Michigan News

Tunnel scheme earns prison time

DETROIT (AP) — A Canadian cab driver who made extra money by steering desperate immigrants to a railroad tunnel under the Detroit River was sentenced Monday to 16 months in a U.S. prison. Juan Garcia-Jimenez, a 53-year-old Canadian citizen who is a native of Guatemala, wept in federal court. ...

Aretha Franklin makes history with posthumous Pulitzer win

NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin is still getting R-E-S-P-E-C-T after death: The Queen of Soul received the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation honor Monday, becoming the first individual woman to earn a special citation prize since the honor was first awarded in 1930. The Pulitzer board said the ...

Faith-based adoption agency sues after Michigan settlement

LANSING (AP) — Faith-based adoption agencies sued the state of Michigan on Monday, challenging a settlement that prevents them from refusing to put children in LGBT homes for religious reasons. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed the lawsuit in western Michigan’s U.S. District ...

GOP states discover a tax hike they have to like: for roads

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — After passing waves of tax cuts in recent years, some lawmakers in several Republican-dominated states have decided it’s time to make a big exception and are pushing for tax increases to fix roads that are crumbling from years of neglect. In the ...

Bail policy challenged

DETROIT (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union says a Detroit court is violating the rights of poor people when they’re locked in jail without an ability to afford bail. The ACLU of Michigan filed a lawsuit Sunday to try to force changes at 36th District Court. The group says ...

Detroit students send postcards around the world

By SHAWN D. LEWIS The Detroit News AP Member Exchange DETROIT — Henry Heaselgrave painstakingly colors the feathers of the kingfisher bird a bright blue. More precisely, “it’s a belted kingfisher. We’re studying birds right now,” said Henry, 9, motioning to one of the bulletin ...

Iconic pier catwalk nears return to Lake Michigan shoreline

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — Lake Michigan’s shoreline will welcome residents and visitors this summer who want to stroll alongside Grand Haven’s long-awaited pier catwalk. Grand Haven City Manager Pat McGinnis recently announced that the iconic catwalk will return to its former home over ...

Attorneys seek 25 years for man in Michigan airport stabbing

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — A Montreal man convicted of stabbing a police officer at a Flint, Michigan, airport was in debt and saw the attack as a way to become a martyr while benefiting his wife and children financially through a life insurance policy, his attorneys wrote ...

State trims count of measles case

ANN ARBOR (AP) — Health officials are reducing their count of Michigan’s measles cases after additional testing determined two of the reported cases weren’t the highly contagious disease. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced today that the number for 2019 is 39, ...

Nestle pledges free water for Flint

FLINT (AP) — A bottled water company says it will keep free water flowing in Flint through August. Nestle Waters North America produces the Ice Mountain brand in western Michigan. The company said Wednesday it will continue to send bottled water to distribution sites in Flint. The effort ...

Alleged rape victim speaks publicly

EAST LANSING (AP) — A Michigan State University student is speaking publicly a year after filing a lawsuit against the school alleging that three former men’s basketball players raped her in 2015 and that she was discouraged by counseling center staff from reporting what ...

Woman sentenced in death of child

DETROIT (AP) — A woman will spend up to 15 years in prison after an 11-month-old girl drowned in standing water and sewage after falling through a hole in an upstairs floor and into the basement of a Detroit home. Tonya Peterson was sentenced Tuesday for involuntary manslaughter. Ca’Mya ...

Woman charged after 2 dogs die

DOWAGIAC, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say two dogs died and another was treated for severe dehydration after a woman left them in a vehicle for hours outside a casino in southwestern Michigan. The Cass County prosecutor’s office says Sherill Langford faces felony charges of torturing or ...

Sanders planning rallies in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pittsburgh

By SCOTT BAUER Associated Press MADISON, Wis. — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders announced a campaign swing Monday that will take him to three Great Lakes region states that are a key part of the Democratic strategy to rebuild a “blue wall” and defeat President Donald Trump. Sanders planned ...

Lansing woman launches flourishing cheesecake business

By RACHEL GRECO Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange LANSING, Mich. — DeAnna Ray-Brown was standing under a 10-foot-by-10-foot hot pink tent off South Martin Luther King Boulevard in single-digit temperatures when it struck her. This might be something. Ray-Brown was serving her ...

Feds file charges in demolitions

DETROIT (AP) — Two people have been charged in an investigation of alleged corruption in Detroit’s home demolition program. Aradondo Haskins and Anthony Daguanno worked for Adamo Group, a demolition contractor. They’re accused of accepting thousands of dollars to share bid information ...

Trial court funding is ‘broken’

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A commission says the way Michigan trial courts are funded is “broken” and should be overhauled with a new model in which the state shares more of the cost. The Trial Court Funding Commission, created under a 2017 law, released its interim report Monday. The ...

Measles up to 41 cases in state

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The number of measles cases in Michigan has reached 41, including the first reported in Washtenaw County. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services updated the numbers Monday with two additional cases. Thirty-nine cases have been confirmed in Oakland ...

Feds OK support for flood victims

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved a request for an administrative declaration of disaster for parts of western Michigan that suffered through widespread flooding due to heavy rainfall and melting snow. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says the declaration means ...

Feds OK support for flood victims

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved a request for an administrative declaration of disaster for parts of western Michigan that suffered through widespread flooding due to heavy rainfall and melting snow. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says the declaration means ...