Michigan News

Officer on leave after apparent Klan document seen at home

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A white police officer in western Michigan was placed on paid administrative leave after a house hunter who was viewing the officer’s home said he saw a framed Ku Klux Klan application and multiple Confederate flags. The Muskegon Police Department opened an internal ...

Charges filed in shooting

DETROIT (AP) — A 36-year-old man has been charged in the fatal shooting of a Detroit man and the wounding of a 4-year-old boy. The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says Louis L. Davis III of Lincoln park was arraigned this week on first-degree murder, assault with intent to murder and gun ...

New Michael Moore-backed doc tackles alternative energy

LOS ANGELES (AP) — What if alternative energy isn’t all it’s cracked up to be? That’s the provocative question explored in the documentary “Planet of the Humans,” which is backed and promoted by filmmaker Michael Moore, a Michigan native, and directed by one of his longtime ...

Enbridge says gap opens beneath Great Lakes oil pipeline

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — Erosion has created a gap beneath an oil pipeline in a key Great Lakes channel that’s wider than allowed under an agreement with the state of Michigan, oil transport company Enbridge Inc. said Wednesday. The Canadian company said the opening between the pipe and the ...

Judge to allow use of handwriting expert for Franklin’s will

PONTIAC (AP) — A Michigan judge agreed to allow a handwriting expert to examine wills discovered in couch cushions after Aretha Franklin's death. During a hearing Tuesday, Oakland County Probate Judge Jennifer Callaghan also placed administration of Franklin's estate under court ...

Developer prevails in site fight

GROSSE POINTE SHORES (AP) — A developer has prevailed in a dispute with residents of an upscale Detroit suburb over how many luxury homes should occupy a sizable portion of land in the community. An eight-bedroom 1940s mansion formerly sat on the 8 acres in question in Grosse Pointe ...

Carson City graduate wins skeet championship with 1 thumb

CARSON CITY — The thumbs up — a universal sign that everything is all right. On June 15, Aiden Adkins, 17, a recent graduate from Carson City-Crystal High School (CC-C), posed for photos with a championship belt buckle courtesy of the Michigan Scholastic Clay Target Program after he won ...

Ford shows most powerful street-legal Mustang with 760 hp

DETROIT (AP) — The most powerful street-legal Ford Mustang ever built will go on sale this fall. A 5.2-liter supercharged V8 will crank out 760 horsepower in the 2020 Shelby GT500. The new version has a beefed-up suspension and brakes. It also has a seven-speed automatic transmission that ...

Hearing set on Franklin’s will

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A judge is expected to consider a request for a handwriting expert to examine wills discovered in couch cushions after Aretha Franklin’s death. A hearing is scheduled today in Oakland County Probate Court, north of Detroit. A handwritten 2014 document shows Franklin ...

Ex-UAW official sentenced

DETROIT (AP) — A former United Auto Workers vice president has been sentenced to 15 months in prison in a scheme that funneled cash from a job training center in Detroit toward personal uses. Norwood Jewell appeared Monday in U.S. District Court in Detroit. He is the highest ranking labor ...

State gas prices fall 10 cents

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide have fallen 10 cents from a week ago to about $2.75 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club said Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded is about 17 cents less than a year ago. It adds prices could ...

1770s sideplate unearthed at old Mackinaw City fort

MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) — Archaeologists unearthed an 18th century serpent sideplate from a British trade gun at a historic Mackinaw City fort. The nearly 5 inches (12.7 centimeters) long piece was found last Tuesday in Fort Michilimackinac. It’s believed to date back to the 1770s. Lynn ...

Okemos man recounts trip across Lake Michigan in new book

By JUDY PUTNAM Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange OKEMOS — Fifty years ago, Vic Jackson got into a lively debate with his boss about just how small a boat you could take to cross one of the Great Lakes. What came next is the stuff of legend. On a $5 bet, Jackson declared he ...

Census grants awarded

DETROIT (AP) — Nearly $1 million in grants have been awarded to Detroit-area organizations seeking to promote and support a fair and accurate 2020 U.S. Census count. The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan says the grants range from $7,000 to $75,000. Funding runs through August ...

Water works authority honored

DETROIT (AP) — The Great Lakes Water Authority has been recognized for drinking water operations at one of its facilities in Detroit. The Partnership for Safe Water gave the authority’s Water Works Park the 2019 Directors Award for Water Treatment.

MSU to open nuclear research facility

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University’s $765 million nuclear research facility is expected to open in 2021, the laboratory’s director said. Researchers at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams will study the short-lived particles produced as charged beams collide with a target, ...

Civil Rights director reprimanded

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is asking a state agency responsible for investigating discrimination complaints to explain why a director who was reprimanded for making inappropriate comments that objectified women is being retained. In a letter Friday to members of ...

Whitmer: Delaying pension payments has ‘long-term cost’

DELHI TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday tamped down suggestions that she is open to delaying the elimination of debt in Michigan’s teacher retirement system to help boost road repairs, saying such a move would come with a long-term cost. The Democrat’s proposed ...

Recall petition approved

DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A group wanting to recall a Michigan lawmaker who is facing charges over an alleged scheme to trade votes for campaign money has cleared an initial procedural hurdle. The bipartisan Board of State Canvassers approved the wording of the petition Thursday. State ...

Ex-MSU president gets $2.5M retirement payout

EAST LANSING — The former Michigan State University president accused of lying about her knowledge of allegations against sports doctor Larry Nassar is getting about $2.5 million as part of a retirement package and agreed not to sue the school, it was announced Tuesday. The East Lansing ...