Michigan News

New shipwreck identity discovered

WHITEHALL, Mich. (AP) — Some experts have come up with a new identity for a shipwreck that has emerged along the Lake Michigan shore in western Michigan. They say it’s not long enough to be the LC Woodruff, a schooner that sank near Whitehall in 1878. They tell WZZM-TV that they believe ...

Priest criticized teen at funeral

TEMPERANCE, Mich. (AP) — The Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit says it regrets that a priest officiating at a teen’s funeral questioned whether he would get to heaven after killing himself. Maison Hullibarger’s father tells the Detroit Free Press that he asked the priest to stop talking ...

Women charged after son is run over

BELMONT, Mich. (AP) — Western Michigan authorities have charged a woman with reckless driving after police say she ran over her 9-year-old son while dropping him off at school. Court records show 36-year-old Tiffany Kosakowski was arraigned Friday in Kent County with second-degree child ...

GM says it has 2,700 jobs for workers slated to be laid off

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT — General Motors’ plans to lay off 14,000 salaried and blue-collar workers might not be as bad as originally projected. The company said Friday that 2,700 out of the 3,300 U.S. factory jobs slated for elimination will now be saved. Blue-collar ...

Snyder appoints James Redford

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed a former Kent County judge to fill a vacancy on the Michigan appeals court. James Redford now serves as director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. He joined the Snyder administration in 2015 as chief legal counsel after losing a ...

Survivors ask MSU to open fund

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Some of the women abused by imprisoned former sports doctor Larry Nassar are asking Michigan State University not to redirect $8.5 million from a victims’ counseling fund to a larger money settlement in the case. Interim MSU President John Engler wants the money ...

Family offers $8K reward for info

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The family of a Michigan man who was shot and killed last month while hunting deer is offering a more than $8,000 reward for information about his death, citing concerns that it may not have been accidental. Chong Yang’s family held a candlelight vigil for the ...

In meeting Trump, Whitmer emphasizes infrastructure, Asian carp

LANSING— Michigan Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday she emphasized the importance of upgrading road and water infrastructure and keeping invasive carp out of the Great Lakes in a meeting with President Donald Trump. The Democratic Whitmer, who will take office Jan. 1, was among new ...

Dog sale regulations OK’d

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers have voted to regulate dog sales and restrict local bans on pet shops, advancing bills that are backed by the pet industry but opposed by animal rights activists. One measure approved 23-14 in the Republican-controlled Senate Thursday would prohibit ...

Snyder reaches final deal on Great Lakes pipeline

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration said Thursday it had wrapped up negotiations with Enbridge Inc. on building a tunnel to contain an oil pipeline beneath a Great Lakes waterway. Snyder’s office released a series of agreements with the Canadian pipeline ...

Michigan GOP advances bill to make ballot drives harder

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Republicans moved Wednesday to curtail ballot initiatives by advancing a measure limiting how many signatures could come from any one region of the state, the latest proposal assailed by critics as an unconstitutional, lame-duck power grab from voters or ...

Michigan church has nativity scenes from around the world

SALINE, Mich. — A creche, szopka, presepio, betlemy, or simply a nativity scene. By any name, the intricate depiction of the birth of Jesus Christ is a Christmas tradition in countries around the world. From El Salvador to Israel, Kenya to Haiti, Holy Faith Church in Saline managed to ...

Fire victim, age 2, identified

DETROIT (AP) — Authorities have confirmed the identity of the 2-year-old boy who died in a house fire in Detroit. Wayne County Medical Examiner spokeswoman Lisa Croff said Monday the cause and manner of Kamari Livingston’s death haven’t been determined. He was the only person not to ...

Embiid powers Sixers past Pistons

By DAVE ZEITLIN Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid hasn’t been feeling like himself for a while and felt sick a day earlier. Nothing like playing the Pistons to help him snap out of it. Embiid scored 24 points in his return to the lineup after a one-game absence, Ben ...

Michigan’s medical chief to stand trial on Flint charges

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Michigan’s chief medical executive will stand trial on involuntary manslaughter and other charges in a criminal investigation over the Flint water crisis, a judge ruled Friday, making Dr. Eden Wells the second member of Gov. Rick ...

Plant closing not expected to stall Detroit’s rebound

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — General Motors’ planned shutdown of its Detroit-Hamtramck plant would leave only one auto assembly factory in the city known for “putting America on wheels,” but the closure and job losses are not expected to stall-out Detroit’s ...

GOP-led Michigan Senate OKs bill to strip Democrat’s power

LANSING, Mich.— The Republican-led Michigan Senate voted Thursday to strip campaign finance oversight from the secretary of state and have a bipartisan commission handle the functions instead, less than a month before a Democrat leads the office for the first time in two dozen years. The ...

6 charged with preying on addicts

DETROIT (AP) — Prosecutors say six doctors have been charged in a scheme that involved millions of opioid drugs and unnecessary medical procedures in southeastern Michigan. U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider says it’s “particularly egregious” for doctors to prey on addicts. An ...

Toyota US chief says car sales are close to bottoming out

DETROIT — Toyota’s top U.S. executive says car sales nationwide have nearly bottomed out and his company will keep making them despite a dramatic shift to trucks and SUVs. U.S. CEO Jim Lentz told the Detroit Economic Club Wednesday that car sales fell below 30 percent of sales last month, ...