Michigan News

Greenfield Village carousel receives an artist’s touch

DETROIT — Julie Fournier is pacing herself. The historic Greenfield Village carousel opens back up for business April 13, and before then the Detroit artist’s got a lot of distressed animals that need some love. “By opening day,” she said on a chilly day recently, “I will have ...

Census participation sought

DETROIT (AP) — An effort is underway to increase participation by Detroit residents in the upcoming 2020 U.S. census. The city says it will work with community groups to raise awareness about the census and encourage people to be counted. The campaign also wants residents to know that ...

Body found along Lake Michigan

LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have identified a body found along Lake Michigan in southwestern Michigan as that of a Chicago woman. The Berrien County sheriff’s office identified the woman as Eddisa Concepcion Herrera, who went missing after jumping in Lake Michigan at the North ...

Pastor charged in sexual assaults

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The pastor of a church in northern Michigan has been charged in the sexual assault of two men after they allegedly were given drugs. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports that 41-year-old Christopher Cox was arraigned Monday on two counts of first-degree ...

Critics raise concerns about Michigan’s gambling blacklist

DETROIT (AP) — Critics are questioning whether Michigan’s voluntary gambling blacklist is an effective way to prevent problematic betting since many Detroit casinos aren’t able to effectively screen banned gamblers. More than 4,600 people have asked to have themselves banned from ...

Should state set THC limit?

LANSING (AP) — A state commission says Michigan should not set a legal limit for how much of marijuana’s active ingredient motorists can have in their system. The Impaired Driving Safety Commission recently forwarded its findings to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Legislature after spending ...

Judge orders closer look at Great Lakes oil spill plans

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a government agency to take a closer look at pipeline company Enbridge’s plans for dealing with a potential oil spill in the waterway connecting Lakes Huron and Michigan. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration ...

State briefing

Human remains discovered EATON RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a homicide investigation is taking place following the discovery of the remains of a female in a wooded area of mid-Michigan. The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office says the remains were discovered Wednesday evening ...

Charges pursued against MSU dean

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State prosecutors say they’ll pursue a second felony charge against a former medical school dean who had oversight of Larry Nassar at Michigan State University. William Strampel is accused of sexually harassing female students when he was dean of the osteopathic ...

Stretch of highway to honor trooper

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A stretch of mid-Michigan highway has been designated to honor a state trooper who was fatally shot during a 1982 traffic stop. The bill to name a portion of U.S. highway 127 between Leslie and the Jackson County line for 28-year-old Trooper Craig A. Scott was signed ...

Teen found dead in backyard pool

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 16-year-old boy has died after being found face down in a backyard pool in west Michigan. The Ottawa County sheriff’s office says officers and local first responders were called Thursday afternoon to a home in Georgetown Township and the ...

Gov. Whitmer keynote speaker at MHCC forum

DETROIT (AP) — Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, will be the keynote speaker at the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's 15th annual Economic Forum. Sponsored by DTE Energy, the popular public policy forum will be held at the Detroit Athletic Club today. Whitmer joins previous MHCC ...

Trump’s return to west Michigan comes amid Democratic gains

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The 50 or so party faithful gathered at a western Michigan GOP headquarters prayed for President Donald Trump’s re-election and hummed with excitement about his upcoming visit — a meeting-turned-pep rally for the effort they’ll mount on his behalf in ...

Bacterial meningitis kills prison guard

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman says a guard who worked at a western Michigan prison died after contracting bacterial meningitis and an inmate has been diagnosed with it. MDOC spokesman Chris Gautz says the guard died Monday. He says the 52-year-old man ...

Detroit officer fired after hearing

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit police say an officer has been fired after an internal investigation into alleged drug dealing. Police Chief James Craig says the probationary officer was arrested Sunday and taken from jail to a hearing at police headquarters Tuesday, where she was fired. Craig says ...

18 measles cases since March 13

OAK PARK, Mich. (AP) — Michigan health officials say ten more cases of measles have been confirmed in the Detroit area, raising the number in Oakland County to 18 since March 13. The highly contagious disease has been linked to a person who was visiting from Israel and had stayed in New ...

Man sentenced for wife’s slaying

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — A man convicted in the fatal shooting of his wife inside a marijuana grow room in their southwestern Michigan home has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. John Lewis was given the mandatory punishment Monday in a Berrien County courtroom after a jury in ...

Fight breaks out at birthday party

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Police say two men were arrested after guns were pulled during a fight at a birthday party in southwestern Michigan with children in attendance. No shots were fired during the fight on Sunday evening in Kalamazoo. A woman at the party had what police described as ...

Gas prices rise 12 cents to $2.71

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up about 12 cents from a week ago to about $2.71 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club says today the average price for self-serve regular unleaded is about 1 cent less than a year ago. AAA says the statewide ...

LSSU to spend $1M on equipment

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie has agreed to spend $1 million on chemistry equipment, partly to stock the school’s new cannabis chemistry program. The equipment will be housed in the Center for Cannabis Science, although students in other ...