Michigan News

Judge rules Michigan cafe owner won’t be deported

HARBERT, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan restaurant owner from Turkey who has been facing deportation for more than a decade will now be allowed to stay in the U.S. Ibrahim Parlak learned Tuesday he was granted a deferral of removal under the Convention Against Torture, an international law ...

$63K found in priest’s home ceiling

WILLIAMSTON, Mich. (AP) — State police say they discovered $63,000 hidden above ceiling tiles in the home of a Michigan priest who is accused of embezzling millions. The search was conducted Tuesday at the Rev. Jonathan Wehrle’s luxury home in Williamston. Police say money was in $2,000 ...

Groundbreaking ceremony held for new international bridge

DETROIT — U.S. and Canadian officials touted the friendship between the two countries while acknowledging the economic benefits a new international bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, will bring. A groundbreaking for the advance construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge ...

Feds: Michigan needs special education intervention

DETROIT — Michigan is the only state in the U.S. that needs intervention after failing to meet federal special education requirements this year, according to federal education officials. The U.S. Department of Education determined the need for intervention after evaluating Michigan’s ...

State aid lawsuits switches courts

LANSING, Mich. — A lawsuit challenging Michigan’s ban on public aid for private schools is moving to federal court. The case was filed in state court in March by a Grand Rapids Catholic school, parents and some lawmakers. But it was withdrawn Tuesday after lawyers decided that federal ...

Michigan spends almost $25M on Flint water crisis attorneys

FLINT, Mich. — New accounting figures show Michigan has spent nearly $25 million on attorneys handling cases involving the Flint lead-tainted water crisis. Data from Michigan agencies and the Governor’s Office show attorney spending has reached more than $24.8 million for the 2014 crisis ...

Deal struck in rock throwing case

FLINT, Mich. — Four Michigan teens charged with murder in a fatal rock-throwing incident have agreed to accept a lesser charge of manslaughter, an attorney said Monday. The plea deal was disclosed in court, although no guilty pleas were immediately made. Attorney Jim Gust, who represents ...

Prison guard lawsuit in timeout

DETROIT — A judge has agreed to a 90-day timeout in a lawsuit that accuses the Michigan Corrections Department of violating the rights of female prison guards. The U.S. Justice Department and the state will use the time to try to reach a settlement. Federal Judge Paul Borman signed the ...

5 years after declaring bankruptcy, Detroit reborn

DETROIT — It’s been five years since Detroit bottomed out after decades of decline, admitting in the largest U.S. municipal bankruptcy filing ever that the country’s one-time industrial engine could no longer pay its bills. The turnaround since then has been remarkable, with major ...

Survey of economists: US sales and employment likely to grow

DETROIT — Most U.S. business economists expect corporate sales to grow over the next three months and hiring and pay to rise with them. But a majority of the economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics say the corporate tax cuts that the Trump administration ...

Girl, 7, killed walking on interstate

ROMULUS, Mich. — Police say a 7-year-old girl has been killed while trying to cross Interstate 94 after her father was involved in a drunken driving crash in suburban Detroit. The girl was hit by a car early Sunday near Detroit Metropolitan Airport. State police spokesman Lt. Mike Shaw says ...

Business groups challenge minimum wage, sick leave proposals

By ALICE YIN Associated Press LANSING — Proposals to raise the Michigan minimum wage and require paid sick time came under fire from pro-business lobbying groups Friday, the deadline to challenge the two ballot initiatives. The first, a movement by the union-endorsed Michigan One Fair ...

Detroit man documents city street art

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit man is trying to bike all of the estimated street routes through the city, and he’s halfway there. The Detroit Free Press reports Thomas Leeper’s goal of biking 4,000 miles through Detroit isn’t for exercise, but for street art. Leeper takes photos of all the ...

Stabenow, Peters oppose Trump’s high court nominee Kavanaugh

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Democratic U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters of Michigan announced Friday their opposition to President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, saying Brett Kavanaugh’s judicial record clearly shows that he would limit access to health ...

McDonald’s halt salads after illness

CHICAGO (AP) — McDonald’s is stopping the sale of salads at 3,000 restaurants after people became sick from a parasite causing intestinal illness. The Chicago-based fast-food chain said Friday it’s acting “out of an abundance of caution” until switching to another supplier. Health ...

2 bodies found near Flint River

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a man-size hole has been discovered in a wooded area near a Michigan river where two bodies were found. WJRT-TV reports Friday that police in Flint on Thursday found the hole which is more than knee-deep and about six feet long after officers saw three ...

Boy shot to death by hidden gun

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A 20-year-old suburban Detroit man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after authorities say his 14-year-old cousin was shot in the chest by a handgun that the suspect had stashed under a mattress. The Oakland County sheriff’s office says Damari E. Mahone ...

Snyder wants AG to sue 3M for costs

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder wants Michigan to sue the manufacturer of chemicals linked to contaminated water detected at military bases and industrial sites across the state. Snyder wrote a letter to Attorney General Bill Schuette Friday seeking a lawsuit against 3M. The Minnesota-based ...

Another Mud Day into the books

WESTLAND, Mich. (AP) — Made in the shade? It was more like made in the mud for hundreds of people at a Michigan park. Scores of children — and some parents — participated in the 31st annual Wayne County Mud Day on Tuesday at Nankin Mills Park in Westland, west of Detroit. They sloshed ...

Michigan conservancy uses goats to combat invasive plants

ARCADIA, Mich. — Deep in the Benzie County woods, tucked away behind brambles and brush, a small herd of domesticated goats is hard at work doing what those creatures do best: eating everything they can reach. Seven retired milk goats owned by the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy ...