Michigan News

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long-troubled animal control operation has its third new leader in three years as it grapples with overcrowding and outdated facilities.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 ...

Marijuana backers look for Midwest breakthrough

LANSING (AP) — Backers of broad marijuana legalization are looking to break through a geographic barrier in November and get their first foothold in the Midwest after a string of election victories in Northeastern and Western states. Michigan and North Dakota, where voters previously ...

Halloween arrives early for inhabitants of Detroit Zoo

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — Halloween has arrived ahead of schedule at the Detroit Zoo, where inhabitants are enjoying some frightfully good fare. Animal care staff at the zoo in suburban Royal Oak on Wednesday provided special seasonal munchies to anteaters, great apes, grizzly bears, penguins ...

Halloween focus returns to kids

DETROIT (AP) — The focus of a three-day Halloween period in Detroit is changing from anti-arson efforts to celebrations aimed at families. Mayor Mike Duggan on Wednesday announced “Halloween in the D.” Three parks and some city-owned houses will take on haunted themes. A harvest ...

CMU drops fraternity

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — Central Michigan University says it has kicked a fraternity out of school after many allegations of sexual misconduct and hazing and the death of a member. Vice President Steven Johnson says the allegations against Phi Sigma Phi show a “significant threat to ...

No charges in nursing home death

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — No charges will be filed in the death of a man who was attacked at a Grand Rapids nursing home by his roommate. Kent County prosecutor Chris Becker says a man who threw the punch in January has dementia and can’t be held responsible for the death of 81-year-old ...

Best-selling author Albom back to heaven for first sequel

By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press DETROIT— Mitch Albom’s books are about faith and salvation, forgiveness and second chances. What they most certainly are not about, according to the author, is a certain five-letter word. “I really don’t think my books are about death,” ...

2-plus years later, lawsuit over ballot selfies not over

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — Eager to snap and post an online photo of your Michigan ballot in the Nov. 6 election? Think again. A legal dispute over photos in polling places still hasn’t reached the finish line, more than two years later. A millennial voter from the ...

Michigan gas prices rise

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up nearly 2 cents in the past week to about $3 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club says Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is about 58 cents more than at the same point last ...

Michigan girl diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder

By KRISTEN JORDAN HAMUS Detroit Free Press AP Member Exchange KALAMAZOO, Mich.— Marlene Berthoud was an enigma, born with a head full of silvery hair that her father, Bryan Berthoud, compared to the X-Men superhero Storm’s shimmery locks. “We joked that she has super ...

Kellogg Community College’s student newspaper goes digital

By NOE HERNANDEZ Battle Creek Enquirer AP Member Exchange BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — The newspaper bins tucked away in the office of Kellogg Community College’s student newspaper tell a story that’s news in its own right. They’re not needed anymore. The Bruin published its last ...

1 dead, 3 hurt in stabbings

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit police say one man is dead and three other people are hospitalized after each was stabbed at a gas station. Two of the three others were listed in critical condition. The stabbings on the city's west side occurred around 12:30 a.m. Sunday. Police say a man about 30 ...

Michigan proposal aims to expand voting methods, options

By JEFF KAROUB Associated Press DETROIT — Michigan voters get to have their say on whether to expand voting methods and options, and enshrine them into the constitution — a measure that doesn’t have the support of the Republican secretary of state candidate but checks the box for the ...