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Teen charged in shooting deaths

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A Muncie teenager was jailed early Thursday in connection with the shooting deaths of three Michigan men found in a Muncie apartment. Chandler Willard Harris II, who turned 18 on Thursday, was being held without bond in the Delaware County Jail, The Star Press reported. ...

MSU making fall instruction plans

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University plans to offer in-person instruction in 75% of undergraduate classes in the fall, and spectators will be welcomed again at sports events and performing arts shows, the president said Friday. "I am excited at the prospect of coming back ...

Detroit mayor turns down J&J vaccine in favor of others

LANSING — Detroit this week turned down 6,200 doses of the newly authorized Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, favoring shots from Pfizer and Moderna, but said Friday it will accept J&J doses in the state’s next allocation. Mayor Mike Duggan had said Thursday that residents ...

State redistricting panel seeks delay to finish new maps

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s redistricting commission will ask the state Supreme Court to push back the Nov. 1 deadline to finalize new political maps, citing an eight-month delay in data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The panel authorized the legal step Friday. Under a 2018 constitutional ...

Men rescued after fall through ice

ERRIEN CENTER, Mich. (AP) — Two men have been rescued from a lake in southwestern Michigan after one fell through thin ice while fishing. Deputies responded to O’Brien Lake in Berrien Center around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Berrien County sheriff’s office said. Deputies found Ryan ...

Pilot hurt in W. Mich plane crash

GRAND HAVEN TOWNSHIP (AP) — The pilot of a small plane has been injured after crashing following takeoff from an airport in western Michigan. A preliminary investigation shows the Cessna experienced engine trouble Tuesday afternoon and was returning to Grand Haven Airport when it went down ...

Man charged in Detroit slaying

DETROIT (AP) — An Indianapolis man has been charged in a Detroit slaying in which the victim allegedly was targeted as a member of the LGBTQ community through an online dating app. Diabolique Paris Johnson, 34, faces arraignment today in Detroit on first-degree murder and using a firearm ...

Whitmer faces criticism over severance deals for officials

LANSING — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer faced growing criticism Tuesday after the disclosure of two additional employment-separation deals for former top officials, a day after her administration acknowledged that a key leader in the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic was paid ...

Former state health director gets $155K in separation agreement

LANSING (AP) — Former Michigan Department of Public Health and Human Services director Robert Gordon will receive more than $155,000 as part of a separation agreement, published reports revealed Monday. The agreement calls for Gordon to drop all claims against the state, though it was not ...

Police shoot man suspected in Ohio slayings at Detroit motel

DETROIT (AP) — A man suspected in three slayings in Ohio was critically wounded during a Monday morning shootout with police outside a motel near downtown Detroit, authorities said. Chandra Moore is wanted in the fatal shootings in Cincinnati of his estranged wife and two men, Cincinnati ...

Grand Traverse County official sues after another year without a raise

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — A 71-year-old elected official in the Traverse City area claims she hasn't had a raise in eight years because the county wants to force her out of office. Peggy Haines, the register of deeds in Grand Traverse County, has filed an age discrimination lawsuit. She has been ...

Snyder lawyers note possible conflicts in Flint water case

DETROIT — Lawyers for former Gov. Rick Snyder are citing possible conflicts about Flint residents serving as judges or jurors in his criminal case related to lead in the city’s drinking water. Under the prosecutor’s theory of the case, all residents would be victims of Snyder’s ...

Professor in Michigan fired after racist, homophobic tweets

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A science professor at a university in central Michigan who claimed sinister forces were targeting him and breaking into his home has been fired months after using racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic slurs on Twitter. Thomas Brennan announced in a Twitter posting ...

Ohio man charged in eastern Michigan school threat

PORT HURON, Mich. — A 32-year-old Ohio man has been charged in eastern Michigan with directing terrorist threats at a Port Huron elementary school and police officers, police announced Sunday. The Detroit News reported that Dominik Hricovsky faces multiple charges, including a threat of ...

Michigan House approves change to lame duck sessions

LANSING — The Michigan House backed a proposed constitutional amendment on Wednesday that would require two-thirds majority votes for bills to pass during lame duck sessions of the Legislature, if voters ultimately approve of the change. The resolution sponsored by Republican House Speaker ...

Coronavirus outbreak hits Detroit Whole Foods Market

DETROIT (AP) — A Whole Foods Market store in Detroit is receiving rapid COVID-19 testing for all of its 196 employees after 23 of them tested positive for the coronavirus. The outbreak hit the store in Detroit’s Midtown, the city’s chief public health officer, Denise Fair, said ...

Man admits coordinating neo-Nazi plot vs. synagogues

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man admitted Friday to coordinating a neo-Nazi group's plot to vandalize two Midwestern synagogues and cause other damage across the country. Richard Tobin, 19, of Brooklawn, pleaded guilty to conspiracy against rights, according to federal prosecutors in ...

Former Gov. Granholm confirmed as energy secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm won Senate confirmation Thursday to be energy secretary and will be a key Cabinet member trying to fulfill President Joe Biden’s commitment for a green economy as the United States fights to slow climate change. The vote was 64-35, ...