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Michigan’s elected delegation reacts to Trump’s speech

By LISA BOWERS Mining Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Federal lawmakers representing the Upper Peninsula had varied responses to President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address Tuesday, expressing concerns about veteran health care, fair wages and the opioid crisis — but the ...

Engler to lead Michigan State

LANSING (AP) — Michigan State University is turning to a hard-nosed former governor and alumnus to right the ship following scathing criticism over former doctor Larry Nassar’s ability to molest young female athletes for decades under the guise of medical treatment. John Engler, 69, led ...

Nassar to face another sentence

By ED WHITE and DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Larry Nassar, the sports doctor accused of sexually assaulting more than 150 women and girls, will be confronted again by scores of victims as he faces another prison sentence for molesting gymnasts, this time at an elite Michigan ...

Tigers caravan hits the road

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT— The Detroit Tigers have started their winter caravan, an annual reminder that spring training isn’t far off. It’s a chance for fans to start thinking about baseball again — but this season, their hopes and expectations may be a bit ...

Dow Chemical wins key ruling

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — A decision by the Michigan Supreme Court means that property owners along the Tittabawassee River might have waited too long to sue Dow Chemical over dioxin contamination. In an order this week, the court sent a lawsuit back to a Saginaw County judge for more work to ...

Detroit-area bank hostage situation ends peacefully

CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A hostage situation at a suburban Detroit bank lasted more than four hours Thursday before ending peacefully with a suspect in custody, authorities said. A man armed with a handgun who had announced a robbery surrendered after releasing his hostages Thursday ...

Man sentenced for attacking wife after she found evidence

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A former Michigan teacher has been sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison for slashing his wife’s throat after she discovered evidence of an affair that investigators said involved a middle-school student. James Chelekis was sentenced Tuesday in Kent County ...

Parents of gymnasts feel guilt

By DAVID EGGERT and TAMMY WEBBER Associated Press LANSING — Some parents thought they were misinterpreting the doctor’s techniques. Others assumed their children were lying or mistaken. But as more details emerged, the mothers and fathers had to face an awful truth: A renowned sports ...

Some liken Michigan State to Penn State amid abuse scandal

By ED WHITE and DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING,— Sports doctor Larry Nassar is on his way to prison for the rest of his life for molesting scores of young female athletes, but the scandal is far from over at Michigan State University as victims, lawmakers and a judge demand to know ...

Gymnast Simone Biles acknowledges sexual abuse by team doctor

(AP) — Simone Biles watched as her friends and former Olympic teammates came forward to detail abuse at the hands of a now-imprisoned former USA Gymnastics team doctor. Drawing in part from their strength, the four-time gold medalist acknowledged Monday she is among the athletes who were ...

Muskegon Co. voters reject tax

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Residents in a western Michigan county Tuesday voted against adopting a special tax to fund programs for children and families. Supporters had said the money could be used to prevent youth violence, provide after-school opportunities and offer employment help. A ...

Grand Rapids voters OK tax

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Voters in Grand Rapids have authorized a tax to support the city’s library system for another 20 years. The proposal was on Tuesday’s general election ballot. The tax began in 1997, when voters agreed to help the library pay off a bond for building projects and ...

Incumbent in Detroit mayor race defeats Coleman Young II

DETROIT (AP) — Incumbent Mike Duggan will serve a second term as Detroit’s mayor after defeating state Sen. Coleman Young II in Tuesday’s election. Young, the son of Detroit’s first black mayor Coleman A. Young, conceded the race as Duggan held a commanding lead with nearly all of the ...

Incumbent Weaver survives recall, remains Flint’s mayor

DETROIT (AP) — Incumbent Karen Weaver survived a recall effort to remain Flint’s mayor as the Michigan city slowly recovers from a lead-contaminated water crisis. Weaver won Tuesday’s winner-takes-all election and will serve the final two years of her four-year term. The lengthy ballot ...

Michigan Senate looks to allow concealed guns in schools

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — The Republican-controlled Michigan Senate on Tuesday began passing legislation to let people with extra training carry guns inside churches, schools and other places now off limits. The bills were approved by a committee on 3-2 party-line votes, two ...

Big money at stake in court case involving teachers

LANSING (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a case that will determine whether more than $550 million will be returned to school employees who had money deducted for retiree health care. Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration wants to keep the money but so far has lost in ...

17 people try to oust Flint mayor in winner-takes-all recall

DETROIT (AP) — Seventeen people are vying to oust the mayor of Flint today as the city slowly recovers from a lead-contaminated water crisis. Mayor Karen Weaver faces recall in a winner-takes-all election in which winner will serve the final two years of her current term. The lengthy ...

Bill lets teachers carry guns

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican lawmakers are renewing their attempt to let gun owners carry their weapons inside Michigan schools, day care centers and other gun-free zones. Fast-tracked legislation up for a vote in a Senate committee today would allow concealed pistol license holders ...

Museum gets music exhibit

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan museum is getting a new exhibit that explores the connection between music and politics. The “Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics” exhibit will arrive at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum on Tuesday, The Grand Rapids Press reports . It ...