Michigan News

Man convicted of killing girlfriend

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A man who admits killing his girlfriend before exchanging gunfire with officers on a Grand Rapids freeway has been convicted of first-degree murder. A Kent County jury returned the verdict Thursday after a brief trial. There was no dispute that Adam Nolin fatally ...

Whitmer: Benton Harbor school closure plan is no ‘ultimatum’

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday that a proposal to close Benton Harbor’s high schools was no “ultimatum,” and state and local officials will begin negotiations following the school board’s rejection of her plan last week. The school district in southwestern Michigan ...

Mom who died in Michigan river with 2 girls was ‘tired, sad’

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan woman who drove her car into a river, killing herself and twin daughters, had been talking about being "sad and lonely," a family member said. The bodies of Ineza McClinton, 44, and 9-year-old twins Angel and Faith McClinton were recovered Monday and ...

Man in midst of divorce must share

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit man who was in the middle of a divorce when he won more than $30 million must share the lottery windfall with his ex-wife. The Michigan appeals court says a marriage isn’t over until it’s over. It means Mary Beth Zelasko can keep $15 million ...

Michigan seeks federal aid

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is asking the federal government to approve Michigan farmers for disaster assistance because of wet weather that’s making it hard to plant crops. Whitmer made the request Wednesday in a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny ...

State unemployment rate rises

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's unemployment rate rose slightly to 4.2% in May while the number of jobless workers increased for a third straight month. Figures released Wednesday by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget show the state's seasonally adjusted jobless ...

Nessel: Civil rights panel not bound by ex-AG’s LGBT opinion

LANSING — The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is not bound by a 2018 state opinion that says LGBT people have no protection under an anti-discrimination law, Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office said Tuesday, citing the U.S. Supreme Court’s pending consideration of whether sex-based ...

Tension developing in Aretha Franklin will dispute

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A fight is emerging over whether a son of Aretha Franklin could be put in charge of the late singer's estate after a 2014 handwritten will was found under cushions in her suburban Detroit home. Attorneys for the estate said in a court filing Monday that "there is no ...

Detroit-area school gardens bring science to life

HOLLY— Looking for a spot to begin her elementary school’s very first garden — a place where they could not just grow food but bring science to life — Patterson Elementary School teacher Kathy Marion settled on an area in full sun with room to spread out: smack dab in the middle of ...

Overflowing Great Lakes pose new threat for endangered bird

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer GLEN HAVEN — Peering through a spotting scope mounted on a tripod, researcher Alice Van Zoeren notices a piping plover skittering across a sandy, pebble-strewn Lake Michigan beach and hopping into a nest, swapping places with its mate. “Nest ...

Port Huron to open sledding hill at park this summer

By JACKIE SMITH Port Huron Times Herald AP Member Exchange PORT HURON— Soon, the winter won’t be the only time local families can go sledding at Palmer Park. Two artificial ramps for a sledding hill will open up later this month to the public, and those interested will be able to ...

Swastika found at cemetery

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A swastika has been found in a Jackson County cemetery where World War II soldiers are buried. Jackson Mayor Derek Dobies has reported the vandalism at the Mount Evergreen Cemetery to the police department. Authorities believe it happened before the weekend, possibly ...

Great Lakes leaders to discuss funding Asian carp project

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Great Lakes regional leaders will meet next month to consider a federal strategy for preventing Asian carp from reaching Lake Michigan and discuss helping foot the bill for the pricey project, officials said ...

Flint water decision shows legal complexities of disaster

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — A surprise decision by Michigan prosecutors to drop all pending charges in the Flint water crisis and restart a three-year investigation is a reminder of the legal complexities surrounding the disaster. Seven of 15 people had taken plea ...

Prosecutors drop Flint water charges, promise fresh probe

DETROIT (AP) — Prosecutors dropped all criminal charges Thursday against eight people in the Flint water crisis and pledged to start from scratch the investigation into one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in U.S. history. The stunning decision came more than three years — ...

Michigan House budget bars spending on new Detroit bridge

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s transportation department could be prohibited from doing work related to construction of a new bridge between Detroit and Canada under a spending bill advanced Wednesday by House Republicans, drawing criticism from opposing lawmakers who say Canada already ...

GM spends $150M on factory

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — General Motors says it will spend $150 million so it can make more heavy-duty pickup trucks at its Flint, Michigan, assembly plant. The money will improve the factory’s conveyor system and for other equipment to boost output. The factory builds heavy-duty Chevrolet ...

State bill boosts spending to combat lead, abusive clergy

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — A $28.8 million mid-year spending bill that received final legislative approval Tuesday would allocate funding to help deal with tougher rules for lead in drinking water, investigate sexual abuse by clergy and replenish a compensation fund for ...

Amash, impeachment supporter, quits a conservative group

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Justin Amash, the lone Republican calling for President Donald Trump’s impeachment, has quit the Freedom Caucus of House conservatives, his spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday. The split comes a few weeks after Amash called for the House to impeach Trump based on the ...

Bishops meeting on sex abuse clouded by state investigations

DETROIT (AP) — Hundreds of boxes. Millions of records. From Michigan to New Mexico this month, attorneys general are sifting through files on clergy sex abuse, seized through search warrants and subpoenas at dozens of archdioceses. They’re looking to prosecute, and not just priests. If ...