Michigan News

Proposed Michigan redistricting deal would lead to new map

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — At least 11 of Michigan’s 110 House districts would be redrawn for the 2020 election under a proposed legal settlement announced Friday by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat who said the deal would fix “egregious” examples of ...

Ford posts quarterly loss amid struggles in Europe, China

DEARBORN (AP) — Ford Motor Co., which has struggled overseas and saw U.S. sales fall last year, reported its first quarterly net loss in two years Wednesday. The Dearborn, Michigan, company said it lost $116 million, or 3 cents a share, in the fourth quarter, compared with a $2.52 billion ...

Michigan parents die from carbon monoxide; baby survives

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Two people running a generator and kerosene heater in a Michigan house without power died from exposure to carbon monoxide, but their 5-month-old son survived, police said Wednesday. “The only explanation is that it’s by God’s grace that this child ...

Pedestrian bridge collapses

DETROIT (AP) — A pedestrian bridge, shown above, that once was part of a Packard auto assembly plant has collapsed, leaving a pile of rubble on a Detroit boulevard. The city says no injuries were reported. Joe Kopietz, a spokesman for site co-owner Arte Express, tells The Detroit News ...

Hundreds of schools closed amid Midwest snowstorm

DETROIT (AP) — Schools are closed across the Midwest and Detroit’s main airport has been shut down as a major snowstorm crawls across the region. The National Weather Service issued weather advisories and warnings today across several northern U.S. states, from the Dakotas to Michigan and ...

Benson questions GOP law making it harder for ballot drives

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on Tuesday called into question the constitutionality of a Republican-enacted law that makes it harder to put proposals on the Michigan ballot, asking the state’s attorney general for an opinion on a major move in the recent ...

Google self-driving spinoff Waymo to put factory in Michigan

LANSING (AP) — Google’s self-driving car spinoff Waymo said Tuesday it will bring a factory to Michigan, creating up to 400 jobs at what it describes as the world’s first plant “100 percent” dedicated to the mass production of autonomous vehicles. The company plans to spend about ...

GVSU to have woman president

ALLENDALE, Mich. (AP) — Grand Valley State University has selected a woman as the western Michigan school’s president for the first time in its history. The appointment of Philomena Mantella as the school’s president was unanimously approved Tuesday during a special board meeting at the ...

Michigan cancer study considers toxic air pollution

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Michigan regulators are expanding an investigation into air pollution produced by a medical-device manufacturer, and the results could be factored into a cancer study. The Department of Environmental Quality this month announced plans to widen air-quality testing ...

Man charged with killing father

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — A 31-year-old Detroit-area man has been charged with killing his father, who was found dead with his hands and legs bound. Dane Matthew Steward of Royal Oak appeared in court Monday on a first-degree murder charge and was ordered held without bond. Police say they ...

School bus chief has heart attack

PORTAGE, Mich. (AP) — A man in charge of transportation at a southwestern Michigan school district has died while shoveling snow. Portage district officials say Mike Westbrook died Saturday from a heart attack. Superintendent Mark Bielang told families that Westbrook’s “work impacted ...

Driver says he was high, hit cops

DETROIT (AP) — State police say a man who admitted smoking marijuana lost control of his car and struck a trooper’s vehicle on the shoulder of Interstate 75 in Detroit. No injuries were reported Sunday. The trooper had stopped to check a crash on southbound I-75, near the Davison Freeway. ...

Paying for funerals impossible for many poor families

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — Darlene Hardison would have loved to have a funeral for her father and uncle and bury them in marked graves at a Michigan cemetery. But she and her family could come up with only enough money to have Hoover Heags and Arthur Hardison cremated, ...

Father’s death inspires Flint native to tackle gun violence

By ROBERTO ACOSTA MLive.com AP Member Exchange BURTON, Mich. — Joseph Pettigrew knew something wasn't right once he looked at his phone. The 24-year-old Flint native finished a run at Bicentennial Park in Grand Blanc Township on May 1, 2018 and went home for a shower before heading ...

Franklin tribute show planned

DETROIT (AP) — Some of Detroit’s prominent artists are gathering to celebrate the music and memory of Aretha Franklin. The event, “A Celebration of The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin in Song and Dance,” is scheduled for Feb. 1 at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Producing and singing is ...

Pregnant women in Michigan use yoga to relax

BY SHERI MCWHIRTER Traverse City Record-Eagle AP Member Exchange TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A group of pregnant women gather each week to get Zen together and practice yoga with their soon-to-be-born babies. Yen Yoga & Fitness in downtown Traverse City offers a multi-week ...

Students send experiment to space

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — An experiment created by Michigan high school students will be conducted by astronauts at the International Space Station — and it has the potential to assist in future space missions. The experiment by freshmen Hattie Holmes, Langley Nelson, Kale Cerny and ...

Trump ‘appreciates’ Mueller’s remark

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office has issued a rare public statement disputing the accuracy of BuzzFeed News’ report that President Donald Trump’s former attorney told Mueller that Trump directed the lawyer to lie to Congress. “It was a total phony story and ...

Man exonerated after 45 years sells his prison art to get by

By ED WHITE Associated Press FERNDALE, Mich. — Richard Phillips said he didn’t mope much during the 45 years he wrongfully spent in prison. He painted watercolors in his cell: warm landscapes, portraits of famous people like Mother Teresa, vases of flowers, a bassist playing ...

State briefing

State workers paid for not working DETROIT (AP) — Two state Environmental Quality department employees have been fired and several others disciplined after an audit found nearly $34,000 was paid for unperformed work hours. Michigan’s auditor general also said in a report Friday that ...