Michigan News

Measles up to 41 cases in state

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The number of measles cases in Michigan has reached 41, including the first reported in Washtenaw County. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services updated the numbers Monday with two additional cases. Thirty-nine cases have been confirmed in Oakland ...

Trial court funding is ‘broken’

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A commission says the way Michigan trial courts are funded is “broken” and should be overhauled with a new model in which the state shares more of the cost. The Trial Court Funding Commission, created under a 2017 law, released its interim report Monday. The ...

Feds file charges in demolitions

DETROIT (AP) — Two people have been charged in an investigation of alleged corruption in Detroit’s home demolition program. Aradondo Haskins and Anthony Daguanno worked for Adamo Group, a demolition contractor. They’re accused of accepting thousands of dollars to share bid information ...

Lansing woman launches flourishing cheesecake business

By RACHEL GRECO Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange LANSING, Mich. — DeAnna Ray-Brown was standing under a 10-foot-by-10-foot hot pink tent off South Martin Luther King Boulevard in single-digit temperatures when it struck her. This might be something. Ray-Brown was serving her ...

Sanders planning rallies in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pittsburgh

By SCOTT BAUER Associated Press MADISON, Wis. — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders announced a campaign swing Monday that will take him to three Great Lakes region states that are a key part of the Democratic strategy to rebuild a “blue wall” and defeat President Donald Trump. Sanders planned ...

Court to review life term

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to review the life sentence of a man who was a teenager when he kidnapped a customer from a sandwich shop in a notorious Detroit-area homicide. Ihab Masalmani twice has been sentenced to the same life term for murder. In ...

Fish research director named

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A research scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey has been named director of a scientific program that uses sound technology to better understand behavior of Great Lakes fish. Christopher Vandergoot will lead the Great Lakes Acoustic Telemetry Observation System. ...

Man drives into river, dies

MARYSVILLE, Mich. (AP) — A 79-year-old man has died after accidentally driving his car into a southeastern Michigan river. Marysville police Sgt. Edward Gerrow tells the Times Herald of Port Huron that the man was attempting to park Saturday when the car went into reverse and rolled into the ...

Michigan high school students create fishing lure company

By DAN NIELSEN Traverse City Record-Eagle AP Member Exchange TRAVERSE CITY — Two Traverse City Central High School students went fishing on Grand Traverse Bay and caught the entrepreneurial spirit. “I got into jigging a couple of years ago,” Jack Flynn, 17, told the Traverse City ...

Treatment for veterans sought

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Veterans with health problems caused by exposure to toxic chemicals known as PFAS would be eligible for federal health care services under legislation proposed in Congress. The bill introduced Thursday would require the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to cover ...

Forget kibbles: US sales of fresh pet food are soaring

DETROIT (AP) — Kibbles for Fido? Nope. These days he’s getting diced chicken with sweet potatoes and spinach. U.S. pet owners are increasingly feeding fresh food to their dogs and cats. Some order pre-proportioned meals of meat and vegetables or frozen raw meat online. Others find them in ...

Flint water crisis takes center stage in new play at U of M

ANN ARBOR (AP) — The Flint water crisis has been the subject of several documentaries and even a network drama, but now the issue is taking center stage in a new play at the University of Michigan. Playwright Jose Casas spent nearly three years interviewing more than 80 people in order to ...

Detroit settles with family of girl killed in police raid

DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit reached an $8.25 million settlement Thursday with the family of a 7-year-old girl accidentally killed by a police officer during a 2010 raid. Detroit Corporation Counsel Lawrence Garcia announced the settlement with the family of Aiyana Stanley-Jones four ...

Michigan scrambles to find home for parolee; US won’t deport

DETROIT (AP) — The state of Michigan is placing a frail paroled prisoner in an assisted-living center at taxpayer expense after the federal government declined to deport him to Cuba, officials said. Prudencio Loyrafuls’ life sentence for drug crimes was reduced in December by then-Gov. ...

Man found dead identified

LAWTON, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have identified a man found dead inside a vehicle submerged under water in a south western Michigan lake. The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday identified the man as 59-year-old John Salvatore Catalino of Lawton. Sheriff Daniel Abbott says ...

Police officer shoots, wounds man

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer shot and wounded a man who was threatening to harm himself and officers in western Michigan. The Grand Rapids Police Department says a 30-year-old man had been sending videos of the threats and an officer found him on foot about ...

Campus police: ‘Beware of goose!’

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Police at Eastern Michigan University have issued a warning about potentially aggressive geese after one attacked and chased a person at a campus parking lot. The department on Tuesday posted video of the attack on Instagram, urging people to “Beware of ...

Program to honor female Detroit officers, firefighters

DETROIT (AP) — Tracey Miller acknowledges that when it comes to police work, many people still consider it a “man’s world.” But the 24-year Detroit Police Department veteran says women have a place in law enforcement, work just as hard as men and show results. “It’s not ...

Pastor charged in sexual assaults

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The pastor of a church in northern Michigan has been charged in the sexual assault of two men after they allegedly were given drugs. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports that 41-year-old Christopher Cox was arraigned Monday on two counts of first-degree criminal ...

Body found along Lake Michigan

LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have identified a body found along Lake Michigan in southwestern Michigan as that of a Chicago woman. The Berrien County sheriff’s office identified the woman as Eddisa Concepcion Herrera, who went missing after jumping in Lake Michigan at the North ...