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After Open playoff loss, Hataoka shares lead in Michigan

Jun. 17, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Nasa Hataoka had a share of the Meijer LPGA Classic lead Thursday in her first event since losing a playoff in the U.S. Women's Open. The 22-year-old Japanese player birdied three of the last five holes at Blythefield Country Club to match...

Spectrum, Beaumont plan to merge into single health system

Jun. 17, 2021 17:30 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Beaumont Health and Spectrum Health, the largest health care providers on each side of Michigan, said Thursday they plan to merge into a single system with 22 hospitals and 64,000 employees. Spectrum's insurance arm, Priority Health, with more...

Driver plows through cemetery fence, hits 12 headstones

Jun. 08, 2021 12:58 PM EDT

SPRING LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A motorist failed to stop at a T-intersection in western Michigan, plowed through a cemetery’s chain-link fence and struck about a dozen headstones. The vehicle traveled more than 150 feet (45 meters) inside Spring Lake Cemetery...

Woman charged after crashing vehicle carrying 6 children

Jun. 01, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

SPRING LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 29-year-old woman has been charged with drunken driving and child endangerment after crashing a vehicle carrying six children into a utility pole in western Michigan. The crash occurred about 9 p.m. Monday in Spring Lake Township,...

Lifeguards up for discussion in Lake Michigan beach town

May. 30, 2021 09:52 AM EDT

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — A popular Lake Michigan beach town has been discussing whether to bring lifeguards back to the waterfront. The South Haven Beach Safety Committee recently voted against recommending lifeguards or a second line of buoys, said City Manager Kate...

Teen graduates from high school, community college at 15

May. 28, 2021 15:36 PM EDT

HOWARD CITY, Mich. (AP) — A 15-year-old girl in western Michigan has graduated from high school — and a community college. Voca Ford received diplomas from Tri County High School in Montcalm County and Grand Rapids Community College, WOOD-TV reported. ...

Fire burns acres of trees, land in northwestern Michigan

May. 27, 2021 13:34 PM EDT

GREENWOOD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A fire has burned at least 425 acres (171 hectares) of land in northwestern Michigan. Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources said fire crews were working Thursday to continue containing the blaze in Greenwood Township, about 120...

Authorities identify 2 men killed in fiery semi tanker crash

May. 25, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

JAMESTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have identified two men killed after a semi tanker truck overturned on a western Michigan highway and was struck by another vehicle. Charles Fletcher, 48, of Standish, was driving the truck and Lawrence Green, 58, of...

Committee proposes removal of Civil War memorial statue

May. 25, 2021 15:59 PM EDT

ALLENDALE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A citizens committee in western Michigan has proposed removing a park statue of a Union soldier and Confederate soldier standing back to back as a slave child kneels between them. The Garden of Honor Memorial Committee presented its...

Michigan loosens COVID-19 workplace mask, distancing rules

May. 24, 2021 17:49 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday loosened COVID-19 workplace safety rules so fully vaccinated employees can go without a mask and disregard distancing requirements. Industry-specific regulations were rescinded. Restaurants and bars, for...