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Michigan News

Narrow server farm vote shows legislative rift on tax breaks

LANSING (AP) — A razor-thin legislative vote on tax breaks for a Grand Rapids-area data center could portend problems for other companies or industries hoping to secure incentives to stay in or expand into Michigan. In the Republican-led Legislature’s final days of voting this year, it was ...

Woman’s body found in snowy rural area

MAPLE CITY (AP) — A woman's body was dragged over a snowy hill and left in a rural area in northern Michigan, police said. Leelanau County Sheriff Mike Borkovich said investigators are treating it as a homicide. Authorities in the Maple City area, northwest of Traverse City, were called ...

Benson: 30-minute promise is kept — with an appointment

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said Thursday that people who book an appointment will get in and out of branch offices within half an hour, but that guarantee does not apply to those who show up without one. Benson, who campaigned on a ...

Michigan is poised to legalize sports, online gambling

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan’s Legislature voted Wednesday to legalize sports betting and internet gambling, expanding options for gamblers in a state with three commercial casinos in Detroit and two-dozen tribal casinos elsewhere. The bills reflect a compromise ...

Michigan ore boat worker drowns

BURNS HARBOR, Ind. (AP) — A Michigan woman who was a deckhand on an ore boat has died after falling into Lake Michigan at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor, authorities said. Sara Murawski, 30, of Kinde, Michigan, had just completed a work trip of several weeks and was onshore retrieving her ...

Man’s body recovered

CARO, Mich. (AP) — Police have recovered the body of a man whose truck was found submerged in a ditch in Michigan’s Thumb region. Tuscola County Sheriff Glen Skrent said the body of John Loughner, 44, was found around Monday about a quarter-mile from where his truck went into a ditch about ...

Michigan Senate panel OKs sports betting, online gambling

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan would legalize sports betting and internet gambling under bills approved Tuesday by a legislative panel, as lawmakers worked to send the measures to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer by week’s end. The Senate Regulatory Reform Committee voted ...

Legislature OKs restoring over half of vetoed funds

LANSING (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Legislature on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted to restore more than half of the state funding that Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed, largely resolving a protracted budget process that broke down over fixing aging roads and morphed into a fight ...

Amid climate change concern, GM rolls out big new Chevy SUVs

MILFORD (AP) — Global concerns about climate change are not stopping General Motors from making large SUVs for U.S. drivers. GM on Tuesday rolled out the next generation of its big truck-based SUVs with more space and features. They’re also heavier with only a small improvement in gas ...

Overdose victims found by kids

DETROIT (AP) — Two girls — ages 8 and 6 — discovered four overdose victims at a Detroit house, including their mother who was among three who died. First-responders used the overdose-reversing drug, Naloxone, to revive a 32-year-old man about 4 p.m. Sunday on the city’s east side, ...

Mom charged in toddler’s death

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit woman was charged Monday with murder in the death of her 20-month-old son. Rhionna Nichols, 20, was arraigned on murder, child abuse and torture charges. Prosecutors accused Nichols of causing head trauma that led to her son’s death. She was jailed without bond, ...

iGym levels playing field for disabled, able-bodied children

ANN ARBOR (AP) — One Kreps brother uses a wheelchair and the other doesn’t, yet they are able to play sports together on a level playing field thanks to an augmented reality system developed at the University of Michigan. The technology, called iGYM, allows people with mobility ...

State nears deal to legalize sports, online gambling

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — The Legislature and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are closing in on an agreement to legalize sports betting and internet gambling in Michigan, with final votes possible this week. The development would be a landmark in a state with many gambling ...

Farmers, lawmakers seek tariff on Turkish cherries

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan farmers and lawmakers want the federal government to impose a hefty tariff on dried tart cherries imported from Turkey, arguing that a subsidy on the fruit is impeding American farmers’ ability to compete. Cherry companies from Michigan and Utah on Tuesday asked the ...

Police look for man on Lake Erie

MONROE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Rescue crews searched Sunday for a 51-year-old Michigan man after a 16-foot fishing boat flipped over on Lake Erie in Monroe Township, authorities said. Another boater, a 28-year-old Monroe resident, was rescued from the water and hospitalized for non-life ...

Sexual assault hotline adds texting

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Michigan has added a texting option to a hotline that allows victims of sexual assault to seek help and support from trained professionals. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced this past week that victims can text 1-866-238-1454. It is an expansion to the 855-VOICES4 ...

Energy company leaves debris in Michigan, delays report

PETOSKEY (AP) — A Canadian-based energy transportation company's preparation of a proposed tunnel that would house a petroleum pipeline caused a borehole to collapse in Michigan, which left debris in the waterway. Enbridge Energy had been collecting rock and soil samples, which it finished ...

Man arraigned in fatal shooting of Detroit police officer

DETROIT (AP) — A convicted felon was arraigned in the fatal shooting of a Detroit police officer and the wounding of another as they searched for him following a home invasion on the city’s west side, according to the Wayne County prosecutor’s office. JuJuan Parks, 28, was in 36th ...

Trump to rally in Michigan

BATTLE CREEK (AP) — President Donald Trump will campaign for reelection in Michigan a week before Christmas. His campaign announced Thursday that he will host a “Merry Christmas” rally on Dec. 18 in Battle Creek. The evening event will be held at the Kellogg Arena. Trump narrowly won ...

Whitmer sends Shirkey a cake

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is displaying her sense of humor after a Republican legislative leader used the word “bat” and an expletive to call her “crazy.” The Democrat sent Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey a cake for his birthday Thursday. It said “Happy 65th BAT ...