Michigan News

Charges against officials dropped

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — A prosecutor has dropped charges of failing to report child abuse against two school officials in a case where an art teacher threw a chair in his southwestern Michigan classroom , hitting and injuring an 11-year-old student. Berrien County Prosecutor Michael Sepic ...

Chain drops ‘crack fries’ label

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan-based bar and restaurant chain plans to change the name of its “Crack Fries” in January to distance itself from a word associated with the drug epidemic. A post on HopCat’s website by BarFly Ventures CEO Mark Gray says the recipe and ingredients of ...

Michelle Obama surprises students at Motown Museum

By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press DETROIT — Michelle Obama surprised a group of Detroit college students on Tuesday afternoon, walking into the Motown Museum as the young men of color took part in a roundtable discussion on education. The former first lady was greeted with smiles, ...

Michigan Legislature OKs bill to limit tougher regulations

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer and other future governors would have a tougher time adopting stricter environmental and other state regulations under a Republican-backed bill sent to Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday. He vetoed similar legislation in 2011, but this ...

Michigan marking 1st day for legal, recreational pot

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan is officially the first state in the Midwest to allow marijuana for more than medical purposes. Thursday marks the first day for the legal recreational partaking of pot in Michigan following voters' strong endorsement in the Nov. 6 election. Michigan is now among ...

Toyota US chief says car sales are close to bottoming out

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT — Toyota’s top U.S. executive says car sales nationwide have nearly bottomed out and his company will keep making them despite a dramatic shift to trucks and SUVs. U.S. CEO Jim Lentz told the Detroit Economic Club Wednesday that car sales fell below ...

Michigan GOP moves to strip Democratic officeholders’ power

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republicans who control Michigan's Legislature voted Wednesday to advance a measure that strips campaign-finance oversight power from the Democratic secretary of state-elect, and they moved to give lawmakers authority to stand up for GOP-backed laws if they think the ...

More Nassar-inspired bills headed to Michigan governor

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Michigan lawmakers on Tuesday advanced more bills inspired by the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case — voting to ease the prosecution of alleged abusers, stiffen child pornography penalties and let more people speak at sentencings under ...

Ink fumes sicken 20

ANN ARBOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say that about 20 people were taken to hospitals after being sickened by fumes from spilled printer ink at an office park in southeastern Michigan. The Ann Arbor Township Fire Department says the ink was found spilled atop a package that was ...

Sick leave advocates plan 2020 ballot drive if law gutted

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Advocates said Monday they will launch a 2020 ballot drive if the Republican-led Legislature successfully guts a new law that made Michigan the 11th state to require employers to provide paid time off to workers who are sick or who have ill ...

2 dead, 7 injured in fire

WHITE PIGEON, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a pregnant woman and a child are dead and seven other people were taken to a hospital following an early-morning house fire in southwestern Michigan. White Pigeon Fire Chief Troy Andrews says crews responding to a report of a fire shortly after 3 ...

Michigan deer rehab facility may close if rules don’t change

BY PATTI BRANDT BURGESS, Traverse City Record Eagle AP Member Exchange TRAVERSE CITY— Rehabilitating motherless fawns could be a thing of the past for one Bingham Township couple. David and Donna Prevo say a new Michigan Department of Natural Resources policy that says fawns have to be ...

Michigan gas prices fall

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are down 12 cents in the past week to about $2.28 per gallon amid continued declines in oil prices. The Dearborn-based auto club says early today the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is at its lowest ...

Michigan Senate votes to gut minimum wage, sick leave laws

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Michigan’s Republican-led Senate passed bills Wednesday that would substantially scale back citizen-initiated minimum wage and paid sick leave laws that a business lobby criticized as too burdensome, setting up expected lawsuits if GOP ...

Women pleads in child’s death

PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) — A woman is awaiting sentencing after entering a plea in a crash that killed a 9-year-old who was walking his bike with his mother along a road in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula. Thirty-seven-year-old Holley Hibbler of Petoskey pleaded no contest Wednesday in an ...

Michigan Senate committee OKs Straits oil pipeline bill

LANSING (AP) — Legislation moving in Michigan’s Senate would authorize the Mackinac Bridge Authority to help implement a deal to replace twin oil pipelines in a crucial Great Lakes channel. The Republican-led Senate Government Operations Committee passed the bill 3-2 on party lines ...

Michigan Senate OKs ban on taxpayer-paid union release time

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — School districts and other public employers would have to stop providing taxpayer-funded leave time for employees to conduct union business under legislation that was narrowly approved Tuesday by the Republican-led Michigan Senate. The bill, which passed 20-18 primarily ...

Teacher gets probation

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — An art teacher who authorities say threw a chair in his southwestern Michigan classroom, hitting and injuring an 11-year-old student, has been sentenced to nine months of probation and 50 hours community service. The Herald-Palladium reports 49-year-old Thomas Barnes ...

China court reduces sentence of Michigan-native Brown

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese court has reduced the prison sentence for former college football player and American citizen Wendell Brown from four years to three for his involvement in a bar fight, a rights monitoring group said Wednesday. Brown, a native of Detroit who played for Ball State ...

13 dogs die in fire, others saved

ALLENDALE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say 13 dogs have died and more than two dozen others were rescued following a fire at a garage in rural western Michigan that was being used as a kennel. The fire was reported early Monday at Whispering Oaks Farm Kennel in Ottawa County’s ...