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Michigan News

House demolition investigated

DETROIT (AP) — Police in Detroit are looking into who demolished a house that a Michigan lawmaker and her nonprofit group were planning to rehab for a needy family. The case is being investigated as malicious destruction of property, according to Detroit police Sgt. Nicole ...

Motorists get eyeful of porn

AUBURN HILLS (AP) — Motorists traveling through a Detroit suburb were stunned to see a pornographic video playing on an electronic billboard. Auburn Hills police say the video played on the billboard along Interstate 75 in Oakland County for about 30 minutes Saturday night before the images ...

Michigan governor signs budget with $1B in line-item vetoes

LANSING — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed the next state budget Monday hours before the deadline to fund government, while using line-item vetoes to block nearly $1 billion in spending proposed by the Republican-led Legislature. The Democrat enacted the plan amid a standoff with GOP ...

Grand Rapids wants resident to stop recycling trash at home

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man has been sued, fined and jailed for violating city rules with his passion for collecting trash and sorting it for recycling in his backyard. But Bill Peterson is relentless and continues to gather garbage at his Grand Rapids home, despite the ...

Native American food truck in Michigan serves unique cuisine

By KRISTAN OBENG Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange LANSING — The multicolored ears of corn often seen hanging on doors in the fall have a tastier use. Eva Menefee and her husband, Robin, use the colorful corn to make colorful corn soup, which they serve on a food truck ...

Detroit mayor being investigated

DETROIT (AP) — An inspector general’s probe into whether Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan gave preferential treatment to a health program involves over 400,000 pages of documents. The Free Press has sought records, including emails and financial reports, from the city’s Office of Inspector ...

Reward offered in cow shooting

NORWOOD TOWNSHIP (AP) — Authorities in northern Michigan are offering a $500 reward for information about the shooting of a cow. The Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office said that sheriff’s deputies responded in July to an animal complaint in which a Holstein cow had been shot. Police say ...

2 more cases of rabies in skunks

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Oakland County health officials are confirming two new cases of rabies in skunks found in Southfield and Troy. The confirmations follow a report last week that a skunk’s carcass also found in Southfield, just north of Detroit, tested positive for rabies. In March, ...

Michigan judge strikes down state’s ballot drive law

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge on Friday struck down a new requirement that makes it harder to initiate ballot drives by limiting how many voter signatures can be counted from a single congressional district. Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens said the state constitution does ...

Michigan will spray in fight against deadly mosquito virus

LANSING (AP) — Michigan will conduct aerial spraying for the first time since 1980 to combat a rare mosquito-borne virus that has killed three people and been recorded across the southern half of the state. The spraying is set to begin Sunday night and will include portions of 14 counties, ...

Judge: Michigan adoption agencies can turn away LGBT couples

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Religious-based adoption agencies that contract with the state of Michigan will be allowed to refuse to place children in LGBT homes under a preliminary injunction issued by a federal judge Thursday. District Judge Robert Jonker in Grand Rapids blocked Democratic state ...

DTE Energy to cut carbon emissions

DETROIT (AP) — DTE Energy announced Thursday that it hopes to reduce its carbon emissions to net zero by 2050, building on its previous pledge to cut emissions in half by 2030 and by 80% in 2040. The Detroit-based utility said it will remove its Belle River Plant by 2030 and its Monroe ...

Democratic governors in swing states cautious on impeachment

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic governors in states that President Donald Trump hopes to win in 2020 are reacting cautiously to impeachment proceedings beginning in Congress. House Democrats’ impeachment probe focuses on Trump’s phone call to Ukraine’s president. A rough transcript ...

Committees finish work in GM talks, top bargainers take over

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT — Contract talks between General Motors and striking United Auto Workers took a step closer to reaching an agreement Wednesday when committees finished their work and sent it to the top bargainers. The move means that minor issues largely are ...

Workers, car owners, dealers and GM feel pinch from strike

DETROIT (AP) — As the United Auto Workers’ strike against General Motors stretches into a second week, it’s not just the company and striking workers getting pinched. With many replacement part warehouses shut down, dealers are beginning to run short of components to repair cars, trucks ...

Man breaks into home, dies

ROCHESTER HILLS (AP) — Authorities say a man who was injured while breaking into a suburban Detroit home tried to kill a 90-year-old man who lived there before collapsing and dying. The Oakland County sheriff’s office says the 44-year-old who broke into the Rochester Hills condominium ...

Whitmer OKs Medicaid reporting changes, rips lack of funding

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation Monday easing monthly reporting rules for able-bodied adults who will have to meet work requirements to qualify for coverage under Michigan’s Medicaid expansion program. She also accused Republican lawmakers of not allocating needed ...

Fire guts art project building

DETROIT (AP) — Fire has destroyed a building that is part of Detroit’s popular outdoor art project known as the Heidelberg Project. Flames were shooting through the roof before firefighters brought the blaze under control Monday morning. The building east of downtown Detroit has “you” ...

State gas prices jump 17 cents

DEARBORN (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide have jumped 17 cents from a week ago to about $2.74 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club said Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded rose following attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, but the average ...

Union strike is latest worry in Flint, GM’s birthplace

By JEFF KAROUB and MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press FLINT — The birthplace of General Motors has been on an economic roller-coaster ride for more than a century as the automaker rose, crashed and retooled for changing markets. Now, the city of Flint is again steeling for economic impact ...