Michigan News

Senate OKs Coast Guard bill with ballast water compromise

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — The U.S. Senate approved a compromise policy Wednesday on dumping ship ballast water in coastal ports and the Great Lakes, a practice blamed for spreading invasive species that damage the environment and the economy. The plan, part of a $10.6 billion Coast Guard ...

Cleveland Cavaliers owner selling Detroit casino in $1B deal

DETROIT (AP) — Businessman and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has reached a $1 billion agreement to sell the Greektown Casino-Hotel in downtown Detroit, one of the city’s three casinos, companies involved in the deal announced Wednesday. The move marks the latest in billions of ...

Woman killed with dumbell

TROY, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit man has been charged in the fatal bludgeoning of his 55-year-old aunt with a 15-pound (6.8 kilogram) dumbbell. Nayir Masrur was arraigned Wednesday on first-degree murder. Rubab Huq was found slain Monday in the basement of a home in Troy, north of ...

Michelle Obama’s book tour includes Detroit stop

Michelle Obama’s 12-stop jaunt across the country — and an ocean — is not your average book tour. Of course, the former first lady is not your average author. Oprah Winfrey joined Obama Tuesday night at the United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks, as she begins the tour ...

Michigan man who posed as medic had history of lying

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — Court records show that a Michigan man who will soon finish a county jail sentence for impersonating an ambulance medic had a history of lying. Tony Fortuna, 42, is nearing the end of his nine months in Kent County Jail, The Detroit News reported . He was sentenced in ...

Insanity defense may be sought

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — A lawyer may pursue an insanity defense for a man charged in the fatal shooting of an off-duty Port Huron police officer. The Times Herald of Port Huron reports Tuesday that court documents show attorney Bill Colovos has filed a motion to have Joshua Bauman undergo ...

Michigan man helps others with his dog

PLYMOUTH, Mich. — It’s a late Monday afternoon and a small tavern on a remote side street in downtown Plymouth is packed. Hundreds of folks are there to celebrate the birthday of arguably the biggest star in town: An 8-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog named Stella. “I’m the township ...

Airport attack victim speaks up

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A police officer who was stabbed at a Michigan airport in an alleged act of terrorism told jurors Friday that he fought the urge to lie down as he bled from the neck. Lt. Jeff Neville said that he was attacked in June 2017 with a “Rambo knife,” comparing its large ...

Republicans Shirkey, Chatfield to lead Michigan Legislature

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Republican who pushed for passage of right-to-work laws and Medicaid work requirements will lead the Michigan Senate for the next four years. Sen. Mike Shirkey of Clarklake, the founder and owner of an automotive engineering firm in Jackson, was chosen Thursday to be ...

No emerging contamination

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Michigan environmental officials say there’s no emerging threat of chemical contamination in the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair watershed despite tests that found contamination from Selfridge Air National Guard Base . The Detroit News reports that was the ...

Whitmer: Drinking water, roads will top agenda

LANSING, Mich. — Cleaning up contaminated drinking water and smoothing deteriorating roads will top the agenda for Democratic Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer, who said Wednesday she hopes to find bipartisan consensus with the GOP-controlled Legislature. Addressing a news conference in Detroit, ...

Letter alerted Michigan officials to hidden infant corpses

DETROIT (AP) — An anonymous letter informed Michigan officials that they could find "a bunch of infant corpses" hidden in a crawl space of a closed Detroit funeral home, according to state records. The Detroit News used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain a copy of the letter received ...

Candidates crisscross Michigan in final campaign stops

LANSING — Republican Bill Schuette and Democrat Gretchen Whitmer crisscrossed Michigan on Monday, making their closing appeals and firing up their get-out-the-vote organizers on the eve of the election for governor. Schuette, the state attorney general who has trailed in polls, pointed ...

Stabenow, James face off in Michigan’s US Senate race

LANSING — Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan is seeking a fourth term today and is hoping to stave off political newcomer John James and to prevent a surprise breakthrough in a state where Republican senators have been a rarity. Stabenow highlighted her bipartisan achievements and ...

Women in key races could shake up Michigan politics

DETROIT— Michigan Democrats are trying to crack the Republican Party’s hold on most statewide offices and congressional seats by fielding a slate of female candidates today. Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow is seeking a fourth term and is pitted against Republican John James, an Iraq War ...

Man sentenced in neighbor’s death

CROCKERY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan man will spend the rest of his life in prison in the fatal shooting of a neighbor as she cleared snow near her home. WOOD-TV reports that 64-year-old Wendell Popejoy was sentenced Monday. He was found guilty last month of first-degree ...

Stafford sacked 10 times as Vikings whip Lions

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings turned their defensive line loose on Matthew Stafford in a dominant performance that would have made the old Purple People Eaters proud. This unstoppable pass rush was led, predictably, by Danielle Hunter. Hunter had 3 1/2 of Minnesota’s ...

Voter turnout for Michigan’s midterm election may spike

LANSING — Last-ditch efforts are in motion to spur people to the polls on Tuesday. This election, Michigan voters may not need prodding. The number of absentee ballots issued and returned statewide is up by more than 50 percent from the same point in 2014 — a signal that voter enthusiasm ...

Wisconsin community mourns deaths of 3 Girl Scouts, 1 parent

LAKE HALLIE, Wis. (AP) — As a western Wisconsin community grieved the deaths of three Girl Scouts and a parent who were struck by a pickup truck, authorities still had not released the names of the victims or a fourth girl who was critically injured but survived. Police say they were hit ...

Former Microsoft CEO, wife give $16M to Detroit nonprofits

DETROIT (AP) — Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his wife, Connie, have announced they are giving $16 million to be shared among 18 nonprofits in the Detroit area. The Ballmers announced the grants this past week through the Ballmer Group, which focuses on helping children and families ...