Michigan News

Michigan cities use public art to add design to area

DETROIT — A mural of President John F. Kennedy wearing multicolored sunglasses pops on the side of a cement-block building in Royal Oak. A rusted-brown metal horse sculpture, its mane blowing in the breeze, stands in the grass at Mount Clemens’ southern gateway. A giant pigeon with ...

Michigan veteran receives high school diploma after 48 years

LANSING, Mich. — Forty-eight years after leaving Eastern High School to join the United States Navy, Dann Huisken recently received his diploma. In 1970, the now-retired chief petty officer was an 18-year-old senior at Eastern who decided to enlist in the midst of the Vietnam War. “I ...

Frogs raised at zoo released

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — About two dozen endangered frogs raised at the Detroit Zoo have been released into the wild. The Detroit Zoological Society says 25 dusky gopher frogs were moved this month to the Ward Bayou Wildlife Management Area in southern Mississippi. The frogs were bred at ...

State gas prices up to $2.80

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up 2 cents in the past week to about $2.80 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club says early today the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is about 27 cents more than at the same point last ...

Michigan expands private well testing for toxic chemicals

OTSEGO, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is expanding testing for toxic chemicals. The agency plans to identify an additional 25 residential wells near a paper factory landfill in Otsego to sample and test for perfluorinated chemicals, known as PFAS, the ...

GM proposes nationwide zero-emissions vehicle sales mandate

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT — General Motors says it will ask the federal government for one national gas mileage standard, including a requirement that a percentage of auto companies’ sales be zero-emissions vehicles. Mark Reuss, GM’s executive vice president of product ...

Ex-trooper explains why he tased teen before fatal crash

DETROIT (AP) — A former Michigan state trooper whose use of a Taser preceded the death of a 15-year-old black Detroit boy told jurors Thursday that he “absolutely” believed the teen was armed and was “shocked” to learn there was no gun. Mark Bessner, who is white, testified in his ...

Obama in Michigan, Wisconsin to rally Dems, encourage black voters

MILWAUKEE — Former President Barack Obama plans to visit one of Milwaukee’s most impoverished black neighborhoods today to campaign for Wisconsin Democrats, underlining his party’s efforts to encourage African-Americans to vote. African-Americans traditionally vote Democrat, so low ...

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 ...