Michigan News

Leaders: $271B needed for Great Lakes water systems

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — State leaders say the Great Lakes region needs to drastically improve public water systems. The Great Lakes Commission this week called for upgrading wastewater treatment plants, storm water pipes and drinking water filtration systems. The commission, which represents the ...

Driver bound over for trial

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man charged with second-degree murder in a crash that killed five people has been bound over for trial. The Macomb Daily reports 22-year-old Matthew Carrier of Fenton is charged with five counts of second-degree murder and 14 other charges in connection with ...

Michigan official faces key hearing in Flint water case

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A former Michigan health official testified Thursday that he started asking questions about bacteria in Flint’s water supply a year before the state publicly acknowledged an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. Tim Becker, who was deputy director at the Department of ...

Iraq War vet, businessman James seeks Senate seat

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Republican John James, a political newcomer who flew Army helicopters in the Iraq War and now runs an automotive supply chain and logistics business in Detroit, said Thursday he is running for U.S. Senate. He is the second candidate in the GOP ...

Michigan sued after gay couples are rejected for adoption

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — Michigan is illegally allowing faith-based groups to reject same-sex couples who want to adopt children or become foster parents, the American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday in a lawsuit challenging the practice. Groups such as Catholic Charities ...

Trooper dies from injuries

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State Police say a trooper has died from his injuries after crashing his motorcycle in the western part of the state. The agency says 28-year-old Trooper Timothy O’Neill of the Rockford Post died following the crash about 7:45 a.m. Wednesday. It ...

Annual ArtPrize competition kicks off in western Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — An international art competition in western Michigan is kicking off its ninth year. ArtPrize Nine starts today in Grand Rapids and runs through Oct. 8. In all, $500,000 in cash prizes will be awarded — including $200,000 for the public favorite and $200,000 for a ...

UP school district rejects land sale

BRIMLEY (AP) — An Upper Peninsula school district has rejected a land sale mostly because the buyer wanted to sell tobacco and alcohol. Dollar General offered $127,000 to buy land next to the Brimley school. But Superintendent Brian Reattoir says the retailer wouldn’t agree to not stock ...

Mom charged in baby’s death

LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area woman whose son died after she placed him in bed with her has been charged with involuntary manslaughter. The 6-month-old boy died in December. The Wayne County prosecutor’s office announced charges Monday against Leslie Neuman of Livonia. Prosecutors ...

Principal fights punishment

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A high school principal in northwest Michigan is fighting a five-day, unpaid suspension levied over accusations he lied to district administrators over removal of the school’s “spirit rock.” West Senior High School Principal Joe Esper was suspended, effective ...

Workers at GM plant strike

DETROIT (AP) — About 2,500 workers at a Canadian General Motors plant that makes the Chevrolet Equinox SUV are on strike in a dispute over job security. Members of Unifor Local 88 in Ingersoll, Ontario, west of Toronto, stopped working when their contract expired at 10:59 p.m. Sunday. The ...

Michigan farmers address worker shortage with visa program

SODUS, Mich. — The thought of a worker shortage has Fred Leitz worried. Seasonal migrant workers are a necessity for farmers across Michigan who spend most of the year tending to the ground and about five months picking the fruits of their labor. A lot of fruit crops need to be handled and ...

Penguin center wins award

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — The Polk Penguin Conservation Center at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak has received the 2017 Exhibit Award from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. The zoo says the award is the top honor bestowed annually upon accredited institutions for excellence in exhibit ...

Camper falls, dies

MARINE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a man died when he apparently fell down an embankment into the Belle River while camping at a southeastern Michigan park. The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office says emergency crews were called about 10 p.m. Saturday to the China Township Park near ...

Michigan high schools welcome Chinese exchange students

By LAUREN SLAGTER The Ann Arbor News AP Member Exchange ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Crystal Jia’s parents wanted her to have a better education. So they sent the 16-year-old from China halfway around the world to enroll at Chelsea High School in Washtenaw County. Jia is one of two Chinese ...

Hospital to pay $90K in OT case

DETROIT (AP) — The federal government says a Detroit-based hospital system has agreed to pay $90,000 in an overtime dispute with 22 employees. The employees work in the cardiac sonography department at Henry Ford Health System. The U.S. Labor Department says sonographers would start up to ...

Heinz Awards: Doc in Flint, Michigan, water crisis, 4 others

By JOE MANDAK Associated Press PITTSBURGH — A pediatrician who helped call attention to childhood health risks from exposure to lead in Flint, Michigan’s water supply is one of five people being honored with $250,000 prizes from the Pittsburgh-based Heinz Family Foundation. The ...

EPA head: No renewable fuel promise made to ex-Trump adviser

By TOM KRISHER Associated Press DETROIT — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has told a group of senators he never made any promises to billionaire investor Carl Icahn about renewable fuel credits that were costing one of Icahn’s companies millions of dollars. Pruitt ...

Kid Rock opens concert with no political announcement

By COREY WILLIAMS and DAVID EGGERT Associated Press DETROIT — In the end, the political aspirations of musician Kid Rock were not laid bare Tuesday night before thousands of screaming fans when the rocker performed the first of six concerts at a new sports arena in Detroit. For much ...

Tomlin among Detroit speakers

DETROIT (AP) — Organizers of the fourth annual Detroit Homecoming are bringing in professionals with Detroit ties in hopes of convincing them to invest or reinvest in the city. The three-day event starts today with an invitation-only gathering at the Michigan Central train station. Speakers ...