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Michigan News

Auto union now turns focus to Fiat Chrysler

DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers union on Monday turned its bargaining focus to Fiat Chrysler, raising the possibility of another strike against a Detroit automaker. Ford workers ratified their contract Friday night, while the union settled with General Motors last month after a ...

US group says 803 unbelted rear-seat passengers died in 2018

DETROIT (AP) — More than 800 rear-seat passengers who weren’t wearing seat belts were killed last year in U.S. traffic crashes, and a highway safety group says states aren’t making enough progress in getting people to buckle up. The Governors Highway Safety Association says in a report ...

Transgender policy changed

FERNDALE, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says her department is making it easier for transgender people to get a driver’s license or state ID card. Starting Monday, those wanting to correct the sex designation on their license can go to a branch office to have ...

6th fatality linked to virus

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — Michigan health authorities are reporting a 6th fatality linked to Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Berrien County Health Department officials said Monday the victim was one of two people who contracted the mosquito borne virus. The death occurred Saturday. Cases of ...

Ford Mustang SUV starts a blitz of new electric vehicles

DEARBORN (AP) — Ford is unveiling its first all-electric SUV, marking the start of an avalanche of battery-powered vehicles coming from mainstream and luxury automakers during the next two years that industry analysts say will boost electric vehicle sales. The “Mustang Mach E,” which ...

A boat lost in 1891 discovered in Lake Michigan

LELAND (AP) — A late 19th-century shipwreck has been discovered in northern Lake Michigan. The discovery of W.C. Kimball was announced with photos and videos documenting the details on social media, MLive reported. Shipwreck hunter Ross Richardson, Technical Diver Steve Wimer and a group ...

Detroit-area hospital getting interpreters for deaf patients

DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit hospital will begin providing interpreters for deaf patients under a settlement with federal prosecutors that followed a civil rights review of the hospital’s practices. William Beaumont Hospital and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District ...

Museum gets Hallmark ornaments

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — The Henry Ford in suburban Detroit has acquired more than 6,600 Hallmark Keepsake ornaments from an Indiana collector. The museum complex in Dearborn focuses on American innovation and says the collection includes Christmas, Easter, Halloween miniatures and lighted ...

Discussion on race set

DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit’s Civil Rights, Inclusion and Opportunity office is partnering with the owners of a downtown tavern and a Detroit resident on a discussion about racial issues. The city says “Let’s Talk About Race” will be held Thursday at the Checker Bar. It ...

Man charged in synagogue damage

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man faces allegations he conspired to carry out spray paint vandalism attacks two months ago against synagogues in Michigan and Wisconsin. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported 18-year-old Richard Tobin allegedly recruited people on a neo-Nazi social ...

Hunter wounds brother

SARANAC, Mich. (AP) — A sheriff’s department says a hunter was badly wounded in western Michigan when he was accidentally shot by his brother. The shooting happened Saturday in a rural area near the Ionia County village of Saranac. Officials say the 28-year-old Lowell man was taken by ...

Nessel unveils plan to crack down on illegal robocalls

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s attorney general plans a crackdown on illegal robocalls. Dana Nessel on Friday announced a dozen initiatives aimed at putting a halt to the calls, many of which she says are scams. Her office plans to educate residents so they can protect themselves, step up ...

Court denies ex-Detroit mayor’s motion to get out of prison

DETROIT (AP) — A federal appeals court in Cincinnati has denied ex-Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s latest effort to get out of prison. The order was filed Friday on Kilpatrick’s motion arguing, among other things, that U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds was biased and should have ...

Liberal PAC files 3rd challenge to Michigan election laws

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING  The state of Michigan has adopted laws and policies that overly restrict new voting rights included in a voter-passed constitutional amendment, a liberal group alleged in a lawsuit Friday. The suit, brought in state court, is the third filed by ...

Firms win key ruling in lawsuit

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A judge has dismissed much of a civil lawsuit filed against engineering companies that were hired by Flint, Michigan, during its disastrous water switch in 2014. The attorney generalís office has argued that Veolia North America and Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam have ...

Charges filed in teen death case

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A man has been charged with manslaughter and other crimes, more than two years after two teens were struck and killed by a car in Flint in a case that “kind of fell between the cracks,” a prosecutor said. Jerry Turnbow, 27, of Grand Rapids appeared in court Wednesday ...

Michigan woman sues over priest who criticized son’s death

DETROIT (AP) — The mother of a Michigan teenager who killed himself is suing the Archdiocese of Detroit for the alleged harm she suffered during his funeral when a priest questioned whether her son would go to heaven. The lawsuit filed Thursday in Wayne County on behalf of the teen’s ...

Whitmer seeks to cut opioid deaths in half within 5 years

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday that she wants to cut the number of Michigan’s opioid-related overdose deaths in half within five years, joining with other top state officials to outline several initiatives to combat the epidemic. Her ...

Whitmer OKs cough syrup bill

LANSING (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation to prohibit the sale of an over-the-counter cough suppressant to minors unless they have a prescription. The restriction on dextromethorphan will take effect next July. Dextromethorphan, or DXM, is found in many cough and ...

Former principal sentenced

KINGSLEY (AP) — A former middle school principal in northern Michigan has been sentenced for inappropriately touching students. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports that a judge on Thursday ordered 55-year-old Karl Hartman to spend 3 to 5 years in prison. Hartman pleaded guilty last month ...