Michigan News

Ford: Detroit train station key to autonomous vehicle plans

DETROIT— Bill Ford looks past the tons of paint, plaster and steel needed to remake Detroit’s blighted Michigan Central train station and sees more than just an iconic building in desperate need of a makeover. The executive chairman of Ford Motor Co. and great-grandson of founder Henry ...

Woman kills worker, is charged

DETROIT — A Detroit woman has been faces felony charges after her car struck and killed a construction worker. The Detroit Free Press reports that the charges against 22-year-old Samiya Speed include operating a vehicle while intoxicated, driving with a suspended license and careless ...

Federal researchers wrap up sea lamprey study

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Federal researchers have completed a study of sea lamprey in a western Michigan waterway ahead of plans to build a barrier aimed at controlling the invasive species. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service researchers set traps and used sex pheromones to conduct a study ...

Introducing Clifford, a Michigan horse that paints

By RACHEL GRECO Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange CHARLOTTE, Mich. — “Clifford, this one is so pretty,” said Nancy Bailey, from a folding table in her backyard. “I like this one. It looks very floral.” It was a sunny afternoon in late May and the chestnut brown Morgan ...

Doctor pens book on her role in revealing Flint water crisis

FLINT, Mich. — Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha had hard evidence that thousands of people in Flint had been exposed to toxic lead in their drinking water. The pediatrician and public health expert figured city and state officials would share her shock and join her in alerting residents. They did ...

Michigan enacts toughest lead rules in US

LANSING — Michigan on Thursday began enforcing the nation’s strictest rules for lead in drinking water, a plan that eventually will result in replacing all 500,000 lead service pipes statewide in the wake of the contamination of Flint’s supply. The lead and copper rules will drop the ...

Miss Michigan spends year promoting arts education

MUSKEGON, Mich. — Miss Michigan is ready to pass on the crown after spending a year promoting arts education at schools throughout the state. Heather Kendrick, 24, will relinquish the title Saturday when she crowns Miss Michigan 2018, the Muskegon Chronicle reported . Kendrick said her year ...

Michigan State trustees call for school president to resign

By ALICE YIN and LARRY LAGE Associated Press EAST LANSING, Mich. — Two Michigan State University trustees are calling for interim school president John Engler to resign immediately, joining a chorus of sexual assault victims of disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar and top ...

Report: Tunnel, trench offer options for replacing pipeline

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A 65-year-old pipeline that carries crude oil beneath a sensitive waterway connecting two of the Great Lakes could be replaced with pipes buried in a tunnel or partially enclosed in trenches that would pose virtually no risk ...

Legislature OKs private industry panel in environment branch

LANSING — The Michigan Legislature narrowly passed a bill to create a private industry panel within the state Department of Environmental Quality on Tuesday, closing the curtain on months of resistance from Democrats and environmentalists who fear further environmental deregulation in a state ...

Detroit’s old train station sold to Ford for redevelopment

DETROIT — Owners of Detroit’s vacant, hulking 105-year-old Michigan Central Station announced Monday that they’ve sold the iconic symbol of Detroit’s fall from greatness to Ford Motor Co. for redevelopment. Matthew Moroun, son of building owner Manuel “Matty” Moroun, said ...

14 boys, no regrets: Michigan family happy the way they are

LAKEVIEW, Mich. — A Michigan couple have 14 boys. And no regrets — regardless of what online opinion-givers have to say about it. “There are some really mean people in the world. And it doesn’t matter,” said Jay Schwandt, the father of the boy brood. “We happen to be this great ...

Whitmer allies launch $1.8M ad campaign in governor’s race

LANSING — A political group backing Democrat Gretchen Whitmer for governor launched a $1.8 million, five-week TV ad campaign today, marking the first time she will appeal to viewers before the August primary election. In the 30-second ad , the former legislative leader says she “fought ...

2 kids die, one injured, in fire

BRONSON, Mich. — Authorities say two children, ages 2 and 5, have died after the camper they were in caught fire in southern Michigan. The Branch County Sheriff’s Office says the fire started around 10:30 a.m. Monday at a residence in Bronson, about 115 miles southwest of ...

Zoo combines 3 bear habitats, doubling space

ROYAL OAK, Mich. — The Detroit Zoo announced it has converted three bear habitats into one collective environment, more than doubling the space shared by three rescued grizzly bears. The renovated 20,000-square-foot (1,858-square meter) habitat aims to provide a more “naturalistic” ...

Detroit’s ‘Dream Cafe’ recipe for local success

DETROIT — When the Allied Media Conference returns to Detroit in June for its 20th year, a new dynamic will be in place to highlight Detroit-owned food businesses and connect global chefs to local farms who have community and social justice in mind. One focus of the DIY media summit set for ...

Flash floods hit lower Michigan

EDWARDSBURG, Mich. — Flash flooding in far southwestern Michigan has triggered evacuations and rescues of several residents. MLive.com reports the flooding started Saturday after rains overwhelmed culverts and submerged roads. Cass County Sheriff Richard Behnke says two rescues involved ...

Body found in lake identified

PONTIAC, Mich. — The body of a 20-year-old man whose body was found in a suburban Detroit lake and shot multiple times has been identified. Authorities say the body found Thursday in Pontiac’s Osmun Lake was that of Emilio Valdez. The Oakland County sheriff’s office said Friday the ...

Michigan couple opens art gallery in ex-adult bookstore

By JOHN GONZALEZ Grand Rapids Press AP Member Exchange GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A building that housed an adult bookstore for about five decades is now showcasing art. An interactive art gallery, Muse opened this month on the west side of Grand Rapids. The Grand Rapids Press ...

Detroit police use peer support to cope with stress

By GEORGE HUNTER Detroit News AP Member Exchange DETROIT — Detroit Police Sgt. Tim Firchau was on the scene when the bodies of two children were removed from a freezer in a Detroit townhouse. He says the image is difficult to shake. “Having worked in homicide for 12 years, I’ve ...