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US group says 803 unbelted rear-seat passengers died in 2018

DETROIT (AP) — More than 800 rear-seat passengers who weren’t wearing seat belts were killed last year in U.S. traffic crashes, and a highway safety group says states aren’t making enough progress in getting people to buckle up. The Governors Highway Safety Association says in a report ...

Transgender policy changed

FERNDALE, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says her department is making it easier for transgender people to get a driver’s license or state ID card. Starting Monday, those wanting to correct the sex designation on their license can go to a branch office to have ...

6th fatality linked to virus

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — Michigan health authorities are reporting a 6th fatality linked to Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Berrien County Health Department officials said Monday the victim was one of two people who contracted the mosquito borne virus. The death occurred Saturday. Cases of ...

Detroit-area hospital getting interpreters for deaf patients

DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit hospital will begin providing interpreters for deaf patients under a settlement with federal prosecutors that followed a civil rights review of the hospital’s practices. William Beaumont Hospital and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of ...

Museum gets Hallmark ornaments

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — The Henry Ford in suburban Detroit has acquired more than 6,600 Hallmark Keepsake ornaments from an Indiana collector. The museum complex in Dearborn focuses on American innovation and says the collection includes Christmas, Easter, Halloween miniatures and lighted ...

Discussion on race set

DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit’s Civil Rights, Inclusion and Opportunity office is partnering with the owners of a downtown tavern and a Detroit resident on a discussion about racial issues. The city says “Let’s Talk About Race” will be held Thursday at the Checker Bar. It ...

Man charged in synagogue damage

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man faces allegations he conspired to carry out spray paint vandalism attacks two months ago against synagogues in Michigan and Wisconsin. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported 18-year-old Richard Tobin allegedly recruited people on a neo-Nazi social ...

Hunter wounds brother

SARANAC, Mich. (AP) — A sheriff’s department says a hunter was badly wounded in western Michigan when he was accidentally shot by his brother. The shooting happened Saturday in a rural area near the Ionia County village of Saranac. Officials say the 28-year-old Lowell man was taken by ...

A boat lost in 1891 discovered in Lake Michigan

LELAND (AP) — A late 19th-century shipwreck has been discovered in northern Lake Michigan. The discovery of W.C. Kimball was announced with photos and videos documenting the details on social media, MLive reported. Shipwreck hunter Ross Richardson, Technical Diver Steve Wimer and a group of ...

Ford Mustang SUV starts a blitz of new electric vehicles

DEARBORN (AP) — Ford is unveiling its first all-electric SUV, marking the start of an avalanche of battery-powered vehicles coming from mainstream and luxury automakers during the next two years that industry analysts say will boost electric vehicle sales. The “Mustang Mach E,” which ...

Whitmer seeks to cut opioid deaths in half within 5 years

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday that she wants to cut the number of Michigan’s opioid-related overdose deaths in half within five years, joining with other top state officials to outline several initiatives to combat the epidemic. Her ...

Former principal sentenced

KINGSLEY (AP) — A former middle school principal in northern Michigan has been sentenced for inappropriately touching students. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports that a judge on Thursday ordered 55-year-old Karl Hartman to spend 3 to 5 years in prison. Hartman pleaded guilty last month ...

Whitmer OKs cough syrup bill

LANSING (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation to prohibit the sale of an over-the-counter cough suppressant to minors unless they have a prescription. The restriction on dextromethorphan will take effect next July. Dextromethorphan, or DXM, is found in many cough and ...

Michigan car insurance fee falling to $100 a vehicle in July

LANSING (AP) — Michigan drivers who want unlimited medical coverage for crash injuries will pay $100 per vehicle starting in July, which will be 55% less than the record-high $220 annual fee they currently pay. The Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association, a state-created nonprofit entity ...

Michigan teen who vaped received double lung transplant

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan teenager was the recipient of what could be the first double lung transplant on a person whose lungs were severely damaged from vaping, health officials said Tuesday. Doctors at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit described to reporters Tuesday the procedure that saved ...

Group criticizes delayed release of A-to-F grade for schools

LANSING (AP) — A conservative education group on Tuesday criticized the Michigan Department of Education for not publishing A-to-F grades for public schools as required under a new state law, saying a six- to seven-month delay is unacceptable. The law that was enacted last December gave the ...

Michigan lawmaker criticized for comparing abortion, slavery

LANSING (AP) — A Michigan Republican legislative leader is drawing criticism from Democrats for likening abortion to slavery. Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey told Hillsdale College's radio station last week that allowing abortion to occur "at all" is the "scourge of our country now ...

22 candidates for presidential primary

LANSING (AP) — Eighteen Democrats and four Republicans, including President Donald Trump, are currently listed as candidates in Michigan's March primary. Tuesday was the deadline for leaders of the state Democratic and Republican parties to add names to a list released Friday by Secretary of ...

Vaping-related lung transplant performed at Detroit hospital

DETROIT (AP) — Doctors at a Detroit hospital have performed what could be the first double lung transplant on a man whose lungs were damaged from vaping. No other details of the transplant were released Monday by Henry Ford Health System, which has scheduled a news conference Tuesday. The ...

Propane prices focus of meeting

ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) — Propane pricing and customer protections are on the agenda this week at a U.P. Energy Task Force meeting in Escanaba. Wednesday’s meeting at Bay de Noc Community College is open to the public to comment on energy issues in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The task ...