Michigan News

Michigan Senate OKs state ban on e-cigarettes for minors

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan lawmakers voted Tuesday to ban minors from using electronic cigarettes, hoping new Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is more receptive than her predecessor, who vetoed the legislation because it would have kept the products from being regulated like ...

Senate budget boosts roads, but far short of Whitmer’s plan

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING— A Republican-led legislative panel approved a transportation budget Tuesday with a $132 million boost in road spending, far short of the roughly $2 billion net increase Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is seeking over two years through a 45-cents-a-gallon fuel ...

Prosecutor: Shooting justified

SEBEWA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A prosecutor says a 69-year-old mid-Michigan homeowner was justified when he fatally shot a man who broke into his home and attacked him. Ionia County Prosecutor Kyle Butler ruled Monday that the homeowner acted in self-defense Jan. 1 and won’t face charges ...

State vulnerable to wildfires

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State officials say much of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula is at high risk for wildfires because of recent dry, windy weather. The Department of Natural Resources says areas of highest concern run from southwestern Michigan to the top of the northern Lower Peninsula. ...

Man stole $175K in benefits

DETROIT (AP) — A man who impersonated his late mother’s voice has pleaded guilty to illegally collecting $175,000 in Social Security benefits for nearly 16 years. Frank Johnson apparently fooled the Social Security Administration with the impersonation in 2013. But he admits a similar ...

A win for people who park too long: Tire marking thrown out

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — Marking tires to enforce parking rules is like entering property without a search warrant, a federal court said Monday as it declared the practice unconstitutional in Michigan and three other states. Alison Taylor had received more than a dozen $15 ...

Michigan adoption agency reverses LGBT policy

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — A major faith-based foster care and adoption contractor for the state of Michigan said Monday it will place children in LGBT homes, reversing course following a recent legal settlement. Grand Rapids-based Bethany Christian Services is responsible ...

Michigan AG plans crackdown on worker misclassification

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Monday her office will target businesses that cheat their employees of wages, pledging a forceful crackdown on what she called an under-the-radar problem that also lets companies dodge taxes. “Our ...

Doctor gets prison time

DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit doctor who admitted running an $18 million prescription drug scheme has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison. A federal judge on Wednesday also ordered Dr. Zongli Chang to pay a $1 million fine and forfeit $3 million. The Livonia man had pleaded ...

2 charged for firing at ATF agents

DETROIT (AP) — Two Detroit men are facing charges after allegedly opening fire on two Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents on the city’s east side. The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said Thursday that 21-year-old Kevin Keshawn Young and 20-year-old Aaron Marquis ...

Pilot hemp program started

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is launching a pilot program to aid farmers and processors interested in growing industrial hemp during the 2019 planting season. The U.S. government is implementing a national program to start in 2020. But the state already has the authority to grow industrial ...

Great Lakes data buoys deployed

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — As ice thaws around the Great Lakes, technicians are preparing to re-deploy buoys that gather a wealth of information for use in research, water safety efforts and recreation. About a dozen research institutions operate buoys in the lakes. Many of them provide data to ...

Michigan School for the Blind to reopen as housing next year

LANSING (AP) — The historic Lansing campus where the Michigan School for the Blind operated for more than a century is on track to reopen as a housing development by early next year. Indianapolis-based TWG Development is nearing the final phases of its $24 million plan to restore and ...

Michigan House targets unlicensed pot shops still operating

LANSING (AP) — Michigan lawmakers are intervening in a long-running legal dispute over unlicensed medical marijuana shops, pushing to enact a firm deadline by which the businesses must close or risk their ability to get a license. The House voted 102-4 Thursday in favor of legislation that ...

Canadian sentenced to life in prison for US airport attack

By ED WHITE Associated Press FLINT— A Canadian man convicted of terrorism for nearly killing a Michigan police officer while yelling “God is great” in Arabic was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday, after boldly declaring that he only regretted not having a machine gun during the ...

House OKs bill to forgive schools from making up snow days

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Schools exceeding the maximum number of snow days would not have to make up those that occur during a state-declared emergency under legislation the Michigan House approved Wednesday. The bill, approved 101-7, is aimed at aiding K-12 districts ...

Flint school locked down

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Police in Flint have arrested four people after a gunshot was fired outside a public charter high school. Deputy police Chief Devon Bernritter says the shot was fired about 10 a.m. Wednesday on the grounds of Flex High School of Michigan following “an altercation” ...

Former Michigan trooper convicted in teen’s Taser death

DETROIT (AP) — A former Michigan state trooper was convicted of involuntary manslaughter Wednesday in his second trial in the death of a Detroit teenager who crashed an all-terrain vehicle and died when he was shot with a Taser. Mark Bessner, who had a history of misconduct allegations ...

Whitmer forms task force to review jail, pretrial detention

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday ordered a bipartisan review of Michigan’s jail and pretrial detention system, saying the inmate population has nearly tripled over 35 years while the crime rate is the lowest in a half-century. The Democrat signed an executive order ...

Muskrat love: Detroit-area Catholics permitted to eat rodent

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit-area Roman Catholics have one more dining option during Lent than most other followers of the faith. The culinary appeal of that item, however, is up for debate. A long-standing permission allows local Catholics to eat muskrat — a furry, marsh-dwelling rodent native ...