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Protesters revel after they turned over and ultimately set it ablaze in the 100 block of S. Washington Avenue in downtown Lansing, Mich., Sunday May 31, 2020. The protest against police violence began at 11 AM at the Capitol and was mostly peaceful without incident. Ralliers then walked to the East Lansing Police Department where an ELPD vehicle was extensively damaged. (Matthew Dae SmithLansing State Journal via AP)

Detroit avoids violence; Grand Rapids chief meets protesters

Jun. 1, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The mayor of Detroit praised police, residents and clergy Monday for preventing the violence that has marred other cities during protests over police abuses and the death of George Floyd. “We decided before we turn to the National Guard we're going to turn to each other,” Mayor...

People gather at Roosevelt Park in Benton Harbor, Mich., Sunday, May 31, 2020, during a peaceful protest march held concerning police brutality and the death of black men including George Floyd who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (Don Campbell/The Herald-Palladium via AP)

Floyd protesters in Detroit stay put as city's curfew begins

May. 31, 2020 9:50 PM EDT

A curfew instituted in Detroit to keep people who live outside the city from instigating violence during protests over the death of George Floyd began Sunday with police volleying tear gas into a crowd of protesters who refused to disburse. As the city's 8 p.m. curfew began, hundreds of people chanting “No...

Appeals court judge Swartzle will run for Supreme Court

May. 30, 2020 9:33 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Brock Swartzle, a judge on the state appeals court, said he's running for the Michigan Supreme Court. Supreme Court candidates are nominated by political parties, although they don't have a party designation on the ballot. Swartzle will seek the Republican nod. Two seats will be on...

Michigan man builds Wiffle ball dream field in his backyard

May. 24, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — There is nothing quite like the experience of live baseball. The grass, the dirt, the sunshine and the chalk lines underneath abundant sunshine, sunsets or bright lights. Overpriced beers and the right mix of action and leisure — it is hard to imagine all of that without...

Detroit wins court dispute with law firm over taxing revenue

May. 18, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court ruled in favor of Detroit on Monday in a dispute with a major law firm over taxes on services performed for clients outside the city. The case was closely watched by other Michigan cities that levy local income taxes on a variety of businesses. The Supreme Court...

Prison guard shoots prisoner to stop weekend fight

May. 18, 2020 10:58 AM EDT

IONIA, Mich. (AP) — A guard shot a prisoner at a prison in western Michigan during an outdoor fight between inmates, the Corrections Department said. The shooting occurred Sunday at Michigan Reformatory in Ionia County, 40 miles east of Grand Rapids. Prisoners classified one step below maximum security...

File-This April 12, 2020, file photo shows participants in the Episcopal Church Virtual Choir  in a collage during a live streamed Easter Sunday service at the National Cathedral, in Washington. Congregational singing is considered essential for many churches. But, in the midst of the coronavirus, religious leaders have received jarring predictions from scientists well-versed in virology as well as vocal practices. Clergy are considering what to do with the results of those reports. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Churches may reopen, but many services won’t have singing

May. 17, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

(RNS) — They are words the Rev. John Witvliet, an expert on Christian worship, never thought he would hear himself say. “Based on the science that we are learning about this week, we are urging and I am personally urging extreme caution,” said Witvliet, director of the Calvin Institute of...

Woman's body found in western Michigan hotel room

May. 14, 2020 8:10 AM EDT

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The body of a 52-year-old woman has been found in a western Michigan hotel room. Ottawa County sheriff's deputies were called to the Holland Township hotel about 1:45 a.m. Thursday after a relative of the victim expressed concern to authorities about her well-being, according...

Men: Objecting to state police diversity push led to penalty

May. 12, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Two white men said they were the victims of illegal retaliation after objecting to how the Michigan State Police was trying to diversify the workforce. Michael Caldwell, who was demoted, and Robert Hahn, who was fired, filed lawsuits Monday in federal court in Grand Rapids. They...

Consumers Energy Foundation grants to help small businesses

May. 9, 2020 9:46 AM EDT

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — The Consumers Energy Foundation is donating $1.8 million to nine organizations to provide a lifeline to small businesses -- particularly female- and minority-owned companies -- impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Grant recipients include the Saginaw Future’s Small Business...