Michigan News

More funds for Great Lakes sought

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Advocacy groups are lobbying Congress to pump more money into programs to protect Great Lakes water quality. More than 100 representatives of organizations in the region are in Washington, D.C., this week for an annual gathering in support of funding for Great ...

Senate leader trashes Whitmer’s ‘stupid’ business tax plan

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — A top Republican lawmaker on Wednesday strongly criticized Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposal to raise taxes on some businesses to help ease the burden on retirees, calling it “stupid.” The Democrat’s budget proposal would reverse parts of a ...

Michigan official says evidence ‘compelling’ in murder case

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — Michigan’s new attorney general said Tuesday there was enough “compelling” evidence to file a murder charge in the disappearance of a suburban Detroit woman, even if the victim’s body hasn’t been found more than two years after she was last ...

Small town dealing with suicides

KINGSLEY, Mich. (AP) — Teachers in a small northern Michigan school district are being trained to watch for signs that could alert them to troubled teens. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports that three teenagers in the Kingsley area have killed themselves in less than eight months, the ...

Detroit developer re-creates castle-like James Scott Mansion

By CANDICE WILLIAMS The Detroit News AP Member Exchange DETROIT— Detroit developer Joel Landy said no one believed he could save the historic James Scott Mansion when he bought it from the city in the early 2000s. The castle-like, Romanesque-style building sat empty for decades, opened ...

Whitmer proposes $507M boost in K-12 spending

By The Associated Press Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today will propose a $507 million increase in state K-12 classroom spending in her first budget. Here are some details: ≤The plan will include $235 million in additional base aid along with $120 million more for special education, an ...

Michigan governor proposes nearly tripling the gas tax

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — New Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who campaigned on a bold promise to “fix the damn roads” in the capital of the U.S. auto industry, will propose nearly tripling the state’s per-gallon fuel tax, her office said Monday. The Democrat’s ...

Duggan to deliver State of City

DETROIT (AP) — Mayor Mike Duggan is expected to highlight city achievements and future plans during Detroit’s annual State of the City Address. The event is scheduled Tuesday evening at East English Village Preparatory Academy. Attendance is by invitation only. During last year’s ...

Rogers City company prioritizes fun time for employees’ families

By JULIE RIDDLE The Alpena News AP Member Exchange ROGERS CITY— Family, fun, and fish — it’s all in a day’s work at Carmeuse Lime and Stone. The recent wintery winds held off long enough for 39 children and grandchildren of employees at Carmeuse to spend a few hours throwing ...

Autoworker upheaval: Families split, children left behind

By JOHN SEEWER Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio — Hundreds of workers at four General Motors plants slated to close by January are facing a painful choice: Take the company’s offer to work at another factory — possibly hundreds of miles away — even if that means leaving behind their ...

Tesla to close stores to reduce costs for $35,000 Model 3

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tesla will only sell its electric cars online as it accelerates its cost cutting so it can realize its long-running goal of selling a mass-market sedan for $35,000. The change announced Thursday will allow the Silicon Valley automaker to begin selling its Model 3 for ...

Meadows, Tlaib hug after dispute over race in Cohen hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two lawmakers who clashed bitterly over race hugged it out Thursday on the House floor. Reps. Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan embraced and chatted for almost a minute as the House took its final votes of the week. It was a striking sight after ...

4th child dies due to fire

IMLAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — Police say a fourth child has died after a fire at a mobile home in Michigan's Thumb region. Imlay City police say Keyairah Kelley was just a month old. She and three other children died as a result of the fire early Tuesday, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) north of ...

US pedestrian deaths hit highest number since 1990

DETROIT (AP) — The number of pedestrians killed on U.S. roads last year was the highest in 28 years, according to a report from a safety organization. Using data reported by states, the Governors Highway Safety Association estimates that 6,227 pedestrians were killed last year. That's up 4 ...

Michigan’s oldest juvenile lifer, 74, to be released

DETROIT (AP) — A judge has cleared the way for the release of a 74-year-old man who is the oldest and longest-serving Michigan prisoner with a life sentence for murder as a teen. Sheldry Topp, who has been in prison since 1962, was resentenced Tuesday to 40 years to 60 years. He probably ...

Michigan man arrested for threatening Mississippi governor

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Michigan man has been arrested on charges that he made death threats to Mississippi's governor. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation said Tuesday that 48-year-old Harold Joseph Collins of Detroit has been charged with five counts of cyberstalking for threats made ...

Fiat Chrysler: $4.5B plan would add 6,500 Detroit-area jobs

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler on Tuesday announced a $4.5 billion plan that includes building the first new auto assembly plant in Detroit in almost three decades and increasing its workforce in the area by about 6,500 jobs, an investment officials touted as an uncommon opportunity to revive ...

Group to advise on marijuana laws

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A state agency is creating four groups to come up with suggestions on regulating marijuana in Michigan. The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs says one of the panels will represent those already licensed under the Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act ...

Adult foster death case to see jury

EAU CLAIRE, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan appeals court says a jury should decide whether an adult foster care facility contributed to the death of a 59-year-old man who was killed by a pickup truck. Michael Wrenn was dressed in dark clothes and walking alone on a Berrien County highway on ...