Michigan News

Fight breaks out at birthday party

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Police say two men were arrested after guns were pulled during a fight at a birthday party in southwestern Michigan with children in attendance. No shots were fired during the fight on Sunday evening in Kalamazoo. A woman at the party had what police described as ...

Gas prices rise 12 cents to $2.71

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up about 12 cents from a week ago to about $2.71 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club says today the average price for self-serve regular unleaded is about 1 cent less than a year ago. AAA says the statewide ...

LSSU to spend $1M on equipment

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie has agreed to spend $1 million on chemistry equipment, partly to stock the school’s new cannabis chemistry program. The equipment will be housed in the Center for Cannabis Science, although students in other ...

State briefing

8 measles cases since March 13 OAK PARK, Mich. (AP) — Michigan health officials say three more cases of measles have been confirmed in the Detroit area, raising the number in Oakland County to eight since March 13. The highly contagious disease has been linked to a person who was visiting ...

Michigan deal bars LGBT discrimination in adoptions

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Faith-based adoption agencies that are paid by the state of Michigan will no longer be able to turn away LGBT couples or individuals because of religious objections under a legal settlement announced Friday. The agreement was reached between ...

Michigan 1 of 5 states where GOP kept control despite losing

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan is among five states where Republicans retained control of the state House even though Democratic candidates won more votes statewide last fall, according to an Associated Press analysis. The House districts showed the fourth-highest ...

A fish tale: Michigan native tells story of how salmon got to Great Lakes

By RJ WOLCOTT Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange HASLETT — Close to 10 million chinook and coho salmon swim in Lake Michigan, Lake Huron and Lake Superior. There were none when Howard Tanner started as the chief of the Michigan Department of Conservation’s Fish Division in ...

State jobless rate at 4 percent

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.0 percent in February — the fifth consecutive month it has remained unchanged. Figures released Thursday by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget show the state’s jobless rate a bit higher ...

Theft of $86K brings probation

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former director of the Michigan Hispanic/Latino Commission has been sentenced to five years of probation for stealing nearly $86,000 that was set aside for a Michigan statue to honor farm labor leader Cesar Chavez. The Lansing State Journal reports 82-year-old Maria ...

Attorney slams Engler for attending game amid Nassar probe

DETROIT (AP) — John Engler’s front-row interest in Michigan State University basketball has led to a war of words over the former school president’s availability to speak to investigators about the Larry Nassar scandal . Things have become so nasty that Engler’s attorney has advised ...

Father charged in son’s death

PAW PAW, Mich. (AP) — A southwestern Michigan man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the fatal overdose of his 16-year-old son. Michigan State Police say 48-year-old Gary Birkhead of Bangor was arraigned in Van Buren County District Court Wednesday on charges ...

House OKs subjecting lawmakers, governor to record requests

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — The Michigan House voted unanimously Tuesday to expand the state's open-records law to cover the Legislature and governor's office, moving to end the state's status as one of just two that wholly exempts both entities from disclosing ...

Body of baby found in car

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Police searching for a missing 35-year-old Michigan woman say they have found the body of her 6-day-old daughter in her car. Lansing police say Ashley Shade’s Toyota Camry was found parked Tuesday and that Shade has not been located. Shade and the infant were ...

Presidential contenders O’Rourke, Gillibrand visit Michigan

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press CENTER LINE, Mich. — Democratic presidential contenders showed Michigan’s importance on Monday, campaigning early in a state that Donald Trump became the first Republican in decades to win. Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand ...

State gas prices at $2.59

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up about 7 cents from a week ago to about $2.59 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club said Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded is about 3 cents more than a year ago. AAA says the statewide ...

Flint charter school considers admissions lottery process

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A lottery admissions system might be introduced for a charter school under construction in Flint due to a high interest in enrollment, a school official said. Eric Lieske, the chief executive officer of the Flint Cultural Center Academy, told The Flint Journal that the ...

Springfield diner owner amuses his customers with quirky messages

By NICK BUCKLEY Battle Creek Enquirer AP Member Exchange BATTLE CREEK— Scott Murphy took a pair milk crates filled with letters and dumped them in the snow. He laid the letters out and used a long letter changer pole to place them on the two sides of the marquee in front of his ...

Shooter alert caused by balloons?

ANN ARBOR(AP) — The University of Michigan says popping balloons may have sparked an “active shooter” alert at a building in the middle of campus. In a statement late Saturday, the university says authorities received up to 20 calls about shots being fired at Mason Hall. The reports ...

College credits at no cost?

ALLEGAN (AP) — High school students in a western Michigan county have the opportunity to earn diplomas and associate degrees or pre-apprenticeships with up to 62 college credits at no cost. The state's Talent and Economic Development Department says professors at Lake Michigan College ...

Once sanctuaries, houses of worship struggle with security

By Associated Press Staff DETROIT — A rabbi who packs a gun. A church installing security cameras. A police car protecting a mosque. Houses of worship have traditionally been places of refuge where strangers are welcome. But high-profile attacks in recent years on an African-American ...