Michigan News

Federal officials pledge readiness for pipeline spills

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Federal officials said Monday they were prepared to act quickly if oil pipelines in a sensitive Michigan waterway leak, drawing a skeptical response from a U.S. senator who said the handling of a suspected anchor strike last spring exposed flaws in the system. Sen. ...

Michigan woman brightens senior facility with jigsaw puzzles

FORT GRATIOT TOWNSHIP, Mich. — With a view of the bird feeders and flowers out the window, Sally Eagen assembles her own masterpiece bit by bit. About a thousand puzzle pieces were laid out across the table as an image gradually took form. Eagen, 93, started doing jigsaw puzzles after she ...

Teen killed, 2 others injured

EASTPOINTE, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 15-year-old boy was killed and two other people were hurt during an exchange of gunfire in a Detroit suburb. Eastpointe police said a fight broke out Saturday night at a house party. The shootout started after the organizer shut down the ...

When Ms. Franklin calls: Reporter reflects on Queen of Soul

By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY AP Global Entertainment Editor NEW YORK — When I got the chance to interview Aretha Franklin for the first time in 2001, I was already a bundle of nerves: Even though it was just over the phone, I’d be talking to THE Queen of Soul! You could get no closer ...

Suit: Hospital honored patient’s request for no black nurse

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — A nurse is suing a Michigan hospital for allegedly honoring a patient’s request to not be cared for by a black woman. Teoka Williams filed a federal lawsuit Monday against Beaumont Hospital in Dearborn, alleging that the health system violated federal and state ...

State briefing

Detroit seeks resident input DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit mayor’s office wants to hear residents’ ideas on how to improve the city’s quality of life, better protect the public health and provide greater economic opportunities. A public session was scheduled for Saturday as part of the ...

Detroit lawmaker apologizes for calling opponent racial slur

DETROIT (AP) — A black Detroit lawmaker has apologized for using racial slurs against an Asian-American opponent for state Senate. Rep. Bettie Cook Scott issued an apology Thursday after accountability group Progress Michigan revealed Scott used racial slurs to refer to state Rep. Stephanie ...

Truck hauling watermelons crashes

LEROY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Crews had a hefty cleanup job after a crash involving a truck hauling watermelons in mid-Michigan. The Ingham County sheriff’s office says the truck on Friday morning hit another truck carrying plastic products that was stopped with a flat tire along the ...

Detroit residents remember Aretha Franklin, her impact on city

DETROIT — To the rest of the world, she was the “Queen of Soul” — a woman whose strong and soulful voice could effortlessly jump multiple octaves whether belting out tear-jerking ballads or jump-and-shout gospel. To residents in her hometown of Detroit who followed her more than ...

Dad charged in shooting

DETROIT (AP) — Authorities say a man has been charged after his 2-year-old son accidentally shot and wounded himself after finding a gun under a couch at their Detroit home. The Wayne County prosecutor’s office announced Thursday that 24-year-old Johntauris Dupree Barber, also known as ...

Charges dismissed in 2003 slaying; man released

DETROIT— A Detroit man who spent about 15 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit was released Wednesday— on his birthday. A review determined that Aaron Salter’s case was primarily based on mistaken identification and the charges against him have been dismissed, Wayne County ...

Old churches, schools used for housing in Michigan

BERKLEY, Mich. — When Berkley resident Eric Wheeler found out Our Lady of La Salette School could be redeveloped into a five-story apartment complex, he was worried. Wheeler’s house shares a lot line with the property. What would happen to his privacy? Traffic? The view out his ...

Schuette picks former state Rep. Lisa Lyons as running mate

DETROIT — Michigan Republican governor candidate Bill Schuette on Wednesday announced former state Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons as his running mate, a key step for the current state attorney general on the road to the November election. Lyons joined Schuette at a morning campaign event in ...

Body of Michigan man located

LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) — Montana authorities say the body of a 39-year-old Michigan man who was reported missing in the Crazy Mountains has been found. Park County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brad Bichler says in a statement that searchers found the man Wednesday afternoon in Sweet Grass County ...

Utility plans renewables

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A municipal utility in northern Michigan plans to generate all its electricity from renewable sources such as wind and the sun by 2040. Traverse City Light & Power’s board set the goal during a meeting Tuesday. Kate Madigan of the Michigan Environmental ...

Substance on slide identified

LAPEER, Mich. (AP) — Police say a laboratory has identified the substance left on a slide at a municipal park in eastern Michigan that burned two children. The Lapeer Police Department says the chemical was identified as sodium hydroxide, which is used in a variety of household cleaning ...

Police officer dies

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit police officer has died after being struck earlier this month by a speeding SUV while assisting with crowd and traffic control at a neighborhood event. Police Chief James Craig announced Officer Fadi Shukur’s death Wednesday. The 30-year-old Shukur had been ...

Sculpture planned for Native American cemetery to be moved

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A new sculpture planned for a Native American burial site in western Michigan is being relocated after a tribe raised concerns it would disturb sacred ground. Construction was already underway to place the 16-foot (4.9-meter) granite sculpture, “All My Relations,” ...

Freed Michigan juvenile lifer gets chance at motherhood

DETROIT— Kimberly Simmons never had a chance to raise her first daughter. Sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder and arson in Detroit more than 30 years ago at age 17, Simmons gave birth in a prison medical unit and immediately handed her baby girl, Ky’Erica, off to her ...

AP Source: Soul icon Aretha Franklin is seriously ill

NEW YORK (AP) — Fans and friends, including Mariah Carey and Missy Elliott, offered prayers and well wishes to Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, who is seriously ill. Queen Bey dedicated her performance with husband, Jay Z, to the Queen of Soul drawing a thunderous roar from Aretha ...