Michigan News

Whitmer: Legislature must ‘get off the dime’ on road fixes

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING,— With her proposed 45-cents-a-gallon fuel tax hike stalled, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Tuesday that fixing the roads is still the “No. 1 issue” despite the Republican-led Legislature prioritizing an overhaul of Michigan’s car insurance ...

State gas prices fall 11 cents

DEARBORN (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are down about 11 cents from a week ago to about $2.80 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club said Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded is about 13 cents less than a year ago. AAA described the drop as a ...

Lawsuit over dead dogs settled

DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit has agreed to pay about $60,000 to settle a lawsuit with the owners of three dogs that were killed during a police raid. Attorney Christopher Olson says the deal was disclosed in federal court last week but still needs approval from the city ...

Holocaust survivor, former soldier have emotional meeting on Monday

By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press COMMERCE TOWNSHIP — A Holocaust survivor welcomed a U.S. Army veteran to her suburban Detroit home on Monday and thanked him for taking part in the 1945 liberation of the German concentration camp where she was being held. Sophie Tajch Klisman greeted ...

US agency scraps proposal to prevent unintended acceleration

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government is withdrawing a proposal to require all passenger vehicles to have safety systems to prevent unintended acceleration. The government said Monday the rule isn’t needed because the auto industry has installed systems voluntarily. The industry opposed the ...

Groups bringing national reparations debate to Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — Two national organizations pushing for federal legislation on reparations for descendants of African American slaves are bringing their agendas and messages to Detroit. The Detroit-based Reparations Labor Union has scheduled a summit in June, which later the same week will be ...

Michigan’s marijuana industry now has a regulatory referee

By AMY BIOLCHINI MLive.com AP Member Exchange GRAND RAPIDS— The man in charge of refereeing Michigan’s marijuana market isn’t one to reveal his personal opinions about the newly legalized drug. Andrew Brisbo is now officially the executive director of the renamed Marijuana ...

Presbyterian church in Albion founded in 1837 closes down

By KALEA HALL AND NICK BUCKLEY Battle Creek Enquirer AP Member Exchange BATTLE CREEK — The First Presbyterian Church of Albion has closed its doors after 182 years of ministry. More than 90 people gathered for the church’s final service, led by the Rev. Charlotte Ellison. Among the ...

Female police officers recruited

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Grand Rapids Police Department is recruiting female officers. The May 18 information session is a first by the Grand Rapids department, which has 44 female officers. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is aimed at women who have an interest in law ...

Records: 9-year-old boy charged in mother’s shooting death

FAWN RIVER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 9-year-old boy has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of his mother in their southern Michigan home, according to court documents. The woman was found early Monday morning in Fawn River Township, St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough told ...

Ex-mayoral spokesman Berg dies

DETROIT (AP) — Former Detroit mayoral spokesman and communications strategist Bob Berg has died following a battle with cancer. He was 76. Van Dyke Horn public relations firm Chief Executive Peter Van Dyke says Berg died Wednesday at his Detroit home. Berg served as press secretary from ...

Michigan House approves bill to cut auto insurance premiums

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — The Republican-led Michigan House early today approved a plan to reduce the state’s high auto insurance premiums, moving to no longer require that drivers buy unlimited medical benefits through their car insurer to cover crash injuries. The move ...

Kalamazoo schools leader chosen as state superintendent

LANSING— Michigan’s Board of Education on Tuesday chose Kalamazoo Public Schools Superintendent Michael Rice to lead the Department of Education, citing his track record of closing the “achievement gap” for minority students and his experience as an educator both in and outside the ...

Students kill classmate, injure 8 others

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (AP) — Two high school students shot and killed a classmate and injured eight others at a charter school in a Colorado community that marked the 20th anniversary of one of the nation’s worst school shootings just weeks ago. Douglas County sheriff’s officials said ...

Michigan Senate approves plan to cut car insurance rates

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s Senate passed legislation Tuesday aimed at cutting the country’s highest average auto insurance premiums by eliminating a requirement that drivers buy unlimited medical benefits to cover crash injuries. No other U.S. state has such a mandate. Motorists could ...

Great Lakes water levels surge, some record highs predicted

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY — Water levels are surging in the Great Lakes and likely will set records this summer, forecasters said Monday — a remarkable turnaround from earlier this decade that’s bringing welcome relief to shippers and marina owners, but ...

US Coast Guard Hollyhock sets buoy-tending record for ship

By BRIAN WELLS The Times Herald AP Member Exchange PORT HURON — Shortly after 8 a.m. recently, the U.S. Coast Guard Hollyhock and her crew, surrounded by fishing boats under an overcast sky, pulled away from the Algonac pier, embarking on a buoy-tending mission that would set a record ...

Michigan city asks full court to hear parking ticket case

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — A Michigan city on Monday asked a federal appeals court to set aside a recent decision and reopen a dispute over whether marking tires to keep track of illegally parked cars violates the U.S. Constitution. An attorney for Saginaw called it a case of ...

Alleged vandal pleads not guilty

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A 19-year-old man suspected of defacing the gravesite of former President Gerald Ford and first lady Betty Ford has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges. The Grand Rapids Press reports Christian Johnson entered the plea Monday to charges of larceny and ...

Michigan Legislature approves bill to forgive 4 snow days

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan schools would not have to reschedule up to four snow days that occurred during an artic deep freeze under legislation sent Thursday to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for her expected signature. The bill won final approval when Senate Democrats agreed ...