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Michigan News

Incumbent loses in Flint

FLINT (AP) — Voters have elected a new mayor in Flint, where recovery from a lead-contaminated water crisis remains a major issue. Former Flint city councilman and current state Rep. Sheldon Neeley on Tuesday defeated incumbent Mayor Karen Weaver. The Genesee County Clerk’s Office reports ...

Bill Clinton among those honoring US Rep. Conyers at funeral

DETROIT (AP) — Elected officials, religious leaders, music stars and Detroit sports heroes gathered Monday at a church to remember longtime U.S. Rep. John Conyers. Former President Bill Clinton, civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer were ...

ICE agent cleared in shooting

DETROIT (AP) — A U.S. customs agent has been cleared in a federal civil damages trial of wrongdoing following the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man during a 2015 police raid in Detroit. The U.S. Attorney’s office in Detroit said Mitchell Quinn’s jury trial ended Monday. Quinn was a ...

Regulatory board halts state’s drinking water rules

LANSING (AP) — A Michigan regulatory oversight board staffed with business and industry representatives selected by former Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has temporarily paused state drinking water standards that would limit allowable levels of certain toxic industrial chemicals. The ...

Manufacturing Day educates Michigan students, pools talent

PORT HURON — There was a time in her life when Jaclyn Radford, 21, thought computer numerical control would be in her future. That is, until she attended a Manufacturing Day event as a sophomore at Capac High School and discovered she thought being a CNC operator looked like the most boring ...

Unusual election method in Detroit suburb breaks new ground

EASTPOINTE, Mich. (AP) — Mary Hall-Rayford wants a seat on the city council in a Detroit suburb. Her election pitch sounds strange. “Please rank me number one,” the retired educator says in a video. “Or at least number two.” Huh? Indeed, Eastpointe will make Michigan history ...

Grants help with home energy

LANSING (AP) — More than $54 million in grants have been awarded to community service agencies to help low-income Michigan residents who fall behind on home energy bills. Michigan Energy Assistance Program grant agencies help with payments that can be used to meet home heating and ...

Party shooting leaves 1 dead

DETROIT (AP) — One person has been killed and four others wounded during an early morning shooting at an after-party on Detroit’s eastside. Police say someone fired shots into a crowd just before 5 a.m. Saturday. A 26-year-old man may have been the target of the shooting and was ...

Applications accepted for licenses

LANSING (AP) — Michigan is now accepting applications from businesses wanting to get into the marijuana industry in the wake of voters’ legalization of the drug for adult recreational use. The Marijuana Regulatory Agency began receiving license applications Friday. Businesses that ...

Judge upholds law allowing Great Lakes oil pipeline tunnel

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY — Michigan legislators did not violate the state constitution with their decision to allow construction of an oil pipeline tunnel beneath a waterway linking two of the Great Lakes, a judge said Thursday. The ruling by Judge Michael ...

Q&A: Whitmer signs bills to treat 17-year-olds as juveniles

LANSING (AP) — Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed bipartisan legislation Thursday to raise the age at which offenders are treated as adults in the criminal justice system from 17 to 18. The move was hailed across the political spectrum as long overdue and one that ensures ...

A top UAW officer faces embezzlement charges

DETROIT (AP) — A high-ranking United Auto Workers official is facing felony charges of embezzlement and fraud, and prosecutors say that several top union officials conspired to steal more than $1.5 million from the union. Prosecutors outlined the charges against Edward N. Robinson in a ...

Dad of 2 who died in Michigan fire: Strength stems from sons

GROSSE POINTE (AP) — The father of two boys who died in a Detroit-area house fire said through tears that his community’s support is what’s keeping him from falling apart, referring to the hundreds of mourners who went to the boys’ prayer service. Logan, 9, and Briggs Connolly, 11, ...

Founders settles lawsuit

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) — A black man who says he was fired by a Michigan brewery for complaining of a racist corporate culture has settled a lawsuit against the company. Tracy Evans sued Founders Brewing Co. a year ago. The settlement was announced Thursday. Terms were not disclosed. Brewery ...

Michigan House passes sports betting, online gambling bills

LANSING (AP) — Sports betting and online gambling would become legal at Michigan casinos under legislation approved Wednesday by the House, though Gov. Gretchen Whitmer continues to have concerns that the expansion could syphon revenue from the state’s iLottery. The main measures in the ...

Ford, auto workers union reach tentative contract agreement

DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers union has reached a tentative contract agreement with Ford after three days of intense bargaining. The union said the deal was reached Wednesday night but didn’t give details. The deal still has to be approved by committees of national union ...

Founders co-owner: Discrimination suit ‘biggest challenge’

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The backlash that Founders Brewing Co. has been facing over a former black worker’s racial discrimination lawsuit has been the company’s “biggest challenge,” a co-owner of Michigan’s largest brewery said. Tracy Evans filed a federal lawsuit last year ...

Whitmer, GOP leaders dig in over limiting her budget powers

LANSING — Hours after Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told Republican lawmakers to negotiate supplemental budget bills without trying to restrict her powers, the GOP-led House introduced legislation Tuesday that would do just that. The maneuver to limit the governor’s ability to ...

Whitmer signs counselor bill

LANSING (AP) — Licensed professional counselors will continue to be able to diagnose and treat patients after Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation updating their scope of practice. Whitmer says the law enacted Tuesday will ensure that more than 150,000 people can still receive ...

Ex-MSU president to stand trial; trustee quits

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A judge on Monday ordered former Michigan State University President Lou Ann Simon to stand trial on charges that she lied to police about her knowledge of a sexual misconduct complaint against now-imprisoned sports doctor Larry Nassar. The ruling came the same day the ...