Michigan News

Tax preparers warned of data theft

LANSING (AP) — State Treasury officials are urging tax professionals to be alert to data theft schemes and scams in the final weeks before the April 17 filing deadline. Michigan Deputy Treasurer Glenn White says data safeguards should be reviewed and immediately enhanced. Data security plans ...

Body found in bag, man charged

GAYLORD, Mich. (AP) — A man has been charged with murder after a body was found by hunters earlier this month in a large plastic bag in mid-Michigan. Joseph Zoran was ordered held without bond on Monday after the 37-year-old Gaylord-area man was arrested Friday. The body of 67-year-old ...

New cars are quickly getting self-driving safety features

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT — Autonomous vehicles get all the headlines, but automakers are gradually adding advanced electronic safety features to human-driven cars as they step toward a world of self-driving vehicles. Car and tech companies are rolling out laser sensors, ...

Michigan State official who oversaw Nassar faces charges

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan State University official who oversaw Larry Nassar is facing criminal charges amid an investigation into the handling of complaints against the former sports doctor, who is in prison for sexually assaulting patients under the ...

Statewide gas prices rise 14 cents

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have risen by about 14 cents per gallon in the past week. The Dearborn-based auto club announced late Sunday that the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.71 per gallon. Prices are about 42 cents ...

Museum to host ‘Star Wars’ exhibit

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Institute of Arts is preparing to host a traveling exhibition of “Star Wars” costumes that explores the artistry behind their creation. The exhibit, “Star Wars and the Power of Costume,” features more than 60 costumes including Darth Vader, Chewbacca, ...

Proposal: Protect kids with more school police, counselors

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press DELHI TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Sidestepping the debate over gun laws, Michigan’s law enforcement and education leaders on Thursday proposed a $120 million security plan that includes staffing schools with more police and counselors in light of last month’s ...

Snyder officially backs Calley in Michigan governor’s race

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP)  Term-limited Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday officially endorsed his long-time lieutenant, Republican Brian Calley, in the governor’s race  an expected move but one that will enable the governor to play a more active role raising money for Calley and publicly touting ...

Michigan brothers in same jail

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — Two Michigan brothers are in the same Detroit-area jail — one charged in the slaying of his wife and the other his pregnant girlfriend. The Macomb Daily and WJBK-TV report Joshua Boshell was arraigned Tuesday in a Macomb County court on first-degree murder ...

Vets club restrictions loosened

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan legislators say veterans affiliated with a private club or fraternal organization should be permitted to drink at whatever location they please. The Senate took a final vote Tuesday to discard a provision in the state’s liquor code that says members of ...

Can self-driving cars withstand first fatality?

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT— The deadly collision between an Uber autonomous vehicle and a pedestrian near Phoenix is bringing calls for tougher self-driving regulations, but advocates for a hands-off approach say big changes aren’t needed. Police in Tempe, Arizona, say the ...

Manual election audits to debut in Michigan 2018 race

By ALICE YIN Associated Press LANSING — New measures to bolster security for Michigan’s 2018 midterm elections were announced this month, but experts said they don’t address all past gripes with state procedures. During this year’s May election and November general election, Michigan ...

Man sentenced to life, no parole

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A man accused of killing two people in two counties in southwestern Michigan has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for one of the crimes. A Kalamazoo County judge sentenced 33-year-old Zachary Patten on Monday after he was convicted last month of the ...

Snyder signs cybersecurity bill

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Open-records disclosures can no longer include information on cybersecurity plans and vulnerabilities in Michigan. Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation Monday that allows for the exclusion of cybersecurity information shared with Michigan State Police and other ...

Teen arraigned in school threat

PAW PAW, Mich. (AP) — A southwestern Michigan 15-year-old has been arraigned in juvenile court following a threat of violence at his school and the discovery of guns and pipe bomb materials at his home. The youth faced charges Monday of making a terrorist threat, two counts of possession of ...

United Auto Workers back Whitmer for governor

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, — Democrat Gretchen Whitmer won another key endorsement from organized labor Monday in the race for Michigan governor, this time from the state’s largest union. The announcement by the United Auto Workers, which came less than five months before ...

Michigan to begin oil refinery cleanup on Muskegon lake

NORTH MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Officials will soon begin cleaning up lead and petroleum contamination from a former oil refinery in western Michigan. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality hope to make significant progress this year at the ...

With security measures, urban schools avoid mass shootings

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — Alondra Alvarez lives about five minutes from her high school on Detroit’s southwest side but she drives there instead of walking because her mother fears for her safety. Once the 18-year-old enters the building, her surroundings take on a more ...

Flood damage assessed

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Small Business Administration is working with the state police and local emergency managers to conduct damage assessments following flooding last month in Michigan. The survey is taking place in eight Lower Peninsula counties after Gov. Rick Snyder recently ...

Ford to revamp product line

DEARBORN (AP) — Ford, with a sagging U.S. market share and one of the oldest vehicle lineups in the industry, is promising to revamp three-quarters of its models in the next two years. Much of the emphasis will be on refreshing or revamping the entire lineup of SUVs while adding gas-electric ...