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Michigan News

Autoworkers from closed plants fight new GM contract

DETROIT (AP) — If they can close our plant, they can close yours, too. That’s the message from workers at three shuttered General Motors factories that didn’t get new products under the tentative contract agreement reached last week between GM and the United Auto Workers, who have been ...

Search for missing woman goes on

HONOR, Mich. (AP) — Police turned to a drone and dogs to try to solve the disappearance of a Detroit-area woman in northern Michigan, but the latest search didn’t result in any new findings. TV station WPBN reports that the search Tuesday was focused on a half-mile radius of a cabin in ...

New robotics practice space unveiled in St. Clair County

PORT HURON — The arms of a dark blue robot unfurled and lifted up a disk with Velcro edges. Carefully, it maneuvered to a tall tower with circular holes cut into it. The driver carefully manipulated the machine to place the disk over one of the holes, sticking it onto the tower. U.S. Rep. ...

Bedbugs found on campus

FLINT (AP) — Mott Community College officials say bedbug-infested chairs have been removed from a student lounge on the Flint campus. The college says the chairs were removed for treatment to kill the insects after they were found Thursday on the chairs in the Mott Memorial Building’s ...

Detroit-area men who sent millions to Yemen spared prison by judge

DETROIT — A group of Detroit-area men opened bank accounts to move millions of dollars to Yemen, their war-torn native country. Their crime: They didn’t register as a money transfer business. Their luck: They drew a sympathetic judge. One by one, U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn declined ...

Michigan allows prison inmates to seek college financial aid

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan’s prison inmates are now allowed to apply for college financial aid through a state program that had long excluded them but was changed under the state’s 2020 budget. Michigan’s Tuition Incentive Program , or TIP, is a state-funded program that reimburses ...

An Ithaca cider mill becoming a hidden gem in its area

MOUNT PLEASANT — Motorists exiting U.S. 127 in Ithaca might whiz right by a unique hidden gem tucked in behind two other East Center Street businesses just off the expressway. The Apple Barrel Cider Mill, owned by Chris and Marla Buerge, offers a variety of fresh fruits, homemade bakery ...

School lifts costume ban

CHARLOTTE, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan elementary school has lifted its short-lived ban on students wearing costumes to school for Halloween following an outcry by parents. Galewood Early Elementary School pulled its Halloween ban Friday, less than a week after announcing that classroom parties ...

2 pedestrians struck, killed

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Two people have been struck by a car and killed during a hit-and-run crash on a western Michigan street. Grand Rapids police say a preliminary investigation shows the man and woman, both age 56, were walking within a crosswalk after 11 p.m. Saturday when they were ...

Former Michigan Gov. William Milliken dies at age 97

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — William G. Milliken, Michigan’s longest-serving governor who established a record of environmental conservation and bipartisan cooperation that made him popular among Republicans and Democrats, died Friday at age 97, a family spokesman said. Milliken died at his home ...

Audit: State gave gravel industry influence in faulty study

LANSING (AP) — The Michigan Department of Transportation gave the gravel industry considerable influence in a state-funded study that found looming shortages in materials used to build highways, potentially undermining the report’s credibility and wasting taxpayers’ money, auditors said ...

Despite labor costs, GM averts financial woes of its past

DETROIT (AP) — A decade ago, high labor costs helped drag a bloated and debt-ridden General Motors into a government-funded bankruptcy. Now, a contract deal reached this week with the United Auto Workers union will raise the company’s costs once again, at a time when the auto industry is ...

GM workers to stay on picket line until vote on new contract

DETROIT (AP) — Striking General Motors workers will stay on the picket lines for at least another week until they vote on a tentative contract with the company. Factory-level officials from the United Auto Workers union voted to recommend the agreement to members at a daylong meeting in ...

Program guide toward renewables

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State officials have developed a program to help Michigan residents and businesses deal with the energy industry’s transition from fossil fuels to renewable power sources. MI Power Grid will serve as a clearinghouse for information and help with integrating clean ...

Workers celebrate deal with GM, show union power in industry

DETROIT (AP) — On the picket lines at a General Motors transmission plant in Toledo, Ohio, passing cars honked and striking workers celebrated a tentative contract deal by munching on 10 pizzas dropped off by a supporter. They had carried signs for 31 days and demonstrated the muscle the ...

Judge blocks Michigan’s ban on flavored e-cigarettes

LANSING (AP) — A Michigan judge temporarily blocked the state's weeks-old ban on flavored e-cigarettes Tuesday, saying it may force adults to return to smoking more harmful tobacco products and has irreparably hurt vaping businesses. Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens put the ...

End in sight? GM CEO Barra joins talks with striking union

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors CEO Mary Barra joined negotiators at the bargaining table, an indication that a deal may be near to end a monthlong strike by the United Auto Workers union that has paralyzed the company’s factories. Barra and GM President Mark Reuss were in the bargaining ...

Man charged with shooting 6

EASTPOINTE (AP) — Prosecutors have filed 11 criminal counts against a Detroit man in connection with the shootings of six people outside a suburban bar. Forty-seven-year-old Lenny Whitfield was charged Tuesday with five counts of assault with intent to murder and six firearms charges. ...

Wages, pensions, plant investments still issues in ongoing GM strike

DETROIT (AP) — With the strike by factory workers against General Motors in its 29th day, there are signs that negotiators may be moving toward an agreement. After both sides exchanged barbs late last week, bargainers met late into the night during the weekend, and they’ve returned in the ...

State, unions reach tentative deal

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration and seven unions have tentatively agreed to two-year deals that will boost state employees’ pay by 6%. State spokesman Kurt Weiss said Monday the wage and benefit agreements were reached within recent days. He declined to release ...