Michigan News

5 governors push presidential candidates to aid Great Lakes

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — Five Democratic governors of states in the Great Lakes region Monday urged the candidates in next year’s presidential election to support a plan for safeguarding their shared waters by boosting federal spending on treatment plants and environmental cleanups. Led by ...

Emergency declared for Lake Co.

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency for Lake County, which is grappling with the effects of heavy rainfall and flooding from a storm more than a week ago. Whitmer’s declaration Monday makes available state resources to help the county in northern ...

Trump touts economy, but not everyone in Michigan feeling it

SAGINAW (AP) — A bright mural welcomes people to downtown Saginaw, where a new indoor market opened along the riverfront last year — part of the city’s decades-long effort to reinvent itself after the auto industry started leaving. Inside the market, vendors sell falafel, fresh-baked pies ...

Judge denies challenge to new lead rules that followed Flint

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A judge on Friday let stand Michigan’s toughest-in the-nation drinking water regulations that were created after the Flint crisis, dismissing a lawsuit that was brought by major Detroit-area water systems over concerns such as the cost of having to replace hundreds of ...

Remains of Michigan teen who died during Korean War return

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The remains of a Michigan teen who died during the Korean War have returned home. U.S. Army Cpl. Charles Stanley Lawler’s remains returned to Traverse City on Thursday and will be buried Saturday in a plot next to his mother, the Traverse City Record-Eagle ...

Nessel: Customer credits for outages should be automatic

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel on Thursday urged regulators to require that utilities automatically credit customers who go without power for too long during outages, saying the burden should not be on them to seek the credit. People currently can get a $25 ...

$1.5M grant supports Soo cleanup

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — A $1.5 million state grant will help convert a contaminated property in Sault Ste. Marie into the home of a research and education center. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy awarded the funding through its Brownfield Redevelopment ...

Man fatally shoots escaped alligator

DAYTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A man fatally shot an escaped alligator after he says the reptile lunged at him at his rural Michigan property. Derrick Fells says he was collecting minnows Saturday in Tuscola County’s Dayton Township when he heard a “hissing” sound and the alligator ...

Researchers tracking grass carp

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan and Ohio crews are surveying several Lake Erie bays and river mouths this summer in search of invasive grass carp. They’re hoping to capture some of the fish and install transmitters enabling researchers to track their movements. A network of receivers ...

Weather runs gamut for Port Huron to Mackinac sailboat race

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — The roughly 200 sailboats participating in this year’s annual Port Huron to Mackinac race experienced heavy rain and wind as well as more agreeable conditions on their lengthwise journey of Lake Huron. The Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race started Saturday ...

Detroit Mayor Duggan endorsing Biden for president

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden in the race to challenge Donald Trump in the 2020 race for the White House. As vice president under Barack Obama, Biden “was just a great friend of Detroit,” Duggan told The Associated Press on ...

US hotels caught in fight over housing detained migrants

DETROIT (AP) — There’s a new target in the clash over immigration: hotels. Advocacy groups and unions are pressuring Marriott, MGM and others not to house migrants who have been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. For decades, the U.S. government has occasionally ...

Michigan leukemia survivor reunites with bone marrow donor

CALEDONIA— Leukemia survivor Bob Falkenberg had one important stop to make on his cross country bike ride, and that was to the home of his bone marrow donor, Jason Rottman. Rottman and Falkenberg greeted each other with an embrace in front of Rottman’s Caledonia home. The cross country ...

Pageant winner ousted

DETROIT (AP) — The Miss World America organization has stripped its Michigan pageant winner of her title, which she says was because of tweets she made about Muslims and black people. Kathy Zhu was crowned the pageant’s Michigan winner last week. She’s a University of Michigan ...

Body identified as Detroit woman

ANGOLA, Ind. (AP) — Authorities on Sunday identified a Michigan woman who was found dead 20 years ago in a northeastern Indiana field, renewing the investigation into her “suspicious” death. The Steuben County Sheriff’s Department said they followed hundreds of leads to try to ...

800K lose power in storms

DETROIT (AP) — Crews are working to restore power after heavy storms over two days knocked out power for over 800,000 Michigan homes and businesses. Two utilities say it could take until Wednesday to restore power for everyone. Detroit-based DTE Energy said Sunday afternoon that roughly ...

Corvette goes mid-engine for first time to raise performance

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer WARREN — When you first lay eyes on the new 2020 Corvette, a modern version of the classic American sports car isn’t the first thing that pops into your head. Instead, you think Lamborghini, Lotus, McLaren. The eighth-generation ‘Vette, dubbed C8, is ...

Michigan cuts pot fees in 19 cities impacted by drug war

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan regulators announced Thursday a cut in marijuana licensing fees for prospective business owners living in 19 cities whose residents were disproportionately impacted by the drug war. Under the new “social equity” program, applicants ...

100s attend veteran’s funeral

NILES, Mich. (AP) — Hundreds of people attended the funeral for a Vietnam veteran from Michigan who had no known living relatives. Sixty-seven-year-old Wayne “Sarge” Wilson of Niles died during heart surgery in May, years after he’d made funeral arrangements for himself at Brown ...

US heat wave just warming up for long and scorching weekend

DETROIT (AP) — The heat wave that has been roasting much of the U.S. in recent days is just getting warmed up, with temperatures expected to soar to dangerous levels through the weekend. Communities are preparing by offering buildings as cooling centers and asking residents to check in on ...