Michigan News

Michigan business groups back fees for cleanup, water needs

LANSING, Mich.— Two influential Michigan business groups on Thursday got behind fee increases proposed by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder to pay for environmental cleanup, water infrastructure and recycling needs, saying they will push the GOP-led Legislature to act before he leaves office at ...

Crews still cleaning up after storm

CADILLAC, Mich. (AP) — Crews from out of state are helping utility workers in repairing widespread electricity outages across much of western and northern Michigan caused by strong storms this week. Consumers Energy says it had nearly 29,000 homes and businesses still without power Thursday ...

James, Stabenow accept 2 debates in Michigan’s Senate race

LANSING, Mich. — Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow and her Republican opponent, John James, have made plans for two televised debates before November’s election, the first time Michigan voters will be able to watch a Senate debate in 10 years. The candidates said Tuesday they had ...

After 30 years, time capsule lost

COLOMA, Mich. (AP) — Ex-classmates in Michigan reunited to uncover a time capsule they buried 30 years ago only to be unable to find it. The Herald-Palladium reports the seven classmates and two teachers spent two hours looking Sunday outside Coloma Junior High in southwestern ...

Judge: Michigan laws burden independent AG candidate

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan’s laws requiring independent candidates for attorney general to collect 30,000 valid voter signatures within six months are unconstitutionally burdensome, a federal judge ruled Monday, ordering that candidate Christopher Graveline’s name appear on the November ...

Detroit saying farewell in royal fashion to Queen of Soul

DETROIT — Aretha Franklin had admirers the world over, but there’s no doubt the flame burned brightest in Detroit — the place she was raised and remained for most of her life. It’s difficult to separate the singer from the city, so you better think that her town is saying farewell in ...

Michigan worshippers tend vineyards for sacramental wine

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Some say wine is good for the soul, a sentiment appreciated at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Old Mission Peninsula. The church campus is home to three vineyards where grapes are grown to make a special sacramental wine used among the five Traverse City parishes: ...

Snyder orders flags at half-staff

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered that U.S. and Michigan flags be lowered to half-staff for five days in honor of the late U.S. Sen. John McCain. Snyder on Monday said the flags will be lowered on all state buildings and within the state Capitol complex from ...

Republicans nominate Leonard, Lang for Michigan ticket

LANSING— Michigan Republicans on Saturday solidified their ticket for the fall, choosing state House Speaker Tom Leonard as their attorney general candidate and accountant Mary Treder Lang for secretary of state while unveiling a “results not resistance” message they hope will persuade ...

Michigan Democrats make official their slate of candidates

EAST LANSING — Michigan Democrats on Sunday made official their slate of top candidates for the fall election, nominating Dana Nessel for attorney general and Jocelyn Benson for secretary of state in bids to retake state offices the party has not led in years. The moves at a convention in ...

Teens charged in firefighter death

DETROIT (AP) — Prosecutors have charged two 18-year men with murder and other charges for the fatal shooting of an off-duty Detroit firefighter during a robbery. A judge ordered Sunday that Arondez Carter and Shomari Walker remain jailed without bond and entered not guilty pleas on their ...

Meijer Gardens hosts ‘Disability Sculpture’ exhibition

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in western Michigan is planning to host an exhibition titled “Process and Presence: Contemporary Disability Sculpture.” The exhibition opens Sept. 14 at the Grand Rapids attraction and runs through Jan. 6. It ...

Researchers seek further insight from January’s meteor in lower Michigan

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan seismologists are studying a meteor that exploded in the atmosphere over the state in January with the help of scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego. The University of Michigan seismologists and the California scientists will publish ...

Leonard, Schuitmaker vie for GOP attorney general nomination

LANSING — The race to become Michigan’s next attorney general will be set this weekend, when 2,100 Republican activists choose between two state lawmakers vying for the nomination to face Democrat Dana Nessel this fall. House Speaker Tom Leonard and Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker are battling to ...

Court orders $12 minimum wage initiative on ballot

LANSING— The Michigan Court of Appeals on Wednesday ordered that an initiative to raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 be placed on the November ballot, rejecting the restaurant industry’s challenges to petition signatures and how the measure is written. In a brief 2-1 order, Judges ...

Ex-city manager pleads guilty

DETROIT (AP) — A former suburban Detroit city manager has pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges for accepting cash and other items in return for his influence in the awarding of municipal contracts. Fifty-year-old Brian Kischnick entered the plea Wednesday. He faces a maximum of 10 ...

Independent gubernatorial candidate Schleiger discusses goals, objectives

MARQUETTE — U.S. Taxpayer gubernatorial nominee Todd Schleiger, who’s running as an independent, discussed the democratic system and his plans to help fix several issues the state of Michigan potentially faces in a phone interview Wednesday morning. Schleiger, who’s from the Flint area ...

Whitmer names ‘tech guru’ Gilchrist as running mate

LANSING, Mich. — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer announced the selection of Garlin Gilchrist II as her running mate Monday, calling the University of Michigan social media expert and former liberal organizer a “tech guru” who would fix problems in state ...

Michigan official faces manslaughter trial over Flint water deaths

FLINT, Mich. — A judge on Monday ordered Michigan’s health director to stand trial for involuntary manslaughter in two deaths linked to Legionnaires’ disease in the Flint area, the highest-ranking official to face criminal charges as a result of the city’s tainted water scandal. Nick ...

1,600 attend officer’s funeral

UTICA, Mich. (AP) — More than 1,600 people have attended the funeral for a Detroit police officer who died after being struck by a speeding SUV. A requiem Mass for 30-year-old Fadi Shukur at St. George Chaldean Catholic Church in Utica. He died Aug. 15 from injuries he had suffered 11 days ...