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Court: Communities can't raise tobacco sales age to 21

Dec. 4, 2019 10:22 AM EST

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan appeals court has struck down a Genesee County ban on tobacco sales and related products to people under 21. The county can't adopt a regulation that is stricter than state law, which allows tobacco sales to anyone who is at least 18, the appeals court said Tuesday. In a...

Grant helps Flint hospital continue child development effort

Nov. 28, 2019 8:50 AM EST

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A Flint hospital is expanding a program aimed at improving brain development and reducing behavior problems among children. Hurley Medical Center says a $244,500 grant from the Flint Kids Fund of the Foundation for Flint supports the ongoing Video Interaction Project. Organizers say the...

2 men burned in oil well explosion in north-central Michigan

Nov. 27, 2019 10:43 AM EST

NORWICH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say two men have been burned in an explosion at a north-central Michigan oil well. Missaukee County sheriff’s officials say the 65-year-old and 56-year-old men were part of a crew servicing the well Tuesday in a secluded area of Norwich Township, about 130...

Flint leaders mull school closures amid $5.7M budget deficit

Nov. 24, 2019 10:18 AM EST

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Officials with Flint Community Schools are considering whether to close four of the district’s 12 school buildings amid a $5.7 million budget deficit driven in part by skyrocketing special education costs not covered by the state. At a special school board meeting in Flint on...

Charges filed in 2017 deaths of 2 teens crossing street

Nov. 15, 2019 3:48 PM EST

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A man has been charged with manslaughter and other crimes, more than two years after two teens were struck and killed by a car in Flint in a case that “kind of fell between the cracks,” a prosecutor said. Jerry Turnbow, 27, of Grand Rapids appeared in court Wednesday and...

Engineering firms win key ruling in Flint water lawsuit

Nov. 15, 2019 11:46 AM EST

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A judge has dismissed much of a civil lawsuit filed against engineering companies that were hired by Flint, Michigan, during its disastrous water switch in 2014. The attorney general’s office has argued that Veolia North America and Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam have some...

Whitmer sets special election for Flint-area House seat

Nov. 12, 2019 10:52 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Flint-area voters will vote in January and March to fill a legislative seat left vacant by a lawmaker who was elected mayor of Flint. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday announced the dates for a special election to fill the 34th House district. A special primary will be held Jan. 7. The...

Weather Service: Snowfall records set in Detroit, Flint

Nov. 12, 2019 11:14 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — It was a snowfall for the record books in Detroit and Flint. The National Weather Service forecast office for Detroit/Pontiac says a record daily maximum snowfall of 8.5 inches (21.59 centimeters) at Detroit Metro Airport on Monday broke a record that had stood for nearly 94 years. It was...

Deficit could force closure of some Flint public schools

Nov. 8, 2019 12:02 PM EST

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Auditors have told Flint Community Schools leaders that unless changes are made the district could face a nearly $5.7 million yearly operation deficit. MLive.com reports Friday that representatives of an accounting firm said during a special board meeting Thursday that the district's...

Flint mayor ousted as recovery, rebuilding trust continue

Nov. 6, 2019 12:40 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The city of Flint, Michigan, will continue to recover from a lead-contaminated water crisis with a new mayor, who will in turn work to rebuild residents' shattered trust. Former Flint city councilman and current third-term state Rep. Sheldon Neeley on Tuesday defeated incumbent Mayor Karen...