Michigan News

Michigan coal plant to be redeveloped as clean-power site

LITCHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan company is turning a former coal-fired power plant into a clean energy facility. Michigan Hub Inc. recently broke ground on the $100 million project at the Endicott Generating Plant in Litchfield. The 44-acre energy park will provide up to 168 ...

Detroit bank transformed into huge mirror, light installation

DETROIT — Are we in Oz or what? A life-sized replica of a small ranch house made entirely of mirrors has landed in the neo-classical interior of the old People’s State Bank (aka State Savings Bank), at Fort and Shelby in downtown Detroit. Created by Los Angeles filmmaker and artist Doug ...

Michigan haunted attraction to add new features next year

PONTIAC, Mich. — Changes are on the horizon for Erebus Haunted Attraction in Pontiac as the complex prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary in business next year. In August, Erebus announced a three-year plan to revamp the 113,000-square-foot haunt, run by brothers and co-owners Edward ...

Wayne State marks milestone

DETROIT (AP) — Wayne State University is celebrating its 150th anniversary and the completion of a $750 million fundraising campaign. The Detroit school says festivities planned for Friday include the presentation of a sesquicentennial time capsule and a program hosted by alumna and actress ...

U-M gets research money

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan has received $20 million from a foundation to boost its collaboration with two Israeli research institutes. The Ann Arbor school says the gift from The D. Dan and Betty Kahn Foundation will build on advancements in health, science and ...

Program stops water main breaks

DETROIT (AP) — About eight miles of water transmission mains in suburban Detroit will be examined to assess the pipes’ condition. The Great Lakes Water Authority says the pilot program along 14 Mile Road in Oakland County is part of its commitment to “move from a preventative to a ...

Detroit police find 63 fetuses in funeral home amid probe

DETROIT (AP) — Police removed the remains of 63 fetuses from a Detroit funeral home and regulators shuttered the business amid a widening investigation of alleged improprieties at local funeral homes. Detroit police Chief James Craig said officers found 36 fetuses in boxes and 27 others in ...

2 firefighters injured during rescue

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say two firefighters were hurt rescuing three people trapped on the second floor of a burning house in western Michigan. Muskegon Assistant Fire Chief Gordon Cole said firefighters found three residents hanging from two upstairs windows when they arrived ...

Couple to marry during marathon

DETROIT (AP) — An engaged western Michigan couple plan to tie the knot halfway through a marathon in downtown Detroit and then complete the event as husband and wife. A wedding will be held Sunday morning for 31-year-old Whitney Black and 33-year-old Steven Phillips at the 13.1-mile ...

Effort to preserve petroglyphs

CASS CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s state archaeologist says more than 100 ancient rock etchings at Sanilac Petroglyphs State Park are being digitally preserved through a partnership with tribal groups. MLive.com reports that the Michigan Department of Transportation is using special ...

Graduation prayer violates law?

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A group of civil rights activists filed a complaint against a public college in Michigan over a prayer that was said at graduation. The Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists on Thursday sent Muskegon Community College a letter detailing the complaint, which ...

Cleaning crews find cremated remains in old funeral home

DETROIT — Several cremated remains have been found by cleaning crews at a former Detroit funeral home where mummified remains of 10 fetuses were discovered last week in a ceiling, state licensing inspectors said Thursday. Crews clearing the building for its new owner came across containers ...

Driver enters plea in fatal accident

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — A driver charged in the hit-and-run death of a 6-year-old girl in western Michigan has entered a plea in the case. The Muskegon Chronicle reports 19-year-old Dakota Welch of Muskegon pleaded no contest Thursday to leaving the scene of an accident causing ...

James rips ‘ineffective’ Stabenow; she links him to President Trump

GRAND RAPIDS — Republican John James on Sunday attacked Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, calling her an ineffective, lifelong politician who too often votes with her party, while Stabenow touted herself as a get-it-done policymaker and criticized James as a cheerleader for ...

Detroit animal control head tries to bring issues to heel

DETROIT — The city’s long-troubled animal control operation has its third new leader in three years as it grapples with overcrowding and outdated facilities. The Detroit health department tapped Pittsburgh native Charles Brown in August to head Detroit’s Animal Care and Control ...

Grants awarded for state crops

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Federal grants have been awarded to organizations representing growers of a variety of Michigan specialty crops. The funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture supports efforts such as marketing, sustainability, boosting production, and preventing disease and pest ...

Tip leads to hidden infant remains at Detroit funeral home

DETROIT (AP) — An anonymously written letter led Michigan inspectors to find badly decomposed remains of 11 infants hidden in a ceiling compartment of a shuttered Detroit funeral home, police say. Inspectors with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs found the remains ...

Schuette, Whitmer trade shots in testy gubernatorial debate

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press GRAND RAPIDS — Republican Bill Schuette on Friday criticized his opponent for governor as an “extreme,” tax-raising candidate who accomplished “nothing” as a lawmaker, while Democrat Gretchen Whitmer touted her bipartisan work to expand Medicaid ...

Michigan man charged in killing of wife in Wisconsin in 1975

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors charged a Michigan man Thursday with killing his wife 43 years ago in Wisconsin based largely on witnesses saying he seemed unhappy in their marriage, her comments to neighbors that she thought he was going to kill her and other discrepancies in his ...

WWII vet’s remains to be buried

PARMA, Mich. (AP) — The remains of a World War II pilot will be buried this weekend in southern Michigan, 76 years after his plane went down during a battle in the Solomon Islands. Elwood Bailey will be buried Saturday next to his parents at Chapel Cemetery in Parma in Jackson County. He ...