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Governor: Civil rights director should resign over comments

LANSING (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday that the state’s civil rights director should resign or be fired after he made inappropriate, offensive comments about women. Whitmer, who does not have the power to dismiss Agustin Arbulu, said she will no longer let him attend ...

Special needs Michigan man becomes Eagle Scout at age 61

By ZAHRA AHMAD MLive.com AP Member Exchange SWARTZ CREEK— Doug Cuthbertson is four decades older than an average Eagle Scout. The 61-year-old, who earned the high rank early this year, is among the roughly 100,000 special needs people who have participated in Boy Scouts of America since ...

Bridge tokens phasing out

ST. IGNACE (AP) — The Mackinac Bridge Authority says will no longer accept bridge tokens for tolls beginning Sept. 10. The authority on Tuesday announced the date. It decided last month to end their use in toll lanes because of declining use. Executive Secretary Kim Nowack says the ...

Whitmer says she, GOP leaders ‘desperate’ to avoid shutdown

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday that she and Republican legislative leaders are “desperate” to avoid a government shutdown, and she may propose a stopgap budget measure as long as there are “good-faith” negotiations about spending more to fix the roads. The ...

Ex-cop pleads in sex assault case

LANSING (AP) — A former police officer has pleaded no contest to charges that he attempted to kiss and molest three girls at a Lansing high school and in his patrol vehicle. Matthew Priebe will be sentenced in October on criminal sexual conduct, assault and battery and other charges. Priebe ...

Concert canceled after threats

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say telephoned threats about a possible mass shooting prompted the cancellation of a hip hop concert in suburban Detroit. The event headlined by Beast Coast was scheduled for Sunday night at Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill County Park ...

KKK item kept by officer probed

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A prosecutor says an internal investigation of a white police officer whose house had an apparent Ku Klux Klan document on display will help determine whether there will be further review of the officer’s 2009 fatal shooting of a black man. The Muskegon Police ...

Civil rights director under fire

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Calls for the director of the Michigan agency that investigates discrimination complaints to resign are growing as new details have emerged about inappropriate comments that he has admitted objectified women. The Civil Rights Commission reprimanded but didn't fire ...

Dansville’s Octagon house is a landmark steeped in rumors

By RACHEL GRECO Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange DANSVILLE — The aged, sepia-toned photograph shows a large, two-story house still standing on East Mason Street in its glory. A line of horse-drawn carriages, a woman in a white bridal gown sitting in one of them, are arranged in ...

Fiat Chrysler deal gives Detroit residents 1st crack at jobs

DETROIT (AP) — Marie Davis wants better medical insurance coverage. Jimmie Pleasant has been out of work for six months. Both are among the thousands of people who are looking for jobs with Fiat Chrysler under a city program that gives Detroit’s residents first crack at the application ...

Enbridge says gap opens beneath Great Lakes oil pipeline

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — Erosion has created a gap beneath an oil pipeline in a key Great Lakes channel that’s wider than allowed under an agreement with the state of Michigan, oil transport company Enbridge Inc. said Wednesday. The Canadian company said the opening between the pipe and the ...

House explodes on Detroit’s eastside

DETROIT (AP) — Fire officials in Detroit are investigating the cause of a house explosion on the city’s eastside. The explosion collapsed the home Tuesday afternoon and an ensuing fire scorched at least one neighboring house. No injuries were reported. Officials were looking into a ...

Developer prevails in site fight

GROSSE POINTE SHORES (AP) — A developer has prevailed in a dispute with residents of an upscale Detroit suburb over how many luxury homes should occupy a sizable portion of land in the community. An eight-bedroom 1940s mansion formerly sat on the 8 acres in question in Grosse Pointe ...

Judge to allow use of handwriting expert for Franklin’s will

PONTIAC (AP) — A Michigan judge agreed to allow a handwriting expert to examine wills discovered in couch cushions after Aretha Franklin's death. During a hearing Tuesday, Oakland County Probate Judge Jennifer Callaghan also placed administration of Franklin's estate under court supervision. ...

State gas prices fall 10 cents

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide have fallen 10 cents from a week ago to about $2.75 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club said Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded is about 17 cents less than a year ago. It adds prices could ...

Ex-UAW official sentenced

DETROIT (AP) — A former United Auto Workers vice president has been sentenced to 15 months in prison in a scheme that funneled cash from a job training center in Detroit toward personal uses. Norwood Jewell appeared Monday in U.S. District Court in Detroit. He is the highest ranking labor ...

Hearing set on Franklin’s will

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A judge is expected to consider a request for a handwriting expert to examine wills discovered in couch cushions after Aretha Franklin’s death. A hearing is scheduled today in Oakland County Probate Court, north of Detroit. A handwritten 2014 document shows Franklin ...

Ford shows most powerful street-legal Mustang with 760 hp

DETROIT (AP) — The most powerful street-legal Ford Mustang ever built will go on sale this fall. A 5.2-liter supercharged V8 will crank out 760 horsepower in the 2020 Shelby GT500. The new version has a beefed-up suspension and brakes. It also has a seven-speed automatic transmission that ...

Carson City graduate wins skeet championship with 1 thumb

By ALEX FREEMAN Daily News AP Member Exchange CARSON CITY — The thumbs up — a universal sign that everything is all right. On June 15, Aiden Adkins, 17, a recent graduate from Carson City-Crystal High School (CC-C), posed for photos with a championship belt buckle courtesy of the ...

Census grants awarded

DETROIT (AP) — Nearly $1 million in grants have been awarded to Detroit-area organizations seeking to promote and support a fair and accurate 2020 U.S. Census count. The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan says the grants range from $7,000 to $75,000. Funding runs through August ...