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Parts of original Mackinac Bridge steel placed on auction

ST. IGNACE (AP) — History lovers have a chance to own pieces of the original Mackinac Bridge with parts of the bridge’s steel grating placed on auction. Barrels that weigh about 470 pounds and contain around 140 pieces of grating are on sale until May 18 when the auction closes. The ...

Detroit-area man charged in $849K unemployment aid fraud

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit man was arrested Thursday in an alleged scheme to collect $849,000 in unemployment benefits. Chris Niebel, who called himself Tax Guy Chris, ran a tax preparation business in Allen Park. He was responsible for more than 100 fraudulent unemployment ...

Michigan Senate GOP relaxes bill to close drop boxes early

LANSING — Senate Republicans on Wednesday relaxed legislation that would have prohibited the use of absentee ballot drop boxes on Election Day, instead proposing to close them at 5 p.m. — three hours before Michigan polls close. The change, which did not appease opponents, was announced ...

Gov. Whitmer among 7 awarded for courage by JFK Foundation

BOSTON — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and six other people who risked their own health and safety to help and protect others during the coronavirus pandemic will receive Profile in Courage awards next month, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation announced Tuesday. The recipients, who also ...

Michigan House votes to limit state severance deals

LANSING — The Michigan House voted unanimously Tuesday to curb the size of severance deals for state officials unless they limit the state’s legal exposure and details are made public. The move came after Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration faced scrutiny over $85,000 and ...

GM expects big 2021 profit, says it’s managing chip shortage

DETROIT — General Motors’ first-quarter net income surged to $2.98 billion as strong U.S. consumer demand and higher prices offset production cuts brought on by a global shortage of computer chips. Despite the shortage, GM stuck with full-year pretax earnings guidance of $10 billion to ...

Detroit councilman resigns, pleads guilty to misconduct

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit city councilman who was under indictment for federal corruption charges since 2018 has resigned from office and admitted in court Monday to accepting an illegal cash campaign contribution. Gabe Leland pleaded guilty in Wayne County Circuit Court to misconduct in ...

Company begins replacing underwater cables damaged by anchor

PEWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) — The company whose underwater power cables were damaged by an anchor strike in Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac three years ago said Monday it was beginning to install replacements. A ship anchor in April 2018 struck three of American Transmission Co.’s six cables, ...

Michigan lawmaker arrested for driving while intoxicated

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A state lawmaker who crashed his vehicle in western Michigan has been arrested for driving while intoxicated. State Rep. Bryan Posthumus was arrested Friday and booked into the Kent County Correctional Facility, according to jail records. He had left his farm ...

Grants awarded for suicide prevention programs in Michigan

DETROIT — Nine organizations across Michigan will share $650,000 for suicide prevention programs. The funding is from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, Michigan Health Endowment Fund, the Children’s Foundation, and the Detroit-based ...

Michigan art studio added to Register of Historic Places

BENZONIA, Mich. — A northern Michigan art studio that is a popular tourist destination has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The studio belonged to Gwen Frostic, who made stationery and prints from linoleum block carvings. The business began in Wyandotte in suburban ...

Republicans question vaccine-only metric for reopening steps

LANSING — Republican legislative leaders on Friday welcomed Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s metric-based approach to further relaxing coronavirus restrictions, but they questioned what will happen if Michigan's COVID-19 vaccination rate falls below targets. Their comments came a day after the ...

Detroit ex-mayor’s pal wins release from prison years early

DETROIT — A Detroit contractor who got millions of dollars of city work through extortion will be released early from prison, a judge said Thursday, mainly because a corrupt ex-mayor was granted an extraordinary break by former President Donald Trump. It “would be inequitable” to keep ...

Michigan House votes to move August primary to June

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan's August primary date would be moved six weeks earlier, to June, and the state would be required to more quickly check if ballot drives have submitted enough qualifying signatures for the general election under bills approved Tuesday in ...

Michigan mail carrier charged over fight on cellphone video

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan mail carrier has been charged with assault and battery and lying to police following a fight with two other women that was recorded on cellphone video outside a Flint apartment complex. Charges were filed Tuesday against Trista Paige Newton, 29, by the Genesee ...

Ford plans to develop and produce electric vehicle batteries

DETROIT (AP) — Saying that it wants to control the key technology for electric vehicles, Ford plans to open a battery development center near Detroit by the end of next year. The company said the 200,000-square-foot facility will have equipment to design, test and even do small-scale ...

Repairs to Traverse City wastewater plant could top $15M

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Repairs to a regional wastewater treatment plant in northern Michigan could carry a $15.5 million price tag. A study looked at options the city has for fixing the Traverse City facility's primary treatment components, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported ...