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Whitmer: Update on Flint water crisis probe to come in 2020

FLINT (AP) — An update is expected at the start of 2020 regarding a criminal investigation into the Flint water crisis that was one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in U.S. history, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said. Whitmer told MLive.com on Tuesday that she trusts ...

Detroit Red Wings call up goalie Calvin Pickard from Grand Rapids

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings recalled goalie Calvin Pickard from Grand Rapids of the AHL. The Red Wings announced the move Thursday. Pickard played one game for the Red Wings earlier this season, a loss at Philadelphia on Nov. 29. The 27-year-old Pickard has played in 105 NHL games, ...

Trump takes swipe at late Michigan lawmaker

BATTLE CREEK (AP) — President Donald Trump took a swipe at the late Rep. John Dingell during his raucous impeachment-day rally on Wednesday, drawing a quick rebuke from the longtime Michigan congressman's widow and successor in the House. Trump told the Battle Creek rally that Debbie Dingell ...

Whitmer works on new roads plan, warns of budget pressures

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday that she is working on an alternative road-funding plan to promote in her second year in office after the Legislature rejected a proposed 45-cents-a-gallon fuel tax increase, but she did not release details. In a year-end roundtable with ...

Motorist, 90, hits buggy, leaves

MARLETTE, Mich. (AP) — Police in Michigan's Thumb region say a 90-year-old motorist crashed into a horse-drawn buggy in broad daylight and then continued home without stopping. Michigan State Police said Monday afternoon's hit-and-run crash in Sanilac County's Marlette Township left the sole ...

Ford to add 3,000 jobs in the Detroit area, invest $1.45B

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is adding 3,000 jobs at two factories in the Detroit area and investing $1.45 billion to build new pickup trucks, SUVs, and electric and autonomous vehicles. The company said Tuesday that about $750 million will go the Michigan Assembly Plant in the Detroit ...

Michigan sues opioid distributors under drug dealer law

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan on Tuesday sued four companies over the deadly painkiller epidemic, becoming what state Attorney General Dana Nessel said is the first state to sue major opioid distributors under a liability law that is typically used to go after drug ...

Jury convicts man in slaying

EAST LANSING (AP) — A man was found guilty of murder Tuesday in the fatal shooting of a Michigan State University student outside an off-campus apartment building. Isai Berrones, 22, of Alamo, Texas, was shot while trying to break up a fight between women in October 2018. Investigators said ...

Long prison sentence upheld for doctor who hurt patients

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — A federal appeals court affirmed a nearly 20-year prison sentence for a doctor who performed unnecessary spinal surgeries in California and Michigan, procedures that were described by prosecutors as "plain butchery." Aria Sabit acknowledged the awful ...

Michigan Rep. Slotkin says she will vote to impeach Trump

ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) — Rep. Elissa Slotkin, a freshman Democrat who flipped a Republican seat in battleground Michigan, said Monday she will vote to impeach President Donald Trump, defending her position during a rowdy town hall. Slotkin, who first announced her decision in an op-ed in the ...

1 killed, 3 hurt in rollover crash

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — One person was killed and three more were injured early Sunday during a car crash in southwestern Michigan, authorities said. According to a statement from the St. Joseph Public Safety Department, the crash occurred before 6:30 a.m. Sunday. Authorities believe two ...

Narrow server farm vote shows legislative rift on tax breaks

LANSING (AP) — A razor-thin legislative vote on tax breaks for a Grand Rapids-area data center could portend problems for other companies or industries hoping to secure incentives to stay in or expand into Michigan. In the Republican-led Legislature’s final days of voting this year, it was ...

Woman’s body found in snowy rural area

MAPLE CITY (AP) — A woman's body was dragged over a snowy hill and left in a rural area in northern Michigan, police said. Leelanau County Sheriff Mike Borkovich said investigators are treating it as a homicide. Authorities in the Maple City area, northwest of Traverse City, were called ...

Benson: 30-minute promise is kept — with an appointment

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said Thursday that people who book an appointment will get in and out of branch offices within half an hour, but that guarantee does not apply to those who show up without one. Benson, who campaigned on a ...

Michigan is poised to legalize sports, online gambling

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan’s Legislature voted Wednesday to legalize sports betting and internet gambling, expanding options for gamblers in a state with three commercial casinos in Detroit and two-dozen tribal casinos elsewhere. The bills reflect a compromise ...

Michigan ore boat worker drowns

BURNS HARBOR, Ind. (AP) — A Michigan woman who was a deckhand on an ore boat has died after falling into Lake Michigan at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor, authorities said. Sara Murawski, 30, of Kinde, Michigan, had just completed a work trip of several weeks and was onshore retrieving her ...

Man’s body recovered

CARO, Mich. (AP) — Police have recovered the body of a man whose truck was found submerged in a ditch in Michigan’s Thumb region. Tuscola County Sheriff Glen Skrent said the body of John Loughner, 44, was found around Monday about a quarter-mile from where his truck went into a ditch about ...

Michigan Senate panel OKs sports betting, online gambling

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan would legalize sports betting and internet gambling under bills approved Tuesday by a legislative panel, as lawmakers worked to send the measures to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer by week’s end. The Senate Regulatory Reform Committee voted ...

Legislature OKs restoring over half of vetoed funds

LANSING (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Legislature on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted to restore more than half of the state funding that Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed, largely resolving a protracted budget process that broke down over fixing aging roads and morphed into a fight ...

Amid climate change concern, GM rolls out big new Chevy SUVs

MILFORD (AP) — Global concerns about climate change are not stopping General Motors from making large SUVs for U.S. drivers. GM on Tuesday rolled out the next generation of its big truck-based SUVs with more space and features. They’re also heavier with only a small improvement in gas ...