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Farm worker electrocuted when steel truss touches power line

May. 23, 2019 7:18 PM EDT

PENN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A southern Michigan sheriff says a farm worker was fatally electrocuted when a steel truss he was holding touched a power line. Cass County Sheriff Richard Behnke says19-year-old Rocky Stoner of Marcellus was injured Thursday morning at Sparks Cedarlee Farms in Penn Township....

Group pursues solar panels for UP high school roof

May. 23, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Parents are proposing to put solar panels on the roof of the locker room at Houghton High School in the Upper Peninsula. Supporters say it would be a unique source of electricity for the school and a teaching tool for students. Houghton-Portage Superintendent Doreen Kramer says...

Cooper hits slam in 9th, Marlins top Tigers, 6th win in row

May. 23, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A day after hitting his first major league home run, Garrett Cooper connected again. In grand fashion, too. Cooper hit a grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning and the Miami Marlins won their sixth in a row, rallying past Detroit 5-2 Thursday to finish a terrible homestand for the...

Michigan lawmakers set extra session amid insurance talks

May. 23, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers will gather for an additional day of session before the Memorial Day weekend as Republican legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer work on a possible deal to reduce the state's high auto insurance premiums. The House and Senate will meet to...

Lawsuit filed to block new Michigan ballot requirements

May. 23, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Voting-rights advocates and a campaign-finance ballot drive group sued Michigan's top election official on Thursday, challenging Republican-enacted requirements that make it harder to qualify proposals for the statewide ballot. The lawsuit came a day after Democratic Attorney General...

Correction: MeToo-Teaching Consent story

May. 23, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

In a story May 20 about teaching consent in the #MeToo era, The Associated Press misidentified the description of programs that stress abstinence in sex education taught by the group Ascend. The group teaches "sexual risk avoidance," not "sexual risk aversion." A corrected version of the story is below: Amid...

Couple whose newborn died wins key ruling from court

May. 23, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Lansing couple trying to keep custody of two children can argue that legitimate religious beliefs prevent them from seeking medical care for their children. The Michigan Supreme Court says Rachel and Joshua Piland can request that jury instruction if they present sufficient evidence...

Southern Michigan man arrested after body found in home

May. 23, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

STURGIS, Mich. (AP) — Police say a southern Michigan man has been arrested after they found the body of a woman in his apartment. The Sturgis Police Department says a 35-year-old Sturgis man is being charged with open murder, dismemberment of a corpse and failure to report a death after being arrested...

Sheriff to birdwatchers: Please pull off the road

May. 23, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — A sheriff in Michigan's Upper Peninsula is asking birdwatchers not to leave their cars parked in the middle of a road while they take off on foot in pursuit of a feathered find. Chippewa County Sheriff Michael Bitnar posted "safety tips" on his department's Facebook page...

Call recorded during probe of alleged Capitol bribery scheme

May. 23, 2019 3:05 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The government says it has a recorded phone call between a state lawmaker and a union representative last summer when authorities were investigating an alleged scheme to trade votes for money. Rep. Larry Inman was charged last week with soliciting a bribe and other crimes. Prosecutors...