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Michigan News

Detroit to host conference

DETROIT (AP) — Barriers and opportunities to access to arts, culture, mobility, urban space and the new economy will be discussed during an internet and digital society conference in Detroit. Organizers say the re:publica Sequencer Tour will be held Sept. 27-28. The conference also will ...

Musical ‘test drive’ in Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A restored edition of a pioneering, enduring American opera put through its paces in Michigan is making its official debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. “The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess” is set to premiere Sept. 23. The staging of the "performance edition" ...

Development opens in Corktown

DETROIT (AP) — A $150 million mixed-use development officially has opened just west of downtown in Detroit's Corktown neighborhood. Mayor Mark Duggan's office says Elton Park's first phase was completed in just over two years and includes 151 residential units and more than 11,000 square ...

Ram adds 875K pickups to recall for tailgate problem

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is adding more than 875,000 Ram pickup trucks worldwide to a series of recalls to fix tailgates that can open while the trucks are being driven. The expansion covers certain Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups from the 2013 through 2018 model years that have power ...

Moody’s downgrades Ford’s credit rating to junk status

DETROIT (AP) — Moody's Investors Service on Monday downgraded Ford's credit rating to junk status, citing expectations that the automaker will be weighed by weak earnings and cash generation as it pursues a costly restructuring plan. Ford responded by saying that its underlying business is ...

‘Dennis is the man’: A 72-year-old is a karaoke night star

EAST LANSING — Dennis Foreback walked up to the mic and the cellphones came out. College students snapped pictures and video as Foreback, 72, belted out “Bodies,” a heavy metal song by Drowning Pool. Foreback is not as mobile as he once was, but he hammed it up by bending his knees ...

Gas prices rise to $2.66 per gallon

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide have risen 5 cents from a week ago to about $2.66 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club said today the average price for self-serve regular unleaded is about 27 cents less than a year ago. AAA says lower demand as fall ...

Nessel ‘deeply concerned’ over suit

LANSING (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Friday that she is “deeply concerned” that a former campaign worker allegedly tried to use his political ties to extort the owner of a car rental company that drew scrutiny from her office. Nessel’s spokeswoman issued a lengthy ...

Michigan to become 1st state to ban flavored e-cigarettes

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer moved Wednesday to make her state the first to ban flavored electronic cigarettes, accusing companies of using candy flavors and deceptive advertising to “hook children on nicotine.” The Democrat ordered the state health department to ...

Michigan State University fined $4.5M in Nassar case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government on Thursday ordered Michigan State University to make sweeping changes and pay a $4.5 million fine after determining that it failed to adequately respond to sexual assault complaints against Larry Nassar, a campus sports doctor who molested elite gymnasts and ...

$4M for Interlochen arts center

INTERLOCHEN, Mich. (AP) — A $4 million gift to the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula will help add housing for students, faculty and visiting artists. The recently announced gift is from the Midland-based Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation and the ...

178 cats removed from home

WEST BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A couple has been sentenced to three years’ probation after 178 cats were removed earlier this year from a suburban Detroit home. WJBK-TV reports that Jonathan and Jennifer Klein also were ordered Wednesday to pay more than $4,400 in restitution. ...

Indicted lawmaker back in Lansing, says treatment saved him

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Days after his colleagues formally demanded his resignation, a Michigan lawmaker under federal indictment returned to the Legislature for the first time in months Tuesday, saying his treatment for an addiction to painkillers probably saved his life. Rep. Larry Inman, a ...

Motown founder donates $4M

DETROIT (AP) — Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. is donating $4 million toward a project to expand a museum housed in the Detroit building where he built his music empire, officials announced Wednesday. Gordy’s gift, which coincides with the company’s 60th anniversary, is the ...

Thousands walk the Mighty Mac

ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) — Light rain let up as thousands of people started the 62nd Labor Day walk across the Mackinac Bridge. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer joined those walkers crossing the nearly 5-mile long bridge that links Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas and crosses the Straits of ...

Crews clean up Manistique River

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Crews are doing final cleanup work on the Manistique River in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, which was contaminated with industrial waste during the last century. The city of Manistique was previously a lumber shipping port where mills and wastewater plants dumped ...

Grouse West Nile virus surveillance project entering second year this fall

LANSING — The ruffed grouse West Nile virus surveillance project will enter its second year this fall. The collaborative study began in 2018, between Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of Natural Resources and the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study group. The study ...

‘Disgrace’: Michigan House urges indicted lawmaker to resign

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — The Michigan House approved a resolution Thursday urging the resignation of a lawmaker who is facing federal charges over an alleged scheme to trade votes for campaign money. In the measure, which passed 98-8, the House reserved the right to ...

Whitmer to GOP Legislature: Stop ‘screwing around’ on roads

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday that the Republican-led Legislature should stop “screwing around” and present her with a viable plan to raise up to $2.5 billion in new revenue for roads. A legislative leader meanwhile accused Whitmer of fabricating a crisis and said ...

Detroit center replaces name of ex-mayor with racist past

DETROIT — The home of Detroit’s annual auto show and other major events has officially changed its name to the TCF Center and moved on from its original name, which honored a former mayor known for racist and segregationist policies, officials announced Tuesday. Officials said the Cobo ...