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Michigan News

Improperly released prisoner missing

DETROIT (AP) — Authorities searched Friday for a Michigan prison inmate who was recently transferred to Ohio to face drug charges but was improperly released on bond. Talleon Brazil, 31, has been free since $50,000 bond was posted on Jan. 21 in Scioto County, Ohio, said Chris Gautz, a ...

Parents charged in baby’s shooting

CHICAGO (AP) — The parents of a 1-year-old boy who was shot in the head as his parents struggled over a gun inside a Chicago home were each ordered held on Thursday in lieu of $10,000 bond. Travis McCoy, 26, is charged with felony false alarm to 911 and misdemeanor child endangerment. ...

Enbridge: Broken rod in Great Lakes poses no risk

MACKINAW CITY (AP) — An energy company sees no reason to remove a narrow 270-foot rod from the Straits of Mackinac in northern Michigan, telling regulators that it poses no risk to the Great Lakes while embedded in the lake bottom. Enbridge Inc. also used the letter to try to clear up any ...

Michigan students highlight racism after group chat incident

SALINE, Mich. (AP) — Black students at a predominantly white suburban Detroit high school say they are commonly subjected to racist remarks like those that white classmates posted online this week. During the Saline board of education’s meeting on Tuesday, Saline High School teacher Matt ...

Michigan mom pleads no contest in child’s death

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The mother of a 10-month-old girl who was dehydrated and malnourished pleaded no contest Wednesday to second-degree murder, two days after her husband was convicted in the child’s death. Tatiana Fusari will serve a minimum of 25 years in prison, WOOD-TV ...

Michigan ballot law changes struck down by a 2nd court

LANSING (AP) — Another Michigan court has vacated changes to the state’s ballot drive law, declaring that a geographic limitation on collecting petitions unconstitutionally takes power out of the hands of voters. The state appeals court, in a 2-1 decision Monday, affirmed a lower judge. ...

GM to invest $2.2B in Detroit to build electric vehicles

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is spending $2.2 billion to refurbish an underused Detroit factory so it can build a series of electric and self-driving vehicles, eventually employing 2,200 people. GM said in a statement Monday that the factory will start building the company’s first ...

State mental health hotline coming

LANSING (AP) — Michigan will create a statewide mental health hotline under legislation signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The telephone referral system will be available 24 hours a day, seven days of week and refer people experiencing a mental health crisis to service providers. A spending ...

Early voting is underway in Michigan’s presidential primary

LANSING (AP) — Voting is underway in Michigan’s presidential primary more than a year after the option was greatly expanded through the passage of a ballot measure, though many Democrats vying for the nomination remain focused — for now — on Iowa and other early states. The 45-day ...

3rd woman accuses Michigan lawmaker of sexual harassment

LANSING (AP) — A third woman in two weeks has publicly come forward with sexual harassment allegations against a Michigan state legislator, according to a published report Sunday. Melissa Osborn, who works as a regulatory affairs specialist for a trade group, told Crain’s Detroit ...

Newspaper sues school district

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — A Michigan newspaper has sued Traverse City Area Public Schools for allegedly disregarding transparency laws related to the unexpected resignation of the former superintendent. The lawsuit filed Friday by the Traverse City Record-Eagle alleged the district misused ...

Dems pick Whitmer, Escobar for Trump State of Union response

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will deliver the Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Feb. 4. Rep. Veronica Escobar of Texas will deliver the Spanish-language response. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck ...

State briefing

Couple dies in fire saving pets KALKASKA TOWNSHIP (AP) — A couple died Thursday in a northern Michigan house engulfed in flames as they tried to save their pets, authorities said. Kalkaska County sheriff's officials said fire broke out early Thursday morning at the Kalkaska Township home ...

Group launches Michigan ballot drive to rein in lobbying

LANSING (AP) — A group launched a ballot drive Thursday to target lobbying in Michigan’s Capitol by banning free food and drink for state elected officials, requiring former lawmakers to wait two years to become lobbyists and overhauling a system that tracks lobbying. The Coalition to ...

Veteran accuses bank of discrimination for not taking checks for deposit

LIVONIA (AP) — A Detroit-area bank that suspected fraud and refused to cash $99,000 in checks from a black Air Force veteran said Thursday that it mishandled the incident and should not have called police. Sauntore Thomas attempted to deposit checks from the settlement of a discrimination ...

Man loses ‘bright lights’ appeal

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Bright lights — long prison stay. Police had probable cause to pull over a man who was driving in Ypsilanti with his high beams on, a stop that led to the discovery of cocaine, an outstanding arrest warrant — and ultimately a 10-year prison sentence, an appeals ...

Online sports betting in Michigan will wait until 2021

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Sports bettors should be able to place wagers in person at casinos this spring but will wait until 2021 to do so online, Michigan's regulatory agency said Wednesday. Mary Kay Bean, spokeswoman for the Michigan Gaming Control Board, gave the ...

Michigan lifts barriers to Tesla sales, settling lawsuit

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan has cleared the way for Tesla to sell more electric vehicles in the state and get them serviced under a deal filed Wednesday that settles a lawsuit by the automaker. It won't be as simple as Tesla opening a dealership on a corner lot. But consumers at least won't ...

Detroit orchestra names Jader Bignamini next music director

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday announced the selection of Italian conductor Jader Bignamini as its next music director. The century-old orchestra said it signed a six-year contract with Bignamini, starting with the 2020-21 season. He will lead a three-concert ...