Michigan News

Flint mayor wins trial

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A jury has rejected claims by a former Flint official who said she was fired for exposing suspicious activity by the mayor during the city’s water crisis. The verdict on Tuesday was a victory for Mayor Karen Weaver who denied wrongdoing in the dismissal of city ...

Whitmer: Legislature must ‘get off the dime’ on road fixes

LANSING,— With her proposed 45-cents-a-gallon fuel tax hike stalled, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Tuesday that fixing the roads is still the “No. 1 issue” despite the Republican-led Legislature prioritizing an overhaul of Michigan’s car insurance law. “People want our roads fixed. ...

Michigan lawmakers OK ban on abortion procedure; veto vowed

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature voted Tuesday to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure, pushing ahead with legislation Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she would veto. The bills would prohibit physicians from performing abortion by dilation and ...

Groups bringing national reparations debate to Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — Two national organizations pushing for federal legislation on reparations for descendants of African American slaves are bringing their agendas and messages to Detroit. The Detroit-based Reparations Labor Union has scheduled a summit in June, which later the same week will be ...

US agency scraps proposal to prevent unintended acceleration

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government is withdrawing a proposal to require all passenger vehicles to have safety systems to prevent unintended acceleration. The government said Monday the rule isn’t needed because the auto industry has installed systems voluntarily. The industry opposed ...

Holocaust survivor, former soldier have emotional meeting on Monday

COMMERCE TOWNSHIP — A Holocaust survivor welcomed a U.S. Army veteran to her suburban Detroit home on Monday and thanked him for taking part in the 1945 liberation of the German concentration camp where she was being held. Sophie Tajch Klisman greeted Doug Harvey with a hug and thanked the ...

Lawsuit over dead dogs settled

DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit has agreed to pay about $60,000 to settle a lawsuit with the owners of three dogs that were killed during a police raid. Attorney Christopher Olson says the deal was disclosed in federal court last week but still needs approval from the city ...

State gas prices fall 11 cents

DEARBORN (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are down about 11 cents from a week ago to about $2.80 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club said Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded is about 13 cents less than a year ago. AAA described the drop as a ...

Michigan’s marijuana industry now has a regulatory referee

GRAND RAPIDS — The man in charge of refereeing Michigan’s marijuana market isn’t one to reveal his personal opinions about the newly legalized drug. Andrew Brisbo is now officially the executive director of the renamed Marijuana Regulatory Agency after a recent Senate confirmation ...

Presbyterian church in Albion founded in 1837 closes down

BATTLE CREEK — The First Presbyterian Church of Albion has closed its doors after 182 years of ministry. More than 90 people gathered for the church’s final service, led by the Rev. Charlotte Ellison. Among the attendees was 87-year-old parishioner Caroline Swyers, who lives across from ...

Female police officers recruited

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Grand Rapids Police Department is recruiting female officers. The May 18 information session is a first by the Grand Rapids department, which has 44 female officers. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is aimed at women who have an interest in ...

Exhibit shows view of ‘Star Trek’

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — An exhibition at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in suburban Detroit is offering a glimpse into the world of “Star Trek.” Titled “Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds ,” the exhibition runs through Sept. 2 at the museum in Dearborn. It offers a look at ...

More algae expected in Lake Erie

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Experts say heavy rains this spring make it more likely western Lake Erie will see another significant algae bloom later this year. The bloom’s size will ultimately depend on rainfall amounts from now through early summer. Scientists with the National Oceanic and ...

Whitmer signs bill forgiving up to 4 snow day make-ups

NOVI, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation to forgive Michigan schools from rescheduling up to four snow days that occurred during an artic deep freeze in which she declared a state of emergency. The law will let schools not count the Jan. 29-Feb. 1 period toward a cap ...

Whitmer vetoes $10M for exonerees, prefers in budget instead

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued her first line-item veto Friday, nixing $10 million that would have shored up a nearly depleted state fund that compensates wrongfully convicted inmates. She said she supports the funding but stripped it to adhere ...

Authorities: Man killed 2 women

DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 26-year-old mid-Michigan man killed two women, intended to kill two more and texted a former girlfriend that he “had been ridding the demons of some dear friends of his,” authorities said Friday. Police found the bodies in separate locations after the man ...

Detroit News names new publisher

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit News has named managing editor Gary Miles the newspaper’s new editor and publisher. The 55-year-old Miles succeeds Jonathan Wolman, who died April 15 due to complications from pancreatic cancer. Miles had been managing editor since 2013. He was hired at the ...

Whitmer threatens to veto auto insurance bill

LANSING (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday threatened to veto legislation that would cut what are the country’s highest average auto insurance premiums, saying it falls short and urging the Republican-led Legislature not to send it to her desk without negotiated ...

Whitmer signs bills to limit asset forfeiture in drug cases

LANSING (AP) — Law enforcement in Michigan will be prohibited from permanently taking ownership of cash and other property seized in drug cases unless there is a criminal conviction or the assets are worth more than $50,000, under bipartisan bills signed into law Thursday by Gov. Gretchen ...

Michigan House approves bill to cut auto insurance premiums

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — The Republican-led Michigan House early today approved a plan to reduce the state’s high auto insurance premiums, moving to no longer require that drivers buy unlimited medical benefits through their car insurer to cover crash injuries. The ...