Michigan News

Michigan nonprofit offers activities for all abilities

By STEPHANIE BRZEZINSKI Traverse City Record-Eagle TRAVERSE CITY— Arts for All of Northern Michigan has been around for 21 years, but the name changed a couple times before it became an independent nonprofit organization a few years ago. Despite these changes, Executive Director Grace ...

Michigan governor calls for upgrading security at schools

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan would spend $20 million to upgrade security at up to 400 schools, expand a tip line that lets students report threats and require schools to incorporate behavioral health assessments into their procedures under a plan Gov. Rick Snyder ...

3 dead after police chase

ROYALTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say three people are dead and fourth critically injured after a police chase and crash following a southwestern Michigan gun shop burglary. The Berrien County sheriff’s office says a break-in was reported early Sunday at Black Arsenal Gun Store ...

Garden Fresh Gourmet founders launch processing center

By SARAH RAHAL The Detroit News AP Member Exchange TAYLOR, Mich. — The founders of Garden Fresh Gourmet, the makers of salsa, chips and hummus who sold the company to Campbell Soup Co., have launched their next big project. Jack and Annette Aronson celebrated the grand opening of the ...

Man sentenced for sex trafficking

CHICAGO (AP) — A 32-year-old Michigan man has been sentenced in Chicago federal court to 45 years in prison for sex trafficking. Prosecutors say Fabrieal Delaney of Battle Creek used violence, threats and drug addiction to control victims, some of whom were minors. One said Delaney ...

Senate: Leave the pit bulls alone

By ALICE YIN Associated Press LANSING, — No bans on pit bulls allowed, Michigan’s Senate said on Thursday. The chamber voted 22-13 to prohibit local governments from dictating breed-specific regulations on dogs. The bill now heads to the House for consideration. About 30 of Michigan’s ...

Whitmer submits petitions to run for governor

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday filed 30,000 voter signatures to qualify for the ballot, pledging to make Michigan a state where young people stay and outsiders move to for opportunities. Flanked by ...

Michigan dairy farm shutters amid industry oversupply

ZEELAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan dairy farmer has auctioned off his herd of 230 cows after he was unable to absorb losses brought by the state’s oversupply of milk. Daybreak Dairy in Ottawa County shuttered after dairy farmer Nate Elzinga, 32, and his family couldn’t keep up ...

Thanedar spending $1M to air new gubernatorial ads

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Democrat Shri Thanedar said Tuesday he will spend $1 million to air 10 new TV ads in the governor’s race over the next two months, with an emphasis on giving positions on issues such as roads, education and the economy. The new spots will air ...

Deal aimed at helping Flint kids exposed to lead

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — Thousands of children who were exposed to lead in Flint’s drinking water would get access to more health screenings and education services under a deal announced Monday. Families will be encouraged to get kids signed up on a registry, which will ...

Man charged with shooting girl

DETROIT (AP) — A 24-year-old man has been charged in connection with the shooting of a 3-year-old girl outside a Detroit gas station. The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says Exel Taylor was expected to be arraigned Monday afternoon on three counts of assault with intent to murder and ...

Michigan family killed in crash

STERLING, Colo. (AP) — Officials have released the names of four members of a Michigan family who died in a crash with a semitrailer in northeastern Colorado. The Colorado State Patrol says 48-year-old Thomas Toth and 48-year-old Christina Daskas-Toth died early Saturday when their van hit a ...

Budtenders to be in high demand in Michigan

By KATHLEEN GRAY Detroit Free Press AP Member Exchange DETROIT — With medical marijuana on the cusp of becoming a bona fide industry in Michigan, the people who educate customers and sell the product in dispensaries — budtenders in marijuana lingo — will be in high demand. Across ...

Michigan’s top court hearing cases over guns, schools

By ED WHITE Associated Press ANN ARBOR — A gun openly carried by a spectator at a school concert in 2015 has turned into a major legal case as the Michigan Supreme Court considers whether the state’s public schools can trump the Legislature and adopt their own restrictions on ...

A look at the fallout from sports doctor scandal

By The Associated Press Numerous people have been fired or forced out of jobs in the wake of the scandal involving once-renowned gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, who is serving decades in prison for molesting athletes and for child pornography crimes. Nassar worked for both Michigan State ...

Shooter found incompetent

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — The attorney for a 19-year-old student accused of killing his parents at Central Michigan University says his client has been found incompetent to stand trial. Court-appointed attorney Joshua Blanchard says James Davis Jr. was found incompetent to stand trial ...

Ex-Ford employee awarded nearly $17 million in discrimination suit

DETROIT (AP) — A jury has awarded nearly $17 million to a former Ford engineer who sued the automaker for discrimination because he says two supervisors repeatedly berated and criticized him for his Arab background and accent. On March 28, a federal jury in Michigan ruled that Faisal Khalaf ...

Deer mount returned to family after nearly 4 decades

By BLAKE BACHO The Monroe News MONROE, Mich. — The 9-point buck peers stoically out of a corner of Harold Kleinow’s dining room. His head is turned just slightly to the left, and the antlers resting atop his brow are almost unbelievably thick. The mounting is a modern style, with the ...

Michigan church restored in time for Easter Sunday

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Some Michigan churchgoers received an Easter surprise when their century-old sanctuary re-opened its doors more than a year after a wind storm tore through the building. Members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Lansing expected to attend Easter mass in the reception ...

State OKs water for Nestle

OSCEOLA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials have approved a permit allowing Nestle Waters North America Inc. to pump more groundwater for its Ice Mountain brand. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality ruled Monday the company’s application to increase water output to 400 ...