Michigan News

Michigan water activist, 6 others win Goldman Environmental Prize

FLINT, Mich. — A woman who played a key role in exposing the lead-tainted water disaster in Flint, Michigan, is among seven people from around the world to be awarded a Goldman Environmental Prize for grassroots environmental activism. LeeAnne Walters was repeatedly rebuffed by Gov. Rick ...

Michigan ‘Zoomobile’ takes animals on the road

BATTLE CREEK, Mich.— Children sat elbow-to-elbow on a crowded floor or sandwiched between bookshelves, hoping to catch a glimpse of the creatures encased and covered on the table in front of them. Spring break week meant the audience at Willard Library’s Helen Warner Branch was larger ...

Michigan seeing Hep A cases

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana health officials are advising residents to get vaccinated for hepatitis A if their summer plans include visits to Kentucky or Michigan. The Department of Health says significant outbreaks of the liver-damaging hepatitis A virus have been reported in Kentucky and ...

Did center honor racist demands?

ZEELAND, Mich. — A health care center in western Michigan is accused of agreeing to requests by patients for white-only caregivers. Six black certified nursing assistants filed a lawsuit April 11 against Providence Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, where they all work or formerly ...

Detroit small businesses going global to push growth

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — One of the next stages in Detroit’s revitalization could involve China, South Korea, the Middle East or even India through a program that helps businesses market their products in foreign markets while creating jobs for city ...

Cold case officer homicide probed

DETROIT (AP) —A Detroit detective is attempting to solve a police officer’s death 45 years after the shooting. Detroit Police Officer Donald O. Kimbrough was shot in 1972 while investigating a loitering report. He lived paralyzed with a bullet lodged in his back until he died in December, ...

Lawmakers want cleanup at AFB

OSCODA, Mich. (AP) — Three members of Congress are asking the U.S. Air Force to move faster on removing chemical contamination around the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda, Michigan. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Senator Gary Peters and Rep. Dan Kildee made the request in a letter, ...

Snyder in UK to tout Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder is in England to make the case for Michigan’s tourism and mobility potential. He plans to meet with the British Parliament in the coming days to bolster collaboration between the countries’ automotive and technology industries. Snyder also is ...

Karolyis to NBC: ‘No way’ they knew about doctor’s behavior

NEW YORK (AP) — Former USA Gymnastics women’s national team coordinator Martha Karolyi and husband Bela tell NBC they were unaware of the abusive behavior by a former national team doctor now serving decades in prison. Martha Karolyi led the national team for 15 years before retiring ...

Bottled water in Flint discontinued

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has denied a request to order Michigan officials to resume distribution of free bottled water in Flint. The Flint Journal reports that U.S. District Judge Judith Levy sided with the state, which announced an end to the program on April 6. Tests show Flint ...

Gravel hauler crashes into office

CLARKSTON, Mich. (AP) — The driver of a gravel hauler had to be pulled from the rig after the truck smashed through the wall of a dental office in Clarkston, northwest of Detroit. The Oakland County sheriff’s office says the driver was hospitalized after the Friday afternoon ...

Mother leaves children in suitcase

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A 26-year-old Michigan mother accused of leaving her 11-month-old twin daughters in a suitcase along a curb with trash has been charged with child abuse. Prosecutors say the woman has not been arraigned and is being mentally evaluated at a hospital. She was arrested ...

Michigan Senate: Medicaid recipients must find work

LANSING— Some Michigan able-bodied Medicaid recipients may soon lose their health insurance if lawmakers approve a proposal requiring them to prove they work or are training to work for at least 29 hours a week. The proposal passed the GOP-controlled Senate passed in a 26-11 vote on ...

Student says Confederate flag theft sparked protests

DETROIT — A student who led a two-day demonstration outside of his central Michigan high school this week said it was in response to the unpunished theft of a Confederate battle flag from his pickup truck. Cameron Myers, an 18-year-old senior at Bay City Western High School, an ...

It’s (another) boy! Family with 13 sons gets No. 14

ROCKFORD, Mich. — There will be no shortage of hand-me-downs for this Michigan kid. The Grand Rapids Press reports that Kateri and Jay Schwandt welcomed the birth of their 14th son on Wednesday, five days before he was due. They have no daughters. WOOD-TV reports that the boy weighs 8 ...

State approves permits for energy turbines near Detroit

DEARBORN, Mich. — Michigan officials have approved an energy company’s request to build two natural-gas-fired turbines outside Detroit. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality approved a permit last week for DTE Energy Co. to construct the turbines in Dearborn, The Detroit News ...

Earthquake felt in Detroit

DETROIT — The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting a 3.6-magnitude earthquake centered in southern Canada that also was felt in suburban Detroit. The quake was recorded late Thursday near Amherstburg, Ontario, a town of about 21,900 people. Jeff Ward of Taylor, Michigan, told the Detroit ...

Man fatally shot by officers named

PAVILION TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Authorities in southwestern Michigan have identified a man who was fatally shot by officers after they say he pointed a gun at them at a mobile home park. The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday that 48-year-old David Teneyuqu died in the ...

Michigan Democrats back Nessel for attorney general

DETROIT — Thousands of fired-up Michigan Democrats endorsed Dana Nessel on Sunday in a hotly contested race for state attorney general, backing the former prosecutor-turned-civil rights lawyer to wrest back control of an office the party last held 16 years ago. If elected in November, ...

Garden Fresh Gourmet founders launch processing center

TAYLOR, Mich. — The founders of Garden Fresh Gourmet, the makers of salsa, chips and hummus who sold the company to Campbell Soup Co., have launched their next big project. Jack and Annette Aronson celebrated the grand opening of the Great Lakes High-Pressure Processing Food Innovation ...