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Iowa insurance pool leader defends Michigan resort meetings

Sep. 20, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The chairman of an Iowa government insurance program is defending its long practice of holding public meetings at resorts in Michigan and Florida and private clubs in Iowa. Jody Smith, board chairman of the Iowa Communities Assurance Pool since 1992, addressed the board's meeting...

After tough loss, Spartans look to rebound at Northwestern

Sep. 20, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio isn't losing faith in his team. He has seen the Spartans bounce back from difficult losses to make a run in Big Ten play and is banking on a similar scenario, starting with the game at Northwestern on Saturday. "At the end of the day, you've got to...

McElwain returns to Florida as Central Michigan visits Miami

Sep. 20, 2019 12:21 PM EDT

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The last time Central Michigan's Jim McElwain coached a game in the state of Florida, it was a disaster. His return might not be much easier. Central Michigan (2-1) is a four-touchdown underdog for its matchup Saturday at Miami (1-2), and McElwain knows this will be a daunting...

40-year prison term affirmed for man who killed bicyclists

Sep. 20, 2019 12:12 PM EDT

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan appeals court has affirmed a 40-year prison sentence for a man who killed five bicyclists near Kalamazoo while driving a pickup truck under the influence of drugs. Lawyers for Charles Pickett Jr. argued that the sentence was disproportionate and exceeded the advisory...

Brown faces former school when Tar Heels host App State

Sep. 20, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Mack Brown hopes to make this weekend one more feel-good milestone in his return to the sideline. The winningest active coach in the FBS faces the school that gave him his first head coaching job when North Carolina plays host to Appalachian State on Saturday in the instate...

Ex-staffer: Michigan St, Dantonio was warned about recruit

Sep. 20, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former football recruiter who is suing Michigan State says he urged coach Mark Dantonio to reject a player who subsequently was convicted of sexual assault. The former recruiter, Curtis Blackwell, said Dantonio chose Auston Robertson in 2016 over the objections of staff. He...

Officials remove nearly 80 animals from filthy Michigan home

Sep. 20, 2019 10:20 AM EDT

HAGAR TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Officials say they've reopened old animal control facilities in southwestern Michigan as they care for nearly 80 dogs and cats that were removed from a filthy home. Berrien County Animal Control Director Tiffany Peterson says floors at the home in Hagar Township were "mushy"...

Man accused of threatening Detroit-area judge is acquitted

Sep. 20, 2019 10:19 AM EDT

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A man who spent nearly two months in jail while awaiting trial has been acquitted of a threat-related misdemeanor involving a suburban Detroit judge. Jonathan Vanderhagen has been deeply critical of Macomb County courts after the death of his 1-year-old son during a custody...

Michigan funeral home manager faces fraud-related charges.

Sep. 20, 2019 8:12 AM EDT

MANISTEE, Mich. (AP) — A man who formerly managed a funeral home in Michigan's northwestern Lower Peninsula is facing charges after authorities say he didn't properly handle prepaid funeral contracts. WPBN-TV reports 69-year-old Denis Johnson was arrested this week and is facing fraud-related charges. He...

Plans call for new $920M adult hospital at U of Michigan

Sep. 20, 2019 5:53 AM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan's Board of Regents had approved a five-year project to build a new $920 million hospital for adults. Michigan Medicine announced details of the plans Thursday after the board unanimously approved the project aimed at boosting patient access at the Ann...