Michigan News

Students excavate sites by historic Port Huron lighthouse

By JACKIE SMITH Port Huron Times Herald AP Member Exchange PORT HURON — Students are getting elbows deep digging up artifacts at two sites by the Fort Gratiot Light Station. About a dozen undergraduate and graduate students from Central Michigan University’s archaeology field school ...

Snyder named Harvard fellow

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former Michigan governor who’s been criticized for his administration’s role in the Flint water crisis is headed to Harvard University to teach and study subjects related to state and local government. Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government announced ...

3 dead in multi-vehicle accident

CHIPPEWA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say three people including a 3-year-old child have died and four others were injured following a multi-vehicle crash in mid-Michigan. The crash happened Sunday afternoon in Isabella County’s Chippewa Township, near Mount Pleasant and about 120 ...

Michigan AG sues to shut down oil pipeline in Great Lakes

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan’s attorney general sued Thursday to shut down twin 66-year-old oil pipelines in the Great Lakes, saying they pose an “unacceptable risk” and the state cannot wait five to 10 years for Enbridge Inc. to build a tunnel to house ...

Michigan to pull plug on child-welfare computer system

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — The state of Michigan will pull the plug on a multimillion-dollar computer system whose poor performance has made it difficult to track progress in a yearslong effort to improve services to children in foster care, officials said Thursday. The head of ...

Prosecutors to speak of Flint

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Prosecutors who dropped charges against eight people in the Flint water scandal will talk about the decision in a public forum. Kym Worthy and Fadwa Hammoud will speak to the public tonight at a Flint union hall, two weeks after dismissing charges against former Michigan ...

Michigan officials: Testing will uncover more lead in water

LANSING (AP) — Michigan officials on Wednesday began raising public awareness of tougher sampling rules they expect to result in more drinking water systems exceeding limits for lead, a byproduct of new regulations enacted after Flint’s crisis. Samples now have to be taken not only from ...

Whitmer blasts lawmakers for ‘vacation’ without budget deal

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday criticized the Republican-led Legislature for starting a “vacation” without a spending deal that includes a major influx of new tax revenue to fix Michigan’s deteriorating roads and bridges. The Democrat held ...

Man charged in fatal shootings

HASTINGS, Mich. (AP) — A 63-year-old man has been charged with murder in the fatal shootings of two men in western Michigan. Jon Otis Barnett was ordered held on $10 million bond following a hearing Monday in Hastings. He faces assault and weapons charges as well, and authorities say he also ...

Michigan launches $2M education campaign to boost recycling

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan on Monday launched a $2 million educational campaign aimed at boosting the state’s low recycling rate and cutting the amount of materials improperly left in curbside bins. Just 15% of solid waste is recycled in the state, which is ...

Jury awards more than $3M in Michigan bogus epilepsy case

DETROIT (AP) — A jury on Monday awarded more than $3 million to a woman who was misdiagnosed with epilepsy, one of hundreds of people to accuse a Detroit-area doctor of misreading tests to enrich himself and his employer. Dr. Yasser Awaad was accused of running an “EEG mill,” a reference ...

Lt. Gov. Gilchrist, wife have baby

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist and his wife, Ellen, have announced the birth of their third child. Ruby Madeline Gilchrist was born last Wednesday at Henry Ford Hospital in West Bloomfield Township in suburban Detroit. Her father issued a written statement Monday — ...

Michigan residents killed in crash

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers have released the names of two Michigan residents killed in a weekend small airplane crash on the Kenai Peninsula. Troopers say the passengers killed in the crash of the private plane Friday night have been tentatively identified as 42-year-old ...

AP Interview: Top Dem says businesses, trucks must fix roads

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — With Republicans firmly opposed to a 45-cents-a-gallon fuel tax hike, Democratic lawmakers want businesses to do more to help fix the roads. A new $1.2 billion proposal from House Democrats would raise the state’s corporate tax, create a new ...

Were human remains found?

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials are questioning if crews digging water service lines in Flint near an American Indian burial ground found human remains after an inspector found work was being conducted without an archaeologist. The Flint Journal reports the inquiry in a June 18 letter ...

Twin brothers charged in assault

DETROIT (AP) — Twin 61-year-old brothers have been charged in an assault that took place earlier this month at a Detroit restaurant. Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy’s office says Dwight and Duane Samuels face assault with intent to murder and assault with intent to do great bodily harm, ...

U of M receives 2 $10M gifts

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan says it’s received two separate, $10 million gifts designed to benefit a campus library as well as its business school and film and television department. The Ann Arbor school’s William C. Clements Library has accepted $10 million from ...

Prosecutor reviews WWII veteran’s nursing home choking death

ANN ARBOR (AP) — Police have reopened the investigation into the 2015 death of a World War II veteran at a Michigan nursing home. Walter Jarnot, 89, died in September 2015 after he choked while eating at the Glacier Hills nursing home in Ann Arbor. Charles Jarnot said the nursing home told ...

Bay City woman, 98, sews to help those in need

By ANNA LIZ NICHOLS The Bay City Times AP Member Exchange BAY CITY — Victoria Williams tirelessly sews colorful garments for those in need. She’s 98 years old, but isn’t letting that slow her down. “Not to brag, but I can thread a needle first shot, every time, even now,” ...

Ohio says shutting Michigan pipeline would impact refineries

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Operators of refineries in Ohio are worried that a potential shutdown of a Great Lakes oil pipeline in Michigan could push up their costs or even force them to close. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine sent Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer a letter this past week asking her to not let ...