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Michigan News

Moody’s adjusts outlook on Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — The outlook on Detroit's debt has been upgraded from "stable" to "positive" by Moody's Investors Service. The adjustment means the city's finances are pointing in a positive direction and there is a higher chance the city will be upgraded in the next year or two, Moody's said ...

Symphony to debut piece

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Symphony Orchestra plans to premiere a work that commemorates two historic, razed black neighborhoods in the city. The ensemble is scheduled to perform "Black Bottom," a 22-minute composition, during performances March 6-7. The commissioned piece was composed by ...

Detroit police launch $500K ad blitz seeking new recruits

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Police Department has launched a $500,000 advertising blitz for its latest recruiting campaign as the department seeks to add 400 new officers to the city's police force. The department's campaign features two video ads, 30 seconds and 40 seconds long, but it also ...

Artwork by late WMU professor saved from destruction

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Paintings by a former art professor that would have been thrown away now are on display at Western Michigan University. Forty of Dwayne Lowder’s paintings, donated to the university, will be part of an exhibition that presents nearly 50 years of his work, WOOD-TV ...

Oversight panel OKs limits on ‘forever chemicals’

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — A Michigan oversight panel Thursday endorsed drinking water standards designed to limit exposure to a group of household and industrial chemicals linked to a variety of health problems. The proposed rules would apply to seven compounds in a category known as ...

Senate rejects another Whitmer appointee to hunting panel

LANSING (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Senate on Thursday blocked another of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s appointments to the state panel that regulates hunting, after gun rights groups expressed opposition and a key senator said he was concerned because the nominee no longer ...

Michigan settles lawsuit over teen abuse in prison for $80M

DETROIT (AP) — The state of Michigan has agreed to pay $80 million to settle a class-action lawsuit on behalf of male teens who said they were sexually harassed or assaulted in prison while housed with adults, officials said Thursday. The deal closes years of litigation. The lawsuit accused ...

Former Michigan wrestlers urge more victims to ‘speak up’

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — The whistleblower whose letter to University of Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel alleging sexual assault sparked an investigation into a former school doctor says he was inspired by the women who testified against convicted Michigan State physician Larry ...

Cops cleared in fatal shooting

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — The fatal shooting of a Saginaw man who had stabbed a police dog in the head was a legitimate use of force, a prosecutor said Thursday. Zane Blaisdell had a knife in his hand, and two Saginaw officers feared for their safety when they shot him on Feb. 9, Saginaw County ...

Michigan launches outreach for 2020 census

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — The state of Michigan and nonprofits groups on Wednesday launched a $16 million outreach campaign to push people to be counted in the 2020 census, saying it will take less than 10 minutes to complete once residents start getting invitations on ...

Whitmer admin seeks quick ruling on Medicaid work rules

LANSING (AP) — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration on Tuesday asked for a quick court ruling on the legality of Michigan's Medicaid work requirements, hoping to avoid sending notices to more than 80,000 people who did not comply with the rules during the first month they were in ...

Ford issues F-150 recall

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling more than 217,000 pickup trucks mainly in North America to fix a problem with the daytime running lights. The recall covers certain F-150 trucks with LED headlights from the 2018 through 2020 model years. The Dearborn, Michigan, automaker says the running ...

Rep. Fred Upton says he will seek 18th term in Congress

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Republican congressman Fred Upton announced Monday he will seek re-election to his Sixth Congressional District seat located in the southwest corner of the state. In announcing his bid for an 18th term, Upton said there is "unfinished” business that ...

Boyd to lead statewide court office

LANSING (AP) — A Lansing-area judge who has been outspoken about how Michigan’s local courts are financed is resigning to become administrator of the state court system. Tom Boyd has been a District Court judge in Ingham County since 2005. The Michigan Supreme Court, in announcing the ...

2 communities offer land for Detroit Zoo center

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — Two Macomb County communities are proposing to give land to entice the Detroit Zoo to build a nature center. The offer from the Clinton Township and Mount Clemens shows the popularity of the proposed $20 million project. The property would be used for the zoo to ...

State adds 600 acres to lands

VANDERBILT (AP) — Michigan’s 108,000-acre Pigeon River Country State Forest is getting a nearly 600-acre addition in a land deal valued at more than $2 million, according to the state’s Department of Natural Resources. The property purchase, finalized last month, adds the Elk Forest at ...

Michigan panel to consider limits on ‘forever chemicals’

LANSING (AP) — A Michigan panel is preparing to consider proposed limits on some nonstick, water-resistant chemicals in drinking water. An oversight committee is expected to vote Thursday on regulations developed by the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy that would set maximum ...

Michigan teacher won’t let student write about gay marriage

MONTROSE, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan teacher has denied a request from a student with two mothers to write about same-sex marriage for a class assignment. Destiny McDermitt, a junior at Hill McCloy High School in Montrose, was given an assignment earlier this month to write a speech discussing ...

Impeachment an afterthought for vulnerable Democrat lawmaker

EAST LANSING (AP) — A man held up a hostile poster a few rows back Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin as she spoke. On other side of the room, allies hoisted a Slotkin-friendly banner. But the most striking sign at Slotkin’s first town hall since President Donald Trump’s impeachment and ...

Judge OKs settlement over west Michigan contamination

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday approved a settlement with a western Michigan footwear company that faced a lawsuit over groundwater tainted with potentially harmful "forever" chemicals that are turning up in drinking water across the industrial ...