Michigan News

Schuette financial disclosure shows assets total $13M

LANSING — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette on Thursday voluntarily issued a financial disclosure statement showing personal assets totaling more than $13 million — largely investments held in blind trusts or property he inherited in the U.S. Virgin Islands and ...

Census: Michigan population grows, Detroit sees decline

DETROIT — Detroit appears to continue its decades-long population loss while most Michigan communities gain residents, the U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday. Census figures show that Michigan grew by 0.3 percent to more than 9,960,000 residents between 2016 and 2017. Detroit saw a drop of ...

2 cops arraigned in tavern case

DETROIT (AP) — A former Detroit police commander who was working off-duty as a tavern security officer has been arraigned on assault, neglect of duty and other charges after a 42-year-old man was injured while being forced from the business. The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says ...

Supreme Court eyes Paquin case

ST. IGNACE (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court is interested in the case of a former police chief in the Upper Peninsula who’s been barred from running for public office because of a corruption conviction. Fred Paquin wanted to run for St. Ignace City Council in 2013 and 2015 but was told ...

Northern states taking down vestiges of racism, intolerance

DETROIT — A nearly 80-year-old statue depicting a European settler with a weapon in his hand towering over a Native American that some say celebrates white supremacy has been dismantled by crews in southwestern Michigan’s Kalamazoo. And at the University of Michigan, regents have voted to ...

Engelhard family keeps farming tradition alive

UNIONVILLE, Mich.— The past three years have been a delightful whirlwind for the Nathan and Amy Engelhard family. In that time, they got married, had two children and still managed to remain active in the community and on their 1,100-acre organic farm in Unionville. Nathan has had a ...

Michigan jail opens new chapel through community donations

MUSKEGON, Mich. — Inmates at a western Michigan jail have a new sanctuary for prayer and quiet reflection through the generosity of community members. The Muskegon County jail has opened a non-denominational chapel where men and women can seek out space for contemplation and comfort, the ...

Trooper injured in crash

DETROIT — A Michigan state trooper was treated for minor injuries after a woman suspected of drunk driving crashed into his parked patrol car. Michigan State Police tweeted that Trooper Matt Unterbrink was assisting another officer by using his car to block traffic on Interstate 96 when his ...

Motor City Comic Con gets underway

NOVI, Mich. (AP) — An array of stars from the superhero universe descended upon a suburban Detroit convention center for the kickoff of an annual pop-culture spectacular. The 29th annual Motor City Comic Con got underway Friday in Novi, Michigan. And while the mood inside the Suburban ...

Woman gets 25-50 year sentence

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — A mid-Michigan woman whom police say beat her son and locked him in a closet for days at a time has been sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison. Twenty-four-year-old Megan Schug of Battle Creek learned her sentence Friday in Calhoun County Circuit Court after ...

Billionaire Tom Steyer gets Michigan renewable energy deal

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan’s two dominant utilities committed Friday to increase the power they produce from wind and other renewable sources to 25 percent by 2030 under pressure from billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer, who ended a ballot drive opposed ...

Lake Erie waves burst past seawall

LUNA PIER, Mich. (AP) — Inmates from a county jail and volunteers helped fill sandbags along part of the Lake Erie shoreline in southeastern Michigan as waves burst through a damaged seawall, flooding neighborhoods. Some residents in Frenchtown Township’s Grand Beach subdivision and ...

Woman faces prison after plea

CHARLOTTE, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan woman who authorities say embezzled more than $400,000 from her disabled 9-year-old son’s estate faces prison after entering a plea to resolve the case. The Lansing State Journal reports 32-year-old Kasie Pruden-Rivera of Eaton County will be sentenced ...

University of Michigan students build facility out of straw

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A University of Michigan class is constructing the first student-built facility on the Ann Arbor campus, and it’s made primarily out of straw bale. University of Michigan Art, Design and Environment Professor Joe Trumpey and his team of 25 students broke ground ...

Can Snyder’s ‘Marshall Plan’ fill the Michigan talent gap?

By ALICE YIN Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Dakota Carter was 4 years old when he found his calling inside his grandfather’s garage. He often hung around there to watch his grandfather doctor up the never-ending crawl of ailing cars in his makeshift auto repair shop. One day, ...

Tests: Youth lead poisoning declining in Detroit enclave

HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (AP) — A recent report showing 1 in 7 children tested positive for lead poisoning two years ago in the Detroit enclave of Highland Park still represented an improvement over previous years, according to historic data. About 14 percent of Highland Park children who had ...

Officials: Weekend wildfire risk high in northern Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Dry, windy conditions are expected to raise the wildfire risk this weekend in northern Michigan. The Department of Natural Resources says the greatest threats are in the Upper Peninsula, which has been dealing with an extended dry period. But officials also are ...

Calley blasts Schuette for keeping land deals outside trust

EAST LANSING — Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Calley lodged new accusations against gubernatorial rival Bill Schuette on Thursday, saying the attorney general was personally involved in the transfer of property in the U.S. Virgin Islands while all of his assets were supposed to be in a blind ...

Ford could restart truck assembly at 2 plants soon

DETROIT (AP) — Ford could restart production of F-Series pickups as soon as May 18 at two factories that stopped making trucks due to a fire at a parts supplier plant. A spokeswoman said Friday that Ford has notified employees they could return to work in a week in Dearborn, Michigan, and ...

Companies propose immigration detention centers for Midwest

By ADAM GELLER AP National Writer Companies and local governments have proposed building new immigration detention centers in Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana, responding to a request from Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials stepping up arrests in the center of the ...