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Michigan News

Letter alerted Michigan officials to hidden infant corpses

DETROIT (AP) — An anonymous letter informed Michigan officials that they could find "a bunch of infant corpses" hidden in a crawl space of a closed Detroit funeral home, according to state records. The Detroit News used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain a copy of the letter received ...

Candidates crisscross Michigan in final campaign stops

LANSING — Republican Bill Schuette and Democrat Gretchen Whitmer crisscrossed Michigan on Monday, making their closing appeals and firing up their get-out-the-vote organizers on the eve of the election for governor. Schuette, the state attorney general who has trailed in polls, pointed ...

Stabenow, James face off in Michigan’s US Senate race

LANSING — Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan is seeking a fourth term today and is hoping to stave off political newcomer John James and to prevent a surprise breakthrough in a state where Republican senators have been a rarity. Stabenow highlighted her bipartisan achievements and ...

Women in key races could shake up Michigan politics

DETROIT— Michigan Democrats are trying to crack the Republican Party’s hold on most statewide offices and congressional seats by fielding a slate of female candidates today. Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow is seeking a fourth term and is pitted against Republican John James, an Iraq War ...

Man sentenced in neighbor’s death

CROCKERY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan man will spend the rest of his life in prison in the fatal shooting of a neighbor as she cleared snow near her home. WOOD-TV reports that 64-year-old Wendell Popejoy was sentenced Monday. He was found guilty last month of first-degree ...

Stafford sacked 10 times as Vikings whip Lions

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings turned their defensive line loose on Matthew Stafford in a dominant performance that would have made the old Purple People Eaters proud. This unstoppable pass rush was led, predictably, by Danielle Hunter. Hunter had 3 1/2 of Minnesota’s ...

Voter turnout for Michigan’s midterm election may spike

LANSING — Last-ditch efforts are in motion to spur people to the polls on Tuesday. This election, Michigan voters may not need prodding. The number of absentee ballots issued and returned statewide is up by more than 50 percent from the same point in 2014 — a signal that voter enthusiasm ...

Wisconsin community mourns deaths of 3 Girl Scouts, 1 parent

LAKE HALLIE, Wis. (AP) — As a western Wisconsin community grieved the deaths of three Girl Scouts and a parent who were struck by a pickup truck, authorities still had not released the names of the victims or a fourth girl who was critically injured but survived. Police say they were hit ...

Former Microsoft CEO, wife give $16M to Detroit nonprofits

DETROIT (AP) — Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his wife, Connie, have announced they are giving $16 million to be shared among 18 nonprofits in the Detroit area. The Ballmers announced the grants this past week through the Ballmer Group, which focuses on helping children and families ...

Uber wants to resume self-driving car tests on public roads

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT — Nearly eight months after one of its autonomous test vehicles hit and killed an Arizona pedestrian, Uber wants to resume testing on public roads. The company has filed an application on with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to test in ...

Schuette cancels TV ads in all markets except Detroit

LANSING — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette on Tuesday canceled TV ads across Michigan in the final week of the race, except in the Detroit market — another sign that his campaign was facing an uphill climb to defeat Democrat Gretchen Whitmer. The state attorney general ...

$155K to man wrongfully jailed

ALBION, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan has agreed to pay $155,000 to settle a lawsuit by a man who spent a weekend in jail. The problem: State police had arrested the wrong guy. Billy Rowe of Calhoun County was arrested on child pornography charges in 2011. But he was the wrong Rowe. ...

GOP may face grim reward for revival of Detroit

DETROIT — During their eight years in control of Michigan’s government, Republicans have had one achievement that stands out: successfully taking the city of Detroit through federal bankruptcy to make way for its economic revival. Now that feat may bring a bittersweet reward. As the ...

Ground broken on new vets home

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials have broken ground for a new veterans home at the site of a former military housing complex in suburban Detroit. The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency said despite Monday’s groundbreaking for the Southeast Michigan Veterans Home , ...

Newspaper: Michigan doesn’t oversee 3K civilian officers

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan has 3,000 civilian officers that operate with no state oversight, and the state agency that has the authority to set requirements has no plans to do so soon, a newspaper reported. The Detroit Free Press said the state hasn't created training requirements for the ...

Michigan cities use public art to add design to area

DETROIT — A mural of President John F. Kennedy wearing multicolored sunglasses pops on the side of a cement-block building in Royal Oak. A rusted-brown metal horse sculpture, its mane blowing in the breeze, stands in the grass at Mount Clemens’ southern gateway. A giant pigeon with ...

Michigan veteran receives high school diploma after 48 years

LANSING, Mich. — Forty-eight years after leaving Eastern High School to join the United States Navy, Dann Huisken recently received his diploma. In 1970, the now-retired chief petty officer was an 18-year-old senior at Eastern who decided to enlist in the midst of the Vietnam War. “I ...

Frogs raised at zoo released

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — About two dozen endangered frogs raised at the Detroit Zoo have been released into the wild. The Detroit Zoological Society says 25 dusky gopher frogs were moved this month to the Ward Bayou Wildlife Management Area in southern Mississippi. The frogs were bred at ...

State gas prices up to $2.80

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up 2 cents in the past week to about $2.80 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club says early today the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is about 27 cents more than at the same point last ...

Michigan expands private well testing for toxic chemicals

OTSEGO, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is expanding testing for toxic chemicals. The agency plans to identify an additional 25 residential wells near a paper factory landfill in Otsego to sample and test for perfluorinated chemicals, known as PFAS, the ...