Michigan News

Researchers study early literacy law

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan researchers are using a $5 million federal grant to study how an early literacy law gets rolled out and its effect on students and educators. The Michigan Education Research Institute announced the five-year U.S. Department of Education grant on Friday. ...

Teen charged in fatal stabbing

TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a 16-year-old boy in last week’s fatal stabbing of another teenager at a graduation party in suburban Detroit. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said Friday the boy faces a second-degree murder charge and two counts of assault with intent to ...

Wife, husband die in murder-suicide

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — Police say a man and his wife were found dead after a murder-suicide outside a nursing home in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Sault Ste. Marie police say the bodies and a gun were on the grass Thursday outside MediLodge. The woman was living at MediLodge, which ...

Gay man slain, another wounded

DETROIT (AP) — A 26-year-old Detroit man has been charged in an attempted robbery and shooting that left one gay man dead and another wounded after they were contacted through a dating app. Demetris Nelson was arraigned Friday on charges of first-degree murder, felony murder, assault and ...

Michigan’s top court lets local court cost scheme stand

DETROIT — The Michigan Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to the practice of charging people for the costs of running local courts, a law that brings in tens of millions of dollars each year across the state and helps prop up ailing city budgets. Critics call it an illegal tax on people ...

Expect another huge blob of algae on Lake Erie this summer

TOLEDO, Ohio — Heavy rains that inundated the Great Lakes region this spring will fuel another massive algae bloom across parts of western Lake Erie later this summer, researchers said Thursday. Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expect this year’s bloom ...

Man sentenced on stalking charges

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Michigan man has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for repeatedly stalking his ex-girlfriend in Minnesota. Federal prosecutors say 39-year-old Shawn Thomason of Hazel Park, Michigan, devised a plan to digitally stalk, harm, and abduct his ...

Supreme Court orders new trials

ALLEGAN, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has ordered new trials for two men after finding that Allegan County juries were likely swayed by experts whose testimony went too far. In a unanimous decision, the court said experts can’t tell a jury that children usually don’t lie when ...

Body of missing swimmer recovered

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — Indiana conservation officers say the body of a missing teenager in has been recovered in southwestern Michigan. They say Chikaming Township Police in Berrien County, Michigan, told them that the body of a male matching the description of 17-year-old Rahem Mason ...

Michigan Denny’s under scrutiny

LANSING (AP) — Three young black women say a white man shouted racist abuse at them at a Denny’s in Michigan but when they complained to the manager, he tried to kick them out. LaMaya McGuire, Jennifer McEwen and Sasha Collins of Lansing say the attack occurred around 4 a.m. Oct. 14 at ...

Great Lakes carp defense plan OK’d

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — U.S. states and Canadian provinces have endorsed a plan to build up defenses on an Illinois waterway in hopes of keeping invasive Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes. A resolution issued Wednesday by the region’s eight governors and two premiers supports a ...

$3.6M offered to fight invasives

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan agencies say grants totaling $3.6 million are available to support projects intended to prevent the spread of invasive species. The Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program is overseen by the departments of Natural Resources; Environment, Great Lakes and ...

Michigan Rep. Amash formally withdraws from House GOP caucus

WASHINGTON — Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan formally withdrew from the House Republican conference Monday, days after announcing he is leaving the GOP because he has become disenchanted with partisan politics and “frightened by what I see from it.” Amash, who had been the only Republican ...

Detroit event tickets initially cost more for whites than blacks

DETROIT — A global ticketing and event platform has told a group that it could not charge whites more than blacks and other people of color to attend a Detroit event advertised on the firm’s website. Organizers initially promoted on Eventbrite that early bird POC — people of color — ...

1 dead, 3 hurt after fight at graduation party

TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) — Officials say a 17-year-old boy has died and three other people were injured following a large fight and reported stabbing at a graduation party in suburban Detroit. Police say officers responded late Saturday to the Knights of Columbus Hall in Taylor that was rented ...

Police: Parents needed to stop fights

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Grand Rapids’ deputy police chief says parental supervision could have prevented dozens of fights downtown involving hundreds of teens during the city’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show. Deputy Chief Eric Payne said Monday police officials believe many of ...

Whitmer OKs $15M to aid farmers

LANSING (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation to allocate $15 million to a low-interest loan program to help farmers who face financial losses because wet weather is making it hard to plant crops. Whitmer’s office announced the signing Monday. The spending covers ...

5 counties get disaster designation

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — Five Michigan counties have been declared federal disaster areas because of losses from heavy rains and high winds in the past year. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue approved Antrim, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau and Otsego counties for the designation. It ...

Archdiocese removes prominent Detroit priest from pulpit

Associated Press DETROIT — A conservative Detroit priest renowned for his orchestral Masses and traditional Latin services has been removed from public ministry after the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit reviewed what it described as a “credible allegation” that he had abused a ...

Lansing hospital rethinks prepayments of out-of-pocket costs

LANSING (AP) — McLaren Greater Lansing hospital will no longer require patients to reschedule medical procedures until they pay a portion of the estimated out-of-pocket costs. Al Herring said he was forced to postpone a cardiac catheterization procedure in May after the hospital called him ...