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Michigan News

GOP senator: Let high schools decide about opening

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — A Republican lawmaker pressed a top state health official Thursday to lift an order closing all Michigan high schools to in-person instruction due to the coronavirus, saying the decision should be left at the local level. "Let the parents ...

No charges in fatal accident

CHARLOTTE (AP) — An elderly motorist whose SUV slammed into the back of a horse-drawn buggy on a southern Michigan road, killing three Amish children from the same family, will not be charged, a prosecutor’s office said. Because of his age, the coronavirus pandemic and his lack of a ...

Authorities look for Mackinac Bridge climber

ST. IGNACE (AP) — Authorities are looking for someone who boldly climbed to the top of a Mackinac Bridge tower, took pictures and later posted them on social media. The incident apparently occurred in early November. Alarms were triggered hours apart, but no one was caught, the Mackinac ...

Cautious optimism, uncertainty as state virus cases decline

LANSING — A top Michigan health official said Tuesday she was cautiously optimistic that more residents took steps to combat the surging coronavirus last month, citing declining case rates, but warned that the spread remains significant and the effect of Thanksgiving will not be known for two ...

Lawsuit that led to ruling settled

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area funeral home has agreed to pay $250,000 to settle a lawsuit that led to a groundbreaking decision that protects gay, lesbian and transgender people from discrimination in employment. Aimee Stephens, 59, died weeks before the U.S. Supreme Court in June said she ...

Michigan nears launch of online sports betting, other games

LANSING — Michigan casinos could launch online sports betting and gambling games in December once state lawmakers waive the remaining time they have to review proposed licensing rules. The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, which has 10 legislators, will effectively bless the new ...

GM rethinks stake in electric vehicle maker Nikola

NEW YORK — General Motors will not be taking a stake in the electric vehicle company Nikola, and the company said Monday that it was scuttling one of its marquee vehicles, an electric and hydrogen-powered pickup, after GM pulled technological support from the project. Shares of Nikola ...

Michigan restaurant leaves franchise over virus restrictions

A Big Boy restaurant in Michigan’s Thumb region has lost its name after the owners refused to stop indoor dining as part of statewide restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Customers were greeted Friday with Sandusky Diner instead of Sandusky Big Boy, the name for 35 years. The ...

Kalamazoo’s First Reformed Church demolished

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A landmark fixture in western Michigan is being demolished after 140 years. Crews began tearing down the walls of the First Reformed Church in downtown Kalamazoo this past week but were able to salvage some stained-glass windows and other items, according to WOOD-TV. ...

2 die in Porter Twp. house fire

PORTER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a house fire that killed two people in southwestern Michigan over the weekend, the Cass County Sheriff’s Department said Sunday. A department statement identified the two who died in the Porter Township fire on Saturday as ...

Hyundai, Kia fined for delaying US engine failure recalls

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT — Hyundai and Kia must pay $137 million in fines and safety improvements because they moved too slowly to recall over 1 million vehicles with engines that can fail. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the penalties on ...

Tesla being investigated

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government’s road safety agency is investigating complaints that suspensions can fail on nearly 115,000 Tesla electric vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has 43 complaints that linkages near the ball joints can fail, allowing ...

Calumet business cited for violating order

CALUMET — Cafe Rosetta in Calumet has been fined by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for violating the recent public health order, which was put in place to control the spread of COVID-19. Cafe Rosetta, located at 102 Fifth St., was issued a penalty of up to $1,000 for ...

Two die in Iron Mountain crash

IRON MOUNTAIN — Two people were killed in an accident in Iron Mountain on Monday. The Iron Mountain Police Department said the police department as well as the Iron Mountain Fire Department were dispatched to a personal injury accident on West “A” Street at about 6:15 p.m. Monday. ...

US charities raise millions in wake of Beirut port blast

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — When Manal Saab heard that a massive explosion had struck Beirut, she grabbed her phone, frantically trying to reach loved ones there. The news she received was good: Her mother-in-law and sister-in-law, both of whom live not far from the Lebanese capital’s port ...

2 survive 1st crash, are hit, die

DETROIT (AP) — Two people who survived a collision between two cars along a Detroit freeway were struck and killed by a third vehicle as they stood next to their car on the freeway, state police said. Michigan State Police said both people died instantly Sunday night when a vehicle struck ...

Enbridge sues Michigan over oil pipeline shutdown order

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Enbridge filed a legal challenge Tuesday to Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s recent demand that the company shut down its oil pipeline that crosses the waterway connecting Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. The Canadian company accused the state of overstepping its ...

Shirkey: Lawmakers told Trump they have no role in election

LANSING (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey on Tuesday sought to downplay his recent meeting with Donald Trump amid the president’s efforts to challenge Joe Biden’s win in Michigan, saying Republicans told Trump that state law does not give legislators a say in awarding electoral ...

Inmate captured after escape

EATON RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Lansing-area jail inmate who escaped more than a week ago was captured over the weekend after leading officers on two separate vehicle chases, police said. Michael McKerchie, 32, was captured Saturday in Eaton Rapids after he was first spotted at a convenience ...

GM to recall 7M vehicles to replace Takata air bags

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors will recall about 7 million big pickup trucks and SUVs worldwide to replace potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators. The announcement came Monday after the U.S. government told the automaker it had to recall 6 million of the vehicles in the U.S. GM ...