Michigan News

Emergency declared in Tuscola Co.

CARO, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency for Tuscola County following the county’s request for state assistance to address damage caused by recent flooding. Monday’s declaration makes available all state resources in cooperation with local ...

Off-duty officer killed

GARDEN CITY, Mich. (AP) — Police say an off-duty Detroit sergeant has died following what was described as domestic violence at a home in a suburban community. Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Monday that Sgt. Elaine Williams was “a rising star in this police department.” Police in ...

Judge asked to release inmate

WALKER, Mich. (AP) — A lawyer has urged a judge to ignore “popular opinion” and affirm the release of a woman who has spent 30 years in prison for killing residents at a nursing home. Kent County Judge Joe Rossi heard arguments Monday in a challenge to parole for Catherine Wood. There ...

Court: No OT for on-call chiefs

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Two fire battalion chiefs in southwestern Michigan who wanted overtime for being on call have lost their case at a federal appeals court. Howard Holt and Martin Erskine said they avoided alcohol, quit playing sports and went to certain events in a separate car in ...

2 sets of twins graduate top of their class in Michigan

GRASS LAKE (AP) — Four high school students in southeastern Michigan have more in common than graduating with the highest grade point averages in their class — they each also have a twin. Two sets of twins graduated from Grass Lake High School on Sunday, the Jackson Citizen Patriot ...

2 Detroit police sergeants charged with assault of man

DETROIT (AP) — A prosecutor charged two Detroit police sergeants with official misconduct and assault and battery Monday for attacking a man in a casino parking garage, prompting the police chief and a police union chief to say they may have been "overcharged." Wayne County Prosecutor Kym ...

APNewsBreak: Ex-governor’s phone seized in Flint water probe

LANSING (AP) — Authorities investigating Flint’s water crisis have used search warrants to seize from storage the state-owned mobile devices of former Gov. Rick Snyder and 65 other current or former officials, The Associated Press has learned. The warrants were sought two weeks ago by the ...

2 boys die in cabin fire

RAISIN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say two boys from Ohio have died following a weekend fire at a cabin in southern Michigan. The Daily Telegram of Adrian reports that the boys, ages 9 and 15, were from the Dayton area and were visiting with their grandparents and ...

Ads: ‘Meanwhile in Michigan’

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s state travel agency has kicked off a new marketing campaign to attract summer visitors. The “Meanwhile in Michigan” campaign is building on a national cable advertising blitz that started in March. It will use radio, billboards, Chicago buses, TV and social ...

Goats being put to work

ANN ARBOR (AP) — Goats have been invited to a feast at a popular Ann Arbor park. The Ann Arbor News reports that 10 goats will start roaming two islands at Gallup Park to eat invasive plants, starting Thursday. It’s being promoted as an efficient way to get rid of weeds and other ...

Warren builder helps construct NASA rocket to the moon

By BREANA NOBLE The Detroit News AP Member Exchange WARREN— Houston, NASA is ready for liftoff — well, almost, thanks to a Warren-based design and build business. Futuramic Tool & Engineering contributed more than 100 parts to the creation of a National Aeronautics and Space ...

AP Interview: Next MSU president says healing is underway

MACKINAC ISLAND (AP) — The next president of Michigan State University said healing is underway on campus following the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal, but he knows adequately addressing the fallout will be a critical part of his job. Dr. Samuel Stanley, who was hired this past week and ...

Whitmer on road fixes: No time to waste

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press MACKINAC ISLAND — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday that talks with Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature on her proposed fuel tax increase can “start in earnest” following the enactment of a bipartisan auto insurance overhaul, and there is no reason ...

Evacuation lifted in Lapeer

LAPEER, Mich. (AP) — Police have lifted a voluntary evacuation of downtown Lapeer, Michigan, after gasoline from an unknown source apparently leaked into the city’s sewer lines. Lapeer Police Chief Dave Frisch says the evacuation was lifted Wednesday afternoon after being in place most of ...

Michigan AG will move to shut pipeline in June if no deal

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Wednesday she will move in June to shut a Great Lakes oil pipeline if the governor cannot reach a resolution with operator Enbridge, saying the state is in “great peril” the longer the oil continues to flow under a ...

Life jacket loan station established

PORT AUSTIN, Mich. (AP) — It’s a sheriff’s version of a little free library. But in Huron County, the box holds life jackets, not books. A life jacket station has been set up in Port Austin at the tip of Michigan’s Thumb. Boaters can borrow a jacket before they head into Lake Huron. ...

MSU chooses Stony Brook president as next leader

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press EAST LANSING — Dr. Samuel Stanley Jr., a medical researcher who has led Stony Brook University in New York for nearly a decade, was named Tuesday as the next president of Michigan State University in the wake of the most extensive sexual abuse scandal in ...

Amash: ‘My job is to protect the Constitution’

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press GRAND RAPIDS — The only Republican in Congress to accuse President Donald Trump of impeachable conduct faced voters in his Michigan district Tuesday, receiving standing ovations from many who saluted his “courage” while sparring with some former ...

Want to wire the future?

ALPENA, Mich. (AP) — What’s hot at a northern Michigan community college? Climbing power poles. Alpena Community College reports a two-year waiting list for climbing courses in the school’s utility technology program. Classes are full for next fall and fall 2020 at 60 students ...

Meijer Gardens opens attraction

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in western Michigan has opened a new attraction — on the roof. The Stuart and Barbara Padnos Rooftop Sculpture Garden is located atop the recently completed 22,000-square-foot Covenant Learning Center. The rooftop ...