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Michigan students highlight racism after group chat incident

SALINE, Mich. (AP) — Black students at a predominantly white suburban Detroit high school say they are commonly subjected to racist remarks like those that white classmates posted online this week. During the Saline board of education’s meeting on Tuesday, Saline High School teacher Matt ...

Michigan ballot law changes struck down by a 2nd court

LANSING (AP) — Another Michigan court has vacated changes to the state’s ballot drive law, declaring that a geographic limitation on collecting petitions unconstitutionally takes power out of the hands of voters. The state appeals court, in a 2-1 decision Monday, affirmed a lower judge. It ...

GM to invest $2.2B in Detroit to build electric vehicles

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is spending $2.2 billion to refurbish an underused Detroit factory so it can build a series of electric and self-driving vehicles, eventually employing 2,200 people. GM said in a statement Monday that the factory will start building the company’s first ...

State mental health hotline coming

LANSING (AP) — Michigan will create a statewide mental health hotline under legislation signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The telephone referral system will be available 24 hours a day, seven days of week and refer people experiencing a mental health crisis to service providers. A spending ...

Early voting is underway in Michigan’s presidential primary

LANSING (AP) — Voting is underway in Michigan’s presidential primary more than a year after the option was greatly expanded through the passage of a ballot measure, though many Democrats vying for the nomination remain focused — for now — on Iowa and other early states. The 45-day ...

3rd woman accuses Michigan lawmaker of sexual harassment

LANSING (AP) — A third woman in two weeks has publicly come forward with sexual harassment allegations against a Michigan state legislator, according to a published report Sunday. Melissa Osborn, who works as a regulatory affairs specialist for a trade group, told Crain’s Detroit Business ...

Newspaper sues school district

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — A Michigan newspaper has sued Traverse City Area Public Schools for allegedly disregarding transparency laws related to the unexpected resignation of the former superintendent. The lawsuit filed Friday by the Traverse City Record-Eagle alleged the district misused closed ...

Man loses ‘bright lights’ appeal

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Bright lights — long prison stay. Police had probable cause to pull over a man who was driving in Ypsilanti with his high beams on, a stop that led to the discovery of cocaine, an outstanding arrest warrant — and ultimately a 10-year prison sentence, an appeals ...

Michigan lawmaker says senator harassed her at orientation

LANSING (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker alleged Tuesday that a fellow legislator sexually harassed her during a Capitol orientation 14 months ago, coming forward a week after a young female reporter said the same senator made a sexist comment to her before a group of high school boys. Sen. ...

Camera case to go to trial

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — A southeastern Michigan man is heading to trial for allegedly hiding cameras disguised as USB chargers in the bathrooms of several restaurants. Brad R. Szachta of Ypsilanti waived preliminary examination last Thursday and is scheduled for a Feb. 24 pretrial hearing ...

Some lawmakers favor moose hunt

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Some Michigan lawmakers believe the federal government should open Isle Royale National Park to moose hunters. MLive.com reports that the House Natural Resources Committee heard testimony last week on a resolution supporting a limited moose hunt on the Lake Superior ...

Michigan spends $4.6 million to swap parolee ankle bracelets

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A technology change is forcing Michigan's corrections department to spend about $4.6 million to more than 4,000 parolees and others under state supervision with new ankle monitors. According to Mlive, Michigan Department of Corrections Public Information Officer Chris ...

Michigan spends $4.6 million to swap parolee ankle bracelets

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A technology change is forcing Michigan's corrections department to spend about $4.6 million to more than 4,000 parolees and others under state supervision with new ankle monitors. According to Mlive, Michigan Department of Corrections Public Information Officer Chris ...

Some lawmakers favor moose hunt

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Some Michigan lawmakers believe the federal government should open Isle Royale National Park to moose hunters. MLive.com reports that the House Natural Resources Committee heard testimony last week on a resolution supporting a limited moose hunt on the Lake Superior ...

Men found shot to death in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — An officer found one man shot to death inside a car and another on the ground nearby in Detroit early Monday, police said. According to police, an officer found the bodies after responding to a call that a car had hit a fence shortly after 2 a.m. on the city’s east ...

Boy, 16, charged in sister’s death

ITHACA, Mich. (AP) — A 16-year-old boy has been charged with murder in the death of his 11-year-old sister who was shot last August at their home in mid-Michigan. Corbin Redman appeared Friday in a Gratiot County court. He was released with an electronic tether and must be supervised by his ...

Superintendent will be paid

KALKASKA, Mich. (AP) — A school district in northern Michigan will pay its superintendent while he's on leave after prosecutors dropped felony charges against him and filed misdemeanors. Terry Starr is accused of sending anonymous letters to Elk Rapids school officials in 2018, accusing a ...

Macomb County takes steps to create public defender office

MOUNT CLEMENS (AP) — Michigan’s third-largest county has taken steps to create a public defender office, which county officials hope will address concerns with representing those who can’t afford attorneys. Macomb County posted an administrator job for the office, which drew 51 ...

US marks King holiday amid fears of deep racial divisions

DETROIT (AP) — To commemorate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Nicholas Thomas and more than 100 other volunteers will board up vacant houses, install school safety signs and make other improvements to a Detroit neighborhood. Their mission is to celebrate King's legacy by being good neighbors ...

Whitmer prepares road ‘triage’ plan that may trim $2.5B ask

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING— There is a ray of good news as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer prepares to renew her push for major new spending to fix Michigan’s roads and bridges: Republican legislative leaders say addressing the funding is a priority for them, too. But beyond that, ...