Michigan News

Theft of $86K brings probation

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former director of the Michigan Hispanic/Latino Commission has been sentenced to five years of probation for stealing nearly $86,000 that was set aside for a Michigan statue to honor farm labor leader Cesar Chavez. The Lansing State Journal reports 82-year-old Maria ...

A fish tale: Michigan native tells story of how salmon got to Great Lakes

By RJ WOLCOTT Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange HASLETT — Close to 10 million chinook and coho salmon swim in Lake Michigan, Lake Huron and Lake Superior. There were none when Howard Tanner started as the chief of the Michigan Department of Conservation’s Fish Division in ...

Michigan 1 of 5 states where GOP kept control despite losing

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan is among five states where Republicans retained control of the state House even though Democratic candidates won more votes statewide last fall, according to an Associated Press analysis. The House districts showed the fourth-highest GOP ...

Attorney slams Engler for attending game amid Nassar probe

DETROIT (AP) — John Engler’s front-row interest in Michigan State University basketball has led to a war of words over the former school president’s availability to speak to investigators about the Larry Nassar scandal . Things have become so nasty that Engler’s attorney has advised ...

Father charged in son’s death

PAW PAW, Mich. (AP) — A southwestern Michigan man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the fatal overdose of his 16-year-old son. Michigan State Police say 48-year-old Gary Birkhead of Bangor was arraigned in Van Buren County District Court Wednesday on charges ...

Body of baby found in car

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Police searching for a missing 35-year-old Michigan woman say they have found the body of her 6-day-old daughter in her car. Lansing police say Ashley Shade’s Toyota Camry was found parked Tuesday and that Shade has not been located. Shade and the infant were reported ...

House OKs subjecting lawmakers, governor to record requests

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — The Michigan House voted unanimously Tuesday to expand the state's open-records law to cover the Legislature and governor's office, moving to end the state's status as one of just two that wholly exempts both entities from disclosing communications ...

State gas prices at $2.59

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up about 7 cents from a week ago to about $2.59 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club said Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded is about 3 cents more than a year ago. AAA says the statewide ...

Presidential contenders O’Rourke, Gillibrand visit Michigan

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press CENTER LINE, Mich. — Democratic presidential contenders showed Michigan’s importance on Monday, campaigning early in a state that Donald Trump became the first Republican in decades to win. Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of ...

Benson discloses finances, urges lawmakers to require it

LANSING (AP) — Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson voluntarily disclosed her personal finances Thursday while calling on state lawmakers to make such reporting mandatory. The Democrat posted a financial disclosure form on her department’s website. It is modeled after the statement ...

Humane Society seeks release of dogs from Michigan lab

MATTAWAN, Mich. (AP) — The Humane Society of the United States is pushing for the release of three dozen dogs from a western Michigan laboratory, alleging that an undercover investigation found that they are being fed fungicides. The animal rights group on Tuesday released the findings of ...

Reports on Michigan child welfare ‘depressing,’ says judge

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan’s new governor has inherited a troubled child-welfare system that has failed to protect foster kids from abuse and operates with a faulty computer network that might need to be scrapped after just five years, experts reported Wednesday. A judge got an update on a ...

Prosecutor: officers justified

HARRISON, Mich. (AP) — A prosecutor says three central Michigan sheriff’s deputies were legally justified in the fatal shooting of an armed man who disregarded orders to drop his weapon. Clare County Prosecutor Michelle J. Ambrozaitis said Tuesday she has reviewed investigative reports ...

Chief: Probe finds racially divided Detroit police precinct

DETROIT (AP) — A second white Detroit police officer has been fired for misconduct after his partner posted a racist video online, and an internal audit found that racial insensitivity is a “dirty little secret” in the west side police precinct where both worked, the city’s police chief ...

Judge says panel had authority to complete oil pipeline deal

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — A Michigan panel’s approval of an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the Great Lakes will remain intact even though a state law set unconstitutionally long terms for authority members, a judge ruled. The Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority was created ...

Trump seeks cuts for cleanup of Great Lakes, other waterways

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY — President Donald Trump is making another attempt to slash federal funding that goes toward cleaning up major U.S. waterways including the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay, even though Congress has thwarted his previous attempts, ...

UAW chief raises strike pay, issues warning to automakers

DETROIT (AP) — The president of the United Auto Workers union warned automakers that the union is prepared to strike if it doesn’t get its way in upcoming contract talks. Gary Jones told delegates at the union’s bargaining convention in Detroit Monday that it would raise weekly strike ...

Honda to recall 1M vehicles

DETROIT (AP) — Honda is likely to recall around 1 million older vehicles in the U.S. and Canada because the Takata driver’s air bag inflators that were installed during previous recalls could be dangerous. Documents posted Monday by Canadian safety regulators show that Honda is recalling ...

Man arrested in dog fighting case

DETROIT (AP) — A 29-year-old Detroit man has been arrested after authorities found about 30 dogs and equipment used for dog fighting. The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says Sunday that the man is expected to be arraigned today in 36th District Court on animal fighting, cruelty to ...

Census grants provided

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-based philanthropy is providing grants to organizations seeking to promote and support a fair and accurate count in the 2020 U.S. Census. The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan says the funding is available for groups in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties ...