Michigan News

Records: 9-year-old boy charged in mother’s shooting death

FAWN RIVER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 9-year-old boy has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of his mother in their southern Michigan home, according to court documents. The woman was found early Monday morning in Fawn River Township, St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough ...

Ex-mayoral spokesman Berg dies

DETROIT (AP) — Former Detroit mayoral spokesman and communications strategist Bob Berg has died following a battle with cancer. He was 76. Van Dyke Horn public relations firm Chief Executive Peter Van Dyke says Berg died Wednesday at his Detroit home. Berg served as press secretary from ...

Michigan Senate approves plan to cut car insurance rates

LANSING — Michigan’s Senate passed legislation Tuesday aimed at cutting the country’s highest average auto insurance premiums by eliminating a requirement that drivers buy unlimited medical benefits to cover crash injuries. No other U.S. state has such a mandate. Motorists could instead ...

Students kill classmate, injure 8 others

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. — Two high school students shot and killed a classmate and injured eight others at a charter school in a Colorado community that marked the 20th anniversary of one of the nation’s worst school shootings just weeks ago. Douglas County sheriff’s officials said Devon ...

Kalamazoo schools leader chosen as state superintendent

LANSING — Michigan’s Board of Education on Tuesday chose Kalamazoo Public Schools Superintendent Michael Rice to lead the Department of Education, citing his track record of closing the “achievement gap” for minority students and his experience as an educator both in and outside the ...

Kalamazoo schools leader chosen as state superintendent

LANSING— Michigan’s Board of Education on Tuesday chose Kalamazoo Public Schools Superintendent Michael Rice to lead the Department of Education, citing his track record of closing the “achievement gap” for minority students and his experience as an educator both in and outside the ...

Michigan Senate approves plan to cut car insurance rates

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s Senate passed legislation Tuesday aimed at cutting the country’s highest average auto insurance premiums by eliminating a requirement that drivers buy unlimited medical benefits to cover crash injuries. No other U.S. state has such a mandate. Motorists could ...

Great Lakes water levels surge, some record highs predicted

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY — Water levels are surging in the Great Lakes and likely will set records this summer, forecasters said Monday — a remarkable turnaround from earlier this decade that’s bringing welcome relief to shippers and marina owners, but ...

US Coast Guard Hollyhock sets buoy-tending record for ship

By BRIAN WELLS The Times Herald AP Member Exchange PORT HURON — Shortly after 8 a.m. recently, the U.S. Coast Guard Hollyhock and her crew, surrounded by fishing boats under an overcast sky, pulled away from the Algonac pier, embarking on a buoy-tending mission that would set a ...

Michigan city asks full court to hear parking ticket case

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — A Michigan city on Monday asked a federal appeals court to set aside a recent decision and reopen a dispute over whether marking tires to keep track of illegally parked cars violates the U.S. Constitution. An attorney for Saginaw called it a case ...

Alleged vandal pleads not guilty

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A 19-year-old man suspected of defacing the gravesite of former President Gerald Ford and first lady Betty Ford has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges. The Grand Rapids Press reports Christian Johnson entered the plea Monday to charges of larceny and ...

Kalkaska boys collect money for colorblind classmates

BY SHERI MCWHIRTER Traverse City Record-Eagle AP Member Exchange KALKASKA — A trio of Kalkaska boys collected nearly $3,000 in returnable bottles and cans — that’s 30,000 — and used the money to buy a dozen pairs of glasses designed to help colorblind students better see ...

Motorized parachute crashes

HART, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 63-year-old man died from injuries he suffered when his powered parachute crashed into a field in western Michigan. Oceana County Sheriff’s deputies say Terrence Dykstra of Roxbury died Saturday at a local hospital. The aircraft he was flying in ...

Michigan budget tussle is about more than increasing gas tax

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — What is expected to be a protracted tussle over Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s first budget proposal is about much more than her call to hike fuel taxes. A resolution, which appears months away, also hinges on the Democratic governor and Republican ...

Pure Michigan’s new album to bring state parks to listeners

DETROIT (AP) — Outdoor enthusiasts soon will be able to appreciate 10 of Michigan’s state parks from their headphones. Tourism brand Pure Michigan is set to release an album that blends ambient sounds recorded at state parks with music from Michigan artists. Listeners will be able to ...

State briefing

Survey seeks input on biking, walking DETROIT (AP) — Residents across southeastern Michigan are being asked their perspectives on bicycling or walking. The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments says input from the Pulse of the Region survey will help with developing its regional ...

Judge rejects 6-month suspension

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A judge has rejected a six-month freeze in the involuntary manslaughter case of Michigan’s former health director, who is the highest-ranking official charged in the Flint water scandal. A new team of prosecutors wanted more time to assess and collect more evidence ...

Whitmer declares flood emergency

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency in Wayne County in response to widespread flooding resulting from this week’s heavy rainfall. Whitmer acted Thursday after Wayne County Executive Warren Evans issued a similar declaration. Evans pointed out ...

Gov. Whitmer orders study of insurers’ use of non-driving factors

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday ordered a review of how Michigan’s auto insurers use non-driving factors such as education and credit scores to set premiums that rank among the nation’s highest. The Democrat’s directive also includes an examination of how insurers ...

Defense strikes back in records dispute in Flint water case

DETROIT — Lawyers for Michigan’s former health director are firmly opposing an effort to put his Flint water criminal case on hold for six months, saying it’s a sign of “dysfunction” by prosecutors. In blunt language, Nick Lyon’s defense team urged Judge Joseph Farah to reject a ...