Michigan News

Goats being put to work

ANN ARBOR (AP) — Goats have been invited to a feast at a popular Ann Arbor park. The Ann Arbor News reports that 10 goats will start roaming two islands at Gallup Park to eat invasive plants, starting Thursday. It’s being promoted as an efficient way to get rid of weeds and other ...

Warren builder helps construct NASA rocket to the moon

By BREANA NOBLE The Detroit News AP Member Exchange WARREN— Houston, NASA is ready for liftoff — well, almost, thanks to a Warren-based design and build business. Futuramic Tool & Engineering contributed more than 100 parts to the creation of a National Aeronautics and Space ...

AP Interview: Next MSU president says healing is underway

MACKINAC ISLAND (AP) — The next president of Michigan State University said healing is underway on campus following the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal, but he knows adequately addressing the fallout will be a critical part of his job. Dr. Samuel Stanley, who was hired this past week and ...

Whitmer on road fixes: No time to waste

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press MACKINAC ISLAND — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday that talks with Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature on her proposed fuel tax increase can “start in earnest” following the enactment of a bipartisan auto insurance overhaul, and there is no reason ...

Evacuation lifted in Lapeer

LAPEER, Mich. (AP) — Police have lifted a voluntary evacuation of downtown Lapeer, Michigan, after gasoline from an unknown source apparently leaked into the city’s sewer lines. Lapeer Police Chief Dave Frisch says the evacuation was lifted Wednesday afternoon after being in place most of ...

Michigan AG will move to shut pipeline in June if no deal

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Wednesday she will move in June to shut a Great Lakes oil pipeline if the governor cannot reach a resolution with operator Enbridge, saying the state is in “great peril” the longer the oil continues to flow under a ...

Life jacket loan station established

PORT AUSTIN, Mich. (AP) — It’s a sheriff’s version of a little free library. But in Huron County, the box holds life jackets, not books. A life jacket station has been set up in Port Austin at the tip of Michigan’s Thumb. Boaters can borrow a jacket before they head into Lake Huron. ...

MSU chooses Stony Brook president as next leader

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press EAST LANSING — Dr. Samuel Stanley Jr., a medical researcher who has led Stony Brook University in New York for nearly a decade, was named Tuesday as the next president of Michigan State University in the wake of the most extensive sexual abuse scandal in ...

Amash: ‘My job is to protect the Constitution’

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press GRAND RAPIDS — The only Republican in Congress to accuse President Donald Trump of impeachable conduct faced voters in his Michigan district Tuesday, receiving standing ovations from many who saluted his “courage” while sparring with some former ...

Want to wire the future?

ALPENA, Mich. (AP) — What’s hot at a northern Michigan community college? Climbing power poles. Alpena Community College reports a two-year waiting list for climbing courses in the school’s utility technology program. Classes are full for next fall and fall 2020 at 60 students ...

Meijer Gardens opens attraction

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in western Michigan has opened a new attraction — on the roof. The Stuart and Barbara Padnos Rooftop Sculpture Garden is located atop the recently completed 22,000-square-foot Covenant Learning Center. The rooftop ...

Camp Fish Tales commemorates 25 years

By ASHLEY SCHAFER Midland Daily News AP Member Exchange MIDLAND — Camp Fish Tales, a barrier-free camp that serves individuals with special needs, recently celebrated its 25th anniversary with an open house and 5K fun run. Located on 67 acres, Camp Fish Tales provides specialized ...

Officials say state employees improve prison food service

LANSING (AP) — Food service has greatly improved since Michigan dropped private contractors and put state employees again in prison kitchens, the Corrections Department says. The kitchens are cleaner and more fully staffed, and the meals are more likely to be served on time, spokesman Chris ...

Whitmer, lawmakers reach deal on auto insurance

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s Democratic governor and Republican leaders announced this morning that they’ve reached an agreement on legislation to cut the country’s highest insurance premiums. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a statement that the “agreement in concept” will “will lower ...

Tesla shares bounce on leaked memo

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT — Shares of Tesla, suffering one of the worst stretches in company history, rebounded Thursday after CEO Elon Musk told employees that orders are up. The company’s stock closed up 1.4% to $195.49 on a volatile day that started out with a loss. Tesla ...

Lawsuit filed to block new Michigan ballot requirements

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Voting-rights advocates and a campaign-finance ballot drive group sued Michigan’s top election official on Thursday, challenging Republican-enacted requirements that make it harder to qualify proposals for the statewide ballot. The lawsuit came ...

Searchers find small plane in Lake Michigan; 2 men missing

FRANKFORT, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have found the wreckage of a small plane that went missing over Lake Michigan with two men aboard. The Michigan State Police and Benzie County Sheriff’s Office say searchers found the plane Wednesday about 5 miles from the coastal city of Frankfort, in ...

Cambensy mining bill clears Senate Committee

LANSING — The Senate Committee on Natural Resources voted unanimously Wednesday to report House Bill 4227 to the full Senate with recommendation that it pass. Introduced by state Rep. Sara Cambensy, D-Marquette, in February, the bill would create the Committee on Michigan’s Mining Future, ...

GOP frowns on, but does not punish, Amash’s impeachment call

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top House Republican Kevin McCarthy pushed back Tuesday against Rep. Justin Amash and his call for President Donald Trump’s impeachment, saying the Michigan Republican is out of step with others in the party and with Americans. But the most conservative group of House ...

Seeing twisting road ahead, Ford cuts 7K white-collar jobs

DETROIT (AP) — Ford revealed details of its long-awaited restructuring plan Monday as it prepared for a future of electric and autonomous vehicles by parting ways with 7,000 white-collar workers worldwide, about 10% of its global salaried workforce. The major revamp, which had been under way ...