Michigan News

Michigan House OKs bill to cut high auto insurance premiums

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Michigan’s Legislature on Friday began passing a bill that would cut the country’s highest auto insurance premiums by letting drivers forego a one-of-a-kind requirement to buy unlimited medical coverage for crash injuries. The ...

Whitmer, lawmakers reach deal on auto insurance

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s Democratic governor and Republican leaders announced this morning that they’ve reached an agreement on legislation to cut the country’s highest insurance premiums. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a statement that the “agreement in concept” will “will ...

Lawsuit filed to block new Michigan ballot requirements

LANSING — Voting-rights advocates and a campaign-finance ballot drive group sued Michigan’s top election official on Thursday, challenging Republican-enacted requirements that make it harder to qualify proposals for the statewide ballot. The lawsuit came a day after Democratic Attorney ...

Tesla shares bounce on leaked memo

DETROIT — Shares of Tesla, suffering one of the worst stretches in company history, rebounded Thursday after CEO Elon Musk told employees that orders are up. The company’s stock closed up 1.4% to $195.49 on a volatile day that started out with a loss. Tesla stock has shed 16% in the past ...

Searchers find small plane in Lake Michigan; 2 men missing

FRANKFORT, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have found the wreckage of a small plane that went missing over Lake Michigan with two men aboard. The Michigan State Police and Benzie County Sheriff’s Office say searchers found the plane Wednesday about 5 miles from the coastal city of Frankfort, in ...

5 former Michigan Catholic priests charged with sex crimes

By JEFF KAROUB Associated Press DETROIT — Michigan prosecutors announced Friday that five former Catholic priests are facing sexual abuse charges as part of the state attorney general’s ongoing investigation into clergy abuse going back decades. Attorney General Dana Nessel said the ...

3 handwritten wills found in Aretha Franklin’s home

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Three handwritten wills have been found in the suburban Detroit home of Aretha Franklin, months after the death of the "Queen of Soul," including one that was discovered under cushions in the living room, a lawyer said Monday. The latest one is dated March 2014 and ...

Billionaire starts ballot drive to cut Michigan car premiums

LANSING (AP) — Billionaire businessman Dan Gilbert is starting a ballot drive as a “failsafe” in case Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature and Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer do not enact legislation to cut the country’s highest auto insurance premiums. The move, confirmed Monday ...

Schiff: Amash criticism not enough to push Trump impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key Democrat said Sunday that Republican Rep. Justin Amash’s sharp criticism of what he called President Donald Trump’s “impeachable conduct” in the Russia investigation isn’t enough to count as bipartisan support to launch impeachment proceedings. But House ...

Detroit dispensary opens first licensed pot delivery service

By BREANA NOBLE The Detroit News AP Member Exchange DETROIT — One Detroit dispensary has made buying pot almost as easy as ordering a pizza. “This is amazing,” said 34-year-old Rashon Massey after Utopia Gardens LLC manager Donnell Cravens rolled up to his Detroit residence with ...

Woman fatally shot

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — Western Michigan police say a woman was fatally shot hours after she and her husband were involved in a domestic dispute. Muskegon Heights Police Chief Joseph Thomas tells MLive.com that officers are searching for the woman’s husband, and that he’s ...

9-year-old boy shot

SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Police say a 9-year-old boy was accidentally shot at an apartment complex in Superior Township. Washtenaw County Sheriff’s spokesman Derrick Jackson tells MLive.com the boy was struck in the neck Saturday morning with a small-caliber bullet. Jackson says ...

Michigan agency aims to reduce stress among prison guards

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Corrections is trying to address concerns about stress and suicide among corrections officers. Department Director Heidi Washington recently told the Senate Oversight Committee and a subcommittee on justice and public safety that the agency ...

Michigan agency aims to reduce stress among prison guards

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Corrections is trying to address concerns about stress and suicide among corrections officers. Department Director Heidi Washington recently told the Senate Oversight Committee and a subcommittee on justice and public safety that the agency ...

Priest abuse claim found credible

DETROIT (AP) — The Archdiocese of Detroit says an allegation that a priest who died in 1984 sexually abused a child has been found to be credible. The archdiocese said in a news release Friday that the complaint against the Rev. Jan Tyminski was brought forward to the Archdiocesan Review ...

Tax revenue projections unchanged

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration have reached a consensus on revised tax revenue projections that will be used as they work to enact the next state budget. They say revenue estimates for this fiscal year and the next budget year are ...

Man exonerated after 45 years will get $1.5M from Michigan

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan man who spent 45 years in prison before he was exonerated of murder will receive $1.5 million from the state, the attorney general's office said Friday. Richard Phillips, 73, was exonerated in 2018, becoming the longest-serving U.S. inmate to be cleared. He's ...

Couple sentenced in trafficking case

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit couple has been sentenced after authorities say they hired out a woman with physical and mental disabilities for sex while forcing her to live in a shed. Forty-year-old Michael Welch and 32-year-old Misty George of Macomb Township were charged ...

New Michigan measles case is separate from outbreak

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — Health officials are confirming a new measles case in Michigan that’s not related to an earlier outbreak in the southeastern portion of the state. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday that it confirmed the case in St. Clair County, ...

Whitmer open to drivers forgoing unlimited benefit

EAST LANSING (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday that she was open to letting drivers forgo mandatory, unlimited medical benefits covered by their auto insurance premiums, but only if they were still required to buy some level of coverage. The Democrat’s position, which ...