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LANSING, Mich | GOP power play in Michigan must go through pragmatic Snyder

LANSING, Mich — Michigan Republicans determined to dilute the authority of newly elected Democrats could see the power play thwarted by a moderate GOP governor, who is not certain to go along with the Legislature like Wisconsin’s more partisan Gov. Scott Walker. Term-limited Rick Snyder is not tipping his hand on whether he will sign … Continue reading LANSING, Mich | GOP power play in Michigan must go through pragmatic Snyder

LANSING, Mich | Michigan governor signs bills to gut wage, sick time laws

LANSING, Mich  — Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday signed laws to significantly scale back citizen-initiated measures to raise Michigan’s minimum wage and require paid sick leave for workers, finalizing an unprecedented Republican-backed legislative maneuver that opponents blasted as shameful. To prevent minimum wage and earned sick time initiatives from going to voters last month, GOP … Continue reading LANSING, Mich | Michigan governor signs bills to gut wage, sick time laws

LANSING, Mich | Marijuana backers look for Midwest breakthrough in November

LANSING, Mich — Backers of broad marijuana legalization are looking to break through a geographic barrier in November and get their first foothold in the Midwest after a string of election victories in Northeastern and Western states. Michigan and North Dakota, where voters previously authorized medical marijuana, will decide if the drug should be legal … Continue reading LANSING, Mich | Marijuana backers look for Midwest breakthrough in November

LANSING, Mich | Pot legalization advocates seek foothold in Midwest states

LANSING, Mich — Backers of broad marijuana legalization are looking to break through a geographic barrier in November and get their first foothold in the Midwest after a string of election victories in Northeastern and Western states. Michigan and North Dakota, where voters previously authorized medical marijuana, will decide now if the drug should be … Continue reading LANSING, Mich | Pot legalization advocates seek foothold in Midwest states

FLINT, Mich | Flint residents seek to reinstate Snyder in water lawsuit

FLINT, Mich  — Residents and businesses affected by the lead-contaminated water crisis in Flint are asking a judge to reinstate Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and other Michigan officials as defendants in a class-action lawsuit. Lawyers said Sunday that an amended complaint includes evidence not in the original lawsuit. They say it shows Snyder and his … Continue reading FLINT, Mich | Flint residents seek to reinstate Snyder in water lawsuit

EAST LANSING, Mich | Thorson leads Northwestern past No. 20 Michigan State 29-19

EAST LANSING, Mich— Clayton Thorson threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns and Northwestern recovered from another second-half slip to beat No. 20 Michigan State 29-19 on Saturday. The Spartans (3-2, 1-1 Big Ten) entered with the nation’s top-ranked run defense and held Northwestern (2-3, 2-1) to 8 yards on the ground, but it didn’t … Continue reading EAST LANSING, Mich | Thorson leads Northwestern past No. 20 Michigan State 29-19

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich | Rock used as doorstop is actually a meteorite worth $100K

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich  — A Michigan man curious about a rock he’d used for decades as a doorstop now knows its secret: it’s a meteorite worth $100,000. In fact, the nearly 23-pound hunk of iron and nickel is the sixth largest meteorite found in Michigan, according to the Smithsonian Museum and Central Michigan University. David … Continue reading GRAND RAPIDS, Mich | Rock used as doorstop is actually a meteorite worth $100K

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich | Michigan township allows autistic boy to keep therapy ducks

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich  — New guidelines will allow a 12-year-old western Michigan boy with autism to keep his ducks, which are his emotional support animals. Georgetown Township officials had issued a nuisance order to Mark and Jennifer Dyke after receiving multiple complaints from neighbors about their son’s ducks straying from their property. The complaints cited … Continue reading GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich | Michigan township allows autistic boy to keep therapy ducks

LANSING, Mich | GOP-led Legislature may stymie 2 Michigan ballot drives

LANSING, Mich  — Michigan Republicans may use a new tactic to stymie a pair of ballot initiatives that would raise the minimum wage and require paid sick leave: adopt the laws themselves ahead of the November election, then change those measures later. The unprecedented strategy is being pushed within the GOP-led Legislature so it’s easier … Continue reading LANSING, Mich | GOP-led Legislature may stymie 2 Michigan ballot drives

EAST LANSING, Mich | Heyward helps No. 11 Michigan State beat Utah State 38-31

EAST LANSING, Mich — Michigan State desperately needed a big play to avoid an upset and Felton Davis delivered. Davis made a fully extended, 31-yard catch to help set up Connor Heyward’s second touchdown with 2 minutes left to put the 11th-ranked Spartans ahead and they held on to beat Utah State 38-31 on Friday night. … Continue reading EAST LANSING, Mich | Heyward helps No. 11 Michigan State beat Utah State 38-31

