Michigan News

AP FACT CHECK: Tesla safety claims aren’t quite right

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT — For years, Tesla has boasted that its cars and SUVs are safer than other vehicles on the roads, and CEO Elon Musk doubled down on the claims in a series of tweets this week. The electric vehicles are under intense scrutiny from federal investigators, ...

$500M settlement reached with MSU in Nassar case

By DAVID EGGERT and ED WHITE Associated Press LANSING — Michigan State University agreed to pay $500 million to settle claims from more than 300 women and girls who said they were assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar in the worst sex-abuse case in sports history, officials said. The ...

Michigan cross removed from state land after complaint

GRASS LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A large white cross that’s been in Jackson County for nearly 70 years has been taken down after a complaint over the religious symbol standing on state-owned land. The Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists asked the state Department of Natural ...

Jury convicts Michigan man of killing gas station clerk

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP)  Jurors convicted a man Wednesday of kidnapping and killing a western Michigan gas station clerk whose body has never been found. The Muskegon County jury deliberated about 1Ω hours before finding Jeffrey Willis, 48, guilty of first-degree murder in the death of ...

Ford production resuming

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is resuming production of its F-150 pickup following a fire at a plant where parts for the vehicle are made. The automaker said on Wednesday that work will restart Friday at the Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan. Production of Ford’s Super Duty at its Louisville, ...

Murder convictions reinstated

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has reinstated the murder convictions of a man who was accused of killing two workers at a suburban Detroit store. The court says physical and circumstantial evidence against Lavere Bryant was “undoubtedly overwhelming.” The court says he ...

Newborn surrender bill OK’d

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s House has passed legislation that lets parents leave their newborns in secured boxes at hospitals, fire departments and police stations in addition to personally surrendering them to emergency services personnel and first responders. Lawmakers approved the ...

Police end dig for remains of missing girls

By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich.— Police looking for the remains of up to seven girls who have been missing for decades stopped digging Tuesday in suburban Detroit, suspending a multi-day effort while they decide whether to search elsewhere in Michigan or resume ...

Embezzler pleads guilty

DETROIT (AP) — A woman who worked for the city of Detroit has pleaded guilty to stealing $265,000. Masharn Franklin worked in Detroit’s audit and payroll department where she was in charge of garnishing money from the paychecks of city employees. The government says she came up with a ...

Gas fumes send 6 to hospital

CANTON, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say four firefighters are among six people who were sickened by carbon monoxide at a home in suburban Detroit. Canton Public Safety Director Joshua Meier says firefighters transported to a hospital Tuesday two workers, including one who was found unconscious. ...

Suspicious package closes court

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have reopened a western Michigan courthouse after locking it down while they investigated a suspicious package. The Kent County Sheriff’s Office says the 63rd District Court in Grand Rapids was locked down for about three hours Monday while deputies, ...

Search resumes for remains of up to 7 Michigan girls

By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich.— After a weekend break, police on Monday resumed digging in suburban Detroit in an area that could yield the remains of up to seven missing girls. Konnie Beyma, whose sister, Kimberly King, disappeared in 1979, visited the site ...

Schuette appeals ruling that blocks aid for private schools

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette on Monday appealed a judge’s decision to block $5 million in state spending to defray the cost of inspections and other government safety requirements at private schools, saying the expenses can ...

Calley blasts Schuette for keeping land deals outside trust

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press EAST LANSING — Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Calley lodged new accusations against gubernatorial rival Bill Schuette on Thursday, saying the attorney general was personally involved in the transfer of property in the U.S. Virgin Islands while all of his assets ...

No visible uneasiness over Ford cutback in F-150 production

DETROIT (AP) — There’s no apparent signs that Wall Street is worried about a plant fire that is forcing Ford to cut back on production of its F-150 pickup, the top-selling vehicle in America. The company suspended F-150 and Super Duty production in Kansas City, Missouri; Dearborn, Michigan; ...

Elections bureau rejects challenges to El-Sayed

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan’s elections bureau on Wednesday rejected challenges to the candidacy of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed, declaring that he has been a continuously registered voter in the state for 15 years. The challenges were brought ...

GOP candidates for Michigan governor meet in 1st debate

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Four Republicans running for Michigan governor made their case to voters in their first debate Wednesday night, agreeing on policy points while clashing at times over President Donald Trump, Flint’s water crisis and other issues. The ...

Michigan House passes post-Parkland school safety bills

By ALICE YIN Associated Press LANSING — Michigan’s House passed its first school safety initiative since the Parkland, Florida, mass shooting on Tuesday, advancing the state’s most sweeping campus security protocols yet. A bipartisan five-bill package to create a school safety ...

Police to resume excavation for remains of missing girls

MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities were set to resume excavation work in a wooded area northeast of Detroit for the remains of a 12-year-old girl and the bodies of up to six others missing for decades. Warren police, the FBI and other agencies started work at the site in Macomb ...

State Superintendent Brian Whiston dies at 56

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State Superintendent Brian Whiston, who led the Michigan Department of Education since 2015, has died. He was 56. The department said Whiston died Monday evening at his home, surrounded by family. He had gone on long-term disability leave Friday after being treated for ...