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Dem trying to unseat Michigan's Amash raised $100K in 1 week

Jul. 16, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Democrat running to replace Michigan Rep. Justin Amash says she raised $100,000 in the first week since announcing her campaign. Attorney Hillary Scholten of Grand Rapids joined the race last week, days after Amash said he was leaving the Republican party and would seek...

Supreme Court clarifies proper venue in drug-related death

Jul. 16, 2019 5:36 AM EDT

MONROE, Mich. (AP) — A man accused of providing drugs that led to a fatal overdose won't face charges in the county where the death occurred. The Michigan Supreme Court agreed with Romon McBurrows and said Monroe County is the wrong venue. Nicholas Abraham died at home in Monroe County in December 2016,...

Study: Michigan prison workers facing mental health crisis

Jul. 15, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan prison workers are facing a mental health crisis that includes much higher rates of post-traumatic stress disorder, suicidal thoughts and alcohol abuse than in the general public, according to a study released Monday. The report , conducted for the state Department of...

Judge dismisses Courser's lawsuit against House, ex-leaders

Jul. 15, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit in which a former Michigan lawmaker who resigned over a sex scandal accused ex-leaders of the state House of Representatives of conspiring to remove him from office and subject him to criminal charges. Todd Courser's suit was tossed last...

Prosecutors seek delay of Michigan lawmaker's bribery trial

Jul. 13, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are seeking to push back the trial of a northern Michigan lawmaker who is charged with scheming to trade votes for campaign money. Prosecutors say in a court filing that the case against Traverse City-area Republican Rep. Larry Inman is unusual and needs more...

Supreme Court orders new trials for 2 men in Allegan County

Jul. 11, 2019 7:14 PM EDT

ALLEGAN, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has ordered new trials for two men after finding that Allegan County juries were likely swayed by experts whose testimony went too far. In a unanimous decision, the court said experts can't tell a jury that children usually don't lie when reporting sexual...

Michigan's top court lets local court cost scheme stand

Jul. 11, 2019 2:32 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to the practice of charging people for the costs of running local courts, a law that brings in tens of millions of dollars each year across the state and helps prop up ailing city budgets. Critics call it an illegal tax on people convicted...

Michigan governor OKs highway honor for Aretha Franklin

Jul. 9, 2019 9:26 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's governor has signed legislation honoring the late Queen of Soul with a highway designation. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday approved the bill to designate a portion of M-10 in Detroit as the "Aretha L. Franklin Memorial Highway." Franklin died in Detroit last year after...

Michigan governor OKs $15M to help farmers amid wet weather

Jul. 9, 2019 6:11 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation to allocate $15 million to a low-interest loan program to help farmers who face financial losses because wet weather is making it hard to plant crops. Whitmer's office announced the signing Monday. The spending covers upfront...

Detroit-area priest charged with sexually abusing minor

Jul. 8, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

WAYNE, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has charged a 57-year-old Detroit-area priest with sexually abusing a minor. Nessel said in a statement The Rev. Joseph "Jack" Baker was arrested Monday and is expected to be arraigned in a Wayne district court. The charge is first-degree criminal...