Michigan News

Michigan’s medical chief to stand trial on Flint charges

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Michigan’s chief medical executive will stand trial on involuntary manslaughter and other charges in a criminal investigation over the Flint water crisis, a judge ruled Friday, making Dr. Eden Wells the second member of Gov. Rick ...

Plant closing not expected to stall Detroit’s rebound

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — General Motors’ planned shutdown of its Detroit-Hamtramck plant would leave only one auto assembly factory in the city known for “putting America on wheels,” but the closure and job losses are not expected to stall-out Detroit’s ...

GOP-led Michigan Senate OKs bill to strip Democrat’s power

LANSING, Mich.— The Republican-led Michigan Senate voted Thursday to strip campaign finance oversight from the secretary of state and have a bipartisan commission handle the functions instead, less than a month before a Democrat leads the office for the first time in two dozen years. The ...

6 charged with preying on addicts

DETROIT (AP) — Prosecutors say six doctors have been charged in a scheme that involved millions of opioid drugs and unnecessary medical procedures in southeastern Michigan. U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider says it’s “particularly egregious” for doctors to prey on addicts. An ...

Toyota US chief says car sales are close to bottoming out

DETROIT — Toyota’s top U.S. executive says car sales nationwide have nearly bottomed out and his company will keep making them despite a dramatic shift to trucks and SUVs. U.S. CEO Jim Lentz told the Detroit Economic Club Wednesday that car sales fell below 30 percent of sales last month, ...

Michigan GOP moves to strip Democratic officeholders’ power

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republicans who control Michigan's Legislature voted Wednesday to advance a measure that strips campaign-finance oversight power from the Democratic secretary of state-elect, and they moved to give lawmakers authority to stand up for GOP-backed laws if they think the ...

More Nassar-inspired bills headed to Michigan governor

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan lawmakers on Tuesday advanced more bills inspired by the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case — voting to ease the prosecution of alleged abusers, stiffen child pornography penalties and let more people speak at sentencings under certain circumstances. The legislation, ...

Ink fumes sicken 20

ANN ARBOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say that about 20 people were taken to hospitals after being sickened by fumes from spilled printer ink at an office park in southeastern Michigan. The Ann Arbor Township Fire Department says the ink was found spilled atop a package that was ...

Sick leave advocates plan 2020 ballot drive if law gutted

LANSING, Mich. — Advocates said Monday they will launch a 2020 ballot drive if the Republican-led Legislature successfully guts a new law that made Michigan the 11th state to require employers to provide paid time off to workers who are sick or who have ill family members. MI Time to Care ...

2 dead, 7 injured in fire

WHITE PIGEON, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a pregnant woman and a child are dead and seven other people were taken to a hospital following an early-morning house fire in southwestern Michigan. White Pigeon Fire Chief Troy Andrews says crews responding to a report of a fire shortly after 3 ...

Michigan deer rehab facility may close if rules don’t change

TRAVERSE CITY— Rehabilitating motherless fawns could be a thing of the past for one Bingham Township couple. David and Donna Prevo say a new Michigan Department of Natural Resources policy that says fawns have to be taken back to their county of origin after they’ve been rehabbed will ...

Michigan gas prices fall

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are down 12 cents in the past week to about $2.28 per gallon amid continued declines in oil prices. The Dearborn-based auto club says early today the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is at its lowest ...

Salaried workers beware: GM cuts are a warning for all

By TOM KRISHER and JOSH BOAK AP Business Writers DETROIT — For generations, the career path for smart kids around Detroit was to get an engineering or business degree and get hired by an automaker or parts supplier. If you worked hard and didn’t screw up, you had a job for life with ...

Eastern Mich. tops donations goal

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Eastern Michigan University has raised more than $875,000 from 852 donors through its #GIVINGTRUEDAY campaign. The funds were brought in Tuesday through a combination of grassroots fundraising, collaboration with the campus community and major gifts. The Ypsilanti ...

State parks offer volunteer work

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Several state parks in southern Michigan will host volunteer stewardship work days in December. Officials say volunteers are needed to cut invasive, non-native shrubs such as glossy buckthorn, autumn olive, multi-flora rose and others. The Department of Natural ...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump claims an auto boom that isn’t

By TOM KRISHER and JOSH BOAK Associated Press DETROIT — President Donald Trump is calling attention to an auto industry boom that doesn’t exist. In a tweet Thursday slamming General Motors for plans to lay off workers, Trump wrote that auto companies “are pouring into the U.S.” ...

U.P. river to be on postage stamp

IRONWOOD, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan river will be featured in a new set of postage stamps highlighting scenic rivers. The Ontonagon River in the Upper Peninsula will be one of 12 stamps to be released in 2019. The Daily Globe in Ironwood reports the stamp shows a branch of the river in ...

Senate OKs tree-cutting regulations

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Senate has voted to restrict municipalities’ ability to regulate the removal or trimming of trees on private property. Under a Republican-sponsored bill approved 23-15 on Thursday, local governments could still have rules protecting “heritage” trees ...

Abortion telemedicine ban OK’d

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Senate voted Thursday to make permanent a ban against doctors prescribing abortion drugs remotely. The bill , approved 25-12 almost entirely along party lines, was sent to the GOP-controlled House for future consideration in the lame-duck ...

Plastic crate thief sentenced

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan hauling company president who pleaded guilty to wire fraud after plastic crates valued at more than $2.9 million were sold to a recycling firm for about $460,000 has been sentenced to 33 months in prison. The Justice Department says in a statement that Arshawn Hall ...