Michigan News

Disasters declared in 17 counties

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Disaster declarations have been made for 17 Michigan counties and two cities hit hard by recent flooding from heavy rain and melting snow. Gov. Rick Snyder’s office says Monday’s declarations make state resources available to those areas, including grants of up to ...

Universities seek delay on Nassar-inspired bills

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan’s 15 public universities on Monday asked the Legislature to delay voting on bills inspired by the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case, expressing concern about measures that would retroactively extend the time victims would have to file ...

Woman’s body found in alley

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Police say a woman’s body has been found in a Grand Rapids alley in an incident they call suspicious. Grand Rapids police Lt. Pat Merrill says officers found the body around 8 a.m. Sunday. He says investigators are waiting for the medical examiner to determine ...

Man struck by vehicle, killed

SPARTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 41-year-old western Michigan man who was involved in a crash has died after being struck by a vehicle north of Grand Rapids. Kent County sheriff’s deputies say the Jenison man had been driving a pickup truck that crashed and overturned before ...

Michigan brewing company overcomes obstacles, keeps growing strong

By DAN NIELSEN Traverse City Record Eagle AP Member Exchange TRAVERSE CITY— Joe Short hopes his two sons will take over the family business. But it may be awhile — they’re just 6 and 8 years old. Short and his wife, Leah, own Short’s Brewing Company. He spoke at the February ...

Man charged in mom, sister deaths

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — A man who authorities say set a fire in Michigan that killed his mother and sister has been charged in the deaths. The Saginaw News reports 38-year-old Jason Enrico Desmone was arraigned Thursday on charges including first-degree murder. He’s accused in the Feb. 12 ...

US auto sales fell 2 percent in February

By TOM KRISHER and DEE-ANN DURBIN AP Auto Writers DETROIT — U.S. sales of new cars and trucks tailed off in February as automakers eased up on discounts. Sales fell 2 percent from last February to 1.3 million, according to Autodata Corp. Among major automakers, only Toyota, Subaru and ...

Family says district didn’t address alleged assault

CALEDONIA, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan family says a school district didn’t properly respond to an alleged physical assault of a 14 year old girl who sought hugs from fellow students on National Hug Day. Duncan Lake Middle School student Adrien Mahoney was seeking hugs from fellow students for ...

Ex-firefighter sentenced for arson

PAW PAW, Mich. (AP) — A former firefighter who confessed to lighting seven structures on fire in Michigan will spend at least six years in prison. Kyle David Norden, 40, was sentenced Monday in Van Buren County Circuit Court to six to 20 years in prison for arson, The Herald-Palladium ...

Ford and Miami to form test bed for self-driving cars

By DEE-ANN DURBIN AP Auto Writer DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. is making Miami-Dade County its new test bed for self-driving vehicles. The automaker and its partners — Domino’s Pizza, ride-hailing company Lyft and delivery company Postmates — are starting pilot programs to see how ...

Michael Fulmer strong in Detroit Tigers’ exhibition win

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Baltimore starter Kevin Gausman was tagged for five runs and six hits in 1 1/3 innings as the Detroit Tigers defeated the Orioles 8-6 in a spring training game on Monday afternoon. Gausman also collided with Detroit’s on-deck batter while backing up a play at the ...

Mass. firemen help Michigan mom

WAYLAND, Mass. (AP) — A team of firefighters from Wayland, Massachusetts, is being praised for coming to the aid of a woman about 800 miles away in Wayland, Michigan, who contacted them via Facebook in a panic to say her son was choking. The Massachusetts department’s Facebook page isn’t ...

Man donates Holocaust photos, uncle’s diary, to museums

By JOHN MATUSZAK The Herald-Palladium AP Member Exchange ST. JOSEPH, Mich. — Loren Allison was drafted into the Army during World War II in 1944, at age 18, and arrived in Europe in spring 1945, as combat with the Germans was coming to a close. “He joked that when the Germans heard he ...

Nassar victims help unveil sweeping childhood sexual abuse legislation

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich.— Victims of imprisoned former sports doctor Larry Nassar helped unveil what they described Monday as a sweeping rewrite of Michigan laws related to childhood sexual abuse, saying the changes would ease the ability to stop abuse and bring ...

Michigan’s elected delegation reacts to Trump’s speech

By LISA BOWERS Mining Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Federal lawmakers representing the Upper Peninsula had varied responses to President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address Tuesday, expressing concerns about veteran health care, fair wages and the opioid crisis — but the ...

Engler to lead Michigan State

LANSING (AP) — Michigan State University is turning to a hard-nosed former governor and alumnus to right the ship following scathing criticism over former doctor Larry Nassar’s ability to molest young female athletes for decades under the guise of medical treatment. John Engler, 69, led ...

Nassar to face another sentence

By ED WHITE and DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Larry Nassar, the sports doctor accused of sexually assaulting more than 150 women and girls, will be confronted again by scores of victims as he faces another prison sentence for molesting gymnasts, this time at an elite Michigan ...

Tigers caravan hits the road

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT— The Detroit Tigers have started their winter caravan, an annual reminder that spring training isn’t far off. It’s a chance for fans to start thinking about baseball again — but this season, their hopes and expectations may be a bit ...

Dow Chemical wins key ruling

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — A decision by the Michigan Supreme Court means that property owners along the Tittabawassee River might have waited too long to sue Dow Chemical over dioxin contamination. In an order this week, the court sent a lawsuit back to a Saginaw County judge for more work to ...

Detroit-area bank hostage situation ends peacefully

CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A hostage situation at a suburban Detroit bank lasted more than four hours Thursday before ending peacefully with a suspect in custody, authorities said. A man armed with a handgun who had announced a robbery surrendered after releasing his hostages Thursday ...