EAST LANSING, Mich | Michigan State: NCAA finds no violations in Nassar scandal

EAST LANSING, Mich  — The NCAA has cleared Michigan State University of any rules violations in the Larry Nassar sexual-assault scandal, the school announced Thursday. Athletic director Bill Beekman said the university “cooperated fully with the inquiry” and welcomes the NCAA’s conclusion. The school said it got a letter this week from the NCAA’s vice … Continue reading EAST LANSING, Mich | Michigan State: NCAA finds no violations in Nassar scandal

WARREN, Mich. | Possible evidence in missing girls case found at warehouse

WARREN, Mich. — Authorities investigating the decades-old disappearances of several girls say they’ve found possible evidence during a search of an abandoned suburban Detroit warehouse. Warren police Commissioner Bill Dwyer says police and the FBI searched a warehouse Monday formerly used by Arthur Ream, who was convicted in 2008 in the slaying of a 13-year-old … Continue reading WARREN, Mich. | Possible evidence in missing girls case found at warehouse

BROOKLYN, Mich. | Harvick wins at Michigan for NASCAR-high 7th victory of year

BROOKLYN, Mich. — Kevin Harvick capped off his father-son weekend by dominating a race and putting 6-year-old son Keelan in the passenger seat to hold the flapping, checkered flag out of the window. “That was definitely way up there on the bucket list,” Harvick said. Harvick broke a tie atop NASCAR’s Big 3 by easily … Continue reading BROOKLYN, Mich. | Harvick wins at Michigan for NASCAR-high 7th victory of year

BROOKLYN, Mich | NASCAR’s Big 3 running strong entering Michigan race

BROOKLYN, Mich— NASCAR’s Big 3 has essentially lapped the competition. Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. have combined to win 16 of 22 races and haven’t allowed the field to win consecutive races with points at stake this year. Of the other 56 drivers who have started a race, only Clint Bowyer has … Continue reading BROOKLYN, Mich | NASCAR’s Big 3 running strong entering Michigan race

LANSING, Mich. | Michigan Democrats hoping for pink and blue wave in November

LANSING, Mich. — Call it Michigan’s pink and blue wave. Gretchen Whitmer’s victory in the gubernatorial primary on Tuesday means the Democrats will field an all-female statewide ticket this fall if she picks a woman to be her running mate. It would be a first for either party in Michigan and is part of the … Continue reading LANSING, Mich. | Michigan Democrats hoping for pink and blue wave in November

LANSING, Mich | Democratic stalwart, Trump ally in Michigan governor fights

LANSING, Mich — A former legislative leader with the establishment’s backing is hoping to fend off two political newcomers who have staked out positions to her left in the race to be the Democratic nominee for Michigan governor. On the Republican side in Tuesday’s state primary, Michigan’s conservative attorney general is touting his tax cut … Continue reading LANSING, Mich | Democratic stalwart, Trump ally in Michigan governor fights

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich | University of Michigan gets Jonathan Demme’s archive

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich— The archive of the late filmmaker Jonathan Demme is being donated to the University of Michigan Library . The donation by Demme’s family was announced Friday at the Traverse City Film Festival ahead of a screening of “Swimming to Cambodia,” a 1987 film he directed. The collection includes photographs, scripts, correspondence, personal … Continue reading TRAVERSE CITY, Mich | University of Michigan gets Jonathan Demme’s archive

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich | Jane Fonda honored at Michigan film festival amid protests

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich — Jane Fonda has been honored with a lifetime achievement award at a northern Michigan film festival founded by Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore. The actress, author and political activist accepted the award Wednesday at the 14th annual Traverse City Film Festival, where she screened her HBO documentary “Jane Fonda in Five Acts.” … Continue reading TRAVERSE CITY, Mich | Jane Fonda honored at Michigan film festival amid protests

LANSING, Mich | Michigan Democratic candidates spar over corporate donations

LANSING, Mich. — Corporate donations have become a central issue in the Michigan Democratic contest for governor as the three candidates try to woo progressive voters ahead of the Aug. 7 primary. The state bans corporations from giving money directly to candidates but Democratic hopefuls Shri Thanedar and Abdul El-Sayed have gone a step further … Continue reading LANSING, Mich | Michigan Democratic candidates spar over corporate donations

