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Michigan News

Black History Month marked

DETROIT (AP) — Films, discussions and other activities are planned throughout February by the Detroit Historical Society in recognition of Black History Month. Among the offerings of the society’s Winter Film Series is “With Love from Idlewild,” which showcases filmmaker Tinisha ...

Students to offer tax help

DETROIT (AP) — Dozens of Detroit high school students have become certified tax preparers and will offer free help to their neighbors starting today. About 40 students at Southeastern and Martin Luther King Jr. high schools have become IRS-certified tax preparers, according to The Detroit ...

Detroit marshals troops to revive Fort Wayne

By CHRISTINE FERRETTI The Detroit News AP Member Exchange DETROIT — The Historic Fort Wayne property has languished for decades, but the city is finally taking steps to redevelop the iconic fort. Detroit officials this month will seek out concepts for the city-owned 78-acre riverfront ...

Peters airs 1st ad in Senate race; it touts military creds

LANSING (AP) — Days after voting to convict President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial, Democratic Sen. Gary Peters is launching his first TV ad in what could be a tough re-election fight — highlighting his military service and work to help veterans. The ad debuted during the ...

Michigan to educate drivers about big insurance changes

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan’s top insurance regulator said the state is committed to helping drivers navigate a new law that will let motorists save money by foregoing unlimited medical coverage for crash injuries. The state Department of Insurance and Financial ...

‘Stay in Mexico’ remark prompts inclusion rally in lower Michigan town

SALINE, Mich. (AP) — People gathered in a southeastern Michigan town on Wednesday to promote unity and inclusion in the wake of a school meeting when a white parent asked a Hispanic parent why he didn’t “stay in Mexico.” The Saline Diversity Inclusion Rally was being held in Saline, ...

Canadian company seeks new site to bury nuclear waste

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY— A power company is reconsidering its options after dropping plans to bury waste from its nuclear plants on the Canadian shore of Lake Huron, officials said Wednesday. Ontario Power Generation abandoned its 15-year campaign to ...

Court puts case on hold

LANSING (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court said Wednesday it won't hear arguments in March about the legality of giving public tax dollars to private schools. The court said it will wait until the U.S. Supreme Court settles a case from Montana, probably by summer. "The decision in that case ...

Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio steps down after 13 seasons

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer EAST LANSING — From “pride comes before the fall” to Little Giants, Mark Dantonio leaves Michigan State fans with an abundance of fond memories after bringing the Spartans to heights they hadn’t reached in decades. Dantonio announced his retirement ...

Judge’s disagreement with sentence ends farmer’s plea deal

DECATUR, Mich. (AP) — A judge has rejected a sentencing deal that carried a five-year cap for fraud committed by a farmer in southwestern Michigan. As a result, Mike Stamp has withdrawn his guilty plea, and a fall trial has been scheduled in U.S. District Court, MLive.com ...

Woman gets prison for fraud

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — An immigrant who worked for the Roman Catholic Church in Kalamazoo was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison Monday for stealing fees from other immigrants who sought help to stay or work in the country. Monica Mazei, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Ecuador, ...

Court throws out sentence

GRAND BLANC TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan appeals court has thrown out a 50-year prison sentence for a former Cub Scout leader and teacher who was convicted of killing his wife. Andrew Farley Jr. of Grand Blanc Township was convicted of second-degree murder. But the appeals court said ...

Project seeks input in telling Battle Creek’s untold racial history

BY NICK BUCKLEY Battle Creek Enquirer AP Member Exchange BATTLE CREEK — Memories fade in time, and history can be subjective. Which is why the Battle Creek Racial History Timeline Project exists. It’s an initiative of the Battle Creek Coalition for Truth, Racial Healing and ...

Michigan inmate back in prison after mistaken Ohio release

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan inmate who was mistakenly released after being transferred to Ohio to face drug charges is back behind bars after more than a week on the lam, prison officials said over the weekend. Talleon S. Brazil, 31, was captured at a house in Detroit on Saturday by the ...

Michigan governor to take national stage to rebut Trump

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING— Democrats are putting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan on the national stage Tuesday to rebut President Donald Trump, elevating a fresh face and casting an election-year spotlight on a swing state in the Midwest as the party looks to win back ...

Man with IS link pleads guilty

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man accused of making plans to leave the U.S. to fight for the Islamic State group pleaded guilty Thursday to a conspiracy charge. Mohamud Muse, of Lansing, acknowledged that he made a video pledging loyalty to IS and had planned to travel to Somalia at ...

No more waiting: State to borrow $3.5 billion for roads

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday that Michigan will borrow $3.5 billion to rebuild the state’s deteriorating highways and bridges over five years, calling it a fiscally responsible move after the Republican-led Legislature rejected her ...

Address highlights

By The Associated Press Other highlights from Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s second annual State of the State address: MATERNAL AND INFANT MORTALITY She said black women are three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women. She proposed expanding postpartum ...

Michigan mom pleads no contest in child’s death

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The mother of a 10-month-old girl who was dehydrated and malnourished pleaded no contest Wednesday to second-degree murder, two days after her husband was convicted in the child’s death. Tatiana Fusari will serve a minimum of 25 years in prison, WOOD-TV ...

Michigan students highlight racism after group chat incident

SALINE, Mich. (AP) — Black students at a predominantly white suburban Detroit high school say they are commonly subjected to racist remarks like those that white classmates posted online this week. During the Saline board of education’s meeting on Tuesday, Saline High School teacher Matt ...