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Michigan dad denies being complicit in autistic son’s death

JENISON, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan college professor whose severely autistic 16-year-old son drowned in an icy backyard pool last March says the authorities treated him unfairly by charging him in his son’s death. Timothy Koets, who is scheduled to stand trial in March in the ...

‘Remote’ pharmacies bill OK’d by state Legislature

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — People could pick up prescriptions at Michigan pharmacies that are not staffed by an on-site pharmacist under a bill that cleared the Legislature on Wednesday and will go to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for her signature. The measure would allow for ...

James raises $3.5M, Peters $2.5M in Michigan’s Senate race

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Republican challenger John James raised $3.5 million in the last three months of 2019, topping Democratic incumbent Gary Peters by $1 million in Michigan’s U.S. Senate race. It was the second straight quarterly fundraising victory for James, a ...

Police chief gets probation

BLOOMFIELD HILLS (AP) — A suburban Detroit police chief has been sentenced to one year of probation and 30 days of community service after pleading guilty to a drunken driving charge. Lake Angelus Police Chief Michael Farley was also ordered Monday by an Oakland County judge to pay more than ...

Ballot drive to bar LGBTQ discrimination begins in Michigan

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — A group launched a 2020 ballot initiative Tuesday to expand Michigan’s civil rights law to include anti-discrimination pro tections for LGBTQ people, a step that would put the issue to voters if the Republican-led Legislature does not pass ...

Michigan police release grisly details in mutilation death

CORUNNA, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State Police on Monday revealed details in the slaying of a man whose mutilated body was found last year in the home of his suspected killer. The naked body of Kevin Bacon of Swartz Creek on Dec. 28 was found hanging from the ceiling in the Bennington Township ...

Mother pleads no contest to helping son in body parts case

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A mother accused of helping her son move the dismembered remains of a woman pleaded no contest Monday before a trial in western Michigan. Barbara Chance faces up to a year in jail, Kent County Judge Paul Denenfeld said. Chance’s son, Jared Chance, was convicted ...

New charge against ex-UAW exec

DETROIT (AP) — Federal prosecutors on Monday filed a revised charge against a former United Auto Workers official, signaling that another plea deal is likely in the government's investigation of corruption at the Detroit-based union. Vance Pearson, a former UAW regional director in the St. ...

Michigan’s population rise slows; congressional seat at risk

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan’s population grew by less than 3,000 residents last year, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau that signals the state remains on track to lose one congressional seat following the 2020 count. The figures from the once-a-decade census released Wednesday ...

Explosion sends 6 to hospital

DETROIT (AP) — Six people were hospitalized after an apparent gas explosion at a house on Detroit’s west side, authorities said. No deaths were reported. The cause of the blast remained under investigation, authorities said. Deputy Fire Commissioner David Fornell said responders were ...

Fake charges on accounts reported

EAST LANSING (AP) — About 2,300 cards issued by Michigan State University Federal Credit Union were hit with false transactions to an international televangelist network, officials said. The Lansing-area credit union said it’s unclear who was behind the fraudulent charges to LoveWorld TV. ...

A look at 2019 top new laws

LANSING (AP) — An overhaul of Michigan’s auto insurance system topped the list of new laws in 2019. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and lawmakers also enacted a long-sought criminal justice measure and mostly finalized a budget after their months-long impasse that included an unprecedented amount of ...

Founders of Goldfish Swim School happy they took the plunge

By CANDICE WILLIAMS The Detroit News AP Member Exchange BIRMINGHAM — Nearly 15 years ago, Jenny McCuiston and her husband brainstormed a plan to open a swim school for children. A longtime swimmer and instructor, McCuiston, 39, saw a need to create a bright and inviting space for ...

Brass unhappy with fire photo

DETROIT (AP) — A photo posted on social media showing 18 Detroit firefighters posing in front of a home engulfed in flames was "inappropriate and unprofessional" and will result in disciplinary action, the city's fire commissioner said. The photo was posted Tuesday just before midnight on ...

3 crashes, 3 deaths raise questions about Tesla’s Autopilot

DETROIT (AP) — Three crashes involving Teslas that killed three people have increased scrutiny of the company’s Autopilot driving system just months before CEO Elon Musk has planned to put fully self-driving cars on the streets. On Sunday, a Tesla Model S sedan left a freeway in Gardena, ...

Crews search Lake Michigan for teen swept from pier by wave

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — A 16-year-old girl visiting Lake Michigan for the first time was missing and presumed drowned after apparently being swept into the water by a large wave, authorities said. Eliza Trainer, of Flint, and an 18-year-old friend were knocked into the lake off Holland State ...

Backlog of toxic Superfund clean-ups grows under Trump, including in Michigan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has built up the biggest backlog of unfunded toxic Superfund clean-up projects in at least 15 years, nearly triple the number that were stalled for lack of money in the Obama era, according to 2019 figures quietly released by the Environmental ...

Locals raise money, offer support for a young chef fighting cancer

BY BROOKE KANSIER Traverse City Record-Eagle AP Member Exchange LAKE LEELANAU — Most know Bryon Figueroa for his signature breakfast burritos, grass-fed burgers and fresh-squeezed orange juice, all served out of the namesake Fig’s Breakfast & Lunch kitchen. But more often than not ...

Michigan family reunites with dog that ran after car crash

WOODHAVEN (AP) — A suburban Detroit family has been reunited with their dog, days after the canine ran off following a car crash. Red, a golden retriever, was ejected from the family’s vehicle on Dec. 25 after it hit a slick spot along an exit on Interstate 75 in Auburn Hills and rolled ...

Windshield sticker to replace Mackinac Bridge tolling card

MACKINAW CITY (AP) — The Mackinac Bridge’s MacPass toll card is being replaced with a windshield-mounted sticker that’s automatically scanned when a driver pulls up to the span’s toll booths. The switch could mean travelers who frequently cross the bridge that links Michigan’s Upper ...