Michigan News

MSU board to consider payout to Nassar victims

LANSING — Michigan State’s board of trustees will address a plan Friday to pay a $500 million settlement to Larry Nassar’s victims, a meeting that comes amid calls for the school’s interim president to resign over recent comments about some of the women and girls the former sports ...

Snyder OKs budget bill

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder signed a $39.9 billion general spending bill Thursday and said a restriction on state aid to Planned Parenthood that the Republican-led Legislature inserted was unenforceable. Federal and state laws already prevent public funds from being used to provide ...

3 Democrats running for Michigan governor have 1st debate

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The three Democrats running for Michigan governor met for their first televised debate Wednesday night, with two decrying corporate financial influence on state politics while a third — who accepts such campaign donations — refused to be pulled into the criticism ...

2 sentenced in death of 3 kids

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Two people blamed for the deaths of three children in a Flint, Michigan, house fire have each been sentenced to 18 to 36 years in prison. The mother of two of the children, Erica Starkey, and her acquaintance, Rodney King Jr., were sentenced Wednesday. Police say King ...

Board set to OK redistricting measure

LANSING (AP) — The Michigan elections board is set to certify a redistricting initiative for the statewide ballot in November. The proposed constitutional amendment is backed by opponents of political gerrymandering. It would task an independent commission with drawing congressional and ...

120 Nassar victims urge MSU board to fire Engler

LANSING — A letter signed by 120 sexual abuse victims of former sports doctor Larry Nassar today urged Michigan State University’s governing board to oust interim president John Engler, saying he had reinforced a “culture of abuse” at the school. The women and girls issued their joint ...

DNR selling parcels downstate

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is preparing to auction off some of its holdings in Presque Isle County. The DNR says 41 parcels will be available in the northeastern Lower Peninsula county. They range in size from 1 acre to 32 acres. Real Estate Services ...

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 ...