Michigan News

Judge and civil rights icon Damon J. Keith dies at age 96

DETROIT (AP) — Judge Damon J. Keith, a grandson of slaves and figure in the civil rights movement who as a federal judge was sued by President Richard Nixon over a ruling against warrantless wiretaps, died Sunday. He was 96. Keith died in Detroit, the city where the prominent lawyer was ...

Priest sentenced for assault

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — A 72-year-old Michigan priest has been sentenced to two to 15 years in prison after pleading no contest to sexual misconduct. The Rev. Robert DeLand also will spend five years on probation under the sentence handed down Thursday. The Saginaw County prosecutor’s ...

Judge suspended without pay

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has ordered a 45-day unpaid suspension for a suburban Detroit judge who was arrested for suspected drunken driving before being elected to the bench. The court Thursday affirmed a decision by the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission that ...

Ford posts better than expected results in 1Q

DEARBORN (AP) —Ford earnings fell in the first quarter, but the automaker’s shares rallied in extended trading as Ford said a restructuring is starting to take hold. The Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker said Thursday that sales of pickups and sport utilities sparked an improved ...

Judges: Michigan must redraw congressional, legislative maps

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan must redraw dozens of congressional and legislative districts for the 2020 election because Republicans configured them to guarantee their political dominance over the last decade by unconstitutionally diluting the power of Democratic ...

State senate: Cut part of SOS budget to fund redistricting panel

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — The Republican-led Michigan Senate on Wednesday proposed cutting spending in Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s office to fund a new redistricting commission, a move she said violates the intent of the constitutional amendment ...

Michigan Senate votes to try 17-year-olds as juveniles

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING— Michigan would no longer automatically treat 17-year-old criminal defendants as adults under bills that cleared a significant legislative hurdle Wednesday and may soon reach the desk of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The Republican-led Senate, for the ...

Michigan Senate OKs state ban on e-cigarettes for minors

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan lawmakers voted Tuesday to ban minors from using electronic cigarettes, hoping new Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is more receptive than her predecessor, who vetoed the legislation because it would have kept the products from being regulated like ...

Senate budget boosts roads, but far short of Whitmer’s plan

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING— A Republican-led legislative panel approved a transportation budget Tuesday with a $132 million boost in road spending, far short of the roughly $2 billion net increase Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is seeking over two years through a 45-cents-a-gallon fuel ...

Prosecutor: Shooting justified

SEBEWA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A prosecutor says a 69-year-old mid-Michigan homeowner was justified when he fatally shot a man who broke into his home and attacked him. Ionia County Prosecutor Kyle Butler ruled Monday that the homeowner acted in self-defense Jan. 1 and won’t face charges ...

State vulnerable to wildfires

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State officials say much of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula is at high risk for wildfires because of recent dry, windy weather. The Department of Natural Resources says areas of highest concern run from southwestern Michigan to the top of the northern Lower Peninsula. ...

Man stole $175K in benefits

DETROIT (AP) — A man who impersonated his late mother’s voice has pleaded guilty to illegally collecting $175,000 in Social Security benefits for nearly 16 years. Frank Johnson apparently fooled the Social Security Administration with the impersonation in 2013. But he admits a similar ...

A win for people who park too long: Tire marking thrown out

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — Marking tires to enforce parking rules is like entering property without a search warrant, a federal court said Monday as it declared the practice unconstitutional in Michigan and three other states. Alison Taylor had received more than a dozen $15 ...

Michigan adoption agency reverses LGBT policy

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — A major faith-based foster care and adoption contractor for the state of Michigan said Monday it will place children in LGBT homes, reversing course following a recent legal settlement. Grand Rapids-based Bethany Christian Services is responsible ...

Michigan AG plans crackdown on worker misclassification

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Monday her office will target businesses that cheat their employees of wages, pledging a forceful crackdown on what she called an under-the-radar problem that also lets companies dodge taxes. “Our ...

Doctor gets prison time

DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit doctor who admitted running an $18 million prescription drug scheme has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison. A federal judge on Wednesday also ordered Dr. Zongli Chang to pay a $1 million fine and forfeit $3 million. The Livonia man had pleaded ...

2 charged for firing at ATF agents

DETROIT (AP) — Two Detroit men are facing charges after allegedly opening fire on two Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents on the city’s east side. The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said Thursday that 21-year-old Kevin Keshawn Young and 20-year-old Aaron Marquis ...

Pilot hemp program started

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is launching a pilot program to aid farmers and processors interested in growing industrial hemp during the 2019 planting season. The U.S. government is implementing a national program to start in 2020. But the state already has the authority to grow industrial ...

Great Lakes data buoys deployed

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — As ice thaws around the Great Lakes, technicians are preparing to re-deploy buoys that gather a wealth of information for use in research, water safety efforts and recreation. About a dozen research institutions operate buoys in the lakes. Many of them provide data to ...

Michigan School for the Blind to reopen as housing next year

LANSING (AP) — The historic Lansing campus where the Michigan School for the Blind operated for more than a century is on track to reopen as a housing development by early next year. Indianapolis-based TWG Development is nearing the final phases of its $24 million plan to restore and ...