Michigan News

Zoo combines 3 bear habitats, doubling space

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Zoo announced it has converted three bear habitats into one collective environment, more than doubling the space shared by three rescued grizzly bears. The renovated 20,000-square-foot (1,858-square meter) habitat aims to provide a more “naturalistic” ...

Woman, 5-year-old son die in fire

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a woman and her 5-year-old son have died following fire in mid-Michigan. The fire burned early Thursday at LaRoy Froh Townhouses in Lansing. Fire department Capt. Steve Mazurek tells the Lansing State Journal that the 30-year-old woman and her son were ...

Michigan distillery disputes village over wastewater issues

THREE OAKS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan distillery may move if the village where it is located orders the company to stop releasing byproduct containing chemicals into the sewage system. Village of Three Oaks officials said that Journeyman Distillery is violating an ordinance and overwhelming ...

Revised Medicaid work requirement bill moves on

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING— More than 500,000 able-bodied, nonelderly adults in Michigan’s Medicaid expansion program would have to work or meet related requirements to keep qualifying for government health insurance under a revised bill that cleared a major legislative ...

Residents investigate cancer rates near Michigan landfill

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A group of residents is investigating cancer rates in a western Michigan neighborhood that’s near a contaminated landfill classified as a Superfund site. Muskegon resident Pamela Anderson said that after hearing about numerous cases, she started a Facebook group ...

Storefronts being transformed

DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit is seeking local and regional designers to help transform vacant commercial storefronts into high-quality spaces where residents can discuss ongoing plans for their neighborhoods. Submissions for the Design Center in a Box competition are being accepted ...

Lawyer: Bloody blanket found with dead dog after flight

ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — A bloody blanket was among the items returned to a New York man whose dog died while traveling with Delta Air Lines, the man’s attorney said Monday. Evan Oshan, a lawyer for the Pomeranian’s owner, said he’s still awaiting the results of a necropsy on Alejandro. ...

Man moving deer carcass killed

WHEATLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — An 85-year-old man was struck and killed by a vehicle as he attempted to remove a deer carcass from a central Michigan roadway. The Mecosta County sheriff's office says Norman Erickson of Barryton was a passenger in another vehicle that stopped after hitting ...

Boyfriend sought in slaying

DETROIT (AP) — A 28-year-old woman has been slain and her 22-year-old niece critically wounded during a shooting on Detroit’s northwest side. WXYZ-TV reports that Tyiela Autry was shot in the eye early Sunday morning and later died at a hospital. Her niece suffered a gunshot wound to the ...

Knight Rider’s KITT car recreated

By RACHEL GRECO Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange LANSING — Aaron Aikman brings cult classic vehicles to life. Two years ago he teamed up with How-To Halloween founder Jerry Jodloski to recreate the Ghostbusters’ Ecto-1, and last year the pair turned a rusted out 1970 Dodge A100 ...

Prosecutor says cops OK in shooting

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan prosecutor says four officers were justified in the fatal shooting of a man who turned a gun toward them during a standoff. Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting said Thursday he will not charge the officers in the April 18 shooting of ...

Michigan man to be resentenced for 1980 slaying while a juvenile

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man sentenced to life in prison as a juvenile will have a chance at freedom after a judge granted him a resentencing. Berrien County Trial Court Judge John M. Donahue vacated Michael Johnson’s life sentence for second-degree murder on Tuesday, the ...

Snyder: Deal on Medicaid work rules is ‘basically there’

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich.— Gov. Rick Snyder said Thursday that he has conceptually agreed on legislation to impose work, education or training requirements on Medicaid recipients, saying details are being worked out but there has been a general “meeting of ...

Pot license deadline extended

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials have extended the deadline for medical marijuana businesses to become licensed. The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs said Wednesday the original deadline has been pushed from June 15 to September 15. Officials say the extension allows ...

Senate approves $100 million for Snyder’s workforce plan

By ALICE YIN Associated Press LANSING — The Michigan Senate agreed to grant Gov. Rick Snyder’s plan to revitalize Michigan’s workforce $100 million on Wednesday, upping the House’s $75 million offer last month. Lawmakers voted 30-2 to establish a fund within the state’s Higher ...

Athlete, studio blazing trail for Paralympic dance in US

By JEFF KAROUB Associated Press BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A few years ago, Cheryl Angelelli retired from Paralympic swimming and sought to fill a competitive void in her life. Around the same time, a social media call came out from a Detroit-area dance studio looking for students ...

Golf-club wielder loses appeal

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — This isn’t the way to complain about toppings on a pizza. The Michigan appeals court has affirmed the conviction of a man who was armed with a golf club during an unhappy return to a Happy’s Pizza in Lansing. Timothy Matthews yelled, “Who made my ...

Boy drowns Sunday

OXFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 16-year-old boy has drowned at an Oakland County lake. Sgt. Dale Brown of the sheriff’s office says the boy couldn’t reach a floating swimming platform Sunday at Clear Lake, about 50 feet from shore. The sheriff’s office got a call around 7:20 p.m. from ...

2 motorcyclists die

YANKEE SPRINGS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Two men from the Grand Rapids area have died in a motorcycle crash involving a fallen tree branch. A large limb fell Sunday night in Yankee Springs Township in Barry County. Police say one of the riders was hit by the branch, and the other rider aboard a ...

Bittersweet ending for Detroit Hardware Co.

By ALLIE GROSS Detroit Free Press AP Member Exchange DETROIT — The request was, perhaps, unusual. Janice Slappy was looking for a tool to cut a ring off of a dead person’s hand. Slappy’s mother had passed away a few days before. Somehow her mom’s wedding rings were overlooked ...