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Michigan News

Judge OKs settlement over west Michigan contamination

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday approved a settlement with a western Michigan footwear company that faced a lawsuit over groundwater tainted with potentially harmful "forever" chemicals that are turning up in drinking water across the industrial ...

Falling concrete injures woman

MASON, Mich. (AP) — Wood barriers will be placed beneath a bridge over U.S. 127 near Mason after a woman was injured when concrete fell from a bridge and broke through her windshield, Michigan Department of Transportation officials said Thursday. The Ingham County Sheriff’s Office says the ...

Ex-UAW official sent to prison

DETROIT (AP) — A former United Auto Workers union official who received bribes and kickbacks from a vendor has been sentenced to 28 months in prison. Mike Grimes of Fort Myers, Florida, was accused of receiving more than $1.5 million in bribes, including $10,000 worth of cosmetic surgery for ...

GOP leader nixes bill to process surge of absentee ballots

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — A top Republican lawmaker on Wednesday came out in opposition to legislation that would ease Michigan election clerks’ ability to process an expected surge of absentee ballots and avoid a delay in releasing results, saying it would set a ...

Man froze to death in his home

FREELAND, Mich. (AP) — A man found dead last week inside his mid-Michigan home froze to death inside the unheated mobile home, police said. Arnoul Jaros, 62, was emaciated but his cause of death was determined to be accidental hypothermia, Tittabawassee Township police said Monday. Officers ...

Sanders expands Michigan operations before primary

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont announced Tuesday that his presidential campaign is expanding operations in Michigan, three weeks before the state's Democratic primary. Sanders, who narrowly won Michigan over Hillary Clinton in 2016, ...

Group tries to protect lighthouse

FRANKFORT, Mich. (AP) — An organization responsible for maintaining a historic Michigan lighthouse hopes that improving the site’s shoreline protection system will minimize damage from Lake Michigan’s high water levels. High water is causing problems for properties all along Michigan’s ...

Quicken Loans founder Gilbert back to work after stroke

DETROIT (AP) — Quicken Loans founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert is slowly returning to work eight months after suffering a stroke. Gilbert, 58, returned to his Detroit office early this year. He’s there one or two days a week, using a wheelchair and accompanied by a service dog named ...

GM plans to pull out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it’s pulling out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand as part of a strategy to exit markets that don’t produce adequate returns on investments. The company said in a statement Sunday that it will wind down sales, engineering and design operations for ...

Crafting out a spot: Five Shores Brewing to open in Beulah

BY MARK URBAN Traverse City Record-Eagle AP Member Exchange BEULAH — Co-founders Oliver Roberts and Matt Demorest think Five Shores is right in the middle of something big brewing in Benzie County. From the coast of Lake Michigan to the shores of Lake Ann, there are a handful of ...

Michigan official:Election Day should be a worker holiday

LANSING (AP) — Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is urging businesses to give their workers the day off on Election Day by making it a company holiday. Benson said she's encouraging Michigan companies to give employees the day off work on Nov. 3, so they can vote and work as poll ...

Zoo plays cupid with snow leopards

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Officials at a Michigan zoo are hoping its male snow leopard hooks up with a female snow leopard he was paired with through a breeding program that aims to give the threatened species a boost. Battle Creek's Binder Park Zoo recently introduced Victoria, a ...

Woman wanted for husband’s 2002 death in Michigan arrested in Rome

ROME (AP) — An American woman wanted in the 2002 death of her husband, whose remains were so badly burned they weren’t identified for more than a decade, was arrested in Rome after a multinational search, police said Thursday. Rome police arrested Beverly McCallum, 59, overnight after she ...

East Lansing approves culling to reduce deer herds

EAST LANSING (AP) — Officials in East Lansing have approved a lethal option to manage the growing number of deer in the mid-Michigan city. The city council voted this week to authorize culling as a way to reduce deer herds, the Lansing State Journal reported. East Lansing's city manager ...

Senate rejects Whitmer appointee to hunting panel

LANSING (AP) — Michigan Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s appointee to the state commission that regulates hunting and fishing, which Democrats said was payback because Whitmer refused to pull a separate nominee who is opposed by gun-rights ...

Treasurer: Seeping ‘green ooze’ site subject to forfeiture

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — An industrial site in suburban Detroit from where a bright green goo seeped through a concrete barrier onto an area freeway could be foreclosed due to non-payment of property taxes, the county treasurer said Wednesday. Five properties tied to ...

Alcohol breath test devices back

LANSING (AP) — All 203 of Michigan’s alcohol breath testing devices are back in service amid a fraud investigation of the company that supplies the equipment. The Michigan State Police launched a criminal investigation last month into contract employees with Intoximeters Inc. and suspended ...

Police ID man who stabbed dog

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — Police on Tuesday identified a man whom officers shot and killed after he stabbed a police dog in the head during a hostage situation. Zane Blaisdell, 48, of Saginaw was shot by police inside his home Sunday morning, Michigan State Police Special 1st Lt. David Kaiser ...

Lawmakers defend Michigan student charged over gun photo

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING— State lawmakers and a gun rights group on Tuesday called for changes to Michigan’s terrorism law after a Lake Superior State University student was charged for posting a photo of his rifle on social media and saying it would make “snowflakes ...

Judge charged with crime

VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area judge has been charged with domestic violence assault and battery. David Parrott, 59, was arraigned Monday in 35th District Court in Plymouth, according to the Wayne County prosecutor’s office. Parrott is a judge on the 34th District Court ...