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Michigan redistricting panel: 'Show up, speak up' on maps

Oct. 19, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Members of Michigan's redistricting commission are urging residents to speak up about draft congressional and legislative maps. The first of five public hearings will be held Wednesday in Detroit. The panel wants feedback on 10 maps it drew...

Fugitive team kills parole absconder in western Michigan

Oct. 13, 2021 13:46 PM EDT

ORANGEVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A state team that searches for fugitives fatally shot a parole absconder Wednesday in western Michigan, authorities said. The shooting occurred in a rural area in Orangeville Township in Barry County, 40 miles south of Grand Rapids,...

Zeeland man killed when deer crashes through windshield

Oct. 12, 2021 15:55 PM EDT

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (AP) — A man driving in southwestern Michigan was killed on Tuesday when a deer crashed through the windshield of his car, authorities said. The Zeeland man was driving in Ottawa County's Zeeland Township at about 8:30 in the morning when his car...

Teen dies, cousin injured after ATVs flip at Michigan dunes

Oct. 11, 2021 11:09 AM EDT

MEARS, Mich. (AP) — A teenager has died after an all-terrain vehicle crash at sand dunes in northern Michigan, authorities said. Another 13-year-old was injured Sunday at Silver Lake Sand Dunes in Oceana County. The two were cousins from Illinois. ...

Mother and son dial up a big win at Grand Rapids ArtPrize

Oct. 03, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The grand prize winner of ArtPrize is an old phone booth on a pedestrian bridge in Grand Rapids. Not just any phone booth. “Before You Go” allows people to listen to advice about life recorded by more than 100 local residents and others. ...

Saturday's Scores

Sep. 26, 2021 00:54 AM EDT

PREP VOLLEYBALL= Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley def. Menahga, 25-22, 25-23, 21-25 Minnehaha Academy def. West Lutheran, 25-21, 25-21, 21-25, 25-21 Watertown-Mayer def. Belle Plaine Apple Valley Invite= ...

Guilty plea in crash that killed Michigan state trooper

Sep. 24, 2021 11:45 AM EDT

IONIA, Mich. (AP) — A woman has been convicted in a drunken driving crash that killed a Michigan state trooper last summer. Thomasina Jones pleaded guilty Thursday in Ionia County Circuit Court to second-degree murder, operating a vehicle with a high blood-alcohol...

Health officer 'broken' after threats tied to mask order

Sep. 21, 2021 22:30 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The public health officer in the Grand Rapids area said he's a victim of “brute mob hatred” after ordering masks in schools in Kent County to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Adam London told county commissioners that a woman tried to run...

Judge sets March trial for 5 men in Michigan governor plot

Sep. 20, 2021 20:26 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A judge set a March 8 trial for five men accused of planning to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker set the new date Monday after defense lawyers seeking more time to prepare asked him to postpone an...

October trial postponed for 5 men in Michigan governor plot

Sep. 17, 2021 14:25 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday said he would postpone the Oct. 12 trial of five men accused of planning to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. A new date wasn't immediately set, but U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker suggested the trial might get...