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Michigan OKs $1.3M compensation for man exonerated of murder

Aug. 15, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan man exonerated in the 1985 arson-related slayings of his wife and young daughters will receive $1.3 million from the state after fighting to get compensation under a law his case helped inspire. Attorney General Dana Nessel on Thursday approved the award for David Gavitt under the...

Judge: Company ordered shut amid health concerns can operate

Aug. 12, 2019 8:03 AM EDT

BELDING, Mich. (AP) — A judge says a Michigan manufacturer that was ordered to shut down amid concerns about fires and the release of chemical clouds can continue most of its operations. The Daily News of Greenville reports an Ionia County judge signed an order Friday allowing Kassouni Manufacturing Inc....

Judge orders shutdown of manufacturer amid health concerns

Jul. 31, 2019 10:23 AM EDT

BELDING, Mich. (AP) — A judge has ordered a Michigan manufacturer to cease operations amid concerns among health officials about a June dumpster fire and the release of chemical clouds. The Daily News of Greenville reports an Ionia County judge signed a temporary restraining order last week about the...

Court throws out DUI evidence; cop had wrong speed limit

Jul. 25, 2019 5:45 AM EDT

SARANAC, Mich. (AP) — A man convicted of drunken driving in western Michigan has won an appeal after it turned out that he was under the speed limit when stopped by police, not over it. Anthony Owen was told he was going 43 mph (69 kph) in a 25 mph (40 kph) zone in Saranac in Ionia County. But attorney Ed...

Michigan officials deny to pay for Portland flood damages

Jul. 20, 2019 9:29 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Mich. (AP) — Portland city officials are asking Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration to clarify or reconsider its decision to deny aid to communities hurt by severe flooding early in the year. Ice jams in the Grand River caused severe flooding in February that closed three bridges,...

Immigration attorney running for House seat held by Amash

Jul. 8, 2019 9:13 AM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — An immigration attorney who served in the Justice Department during President Barack Obama's administration is running for the U.S. House seat held by Justin Amash of Michigan. Hillary Scholten announced Monday her bid to seek the Democratic nomination for Michigan's 3rd...

Michigan church helps pay off $1.8 million in medical debts

Jul. 2, 2019 9:38 AM EDT

WYOMING, Mich. (AP) — A church in western Michigan is helping to pay off more than $1.8 million in medical debt for families. Grand Rapids First church in the Grand Rapids-area community of Wyoming is working with Rye, New York-based nonprofit RIP Medical Debt on the effort. Nearly 1,900 randomly selected...