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Michigan News

Motorists get eyeful of porn

AUBURN HILLS (AP) — Motorists traveling through a Detroit suburb were stunned to see a pornographic video playing on an electronic billboard. Auburn Hills police say the video played on the billboard along Interstate 75 in Oakland County for about 30 minutes Saturday night before the images ...

Michigan governor signs budget with $1B in line-item vetoes

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed the next state budget Monday hours before the deadline to fund government, while using line-item vetoes to block nearly $1 billion in spending proposed by the Republican-led Legislature. The Democrat enacted ...

2 more cases of rabies in skunks

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Oakland County health officials are confirming two new cases of rabies in skunks found in Southfield and Troy. The confirmations follow a report last week that a skunk’s carcass also found in Southfield, just north of Detroit, tested positive for rabies. In March, ...

Reward offered in cow shooting

NORWOOD TOWNSHIP (AP) — Authorities in northern Michigan are offering a $500 reward for information about the shooting of a cow. The Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office said that sheriff’s deputies responded in July to an animal complaint in which a Holstein cow had been shot. Police say ...

Detroit mayor being investigated

DETROIT (AP) — An inspector general’s probe into whether Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan gave preferential treatment to a health program involves over 400,000 pages of documents. The Free Press has sought records, including emails and financial reports, from the city’s Office of Inspector ...

Native American food truck in Michigan serves unique cuisine

By KRISTAN OBENG Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange LANSING — The multicolored ears of corn often seen hanging on doors in the fall have a tastier use. Eva Menefee and her husband, Robin, use the colorful corn to make colorful corn soup, which they serve on a food truck called ...

Committees finish work in GM talks, top bargainers take over

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT — Contract talks between General Motors and striking United Auto Workers took a step closer to reaching an agreement Wednesday when committees finished their work and sent it to the top bargainers. The move means that minor issues largely are resolved, ...

Legislature OKs budget bills that Whitmer deems ‘a mess’

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press and Journal Staff LANSING — The Republican-led Michigan Legislature gave approval Tuesday to $44.7 billion in state spending, setting the stage for a showdown with a Democratic governor who called the final budget bills “a mess” weeks after talks broke ...

Workers, car owners, dealers and GM feel pinch from strike

DETROIT (AP) — As the United Auto Workers’ strike against General Motors stretches into a second week, it’s not just the company and striking workers getting pinched. With many replacement part warehouses shut down, dealers are beginning to run short of components to repair cars, trucks ...

Man breaks into home, dies

ROCHESTER HILLS (AP) — Authorities say a man who was injured while breaking into a suburban Detroit home tried to kill a 90-year-old man who lived there before collapsing and dying. The Oakland County sheriff’s office says the 44-year-old who broke into the Rochester Hills condominium ...

Whitmer OKs Medicaid reporting changes, rips lack of funding

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation Monday easing monthly reporting rules for able-bodied adults who will have to meet work requirements to qualify for coverage under Michigan’s Medicaid expansion program. She also accused Republican lawmakers of not allocating needed ...

Fire guts art project building

DETROIT (AP) — Fire has destroyed a building that is part of Detroit’s popular outdoor art project known as the Heidelberg Project. Flames were shooting through the roof before firefighters brought the blaze under control Monday morning. The building east of downtown Detroit has “you” ...

State gas prices jump 17 cents

DEARBORN (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide have jumped 17 cents from a week ago to about $2.74 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club said Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded rose following attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, but the average ...

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 ...