Morning Sun AP Member Exchange MOUNT PLEASANT — Motorists exiting U.S. 127 in Ithaca might whiz right by a unique hidden gem tucked in behind two other East Center Street businesses just off the expressway. The Apple Barrel Cider Mill, owned by Chris and Marla Buerge, ...

School lifts costume ban

CHARLOTTE, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan elementary school has lifted its short-lived ban on students wearing costumes to school for Halloween following an outcry by parents. Galewood Early Elementary School pulled its Halloween ban Friday, less than a week after announcing that classroom parties ...

2 pedestrians struck, killed

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Two people have been struck by a car and killed during a hit-and-run crash on a western Michigan street. Grand Rapids police say a preliminary investigation shows the man and woman, both age 56, were walking within a crosswalk after 11 p.m. Saturday when they were ...

GM workers to stay on picket line until vote on new contract

DETROIT (AP) — Striking General Motors workers will stay on the picket lines for at least another week until they vote on a tentative contract with the company. Factory-level officials from the United Auto Workers union voted to recommend the agreement to members at a daylong meeting in ...

State OKs raising age for adult prosecution

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — State lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to bills that would end Michigan’s status as one of just a handful of states where 17-year-old offenders are prosecuted as adults. Starting in October 2021, 17-year-olds would be handled in the ...

Workers celebrate deal with GM, show union power in industry

DETROIT (AP) — On the picket lines at a General Motors transmission plant in Toledo, Ohio, passing cars honked and striking workers celebrated a tentative contract deal by munching on 10 pizzas dropped off by a supporter. They had carried signs for 31 days and demonstrated the muscle the ...

Man charged with shooting 6

EASTPOINTE (AP) — Prosecutors have filed 11 criminal counts against a Detroit man in connection with the shootings of six people outside a suburban bar. Forty-seven-year-old Lenny Whitfield was charged Tuesday with five counts of assault with intent to murder and six firearms charges. He’s ...

Judge blocks Michigan’s ban on flavored e-cigarettes

LANSING (AP) — A Michigan judge temporarily blocked the state's weeks-old ban on flavored e-cigarettes Tuesday, saying it may force adults to return to smoking more harmful tobacco products and has irreparably hurt vaping businesses. Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens put the prohibition ...

Wages, pensions, plant investments still issues in ongoing GM strike

DETROIT (AP) — With the strike by factory workers against General Motors in its 29th day, there are signs that negotiators may be moving toward an agreement. After both sides exchanged barbs late last week, bargainers met late into the night during the weekend, and they’ve returned in the ...

State, unions reach tentative deal

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration and seven unions have tentatively agreed to two-year deals that will boost state employees’ pay by 6%. State spokesman Kurt Weiss said Monday the wage and benefit agreements were reached within recent days. He declined to release ...

Man gets 100 years for killing

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man convicted of killing and dismembering a woman was sentenced to at least 100 years in prison Thursday after the victim’s mother carrying her daughter’s cremains shouted at him: “You threw her out like trash.” Jared Chance, 30, had turned down ...

Senator: Whitmer-backed budget bill is ‘olive branch’ to GOP

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proposed undoing some of her budget vetoes Thursday, a move that a Democratic ally described as an “olive branch” to Republicans who run Michigan’s Legislature. Much of the proposed $476 million in supplemental spending ...

GM workers worry about paying bills as strike continues

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Nearly four weeks into the United Auto Workers’ strike against General Motors, employees are starting to feel the pinch of going without their regular paychecks. They’re scaling back at the grocery, giving up on eating at restaurants and some are taking on part-time ...

More cases of rabies in skunks

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Officials have confirmed two new cases of rabies in skunks found in suburban Detroit communities. Oakland County’s health division says Wednesday that the skunks were in Southfield and Farmington Hills and that rabies has been verified so far this year in eight ...

Recall drive started

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — Work has started on gathering petition signatures toward possibly recalling a Michigan lawmaker facing federal charges of trading votes for campaign money. Republican Rep. Larry Inman has denied any wrongdoing and has rebuffed a formal call from the Michigan House that ...

UAW official on leave

DETROIT (AP) — A Missouri-based official at the United Auto Workers who was charged with corruption last month has stepped away from the national organization. UAW officials said in a statement that Vance Pearson of St. Charles, Missouri, began his leave of absence Thursday. Pearson is the ...

GM-UAW talks take turn for worse; settlement not near

DETROIT (AP) — Contract talks aimed at ending a 21-day strike by the United Auto Workers against General Motors have taken a turn for the worse, hitting a big snag over product commitments for U.S. factories, a union official wrote in an email to members. The letter from UAW Vice President ...

Tests find no PFAS in deer from Michigan recreation area

COMMERCE TOWNSHIP (AP) — State health officials said consumption guidelines are not needed for deer harvested from Oakland County’s Proud Lake Recreation Area, northwest of Detroit. Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services said tests showed no per- and polyfluoroalkyl ...

Spending vetoed by Whitmer may be revived — if deal reached

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is not specifying which of the near-$1 billion in vetoed funding she wants to restore if a budget deal can be reached with the Republican-led Legislature. But a look at what the Democrat backed in her initial plan provides an ...

Dog leads rescuers to save woman

KALKASKA (AP) — Police say an unconscious woman was rescued from her burning home in northern Michigan, thanks to a barking dog and the courage of a state trooper and two brothers. The 62-year-old woman was pulled from her Kalkaska home on a second try Wednesday. Trooper Adam Whited, ...