Michigan News

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 ...

Michigan AG: No abortion prosecutions if Roe is reversed

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s attorney general said Tuesday that she will not enforce a state abortion ban if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling. Democrat Dana Nessel, speaking at a Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan conference, told the crowd of abortion ...

Tunnel scheme earns prison time

DETROIT (AP) — A Canadian cab driver who made extra money by steering desperate immigrants to a railroad tunnel under the Detroit River was sentenced Monday to 16 months in a U.S. prison. Juan Garcia-Jimenez, a 53-year-old Canadian citizen who is a native of Guatemala, wept in federal court. ...

Aretha Franklin makes history with posthumous Pulitzer win

NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin is still getting R-E-S-P-E-C-T after death: The Queen of Soul received the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation honor Monday, becoming the first individual woman to earn a special citation prize since the honor was first awarded in 1930. The Pulitzer board said the ...

Faith-based adoption agency sues after Michigan settlement

LANSING (AP) — Faith-based adoption agencies sued the state of Michigan on Monday, challenging a settlement that prevents them from refusing to put children in LGBT homes for religious reasons. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed the lawsuit in western Michigan’s U.S. District ...

GOP states discover a tax hike they have to like: for roads

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — After passing waves of tax cuts in recent years, some lawmakers in several Republican-dominated states have decided it’s time to make a big exception and are pushing for tax increases to fix roads that are crumbling from years of neglect. In the ...

Bail policy challenged

DETROIT (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union says a Detroit court is violating the rights of poor people when they’re locked in jail without an ability to afford bail. The ACLU of Michigan filed a lawsuit Sunday to try to force changes at 36th District Court. The group says ...

Detroit students send postcards around the world

By SHAWN D. LEWIS The Detroit News AP Member Exchange DETROIT — Henry Heaselgrave painstakingly colors the feathers of the kingfisher bird a bright blue. More precisely, “it’s a belted kingfisher. We’re studying birds right now,” said Henry, 9, motioning to one of the bulletin ...

Iconic pier catwalk nears return to Lake Michigan shoreline

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — Lake Michigan’s shoreline will welcome residents and visitors this summer who want to stroll alongside Grand Haven’s long-awaited pier catwalk. Grand Haven City Manager Pat McGinnis recently announced that the iconic catwalk will return to its former home over ...

Attorneys seek 25 years for man in Michigan airport stabbing

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — A Montreal man convicted of stabbing a police officer at a Flint, Michigan, airport was in debt and saw the attack as a way to become a martyr while benefiting his wife and children financially through a life insurance policy, his attorneys wrote ...

State trims count of measles case

ANN ARBOR (AP) — Health officials are reducing their count of Michigan’s measles cases after additional testing determined two of the reported cases weren’t the highly contagious disease. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced today that the number for 2019 is 39, ...

Nestle pledges free water for Flint

FLINT (AP) — A bottled water company says it will keep free water flowing in Flint through August. Nestle Waters North America produces the Ice Mountain brand in western Michigan. The company said Wednesday it will continue to send bottled water to distribution sites in Flint. The effort ...

Alleged rape victim speaks publicly

EAST LANSING (AP) — A Michigan State University student is speaking publicly a year after filing a lawsuit against the school alleging that three former men’s basketball players raped her in 2015 and that she was discouraged by counseling center staff from reporting what ...

Woman sentenced in death of child

DETROIT (AP) — A woman will spend up to 15 years in prison after an 11-month-old girl drowned in standing water and sewage after falling through a hole in an upstairs floor and into the basement of a Detroit home. Tonya Peterson was sentenced Tuesday for involuntary manslaughter. Ca’Mya ...