Michigan News

GM spends $150M on factory

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — General Motors says it will spend $150 million so it can make more heavy-duty pickup trucks at its Flint, Michigan, assembly plant. The money will improve the factory’s conveyor system and for other equipment to boost output. The factory builds heavy-duty Chevrolet ...

Michigan House budget bars spending on new Detroit bridge

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s transportation department could be prohibited from doing work related to construction of a new bridge between Detroit and Canada under a spending bill advanced Wednesday by House Republicans, drawing criticism from opposing lawmakers who say Canada already ...

Amash, impeachment supporter, quits a conservative group

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Justin Amash, the lone Republican calling for President Donald Trump’s impeachment, has quit the Freedom Caucus of House conservatives, his spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday. The split comes a few weeks after Amash called for the House to impeach Trump based on the ...

State bill boosts spending to combat lead, abusive clergy

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — A $28.8 million mid-year spending bill that received final legislative approval Tuesday would allocate funding to help deal with tougher rules for lead in drinking water, investigate sexual abuse by clergy and replenish a compensation fund for ...

Women seeking abortion get offer

YALE, Mich. (AP) — A hotel manager in Michigan’s rural Thumb region is offering free lodging to women who come from states that have passed tough abortion restrictions to have the procedure. The Detroit Free Press reports Yale Hotel manager Shelley O’Brien proffered an invitation on ...

Google has state expansion plans

TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) — Google is committing to spend $17 million to upgrade and expand offices in Detroit and Ann Arbor, a move the tech giant says will give it the capacity to “significantly” increase its Michigan workforce in coming years. Google has more than 600 employees ...

22 caught in Michigan sting targeting child sex solicitation

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Authorities in Michigan say they’ve arrested 22 people as part of an online child sex sting targeting suspects who are accused of soliciting sex with children. Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell announced the arrests Sunday and says they were believed to be targeting ...

Detroit chief says neo-Nazis sought gay pride event violence

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit police officers prevented violence by a neo-Nazi group that wanted to spark “Charlottesville No. 2” during a gay pride festival over the weekend, the city's police chief said Monday. Chief James Craig said five people among about 15 white supremacists were openly ...

Bishops meeting on sex abuse clouded by state investigations

DETROIT (AP) — Hundreds of boxes. Millions of records. From Michigan to New Mexico this month, attorneys general are sifting through files on clergy sex abuse, seized through search warrants and subpoenas at dozens of archdioceses. They’re looking to prosecute, and not just priests. If the ...

James announces Senate run vs. Sen. Peters in Michigan

LANSING (AP) — Republican businessman John James of Michigan announced Thursday that he will challenge first-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Gary Peters in 2020 in a key state for President Donald Trump’s re-election chances. James, a 37-year-old African American combat veteran and CEO of an ...

Inman seeks treatment

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker who was charged in an alleged scheme to trade votes for campaign money says he’s seeking treatment for his long-term use of prescription painkillers. The attorney for Rep. Larry Inman, a Traverse City-area Republican who’s facing pressure to ...

Michigan SOS: First-time voter law is null

LANSING (AP) — Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said a requirement that some first-time voters cast a ballot in person if they registered by mail or through a third-party drive is unenforceable in light of a 2018 voter-approved constitutional amendment that expanded options for ...

Republicans sue over ballot

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s Republican-led House and Senate are suing to preserve a law that makes it harder to qualify proposals for the statewide ballot. Two lawsuits filed Wednesday in the Court of Claims and state appeals court seek to force Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn ...

Sales chief alleges Fiat Chrysler violated whistleblower law

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler’s U.S. sales chief is suing the company, alleging that it withheld 90% of his pay package because he testified in a government inquiry of sales reporting practices. Reid Bigland, who has been with the company for 22 years, alleges that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles ...

Whitmer OKs e-cigarette ban for minors, cites ‘reservations’

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer reluctantly signed a ban Tuesday to keep electronic cigarettes out of the hands of Michigan minors, expressing reservations because it will separate e-cigarettes from the definition of tobacco products. Whitmer agreed to ...

Mom apparently kills child, self

BRIGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a woman apparently killed her 5-year-old daughter before killing herself at an apartment in southeastern Michigan. Police went to the Brighton apartment around midday Monday after the child’s father said 38-year-old Melissa Partee didn’t show up for ...

Where things stand in the Flint water crisis investigation

LANSING (AP) — Questions abound after Michigan authorities executed search warrants in recent weeks to take from government storage the state-owned mobile devices of former Gov. Rick Snyder, top aides and other government employees in a long-running criminal investigation of Flint’s water ...

Emergency declared in Tuscola Co.

CARO, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency for Tuscola County following the county’s request for state assistance to address damage caused by recent flooding. Monday’s declaration makes available all state resources in cooperation with local ...

Off-duty officer killed

GARDEN CITY, Mich. (AP) — Police say an off-duty Detroit sergeant has died following what was described as domestic violence at a home in a suburban community. Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Monday that Sgt. Elaine Williams was “a rising star in this police department.” Police in ...

Judge asked to release inmate

WALKER, Mich. (AP) — A lawyer has urged a judge to ignore “popular opinion” and affirm the release of a woman who has spent 30 years in prison for killing residents at a nursing home. Kent County Judge Joe Rossi heard arguments Monday in a challenge to parole for Catherine Wood. There ...