Michigan News

Whitmer denies GOP ad alleging refusal to prosecute Nassar

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Democrat Gretchen Whitmer on Friday tearfully denied Republicans’ allegation that she refused to prosecute disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar for sexual assaulting gymnasts and other victims before the charges were brought by Michigan ...

Michigan AG launches priest probe after Pennsylvania report

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — Attorney General Bill Schuette is investigating possible sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in Michigan, joining authorities in other states that have launched similar probes since a Pennsylvania grand jury report said more than 1,000 children ...

2 critically injured in explosion

HARPER WOODS, Mich. (AP) — Police say two people were critically injured by a suspected natural gas explosion that leveled a home in suburban Detroit and shook the surrounding neighborhood. The explosion was reported Friday morning in Harper Woods near Interstate 94. Police say dozens of ...

Flint historic union hall transformed into nightclub

FLINT — The United Auto Workers Local 599 building has stood on East Leith Street on Flint’s north end for more than 60 years. Now, it’s getting a new life as a nightclub and event center, the Flint Journal reported. Once serving as the largest local union in the world, Local 599 ...

‘Tough broad’ survives attack

LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) — Two people have been charged with stealing the car of an 88-year-old suburban Detroit woman who emerged from the attack with bruises but plenty of spunk. Gloria Kevelighan says, “I’m a tough broad.” Kevelighan was attacked Tuesday after parking in a handicapped ...

Lansing murals share stories, connect community

By VICKKI DOZIER The Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange LANSING — At night, LED lights highlight the beauty of the four murals painted under the bridge where U.S. 127 crosses above Michigan Avenue. Two sections are Lansing-themed, entitled “Work” and “Play.” The ...

High lead, copper in schools’ water

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Public Schools says elevated levels of lead or copper have been found in water fixtures at 57 of 86 schools tested so far. The district announced the latest test results Wednesday. They showed 33 of the 52 schools tested have elevated levels of copper and/or lead. ...

State sued over records about allegations at boys home

DETROIT — Gov. Rick Snyder's administration is withholding key documents about abuse allegations at a Detroit home for boys, according to a lawsuit from a group that protects the rights of the developmentally disabled. Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, known as MPAS, filed a lawsuit ...

ArtPrize marks 10th year

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The 10th international ArtPrize competition is kicking off its run in western Michigan. The event starts today and goes through Oct. 7. It features the work of more than 1,400 artists at more than 160 venues vying for $500,000 in cash prizes. ArtPrize officially ...

Leonard: Nessel ‘unfit’ to be AG due to abusive campaign

LANSING, Mich. — Republican Tom Leonard said Monday that his Democratic opponent, Dana Nessel, is “unfit” to be Michigan’s attorney general because of allegations that she verbally abused campaign staffers and created a toxic, fear-based working environment. Leonard held a news ...

Nonprofit records reading to connect inmates with their own children

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Connie Eisenhart, of Traverse City, founded the nonprofit Remain in Touch in May 2016. Eisenhart, a retired teacher, said she decided to start the program in Leelanau County after seeing a similar program downstate. Remain in Touch aims to connect inmates with their ...

Sheriff sues over missing parts

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A sheriff in western Michigan says a Lake Michigan patrol boat is missing key equipment, two years after it was delivered at a cost of $600,000. Muskegon County Sheriff Michael Poulin is suing the California company that made the boat. The lawsuit says equipment worth ...

Funeral plans set for Michigan teen stabbed at school

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — Visitation and funeral arrangements have been set for a 16-year-old Detroit-area girl who was fatally stabbed by a classmate during a fight at school. Visitation for Danyna Gibson will be held Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Hutchison Funeral Home in Detroit. Her ...

Michigan 13-year-old owns baking business, competes on TV

SAGINAW TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Kamryn Chasnis owns a baking business, teaches cooking classes, writes a recipe column and has competed in two culinary competitions on television shows. And she’s only 13 years old. “I’ve always loved cooking and baking,” said the Saginaw Township ...

Former film student reviews video for Michigan prosecutors

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. — When Jacob Hughes majored in film, he wasn’t expecting to put his college degree to use in a prosecutor’s office. But since early December 2017, he’s done just that. Hughes spends his days in the Berrien County Prosecutor’s Office sorting through video that will ...

Was driver who killed cyclist drunk?

BERRIEN SPRINGS, Mich. (AP) — Police say the driver of an SUV that struck and killed a bicyclist in Berrien Township had a blood-alcohol content more than three times the legal limit when she was arrested hours later. MLive.com reports 32-year-old Todd Harrington of Berrien Springs was ...

Bodies found in home on fire

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Police say the bodies of a man and woman have been found shot to death inside a home that had been set on fire. The Detroit Free Press says the bodies were found early Sunday morning. Police in a report say that the man’s body was found near the front door and the ...

Researchers find 1906 shipwreck in Lake Huron’s Georgian Bay

DETROIT (AP) — An international team of divers has discovered the wreckage of a ship that disappeared more than 100 years ago during a storm on Lake Huron. The team discovered the J.H. Jones on July 1 in lower Georgian Bay near Lion’s Head, Ontario, The Detroit News reported . The ship ...

VW says good bye to the Beetles

DETROIT (AP) — After selling it on and off in the U.S. for nearly seven decades, Volkswagen has decided to squash its iconic Beetle. The company’s American unit announced Thursday that it would end global production of the third-generation bulbous bug in July of next year after offering ...

GM recalls 1.2M vehicles

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is recalling 1.2 million big pickup trucks and SUVs mainly in North America because of power-assisted steering problems that have been cited in a number of accidents. GM says the power steering can fail momentarily during a voltage drop and suddenly return, ...