Michigan News

Opioid deaths continue to rise

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State officials say opioid deaths jumped by about 9 percent last year in Michigan. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday that 1,941 of the 2,729 overdose deaths in 2017 were opioid-related. There were 1,786 opioid-related deaths in ...

Grant helps old case file work

DETROIT (AP) — The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office and a law school are getting $451,000 from the federal government to take a fresh look at cases that might have led to wrongful convictions. The grant from the U.S. Justice Department will be used to determine if DNA testing might ...

Schuette touts anti-trafficker work, Whitmer targets smoking

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Republican Bill Schuette on Wednesday highlighted his work to combat sex trafficking while Democrat Gretchen Whitmer unveiled a health care plan that calls for increasing Michigan’s smoking age from 18 to 21 and lowering costs through a ...

Cosmetology students win key ruling in dispute over labor

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — A judge has cleared the way for possibly thousands of people to be paid for work performed while they were students at a chain of cosmetology schools in Michigan and two other states. Students who cleaned floors, restocked products and washed ...

US House candidate arrested during wage protest in Detroit

DETROIT — A U.S. House candidate was arrested Tuesday in Detroit during a protest for higher pay and the right to form unions. Democrat Rashida Tlaib and more than a dozen other demonstrators sat at — and banged on — a long table that took up a lane of traffic in Detroit’s Midtown. ...

Acquitted doc to get assets back

CARO, Mich. (AP) — A judge says more than $6 million in assets must be returned to a Michigan doctor who was acquitted of running a pill mill at his clinics. The Saginaw News says Dr. Joseph Oesterling last year was acquitted of running a criminal enterprise. He was accused of excessively ...

Charges in death of man ‘abandoned’ at Detroit-area jail

DETROIT (AP) — A police officer and two paramedics failed to help a man who was convulsing for more than an hour and eventually died from cocaine toxicity at a Detroit-area jail, a prosecutor said Monday as she filed involuntary manslaughter charges against the trio. William Marshall was in ...

Mich. can’t bar out-of-state wines

DETROIT (AP) — Wine retailers outside Michigan are popping a cork over a major court ruling. A federal judge says it’s unconstitutional to block out-of-state retailers from sending bottles to customers in Michigan. Judge Arthur Tarnow said Friday that Michigan is “operating an ...

Boy Scout dies, was buried in sand

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — Police say a 12-year-old Boy Scout has died after being buried by sand in southwestern Michigan. South Haven police say Gage Wilson dug into the side of a sand dune Saturday and crawled into the small space. The sand collapsed. The incident occurred at a Van ...

More cruise options coming to the Great Lakes

BY DAN NIELSEN Traverse City Record-Eagle AP Member Exchange TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A view of the bay soon will feature more floating steel. One passenger vessel, the MS Hamburg, already stops here twice a year, and is scheduled to anchor in Traverse City this fall on Sept. 30 ...

Cooley law school founder Thomas Brennan dies

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Thomas Brennan, a former Michigan Supreme Court justice and founder of Cooley law school, has died. He was 89. The law school says Brennan was surrounded by family when he died Saturday in Lansing. The cause wasn’t disclosed. Brennan was just 37 years old when he ...

Grand Traverse County nixes planning group

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan county that’s a popular tourist destination is losing its planning commission after local officials decided the group wasn’t needed. The Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners voted recently to abolish the county’s planning commission as of ...

Whitmer, Schuette both back elimination of pension tax

LANSING— Democrat Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday stepped up her call to end Michigan's "retirement tax," alleging in a new TV ad that her opponent, Republican Bill Schuette, supported a GOP-enacted overhaul that included a business tax cut and the elimination or reduction of exemptions from ...

Tornadoes did hit lower Michigan

FRENCHTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The National Weather Service says three tornadoes struck Wayne and Monroe counties during Tuesday night’s storms. It says an EF-1 storm with peak winds of 95-100 mph traveled 4.3 miles in Monroe County’s Frenchtown Township, ripping roofing from homes, ...

Michigan AG alleges opponent lied about Nassar probe

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Michigan’s attorney general alleged Monday that his opponent in the governor’s race did not tell the truth about her handling of the prosecution of serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar, accusing her of an “integrity gap” that disqualifies her for the state’s top ...

Candidate asked to stop campaign

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s Democratic Party and House Democrats are asking that a candidate end her run for a state House seat following allegations of embezzlement while she worked at a law firm. House Democrats’ Campaign co-chairs Kristy Pagan and Kevin Hertel said Monday in a ...

Many states’ governor’s races become proxy battle over Trump

LANSING — It’s a resume that reads like an ideal springboard to higher office: investigated sexual assaults of Olympic gymnasts, charged government officials responsible for a tainted water crisis, bucked the governor on tax hikes. With that background and his party controlling all ...

Former Michigan corrections officer sues over discrimination

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — A former Michigan corrections officer has sued the state Department of Corrections, alleging the agency discriminated against her based on sexual orientation and race. Ashley Menchaca, who is Hispanic and gay, worked at Woodland Center Facility in Whitmore Lake from ...

Aretha Franklin exhibit debuts with eye toward her legacy

DETROIT — The Detroit museum that hosted Aretha Franklin’s public visitations after her death is again holding space for her — this time with an exhibit featuring photographs, videos and the red shoes she wore at the first funeral viewing that drew global attention. Billed as a ...