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Man gets 100 years for killing

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man convicted of killing and dismembering a woman was sentenced to at least 100 years in prison Thursday after the victim’s mother carrying her daughter’s cremains shouted at him: “You threw her out like trash.” Jared Chance, 30, had turned down ...

Senator: Whitmer-backed budget bill is ‘olive branch’ to GOP

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proposed undoing some of her budget vetoes Thursday, a move that a Democratic ally described as an “olive branch” to Republicans who run Michigan’s Legislature. Much of the proposed $476 million in supplemental spending ...

GM workers worry about paying bills as strike continues

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Nearly four weeks into the United Auto Workers’ strike against General Motors, employees are starting to feel the pinch of going without their regular paychecks. They’re scaling back at the grocery, giving up on eating at restaurants and some are taking on part-time ...

More cases of rabies in skunks

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Officials have confirmed two new cases of rabies in skunks found in suburban Detroit communities. Oakland County’s health division says Wednesday that the skunks were in Southfield and Farmington Hills and that rabies has been verified so far this year in eight ...

Recall drive started

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — Work has started on gathering petition signatures toward possibly recalling a Michigan lawmaker facing federal charges of trading votes for campaign money. Republican Rep. Larry Inman has denied any wrongdoing and has rebuffed a formal call from the Michigan House that ...

UAW official on leave

DETROIT (AP) — A Missouri-based official at the United Auto Workers who was charged with corruption last month has stepped away from the national organization. UAW officials said in a statement that Vance Pearson of St. Charles, Missouri, began his leave of absence Thursday. Pearson is the ...

GM-UAW talks take turn for worse; settlement not near

DETROIT (AP) — Contract talks aimed at ending a 21-day strike by the United Auto Workers against General Motors have taken a turn for the worse, hitting a big snag over product commitments for U.S. factories, a union official wrote in an email to members. The letter from UAW Vice President ...

Tests find no PFAS in deer from Michigan recreation area

COMMERCE TOWNSHIP (AP) — State health officials said consumption guidelines are not needed for deer harvested from Oakland County’s Proud Lake Recreation Area, northwest of Detroit. Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services said tests showed no per- and polyfluoroalkyl ...

Spending vetoed by Whitmer may be revived — if deal reached

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is not specifying which of the near-$1 billion in vetoed funding she wants to restore if a budget deal can be reached with the Republican-led Legislature. But a look at what the Democrat backed in her initial plan provides an ...

Dog leads rescuers to save woman

KALKASKA (AP) — Police say an unconscious woman was rescued from her burning home in northern Michigan, thanks to a barking dog and the courage of a state trooper and two brothers. The 62-year-old woman was pulled from her Kalkaska home on a second try Wednesday. Trooper Adam Whited, ...

Suit challenges changes to Michigan auto insurance law

LANSING (AP) — Crash victims and a brain-injury rehabilitation facility challenged Michigan’s new auto insurance law Thursday, contending that pending limits on reimbursement rates for nursing and other care violate their constitutional rights. The lawsuit, filed in Ingham County Circuit ...

Budget-weary lawmakers shift focus to non-budget issues

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Legislature’s top leaders met for the first time in a month Thursday but focused very little of their discussion on the messy state budget process, instead talking about criminal justice legislation. The meeting was ...

Whitmer: Budget vetoes may be reversed if GOP resumes talks

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called Tuesday for Republicans who control the Legislature to return to budget talks, hinting that her historic level of vetoes — nearly $1 billion worth — could be restored if a compromise is ...

A look at $625M in budget shifts made by Whitmer-led board

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday took the rare step of using a board to shift funds within 13 state departments, a day after she signed a $59 billion budget and vetoed nearly $1 billion in spending that had been approved by the Republican-led Legislature. The Democrat said she ...

House demolition investigated

DETROIT (AP) — Police in Detroit are looking into who demolished a house that a Michigan lawmaker and her nonprofit group were planning to rehab for a needy family. The case is being investigated as malicious destruction of property, according to Detroit police Sgt. Nicole ...

Motorists get eyeful of porn

AUBURN HILLS (AP) — Motorists traveling through a Detroit suburb were stunned to see a pornographic video playing on an electronic billboard. Auburn Hills police say the video played on the billboard along Interstate 75 in Oakland County for about 30 minutes Saturday night before the images ...

Michigan governor signs budget with $1B in line-item vetoes

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed the next state budget Monday hours before the deadline to fund government, while using line-item vetoes to block nearly $1 billion in spending proposed by the Republican-led Legislature. The Democrat enacted ...

2 more cases of rabies in skunks

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Oakland County health officials are confirming two new cases of rabies in skunks found in Southfield and Troy. The confirmations follow a report last week that a skunk’s carcass also found in Southfield, just north of Detroit, tested positive for rabies. In March, ...

Reward offered in cow shooting

NORWOOD TOWNSHIP (AP) — Authorities in northern Michigan are offering a $500 reward for information about the shooting of a cow. The Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office said that sheriff’s deputies responded in July to an animal complaint in which a Holstein cow had been shot. Police say ...

Detroit mayor being investigated

DETROIT (AP) — An inspector general’s probe into whether Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan gave preferential treatment to a health program involves over 400,000 pages of documents. The Free Press has sought records, including emails and financial reports, from the city’s Office of Inspector ...