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Principal motivates W.K. Kellogg graduate for his future

BATTLE CREEK — W.K. Kellogg graduate Tyberius Settles hasn’t always been a model student, and he owns that. “I was falling off. I was skipping class, I didn’t do no work, and I was just falling. I wasn’t even being a leader at the time,” he said. But with the support of his ...

Pandemic leads to losses

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau says the Detroit area has lost out on more than $200 million through cancellations of convention and other business gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic. The actual amount of money lost amid virus-related lockdowns and ...

Budget chairs: Lift July deadline; Senate wants federal help

LANSING (AP) — Key Republican lawmakers on Thursday backed legislation that would waive a requirement that the Legislature pass the next state budget in less than three weeks, citing uncertainty over a major shortfall caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Senate Appropriations Committee ...

1000s lose power after big storms

DETROIT (AP) — About 168,700 homes and businesses were without electricity Thursday in Michigan after thunderstorms barreled through the state, downing hundreds of trees and power lines. DTE Energy said about 49,700 of its customers in southeast Michigan were without service as of 8 p.m. ...

Judge gives time to LGBT rights drive, won’t cut signatures

LANSING (AP) — A Michigan judge on Wednesday gave an LGBT rights ballot drive more time to collect signatures due to coronavirus stay-at-home restrictions but refused the group's request to slash the number of signatures needed to make the ballot. The ruling from Court of Claims Judge ...

‘Special delivery’ for grads offered

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan mail carrier is delivering personal congratulations to high school graduates. Joshua Davis knows what it’s like to have a teenager whose senior year suddenly was turned upside down by the coronavirus. His message: Go get ‘em, graduates! Davis wrote ...

Michigan Supreme Court revisiting 2013 porch shooting case

DETROIT — The Michigan Supreme Court is taking another look at the case of a suburban Detroit man who was sentenced to at least 17 years in prison for killing an unarmed woman on his porch in 2013. The issue is whether Ted Wafer’s constitutional rights against double jeopardy were ...

Michigan sues dam owner, seeks compensation for destruction

DETROIT (AP) — The state of Michigan filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the owner of two dams, seeking fines for the destruction of natural resources as well as “gross mismanagement” that preceded a devastating flood in Midland County. Blame for the May 19 flood, which destroyed at least ...

TC schools end preschool program

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Public school trustees in one northern Michigan district have voted to end a free, state-funded preschool program. Traverse City Area Public Schools trustees voted 6-1 Monday to eliminate the Great Start Readiness Program, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported. ...

Mackinac Policy Conference off

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Regional Chamber said Tuesday it canceled its annual policy conference on Mackinac Island due to the coronavirus pandemic. The annual meeting of business, political and other leaders had been moved from late May to August. But the chamber said it will not convene ...

No smoking, 15% capacity when Detroit casinos open

LANSING (AP) — Detroit casinos will have to ban smoking on their gambling floors and limit capacity to 15% initially when they are allowed to open by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, regulators said Monday, as the state continued reporting just small increases in coronavirus deaths and cases. A ...

Michigan’s top court throws out orders against barber

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court on Friday overturned orders that directed a barber to close his shop during the coronavirus pandemic, with one justice saying judges need to follow the “rule of law, not hysteria.” The Michigan appeals court made mistakes in telling a local ...

Black activists push for criminal justice system overhaul in US

DETROIT (AP) — Black activists believe the police killing of George Floyd and the nationwide civil unrest that followed could be the catalyst for overhauling the criminal justice system. Following Saturday’s massive demonstrations against racism and police brutality, some are pushing for ...

Teens arrested in Michigan killing

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say two teenage boys have been in arrested in Tennessee in the fatal shooting of a Michigan man last month. The U.S. Marshals Service says the boys, ages 15 and 17, have been arrested on first-degree murder charges by a federal fugitive task force and local ...

Grants aid culture organizations

DETROIT (AP) — Nonprofit arts and culture organizations in southeastern Michigan will share $500,000 in funding to help relieve financial pressures caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Fifty grants of $10,000 each have been awarded from the COVID-19 Arts and Creative Community Assistance ...

Michigan Senate: Train police on bias, de-escalation

LANSING (AP) — The Michigan Senate unanimously approved a bill Thursday that would require police to be trained on implicit bias and de-escalation techniques to minimize the use of force, a move made more than a week after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The legislation would also ...

Schools chief warns of K-12 cuts; Whitmer joins marchers

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s school superintendent said Thursday that K-12 districts are confronting the possibility of staggering spending cuts amid the coronavirus pandemic unless Congress helps fill a nearly $2.4 billion revenue shortfall over this budget year and next. A divided state ...

Study: Autonomous vehicles won’t make roads completely safe

DETROIT (AP) — A new study says that while autonomous vehicle technology has great promise to reduce crashes, it may not be able to prevent all mishaps caused by human error. Auto safety experts say humans cause about 94% of U.S. crashes, but the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ...

Nissan recalls 1.9M vehicles

DETROIT (AP) — For the fourth time, Nissan is recalling hundreds of thousands of midsize cars in the U.S. and Canada to fix a nagging latch problem that may allow the hood fly open while cars are moving. The latest recall covers nearly 1.9 million Altimas and includes cars from the 2013 ...

Whitmer backs police changes after deaths of Floyd, others

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called Wednesday for policy changes to prevent police abuses following the killings of George Floyd and other black people, backing continuing education for officers in Michigan and legislation that would require training on implicit bias and de-escalation ...