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Workers celebrate deal with GM, show union power in industry

DETROIT (AP) — On the picket lines at a General Motors transmission plant in Toledo, Ohio, passing cars honked and striking workers celebrated a tentative contract deal by munching on 10 pizzas dropped off by a supporter. They had carried signs for 31 days and demonstrated the muscle the ...

Judge blocks Michigan’s ban on flavored e-cigarettes

LANSING (AP) — A Michigan judge temporarily blocked the state's weeks-old ban on flavored e-cigarettes Tuesday, saying it may force adults to return to smoking more harmful tobacco products and has irreparably hurt vaping businesses. Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens put the ...

End in sight? GM CEO Barra joins talks with striking union

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors CEO Mary Barra joined negotiators at the bargaining table, an indication that a deal may be near to end a monthlong strike by the United Auto Workers union that has paralyzed the company’s factories. Barra and GM President Mark Reuss were in the bargaining ...

Man charged with shooting 6

EASTPOINTE (AP) — Prosecutors have filed 11 criminal counts against a Detroit man in connection with the shootings of six people outside a suburban bar. Forty-seven-year-old Lenny Whitfield was charged Tuesday with five counts of assault with intent to murder and six firearms charges. ...

Wages, pensions, plant investments still issues in ongoing GM strike

DETROIT (AP) — With the strike by factory workers against General Motors in its 29th day, there are signs that negotiators may be moving toward an agreement. After both sides exchanged barbs late last week, bargainers met late into the night during the weekend, and they’ve returned in the ...

State, unions reach tentative deal

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration and seven unions have tentatively agreed to two-year deals that will boost state employees’ pay by 6%. State spokesman Kurt Weiss said Monday the wage and benefit agreements were reached within recent days. He declined to release ...

Union boosts strike pay for GM workers as talks continue

NEW YORK (AP) — United Auto Workers said Saturday it's increasing strike pay for workers picketing at General Motors as the walkout by more than 49,000 employees nears the four-week mark. The union said Saturday that weekly pay will rise to $275 from $250 for members on strike, effective ...

Therapy pooches soothing some students at Battle Creek’s schools

By NICK BUCKLEY Battle Creek Enquirer AP Member Exchange BATTLE CREEK — A second grader at Prairieview Elementary was having a rough start to a gloomy on a recent Wednesday morning. Rain had spoiled a chance to use the playground, and the boy was having a bout of separation anxiety ...

University of Michigan defers Greek rush recruitment to 2020

ANN ARBOR (AP) — On the edge of the University of Michigan campus, rush for a handful of fraternities recently wrapped up — but it included a significantly smaller class of new members joining a brotherhood. That’s because UM decided that its 57 fraternities and sororities would have to ...

6 shot in bar parking lot

EASTPOINTE, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say six people were shot, including one man in the head, outside a suburban Detroit bar during an early morning fight. Police say they went to the Last Call Bar in Eastpointe early Saturday after getting reports of a bar fight. They found four men and ...

UAW letter to GM indicates that strike won’t end quickly

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Chief Executive Mary Barra has stepped into contract talks with striking auto workers, asking the union to wrap up outstanding issues and respond to a company offer made this week. But in a letter to GM’s top bargainer Thursday, United Auto Workers Vice ...

Senator: Whitmer-backed budget bill is ‘olive branch’ to GOP

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proposed undoing some of her budget vetoes Thursday, a move that a Democratic ally described as an “olive branch” to Republicans who run Michigan’s Legislature. Much of the proposed $476 million in supplemental spending reflects Whitmer priorities that ...

Man gets 100 years for killing

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man convicted of killing and dismembering a woman was sentenced to at least 100 years in prison Thursday after the victim’s mother carrying her daughter’s cremains shouted at him: “You threw her out like trash.” Jared Chance, 30, had turned down ...

GM workers worry about paying bills as strike continues

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Nearly four weeks into the United Auto Workers’ strike against General Motors, employees are starting to feel the pinch of going without their regular paychecks. They’re scaling back at the grocery, giving up on eating at restaurants and some are taking on part-time ...

More cases of rabies in skunks

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Officials have confirmed two new cases of rabies in skunks found in suburban Detroit communities. Oakland County’s health division says Wednesday that the skunks were in Southfield and Farmington Hills and that rabies has been verified so far this year in eight ...

GM talks hit snag as union seeks products for UAW factories

DETROIT (AP) — Talks between General Motors and the United Auto Workers union hit a snag Tuesday over what the union says is a lack of commitment by GM to build new vehicles in U.S. factories. In a letter to members, union Vice President Terry Dittes wrote that the union has told GM that it ...

Republicans propose undoing some Whitmer budget vetoes

LANSING (AP) — Majority Republican lawmakers on Tuesday released an initial list of funding they want to restore following Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s budget vetoes, including scholarships for college students and a boost in aid for charter schools. About two dozen supplemental ...

Motorist killed after deer hits car

RAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 28-year-old woman has died in southeastern Michigan after a deer struck by another vehicle crashed through the windshield of a car she was driving. The Macomb County sheriff’s office says the driver of a Chevy Captiva hit the deer about 7:20 a.m. Tuesday on a ...

Indiana stores may profit from Michigan’s flavored vape ban

GRANGER, Ind. (AP) — Michigan's ban on the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes could spur new business for vape shops along the state's Indiana border, a clerk at a northern Indiana store said. Michiana Mini Mart, which is just south of the Michigan state line, saw a surge in business last ...

Contract talks continue as GM strike enters its fourth week

DETROIT (AP) — Contract talks aimed at ending a 22-day strike by the United Auto Workers against General Motors continued Monday after United Auto Workers union bargainers rejected a company offer on Sunday. In a letter to members, UAW Vice President Terry Dittes cast doubt on whether there ...