Michigan News

Man exonerated after 45 years sells his prison art to get by

By ED WHITE Associated Press FERNDALE, Mich. — Richard Phillips said he didn’t mope much during the 45 years he wrongfully spent in prison. He painted watercolors in his cell: warm landscapes, portraits of famous people like Mother Teresa, vases of flowers, a bassist playing ...

State briefing

State workers paid for not working DETROIT (AP) — Two state Environmental Quality department employees have been fired and several others disciplined after an audit found nearly $34,000 was paid for unperformed work hours. Michigan’s auditor general also said in a report Friday that ...

Governors: Let states give unemployment to federal workers

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — The Democratic governors of Michigan, New York and Washington on Friday asked the Trump administration to let states offer unemployment benefits to federal employees who are working without pay during the partial government shutdown that ...

Low-profile administrator replaces Engler at MSU

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press EAST LANSING— Michigan State University ousted its interim president on Thursday, a week ahead of his scheduled departure, as the school stepped up efforts to finally move beyond the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal. Its new temporary leader, Satish Udpa, ...

Pit spit creator dead at 88

EAU CLAIRE, Mich. (AP) — Agricultural tourism pioneer Herb Teichman, who founded a cherry pit-spitting competition in southwestern Michigan that attracted international attention, has died at the age of 88. Bowerman Funeral Home says Teichman, of Eau Claire, died Monday at Hanson Hospice ...

Tesla cuts staff by 7 percent

(AP) — Electric car and solar panel maker Tesla says it plans to cut its staff by about 7 percent. In an email to employees released today it said the “road ahead is very difficult.” The memo posted on the company’s website said Tesla Inc. hopes to post a “tiny profit” in the ...

New secretary of state seeks to settle gerrymandering suit

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — New Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson moved Thursday to settle a lawsuit that challenges the state’s Republican-drawn legislative and congressional districts, a step that potentially could lead to new maps for the 2020 ...

Engler out at MSU now, board of trustees says

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University's Board of Trustees said today that interim president John Engler's resignation is effective immediately. The board acted a day after Engler said he'd step down next week amid fallout from remarks he made about some victims of former sports ...

Organization announces $11M in grants

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-based philanthropic organization says more than $11 million in grants is going to organizations and initiatives in seven southeastern Michigan counties. The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan says the funding is designed to support community programs in the ...

Ford calls for 2018 adjusted earnings

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford is calling for 2018 adjusted earnings of $1.30 per share, slightly below Wall Street’s view, because of challenges including higher commodity and warranty costs and a business decline in China. Analysts predict earnings of $1.33 per share, according to ...

Man found dead in vacant building

DETROIT (AP) — Police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old man who apparently fell down an elevator shaft while playing hide-and-seek with friends in a vacant Detroit building. Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office spokesman Keith Owens identified the victim as 21-year-old ...

Top auto awards go to Hyundai, Ram

DETROIT (AP) — Hyundai scored two out of three wins on Monday in the North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards, as the Detroit auto show’s press previews officially got underway. The Hyundai Genesis G70 and Hyundai Kona took the car and utility awards, respectively, ...

Trade war delaying Chinese automaker’s US plans

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S.-China trade war has delayed but not derailed Chinese automaker GAC Motor's plans to enter the American market, company officials said Monday. Company President Yu Jun, speaking at Detroit's North American International Auto Show, said the dispute is a factor in ...

Hip-hop, skater culture helps make clothing company popular

By BREANA NOBLE The Detroit News AP Member Exchange DETROIT — Moyra Aontsalakis walked into the flagship Carhartt store in midtown and made a beeline for the wall of beanies. “A lot of my friends like Carhartt,” said the 16-year-old from Toronto, who was in town for an indoor ...

Wife charged in husband’s murder

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — A soldier at home in Michigan during the holidays was ambushed and killed by another soldier on New Year’s Eve in a plot that involved the victim’s wife, authorities said Monday. Kemia Hassel, 22, and Jeremy Cuellar, 24, were charged with murder in Berrien ...

Ford and Cadillac SUVs, Toyota sports car star at auto show

DETROIT (AP) — SUVs and a big pickup truck will get top billing at Detroit’s auto show this year, but there are some surprise sports cars and electric vehicles on the agenda. Press days for the show begin today, although there are a couple of unveils set for before the show starts The ...

Toyota exec: Tariffs will raise costs, drive up prices

DETROIT — Chris Reynolds was promoted by Toyota late last year to one of the toughest jobs in the U.S. auto industry. He's in charge of North American manufacturing, as well as human resources, legal, finance and communications. It's manufacturing that will present the biggest challenge for ...

Michigan nonprofit has a unique gift shop

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — It started with a group of people who wanted to give back to needy children in the area by sewing clothes for them. In January 1887, that group had its first community dance fundraiser. They raised $232. That was the start of Charitable Union, a Battle Creek ...

Stray bullet gravely injures man

INKSTER, Mich. (AP) — State police say a Detroit-area man is in critical condition after being hit in the head by a stray bullet fired from more than a half-block away. The 28-year-old man was in an upstairs bedroom in Inkster when he was hit Saturday night. He was at home with his mother ...

State’s economy, tax revenues projected to stay stable

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan’s economy will keep growing but at a slower rate, resulting in stable tax revenue growth at a time new Gov. Gretchen Whitmer begins working to put her imprint on state spending. That was among the takeaways from Friday’s semiannual ...