Michigan News

What you should know about Michigan State University cheeses

EAST LANSING — At any given time, there’s close to 30,000 pounds of cheese inside Michigan State University’s Anthony Hall. That’s enough cheese to construct 20 full-sized replicas of the Sparty statue in cheddar, Gouda and asiago. Or to make a grilled cheese sandwich for every fan in ...

Plan to target hunt protest nixed

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The Ann Arbor City Council has turned down a request to take action against protesters who are opposed to a special deer hunt. The Ann Arbor News says protesters have appeared at sites where sharpshooters have been hired to kill up to 150 deer this month. The goal is ...

Whitmer bars LGBT discrimination, nixes religious exemption

LANSING, Mich. — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday signed a new directive to prohibit LGBT-based discrimination in state services or by state contractors, replacing a narrower order that her Republican predecessor issued days before he left office. Whitmer’s directive , like one ...

Michigan museum founder added to aviation hall of fame

YPSILANTI, Mich.— Staring at the tail section of a World War II-era bomber, his head is in the clouds. Dennis Norton, co-founder of the Yankee Air Museum at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, imagines the chaos young men experienced flying bombing raids in clunky bombers over Europe while ...

Man pleads guilty to killing 6 in between driving for Uber

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man charged with killing six strangers between picking up rides for Uber pleaded guilty to murder on Monday, just before attorneys were set to interview jurors for his trial. Jason Dalton’s surprise move came about three years after the shootings, which ...

Michigan gas prices rise

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up about 5 cents in the past week to about $2.09 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club said Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded is 54 cents less than a year ago. AAA Michigan says prices are at ...

Another plea in Flint water cases

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s former drinking water regulator has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor in the Flint water investigation. It’s a break for Liane Shekter Smith, who was facing felony charges, including involuntary manslaughter , in an investigation of Flint’s ...

Michigan family of 5 killed in wrong-way crash in Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A suspected drunken driver heading the wrong way on Interstate 75 in Kentucky struck a vehicle carrying five family members from Michigan early Sunday, killing all six people, authorities said. The southbound pickup truck being driven in the northbound lanes struck the ...

Detroit program connects homeless people with shelter dogs

By MEIRA GEBEL Detroit Free Press AP Member Exchange DETROIT — The short and stout pit bull, tugging at its leash, bounded up the stairs of Detroit Animal Care and Control into the loving arms of Robyn Wesley. Nugget, a gray pit bull, is not up for adoption just yet, but will be ...

Mannequins part of escape plan

NEW HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — Two prisoners at a Michigan correctional facility could face attempted escape charges after officers found makeshift mannequins in their bunks. The Detroit Free Press reports that an officer in a tower at the Macomb Correctional Facility northeast of Detroit spotted ...

City battles rats

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — One Detroit-area community is digging deep in its pockets to battle rats. Warren Mayor Jim Fouts says the city is spending $125,000 on bait traps along the fence lines of Interstate 696. He worries that rats fleeing construction on the freeway will scurry into city ...

Judge won’t face more charges

BRIGHTON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge won’t face any additional criminal charges after being found to have concealed a relationship with a detective involved in a murder trial she presided over. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel on Friday declined a last-minute plea to charge ...

Detroit-area prosecutor to review Flint cases

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — A Detroit-area prosecutor will review a criminal investigation of the Flint water crisis and decide whether to take over the cases, Michigan’s new attorney general announced Friday. During her run for office, Attorney General Dana Nessel ...

Sheriff: No federal probe of Lake Michigan isle plane crash

BEAVER ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — A sheriff says federal authorities have declined to investigate a small plane crash on a Lake Michigan island. The Petoskey News-Review reports the crash last weekend on Beaver Island killed Donald Falik, a 72-year-old pilot from Eaton County, near ...

State briefing

Snowmobiler falls through ice, dies ALPENA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 60-year-old woman has died in northern Michigan after her snowmobile broke through ice on a lake. The Alpena News reports that police and other rescuers were able to reach Lynne Bever but couldn’t immediately pull her ...

New AG seeks review of Flint cases

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s new attorney general has asked a Detroit-area prosecutor to take over criminal cases related to the Flint water crisis. Attorney General Dana Nessel said Friday she has provided case information to Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy, who will review the ...

Directive to help certain businesses

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed an executive directive that’s designed to help expand opportunities for certain small businesses and those businesses facing economic challenges. The Democrat’s office says that with the directive signed Friday the ...

State seeking corrections officers

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is looking to fill about 700 vacant corrections officer positions at its prisons. Department of Corrections Spokesman Chris Gautz tells the Detroit Free Press that the department has been losing about 50 officers a month over the last few years. Gautz says ...

US new-vehicle sales in 2018 rise slightly to 17.27 million

DETROIT — Sales of new vehicles in the U.S. rose slightly in 2018, defying predictions and highlighting a strong economy. Automakers reported an increase of 0.3 percent over a year ago to 17.27 million vehicles. The increase came despite rising interest rates, a volatile stock market, and ...

Top-selling new vehicles in the US in 2018

By The Associated Press U.S. sales of new cars and trucks rose 0.3 percent in 2018 to 17.27 million, automakers said Thursday. These were the top sellers, the number sold and the percent change from 2017. Vehicle Sales Change Ford F-Series 909,330 +1.4 Chev Silverado ...