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Amash dumped Trump, and now Mich. district may dump Amash

Aug. 19, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Eirran Betka-Pope was on her lunch break when she spotted hundreds of Donald Trump supporters protesting outside the office of Rep. Justin Amash, the first Republican on Capitol Hill to say Congress should begin impeachment proceedings against the president. The protesters, who...

Judge allows photos of dismembered corpse at Michigan trial

Aug. 16, 2019 1:09 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Photos of a western Michigan woman's mutilated body can be used as evidence in the trial of a man charged in her slaying and dismemberment. A Kent County judge made the ruling at a hearing Friday. Defense attorneys argued the photos have no value as evidence and would be used...

Plans move ahead for cleanup around former Michigan tannery

Aug. 16, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

ROCKFORD, Mich. (AP) — Federal officials say excavators will soon be used to remove contaminated soil and buried leather from the former Wolverine World Wide tannery site in western Michigan. The Grand Rapids Press reports a popular stretch of the White Pine Trail will be closed in Rockford for the work...

Trump to name ex-lawmaker as US attorney in Grand Rapids

Aug. 15, 2019 12:13 AM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Former Michigan House Speaker Tom Leonard will be nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as the top federal prosecutor in Grand Rapids. Trump on Wednesday announced his intent to pick Leonard as the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Michigan, which covers 49...

Man sentenced to life for killing girlfriend before shootout

Aug. 13, 2019 7:42 AM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A man convicted of killing his girlfriend before exchanging gunfire with officers on a freeway in western Michigan has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. Thirty-four-year-old Adam Nolin was given the mandatory punishment Monday after a Kent County jury convicted him...

AAA: Michigan gas prices fall 11 cents to $2.64 per gallon

Aug. 12, 2019 6:40 AM EDT

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide have fallen 11 cents from a week ago to about $2.64 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club said Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded is about 36 cents less than a year ago. AAA says that stocks of gasoline for the...

Study: Michigan has more sand dunes than previously known

Aug. 12, 2019 5:35 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Researchers say Michigan may have more than twice as many sand dune acres as previously known. Alan Arbogast of Michigan State University recently oversaw development of what he calls the most detailed and comprehensive map of the state's dunes, which total 230,000 acres (93,078...

Man gets 2 years for swapping fake diamonds for real ones

Aug. 10, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge in Michigan has sentenced a man to two years in prison for swapping fake diamonds for real ones at jewelry stores in several states. Twenty-eight-year-old Demetrius Eugene Woodson was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Kalamazoo. Woodson, who pleaded...

University of Michigan installing locks for security push

Aug. 10, 2019 9:52 AM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan will install locks on all classroom and lab doors inside a building where reports of an active shooter triggered campus-wide panic last spring. The sound of balloons popping during a sorority team-building event in Mason Hall in March caused fear at a...

Doors of church in west Michigan spray-painted with graffiti

Aug. 9, 2019 6:44 AM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Officials in west Michigan are working to determine who is responsible for graffiti found spray-painted on doors of a Catholic church. A statement released by Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Grand Rapids says symbols including two pentagrams surrounded by circles were found...