PARCHMENT, Mich. | 2 Michigan communities told to stop using contaminated water

PARCHMENT, Mich. — Authorities handed out free bottled water Friday for two southwestern Michigan communities where the discovery of contamination from toxic industrial chemicals prompted a warning against using the public water system for drinking or cooking. Michigan and Kalamazoo County health officials announced Thursday that tests found perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, … Continue reading PARCHMENT, Mich. | 2 Michigan communities told to stop using contaminated water

FLINT, Mich. | 2 more arrested in deaths of 2 males found in Flint River

FLINT, Mich. — Police say two more suspects have been arrested in the deaths of two males whose bodies were found under a door floating in the Flint River in eastern Michigan. Flint police Detective Sgt. Tyrone Booth confirmed the arrests Sunday and said the suspects are expected to be arraigned this week. Names haven’t … Continue reading FLINT, Mich. | 2 more arrested in deaths of 2 males found in Flint River

BERKLEY, Mich| Where’s Anastasia? Library had a ‘Fifty Shades’ censor

BERKLEY, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit library has decried an unidentified censor who concealed DVDs of movies from the racy “Fifty Shade” series. The Berkley library is now openly displaying the R-rated movies, accompanied by a sign that says hiding movies “is not how libraries work.” Librarian Lauren Arnsman tells the Detroit Free Press … Continue reading BERKLEY, Mich| Where’s Anastasia? Library had a ‘Fifty Shades’ censor

LANSING, Mich | Outsider candidate’s rise worries some Michigan Democrats

LANSING, Mich.  — Michigan voters who twice delivered the governorship to a Republican computer executive-turned-venture capitalist are again being wooed by a wealthy outsider businessman with no political experience. This time the candidate is a Democrat. Shri Thanedar (Shree TAN’-eh-dahr) has spent millions of his fortune on TV ads in which he pokes fun at … Continue reading LANSING, Mich | Outsider candidate’s rise worries some Michigan Democrats

EAST LANSING, Mich | Michigan State keeps president, to issue $500 million bond

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University’s embattled interim president survived an attempted ouster from the school’s governing board Friday as trustees met to approve using a bond to finance a $500 million settlement with hundreds of women and girls who said they were sexually assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar. At the meeting’s … Continue reading EAST LANSING, Mich | Michigan State keeps president, to issue $500 million bond

LANSING, Mich | Michigan State president apologizes for ‘kickback’ comments

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University’s interim president is apologizing for emails in which he said a victim of former campus sports doctor Larry Nassar probably received a “kickback” from her plaintiff’s lawyer. John Engler issued a written statement Thursday, more than a week after media outlets reported on his email exchange with another … Continue reading LANSING, Mich | Michigan State president apologizes for ‘kickback’ comments

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich | Jane Fonda to be honored at Traverse City Film Festival

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Jane Fonda will receive a lifetime achievement award at a northern Michigan film festival led by fellow Oscar winner Michael Moore. Moore announced Thursday that the actress, author and political activist will be honored during the 14th annual Traverse City Film Festival, which runs from July 31 to Aug. 5. … Continue reading TRAVERSE CITY, Mich | Jane Fonda to be honored at Traverse City Film Festival

LANSING, Mich | AP Sources: Michigan State counsel gets $1.2M, even if fired

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Two people familiar with the situation say Michigan State University’s new general counsel, appointed to help deal with fallout from the Larry Nassar scandal, would make nearly $1.3 million over three years even if he were fired for cause. The people spoke Wednesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity … Continue reading LANSING, Mich | AP Sources: Michigan State counsel gets $1.2M, even if fired

LANSING, Mich. | 123 Nassar victims urge Michigan State board to fire Engler

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A letter signed by 123 sexual abuse victims of former sports doctor Larry Nassar on Tuesday urged Michigan State University’s governing board to oust interim president John Engler, saying he has reinforced a “culture of abuse” at the school. The women and girls issued their joint statement three days before the … Continue reading LANSING, Mich. | 123 Nassar victims urge Michigan State board to fire Engler

MUSKEGON, Mich | Michigan man sentenced in gas station clerk’s slaying

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A 48-year-old man already serving life in prison for killing a jogger has been sentenced to another mandatory life term for the kidnapping and slaying of a 25-year-old western Michigan gas station clerk. Jeffrey Willis shed tears and told a Muskegon County courtroom Monday that he is innocent and didn’t get … Continue reading MUSKEGON, Mich | Michigan man sentenced in gas station clerk’s slaying