Michigan News

Sculpture planned for Native American cemetery to be moved

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A new sculpture planned for a Native American burial site in western Michigan is being relocated after a tribe raised concerns it would disturb sacred ground. Construction was already underway to place the 16-foot (4.9-meter) granite sculpture, “All My Relations,” ...

Freed Michigan juvenile lifer gets chance at motherhood

DETROIT— Kimberly Simmons never had a chance to raise her first daughter. Sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder and arson in Detroit more than 30 years ago at age 17, Simmons gave birth in a prison medical unit and immediately handed her baby girl, Ky’Erica, off to her ...

AP Source: Soul icon Aretha Franklin is seriously ill

NEW YORK (AP) — Fans and friends, including Mariah Carey and Missy Elliott, offered prayers and well wishes to Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, who is seriously ill. Queen Bey dedicated her performance with husband, Jay Z, to the Queen of Soul drawing a thunderous roar from Aretha ...

Pastor apologizes for remarks

BRIGHTON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan pastor apologized to a woman who said she was shamed for breastfeeding inside a church in a Detroit suburb. Amy Marchant, 29, said a church leader privately messaged her on Facebook after she nursed her child at The Naz Church in Brighton two months ago. ...

Detroit firm designs, repairs pipe organs

DETROIT— In this age of digital, portable instruments, pipe organs would seem to be obsolete. But Rick Helderop, who repairs and designs them for a living, says he’s as busy as ever. Helderop, who owns Covenant Organs and has worked on the huge instruments for more than 30 years, ...

Detroit school district missing 560 municipal license plates

DETROIT (AP) — A newspaper investigation has found that up to 560 license plates belonging to Detroit’s school district have vanished, and no one knows why. The missing state-issued municipal plates don’t have annual renewal fees and aren’t tied to a vehicle identification number. It ...

University of Michigan creates tiny computer

ANN ARBOR — Just how tiny is the world’s smallest computer? According to a team of University of Michigan electrical and computer engineering professors, the new device they created is dwarfed by a grain of rice. It could even be described as the size of a speck of dust. The team has ...

People, dogs die in fire

LINCOLN PARK, Mich. (AP) — A 4-year-old boy and two women have been killed in a house fire southwest of Detroit. The early Saturday morning blaze in Lincoln Park also killed four dogs inside the home. A man was able to get out of the house and was being treated at a hospital. WXYZ-TV ...

Pontoon boat falls, woman dies

LINCOLN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — One person has been killed and another critically injured when the pontoon boat they were riding in fell from a trailer while being towed along a western Michigan road. State police say Sunday that a woman from White Cloud was pronounced dead at the scene ...

Report: Michigan military base water may have caused cancer

OSCODA, Mich. (AP) — A federal health agency says contaminated drinking water might have caused cancer and other chronic disease among veterans and families who lived at a former northern Michigan military base. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry released last month a ...

Court ruling doesn’t settle Lake Michigan beach access

LONG BEACH, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana man alleges a homeowner along Lake Michigan tried to remove people from the beach despite an Indiana Supreme Court ruling allowing lakeshore access. The Indiana Supreme Court in February ruled that the state owns the shoreline and holds it in trust for all ...

Convicted child abuser guilty again

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A southeastern Michigan man who spent time in prison for killing his infant daughter in 1992 has been convicted of seriously injuring another infant two years ago. A Macomb County jury reached a guilty verdict Friday against 41-year-old Allen Keck of Richmond for ...

NASA rockets once flew from launch pad hidden in Michigan wilderness

By BRANDON CHAMPION Mlive.com COPPER HARBOR — At the end of a secluded trail on the tip of Michigan's northernmost peninsula, there is a hidden remnant of the state's forgotten ties to the Space Age. No highway will take you there. Many of the roads won't be paved. But if you're ...

‘Smart Brick’ to help snowmelt efficiency

By MELISSA FRICK The Holland Sentinel AP Member Exchange HOLLAND, Mich. — With one prototype already in the ground, the Holland Board of Public Works is planning to install 10 more “Smart Bricks” along the snowmelt route to monitor surface temperatures and collect data. What ...

Man accused in child’s neglect death says charges unfair

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The parents of a 10-month-old Michigan girl who died of malnutrition and dehydration didn’t seek medical help because it’s “just as dangerous as not going,” the father said. Seth Welch and Tatiana Fusari were charged Monday with felony murder and ...

Regulations to curb CWD OK’d

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Natural Resources Commission has approved new deer hunting regulations aimed at stopping the spread of a deadly disease among deer. The commission’s action Thursday came after months input from hunters, residents and others. Chronic wasting disease ...

Guard: Mandatory overtime ‘really wears you out’

PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Corrections Department is spending millions of dollars on mandatory overtime due to a shortage of guards at the state’s only prison for women and a policy that keeps men out of certain posts. Amber Dotson said she regularly works 12 hours ...

Lansing economy gets eBay support

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Entrepreneurs and local businesses in the city of Lansing, Michigan, will be getting support from eBay as part of a yearlong partnership. Lansing Mayor Andy Schor on Friday announced that the city was chosen by the company as eBay’s latest participant in the Retail ...

Michigan US House seat deals with quirky double election

DETROIT— A U.S. House district representing Detroit and some surrounding cities has made some major news: First came last year, when longtime Democratic Rep. John Conyers resigned after being accused of groping and sexually harassing women. Then this week, when Rashida Tlaib won the primary ...

$510 million milk processing complex to be built in state

TRAVERSE CITY— A $510 million milk-processing complex will be constructed in Michigan, creating nearly 300 jobs and bolstering a dairy industry among the largest in the U.S. that has been suffering because of low prices and high costs, state officials said Thursday. The facility in St. ...