Michigan News

2 communities stop using water

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The residents of two Kalamazoo County communities were ordered to stop using their water for drinking or cooking after the discovery of high amounts of industrial chemicals. Michigan and county health officials said Thursday the water supply of the city of Parchment and ...

Detroit retailer seeks to block Eminem’s clothing trademark

DETROIT (AP) — Eminem has found himself in an unlikely battle: one over retail, not rap. Fashion designer Clement Brown of the Three Thirteen shop is trying to block Eminem’s trademark request for his apparel line, E13, the Detroit Free Press reported. Brown has held a trademark for his ...

GM sideswiped by trade war; cuts outlook as prices rise

NEW YORK (AP) — General Motors, facing rising commodity costs in a trade showdown with Europe and elsewhere, cut its outlook for the year. The diminished expectations overshadowed a strong second quarter and shares tumbled more than 7 percent in early trading. The rest of the auto sector was ...

Ford says restructuring to cost $7B over 3-5 years

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. said this week it is in the midst of a major restructuring of the company that will cost $7 billion in cash and hit pretax earnings by $11 billion over the next three to five years. But the company, which also reported a 48 percent ...

Anti-gerrymandering group airing 1st TV ad in Michigan

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — An anti-gerrymandering group on Tuesday began airing its first TV ad in a campaign to persuade voters to change how Michigan congressional and legislative districts are drawn, appealing especially to independents and Republicans by noting former ...

Michigan doctors to help at a Syrian refugee camp

By JUDY PUTNAM Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange EAST LANSING — What did you do on your summer vacation? A pair of married doctors from East Lansing will have a good answer for that this year. They are joining a large humanitarian effort to help Syrian refugees living in camps in ...

Hazardous spill closes road

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — A hazardous material spill has forced the closure of a road in central Michigan. Dow Michigan Operations says the spill occurred about noon Monday from a delivery truck on Saginaw Road in Midland. WJRT-TV reports that the spill occurred as the truck was turning into a ...

Security guard spat upon

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit business owner faces misdemeanor assault and battery after a security guard at the city’s popular Eastern Market says he was spat upon. The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says 50-year-old Robert Stanzler is named in a not-in-custody warrant. Stanzler of ...

Detroit gallery’s exhibit aims to spark STEM interest

By NOLAN RYAN The Detroit News AP Member Exchange DETROIT — An exhibit at a downtown Detroit gallery aims to fuse art and science to spark young people’s interest in high-tech, creative careers. The HUSTLE exhibit, which features interactive displays that combine technology and ...

Ailing auto CEO Marchionne had multiple roles, no script

By COLLEEN BARRY AP Business Writer MILAN— Sergio Marchionne’s achievements as one of the automotive world’s most charismatic chief executives include the bold trans-Atlantic merger of Italian carmaker Fiat and U.S. No. 3 Chrysler after he restored both to health. But Marchionne told ...

Home demolitions may create new problem: lead-tainted dust

By COREY WILLIAMS and MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press DETROIT — The nation’s largest home-demolition program, which has torn down more than 14,000 vacant houses across Detroit, may have inadvertently created a new problem by spreading lead-contaminated dust through some of the ...

$63K found in priest’s home ceiling

WILLIAMSTON, Mich. (AP) — State police say they discovered $63,000 hidden above ceiling tiles in the home of a Michigan priest who is accused of embezzling millions. The search was conducted Tuesday at the Rev. Jonathan Wehrle’s luxury home in Williamston. Police say money was in $2,000 ...

State aid lawsuits switches courts

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A lawsuit challenging Michigan’s ban on public aid for private schools is moving to federal court. The case was filed in state court in March by a Grand Rapids Catholic school, parents and some lawmakers. But it was withdrawn Tuesday after lawyers decided that federal ...

Groundbreaking ceremony held for new international bridge

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — U.S. and Canadian officials touted the friendship between the two countries while acknowledging the economic benefits a new international bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, will bring. A groundbreaking for the advance construction of ...

Prison guard lawsuit in timeout

DETROIT (AP) — A judge has agreed to a 90-day timeout in a lawsuit that accuses the Michigan Corrections Department of violating the rights of female prison guards. The U.S. Justice Department and the state will use the time to try to reach a settlement. Federal Judge Paul Borman signed the ...

Michigan spends almost $25M on Flint water crisis attorneys

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — New accounting figures show Michigan has spent nearly $25 million on attorneys handling cases involving the Flint lead-tainted water crisis. Data from Michigan agencies and the Governor’s Office show attorney spending has reached more than $24.8 million for the 2014 ...

Girl, 7, killed walking on interstate

ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — Police say a 7-year-old girl has been killed while trying to cross Interstate 94 after her father was involved in a drunken driving crash in suburban Detroit. The girl was hit by a car early Sunday near Detroit Metropolitan Airport. State police spokesman Lt. Mike Shaw ...

Survey of economists: US sales and employment likely to grow

By DEE-ANN DURBIN AP Business Writer DETROIT — Most U.S. business economists expect corporate sales to grow over the next three months and hiring and pay to rise with them. But a majority of the economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics say the corporate tax ...

Opponents speak out against anchor supports for pipeline

MACKINAW CITY (AP) — More than two dozen people spoke out at a public hearing against a proposal for more anchor supports in the Straits of Mackinac to bolster twin oil pipelines. Enbridge Inc. is asking the Department of Environmental Quality to allow installation of 48 additional supports ...

Final pitches in Flint water case

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A judge is hearing key arguments in the most significant criminal case related to Flint’s lead-contaminated water. The head of Michigan’s health department, Nick Lyon, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and other crimes. He’s accused of not timely alerting the ...