Latest Michigan News

California is rolling out free preschool. That hasn't solved challenges around child care

Apr. 20, 2024 07:45 AM EDT

CONCORD, Calif. (AP) — A year before I-Ting Quinn's son was old enough for kindergarten, she and her husband had the option to enroll him in “transitional kindergarten,” a program offered for free by California elementary schools for some 4-year-olds. Instead, they kept their...

Catholic priest resigns from Michigan church following protests over his criticism of a gay author

Apr. 19, 2024 14:47 PM EDT

BEAL CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Catholic priest has resigned as pastor of a church in a small central Michigan community, the result of weeks of controversy following his publicly expressed regret that a gay author had read a book to preschool children. Gay rights activists and others...

An appeals court dismisses charges against a Michigan election worker who downloaded a voter list

Apr. 19, 2024 12:52 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — An appeals court dismissed charges against a Michigan election worker who put a USB flash drive into an electronic poll book and downloaded the names of voters at the close of a primary election in 2022. The court's conclusion: James Holkeboer's conduct...

NFL draft will include many Michigan men, maybe enough to break record set by 2022 Georgia Bulldogs

Apr. 19, 2024 08:24 AM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — J.J. McCarthy is expected to be the first of many Michigan men drafted from its national championship team. The Wolverines had a record 18 players at the combine, giving them a chance to be the first school with at least 16 prospects picked in one NFL draft....

First-year Michigan coach Sherrone Moore might display some of his QB options in spring game

Apr. 19, 2024 05:21 AM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Sherrone Moore will have a lot of big decisions to make in his first season as Michigan's coach, leading the defending national champions after Jim Harbaugh bolted to coach the Los Angeles Chargers. Who he chooses to start at quarterback will be a closely...

Michigan State's new coach Jonathan Smith and QB Aidan Chiles know each other well from Oregon State

Apr. 19, 2024 05:11 AM EDT

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State is breaking in a new football coach and quarterback this year. The Spartans may benefit from how familiar the pivotal people in the program are with each other because they both were at Oregon State last season. Jonathan...

Iraq's prime minister heads to Michigan to meet Arab Americans at a tense time for the Middle East

Apr. 18, 2024 20:51 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The leader of Iraq traveled to Michigan on Thursday following a sit-down with President Joe Biden to meet with the state's large Iraqi community and update them on escalating tensions in the Middle East following Iran’s weekend aerial assault on Israel. ...

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. secures ballot access in battleground state of Michigan

Apr. 18, 2024 18:16 PM EDT

Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has secured a place on the ballot in the battleground state of Michigan, state officials confirmed Thursday, elevating his potential to affect the November election. Kennedy's independent bid has spooked allies of both...

Kennedy family makes ‘crystal clear’ its Biden endorsement in attempt to deflate RFK Jr.’s candidacy

Apr. 18, 2024 16:33 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — President Joe Biden scooped up endorsements from at least 15 members of the Kennedy political family during a campaign stop Thursday as he aims to undermine Donald Trump and marginalize the candidacy of independent Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Kerry Kennedy, a daughter...

Vikings have the 11th and 23rd picks in the NFL draft and a need for a QB. Can they get their guy?

Apr. 18, 2024 16:14 PM EDT

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The NFL draft is not so much a marathon weekend as it is a season of speculation and subterfuge, a made-for-TV mystery unfolding team by team across the league. Minnesota's motive has been clear, actually, for two years. The Vikings are as poised as ever to take...