Michigan News

Cruelty charges filed in dogs case

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit prosecutor has filed animal cruelty charges against two brothers accused of hoarding 53 dogs before the animals were rescued. Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith told the Detroit Free Press that his office charged each of the men with one ...

Police: Couple thought murder plot would be untraceable on Snapchat

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — A woman and her boyfriend were deployed with the U.S. Army in South Korea when they conspired via Snapchat to kill her husband so she could claim the life insurance money, police in Michigan said. Berrian County Judge Sterling Schrock ruled Wednesday in a preliminary ...

Ford begins probe into whether gas mileage was overstated

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. has launched an investigation into whether it overstated gas mileage and understated emissions from a wide range of vehicles. The company said Thursday that in September, a group of employees reported possible problems with a mathematical model used to calculate ...

New attorney general to investigate priests, Nassar, Flint

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING— Michigan’s new Attorney General Dana Nessel said Thursday that an investigation into sexual abuse by clergy in the Roman Catholic Church will be lengthy and could uncover more than 1,000 victims in Michigan over the course of decades. Nessel, who ...

Whitmer keeps intact 2 environmental panels in new order

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday changed direction — for now — and issued an environmental order that keeps intact two business-backed panels that are charged with oversight of state rule-making and permitting. The move came less ...

Absentee voting option starts today

FLINT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Michigan voters can start casting an absentee ballot without giving a reason. Today is the first day residents can request to vote by mail in the May election. It is the first election since voters last fall approved no-reason absentee voting as part of a ballot ...

Michigan AG set to give updates

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s new attorney general is preparing to provide updates about state investigations of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal, Flint’s water crisis and clergy abuse in the Roman Catholic church. Dana Nessel took charge of the office in January. She will update ...

Woman killed 3 daughters, self

SOLON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a Michigan woman fatally shot her three young daughters in a wooded area with a bolt-action hunting rifle before driving home with their bodies and shooting herself. Kent County sheriff’s Sgt. Joel Roon identified them Wednesday as 28-year-old ...

Woman accused of keeping mail

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say they found nearly 15,000 pieces of undelivered mail at the suburban Detroit home of a U.S. Postal Service worker. A federal criminal complaint unsealed this week charges Tiara Vann of Macomb County’s Clinton Township with mail theft. Documents ...

GOP lawmakers ask Michigan court to rule on lame-duck laws

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Seeking to avoid a lengthy legal fight, Republican lawmakers on Wednesday asked the Michigan Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of their unprecedented strategy to preemptively approve citizen-initiated minimum wage increases and paid ...

State gas prices rise again

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up about 8 cents from a week ago to about $2.37 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club says Monday that it appears additional price increases could be on the way and that Michigan gas prices are the highest of 2019. ...

GM to invest in Lansing plant

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — General Motors says it will invest $36 million in its Lansing-area plant to prepare for future production of crossover vehicles. The Detroit Free Press reports GM CEO Mary Barra announced the investment Monday. The company didn’t disclose timing related to the Lansing ...

Florida company may build commercial eel farm in Michigan

ST. JOHNS, Mich. (AP) — A Florida-based company is considering building a $30 million eel farm in Michigan, which one state agriculture official said could be the first facility in the U.S. to commercially raise the long fish for food. Aqua Vida Aquaculture is considering land in an ...

Shepherd fire department conducts annual ice rescue drill

By ERIC BAERREN Morning Sun AP Member Exchange SHEPHERD — James Uthe, a Shepherd Tri-Township firefighter-paramedic was treading the freezing water in a hole cut through 11-inch ice to a pond about 15-feet deep. Aaron Lloyd, another firefighter, clipped Uthe to a two-keeled boat. ...

3 children among 4 dead after Michigan shooting

SOLON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say three children and a woman were found dead of apparent gunshot wounds at a home in western Michigan. Kent County Sheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young says authorities responded Monday to a property near Cedar Springs, a community about 30 miles (48 ...

Lawmakers may forgive snow days after frigid temps

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan lawmakers are considering whether to cut schools some slack after frigid temperatures and other weather caused a high number of snow days. State law forgives K-12 districts from making up six days that have been canceled for emergencies, ...

Property owners lose appeal

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge to a Saginaw ordinance that requires owners of vacant properties to allow the city to enter if the property becomes dangerous. Several owners refused to register and filed a lawsuit, saying they had no obligation to agree ...

U of M pulls in $5.28B in campaign

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan says it pulled in $5.28 billion during its multi-year fundraising campaign that wrapped up at the end of 2018. The Ann Arbor school earlier this month released the final results of its “Victors for Michigan “ campaign, which saw more ...

Actor Curtis Armstrong gifts film, TV mementos to Oakland U

OAKLAND, Mich. (AP) — Actor Curtis Armstrong is donating collectables from his 30-year career in film and television to the archives of his alma mater, Oakland University. Twenty boxes filled with annotated scripts, behind-the-scenes photos, contracts, actor interviews, press clippings, and ...

Help sought after dogs rescued

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit animal control agency is asking the public for help after rescuing 53 dogs from being hoarded. Macomb County Animal Control says the dogs were seized Wednesday while a Sterling Heights man was loading them into a moving van to take them to a ...