Michigan News

Grants awarded for state crops

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Federal grants have been awarded to organizations representing growers of a variety of Michigan specialty crops. The funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture supports efforts such as marketing, sustainability, boosting production, and preventing disease and pest ...

Detroit animal control head tries to bring issues to heel

By CHRISTINE FERRETTI The Detroit News AP Member Exchange DETROIT — The city’s long-troubled animal control operation has its third new leader in three years as it grapples with overcrowding and outdated facilities. The Detroit health department tapped Pittsburgh native Charles Brown ...

James rips ‘ineffective’ Stabenow; she links him to President Trump

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press GRAND RAPIDS — Republican John James on Sunday attacked Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, calling her an ineffective, lifelong politician who too often votes with her party, while Stabenow touted herself as a get-it-done policymaker and criticized ...

No charges in nursing home death

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — No charges will be filed in the death of a man who was attacked at a Grand Rapids nursing home by his roommate. Kent County prosecutor Chris Becker says a man who threw the punch in January has dementia and can’t be held responsible for the death of 81-year-old ...

CMU drops fraternity

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — Central Michigan University says it has kicked a fraternity out of school after many allegations of sexual misconduct and hazing and the death of a member. Vice President Steven Johnson says the allegations against Phi Sigma Phi show a “significant threat to ...

Halloween focus returns to kids

DETROIT (AP) — The focus of a three-day Halloween period in Detroit is changing from anti-arson efforts to celebrations aimed at families. Mayor Mike Duggan on Wednesday announced “Halloween in the D.” Three parks and some city-owned houses will take on haunted themes. A harvest festival ...

Halloween arrives early for inhabitants of Detroit Zoo

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — Halloween has arrived ahead of schedule at the Detroit Zoo, where inhabitants are enjoying some frightfully good fare. Animal care staff at the zoo in suburban Royal Oak on Wednesday provided special seasonal munchies to anteaters, great apes, grizzly bears, penguins ...

Marijuana backers look for Midwest breakthrough

LANSING (AP) — Backers of broad marijuana legalization are looking to break through a geographic barrier in November and get their first foothold in the Midwest after a string of election victories in Northeastern and Western states. Michigan and North Dakota, where voters previously ...

Best-selling author Albom back to heaven for first sequel

By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press DETROIT— Mitch Albom’s books are about faith and salvation, forgiveness and second chances. What they most certainly are not about, according to the author, is a certain five-letter word. “I really don’t think my books are about death,” Albom ...

Michigan gas prices rise

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up nearly 2 cents in the past week to about $3 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club says Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is about 58 cents more than at the same point last ...

2-plus years later, lawsuit over ballot selfies not over

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — Eager to snap and post an online photo of your Michigan ballot in the Nov. 6 election? Think again. A legal dispute over photos in polling places still hasn’t reached the finish line, more than two years later. A millennial voter from the Kalamazoo ...

Acquitted doc to get assets back

CARO, Mich. (AP) — A judge says more than $6 million in assets must be returned to a Michigan doctor who was acquitted of running a pill mill at his clinics. The Saginaw News says Dr. Joseph Oesterling last year was acquitted of running a criminal enterprise. He was accused of excessively ...

US House candidate arrested during wage protest in Detroit

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — A U.S. House candidate was arrested Tuesday in Detroit during a protest for higher pay and the right to form unions. Democrat Rashida Tlaib and more than a dozen other demonstrators sat at — and banged on — a long table that took up a lane ...

Tornadoes did hit lower Michigan

FRENCHTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The National Weather Service says three tornadoes struck Wayne and Monroe counties during Tuesday night’s storms. It says an EF-1 storm with peak winds of 95-100 mph traveled 4.3 miles in Monroe County’s Frenchtown Township, ripping roofing from homes, ...

Whitmer, Schuette both back elimination of pension tax

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING— Democrat Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday stepped up her call to end Michigan's "retirement tax," alleging in a new TV ad that her opponent, Republican Bill Schuette, supported a GOP-enacted overhaul that included a business tax cut and the elimination ...

Candidate asked to stop campaign

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s Democratic Party and House Democrats are asking that a candidate end her run for a state House seat following allegations of embezzlement while she worked at a law firm. House Democrats’ Campaign co-chairs Kristy Pagan and Kevin Hertel said Monday in a ...

Michigan AG alleges opponent lied about Nassar probe

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Michigan’s attorney general alleged Monday that his opponent in the governor’s race did not tell the truth about her handling of the prosecution of serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar, accusing her of an “integrity gap” that ...

‘Tough broad’ survives attack

LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) — Two people have been charged with stealing the car of an 88-year-old suburban Detroit woman who emerged from the attack with bruises but plenty of spunk. Gloria Kevelighan says, “I’m a tough broad.” Kevelighan was attacked Tuesday after parking in a handicapped ...

Flint historic union hall transformed into nightclub

By ROBERTO ACOSTA The Flint Journal AP Member Exchange FLINT — The United Auto Workers Local 599 building has stood on East Leith Street on Flint’s north end for more than 60 years. Now, it’s getting a new life as a nightclub and event center, the Flint Journal reported. Once ...

AP Interview: Schuette says Michigan Medicaid law is not going anywhere

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich.— Republican Bill Schuette said Wednesday that he would not undo Michigan’s expansion of Medicaid coverage if he were governor, countering Democrats’ accusation that electing him would lead to hundreds of thousands of adults losing their ...