Michigan News

Many states’ governor’s races become proxy battle over Trump

LANSING — It’s a resume that reads like an ideal springboard to higher office: investigated sexual assaults of Olympic gymnasts, charged government officials responsible for a tainted water crisis, bucked the governor on tax hikes. With that background and his party controlling all ...

Former Michigan corrections officer sues over discrimination

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — A former Michigan corrections officer has sued the state Department of Corrections, alleging the agency discriminated against her based on sexual orientation and race. Ashley Menchaca, who is Hispanic and gay, worked at Woodland Center Facility in Whitmore Lake from ...

Aretha Franklin exhibit debuts with eye toward her legacy

DETROIT — The Detroit museum that hosted Aretha Franklin’s public visitations after her death is again holding space for her — this time with an exhibit featuring photographs, videos and the red shoes she wore at the first funeral viewing that drew global attention. Billed as a ...

State gas prices down to $2.88

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are down about 5 cents in the past week to about $2.88 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club says late Sunday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is about 45 cents more than at the same point ...

Michigan groups work to increase disability employment

By GINA JOSEPH, NORB FRANZ Macomb Daily AP Member Exchange MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — Cheryl Angelelli feels lucky. After a tragic accident in a swimming pool left her a quadriplegic at 14, her parents did not treat her any differently. “They didn’t coddle me,” said the ...

Michigan utility unveils new battery at university

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan utility has unveiled a new battery to store renewable energy at Western Michigan University. The battery can store enough solar and wind energy to supply about 1,000 homes with an hour of power, said Consumers Energy Project Manager Nathan Washburn. The ...

Young voter restriction in question

DETROIT (AP) — A judge is changing course and says he might make a decision on a major challenge to Michigan election law before the Nov. 6 vote. The issue is whether it’s unconstitutional to require young voters to vote in person in their first election if they registered by mail. ...

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 ...