Michigan News

House explodes in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — No injuries are reported after an early-morning explosion destroyed a Detroit home. The explosion happened around 3 a.m. today on the city’s west side. Broadcasters say the home was a vacant rental property that was being renovated. Nearby homes were damaged by the blast, ...

ICE agents eat, then make arrests

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The owner of a Michigan restaurant said U.S. immigration agents who were conducting enforcement at the business ate breakfast — and complimented the chef — before arresting three workers, according to media reports on Thursday. The Ann Arbor News and WJBK-TV ...

Michigan dunes developers clash with conservationists

SAUGATUCK TOWNSHIP (AP) — A Michigan developer who plans to create a private marina and nearly 40 home sites near the Saugatuck Dunes State Park is facing pushback from conservation groups. The property spanning more than 300 acres once belonged to oil tycoon Aubrey McClendon, who proposed ...

House passes contentious ‘Choose Life’ license plate bill

By CHRIS EHRMANN Associated Press LANSING — Michigan drivers might soon be able to drive around with “Choose Life” license plates. The Republican-led House passed legislation Thursday that would allow drivers the option to purchase a “Choose Life” license plate for $35. Some of the ...

Senate bills seek tougher standards

DETROIT (AP) — Legislation proposed in the U.S. Senate would toughen liability standards for oil pipelines crossing the Great Lakes. The measure is part of a package introduced Wednesday by Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan. They say the bills are intended to boost safety of ...

Michigan Senate OKs allowing dogs on restaurant patios

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Restaurant and bar patrons could sit with their dogs in outdoor eating areas as long as businesses authorize it and local municipalities do not object under legislation advancing in Michigan. The Senate voted 32-6 in bipartisan fashion ...

Agency: Switching new teachers to 401(k) costs billions

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Making newly hired teachers and other school employees ineligible for a pension and instead giving them a 401(k) would cost Michigan $465 million more annually in the first five years, legislative experts said Wednesday. The analysis was released ...

Spirit Airlines opens $32M hangar at Detroit airport

ROMULUS (AP) — A $32 million maintenance hangar at Detroit Metropolitan Airport has opened as part of efforts to ensure safety among Spirit Airlines’ fleet. Plans for the Spirit Airlines hangar at the airport in the Detroit suburb of Romulus were announced in 2015. It opened this month and ...

Road commissions can be sued

KALKASKA, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan appeals court says county road commissions can be exposed to lawsuits if snowplow drivers are operating on the wrong side of the road. The court ruled in favor of a northern Michigan woman who was injured when a Kalkaska County snowplow struck her car in ...

Economic director leaving

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s top economic development official is stepping down after 2 1/2 years on the job. Gov. Rick Snyder announced Steve Arwood’s departure Wednesday, effective June 30. The 54-year-old Arwood is CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and president and ...

Is the sun setting on Great Lakes funding?

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY — The Trump administration makes a straightforward case for slashing $427 million in federal spending to heal ailing regional water bodies such as the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound: State and local governments should do the ...

Gov. Snyder signs changes to copper mining regulations

LANSING (AP) — Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law changes to the regulation of Michigan copper mines. Legislation enacted Tuesday establishes separate regulations for small native copper mines that developers are eyeing in the western Upper Peninsula. The law also does not allow ...

Social media games not gambling

LANSING (AP) — Social media games on the internet would not be considered gambling in Michigan under a bill signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder. An analysis of Senate Bill 202 says some businesses have used free online games to promote themselves. The games typically are free and offer ...

Republican bills close pension to new hires, provide 401(k)

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich.— Majority Republicans introduced long-expected legislation Tuesday to close the school employees’ pension system to new hires and provide them a 401(k), sparking both applause and outrage while renewing uncertainty over state budget ...

Theater focuses on STEM

DETROIT (AP) — Toyota Motor North America and the Michigan Science Center are showcasing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning through programs and films at a new theater at the center. The $1.4 million Toyota 4D Engineering Theater was unveiled Monday in Detroit. Its ...

Bill boosts recount fee

LANSING (AP) — Legislation up for a vote in the Michigan Senate would double the fee for losing candidates to file recount petitions if they are down by more than 5 percentage points. The bill is a response to Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s recount last fall despite her ...

Man charged in fatal hit-and-run

DETROIT (AP) — A 31-year-old man faces failure to stop at an accident, driving on a suspended license and other charges in a crash that killed a 6-month-old boy and injured three others on Detroit’s northwest side. Deandre Cody was expected to be arraigned Monday. The infant and two girls ...

GOP businesswoman Lena Epstein to run for Senate

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Republican businesswoman Lena Epstein announced Monday that she will run for U.S. Senate in 2018, saying Michigan is ready for another outsider with business experience after its voters favored Donald Trump in the presidential ...

Dad of Times Square crash victim leaves note

NEW YORK (AP) — The father of a Michigan tourist killed by an out-of-control driver in Times Square left a note at a memorial for his daughter, thanking New Yorkers for their support and saying her loss was a hole in his heart “that can never be filled.” Thomas Elsman on Saturday visited ...

US probes if Hyundai, Kia recalled engines fast enough

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT — The U.S. government is investigating whether Hyundai and Kia moved quickly enough to recall more than 1.6 million cars and SUVs because the engines can stall, increasing the risk of a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said ...