Michigan News

CMU recovering from flooding

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — Flooding in central Michigan that caused more than $100 million in property damage earlier this summer has affected about one-third of Central Michigan University’s nearly 130 facilities. The university is preparing to welcome students back to campus for the ...

MSU police officer recovering from a severe brain injury

By RJ WOLCOTT Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange MASON, Mich. — Maureen Kennedy once pulled a man from a burning car, dragging the disoriented driver to safety minutes before the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames. The detective sergeant with the Michigan State University Police ...

Murder conviction scratched

DETROIT (AP) — A man in prison for 45 years could be on the cusp of freedom after another man said he had no role in a 1971 murder in Detroit. A judge last week threw out Richard Phillips’ conviction and granted a new trial. Wayne County prosecutors have pledged to appeal. For decades, ...

Man charged for online threats

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A man who authorities say posted threatening, anti-Semitic messages on Twitter has been placed on probation for two years in western Michigan. The Grand Rapids Press reports 31-year-old David Lenio of Grand Rapids learned his punishment on Thursday after being ...

MSU rejects white nationalist

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan State University on Thursday denied a request by a group headed by white nationalist Richard Spencer to rent space on the campus for a September event, following rejections by other large schools. The East Lansing school said in a statement the decision was made ...

Mich. OKs redistricting, paid sick-time ballot drives

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Advocates of a less partisan redistricting process and paid sick days will start collecting voter signatures for the 2018 ballot after clearing a procedural step Thursday at the Michigan elections board. Voters Not Politicians, a ...

Mich. OKs redistricting, paid sick-time ballot drives

LANSING, Mich. — Advocates of a less partisan redistricting process and paid sick days will start collecting voter signatures for the 2018 ballot after clearing a procedural step Thursday at the Michigan elections board. Voters Not Politicians, a grass-roots group of volunteers proposing to ...

Aretha Franklin to retire in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — Aretha Franklin is set to retire in her hometown of Detroit and plans to open a nightclub in the city. The legendary soul singer tells the Detroit Free Press that she is moving from her longtime home in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She also wants to open a small club that she ...

Humans remains found inside car

BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Police say a 1970s car pulled from a pond this week in Michigan had human remains inside and may have been underwater for years. The discovery of the Buick sedan was made Tuesday in Saginaw County’s Buena Vista Township by workers removing barrels from ...

Louisiana’s favorite crustacean an invasive species in Michigan

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — News that Louisiana’s favorite crustacean has turned up as an invasive species in Michigan prompted a local tourism agency to create a pop-up crawfish festival in Michigan. A crew including a chef who farms crawfish left Lafayette, Louisiana, on Thursday morning for a ...

Police seek swastika flag hanger

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Grand Rapids Police Department is asking for the public's help with identifying a man who hung an American flag with a swastika painted on it from an overpass over Interstate 196. Police say officers were called to the overpass before 7 a.m. Monday on a report ...

LGBT rights lawyer runs for attorney general

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — A criminal defense lawyer who helped win a battle to strike down Michigan’s gay marriage ban launched her candidacy for state attorney general Tuesday, pledging to protect consumers, to prosecute hate crimes and to sue to close twin oil pipelines ...

Snyder kayaks Grand Island to promote tourism

MUNISING (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has kayaked around Grand Island in Lake Superior to promote tourism. Snyder began a tour of the Upper Peninsula on Tuesday by paddling near Munising and later visiting the Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center. He says he and other officials went under an arch ...

2 charged in murder of man

TAWAS CITY, Mich. (AP) — A second man has been arraigned after being arrested in connection with the slaying of a 72-year-old northern Michigan man whose body was found in a shallow grave behind his home. MLive.com reports 24-year-old Christopher R. Grinnell of Bay City was arraigned Monday ...

Man gets 16-20 in officer’s death

DETROIT (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 16 to 20 years in prison for second-degree murder in the fatal hit-and-run of a Detroit police officer. Fifty-five-year-old Steve Guzina of Lincoln Park also received 10-15-year sentences on each of two other charges: operating under the influence ...

Michigan Medal of Honor recipient humbled by appreciation in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Medal of Honor recipient says he’s humbled by the appreciation he’s been shown by the people in Illinois. James McCloughan, 71, of South Haven, Michigan was the keynote speaker during the main program of the Veterans and Gold Star Family Day Event at the ...

Bruno Mars donates $1M from concert to Flint water crisis

By MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer NEW YORK — Bruno Mars said Saturday he is donating $1 million from his Michigan concert to aid those affected by the Flint water crisis. The Grammy-winning star told the audience at his show in Auburn Hills, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from Detroit, that ...

LGBT group asks Michigan for legal protections

LANSING (AP) — An LGBTQ rights group has asked the Michigan Civil Rights Commission to interpret a current prohibition on sex discrimination to include protections for sexual orientation and gender identity. The commission seeks public feedback through Tuesday as it prepares to deal with a ...

Human remains found

AURELIUS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say human remains have been found in the Grand River near Lansing. The Lansing State Journal and MLive.com report Sunday that people were pulling debris from the river Friday near a canoe landing in Aurelius Township. They found what was thought to ...

University of Michigan campus farm gets students involved

By MARTIN SLAGTER The Ann Arbor News AP Member Exchange ANN ARBOR— Students in University of Michigan dining halls this fall will eat fresh tomatoes, kale, peppers, cucumbers and a variety of other vegetables grown by their classmates at UM’s Campus Farm. After attaining USDA Good ...