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2 men face new trial over scheme to kidnap Michigan governor

Aug. 08, 2022 07:43 AM EDT

Two men accused of crafting a plan to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2020 and ignite a national rebellion are facing a second trial this week, months after a jury couldn't reach a verdict on the pair while acquitting two others. The result in April was a blow to federal...

Michigan library's future uncertain over LGBTQ material flap

Aug. 04, 2022 20:06 PM EDT

JAMESTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan library faced an uncertain future Thursday after a flap over LGBTQ material on its shelves led to the failure of the renewal of a property tax millage that funds most of its budget. The Patmos Library in Jamestown Township outside...

Firefighters: Man dies after struck by steel door in storm

Jul. 26, 2022 15:43 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A man died after being struck by a steel door during storms Saturday night, authorities say. The accident occurred around 10 p.m. at the Sandy Point Beach House restaurant, the Grand Rapids Fire Department said. When first responders...

Grand Rapids fingerprint practice declared unconstitutional

Jul. 22, 2022 15:38 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The practice of fingerprinting people without probable cause or a warrant is unconstitutional, the Michigan Supreme Court said Friday. The court unanimously said Grand Rapids police violated the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search and...

Michigan woman charged after SUV pond crash kills her 3 sons

Jul. 21, 2022 15:47 PM EDT

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan woman whose three young sons drowned in February after her SUV crashed into an ice-covered pond is facing intoxicated driving charges in their deaths. Leticia Gonzales, 30, of Holland was arraigned Wednesday before an Ottawa County...

Biden administration reverses Trump endangered species rule

Jul. 21, 2022 14:24 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Federal regulators Wednesday canceled a policy adopted under former President Donald Trump that weakened their authority to identify lands and waters where declining animals and plants could receive government protection. The move was the latest by the...

Woman accused in husband's death returned to US from Italy

Jul. 12, 2022 12:41 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, Mich. (AP) — A woman accused in the 2002 fatal bludgeoning of her husband in Michigan was ordered held on a $10 million bond following her return to the U.S. from Italy. Beverly McCallum was arraigned on charges of second-degree murder and disinterment/mutilation of a...

American flight makes emergency landing in Grand Rapids

Jul. 09, 2022 12:28 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — An American Airlines flight made an emergency landing in Grand Rapids, officials said. Around 10:15 p.m. Friday, the flight from O'Hare International Airport in Chicago bound for Buffalo, New York, alerted Gerald R. Ford International Airport about...

Spectacle in Michigan race threatens GOP's bid for governor

Jul. 07, 2022 17:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A leading contender for the Republican nomination for governor in Michigan was sued in the 1990s, accused of using racial slurs about Black people in the workplace and sexually harassing his employees. One of his rivals pleaded not guilty in federal court on...

GOP push to defeat Whitmer threatened by candidates' baggage

Jul. 07, 2022 16:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A leading contender for the Republican nomination for governor in Michigan was sued in the 1990s, accused of using racial slurs in the workplace and sexually harassing his employees. One of his rivals pleaded not guilty in federal court on Thursday to misdemeanor...