Economic indicators soar on Election Day

2020 Campaign 11/03/20, 17:38

On the morning of Nov. 3—Election Day in the United States, economic indicators skyrocketed, giving very positive signals for a rising economy. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose more than 600 points, equivalent to a 2 percent gain, and the S&P 500 rose 2.2 percent. The NASDAQ high-tech compound rose by 2 ...

Justin Amash, impeachment supporter, resigns conservative group

Politics 06/11/19, 10:08

The lone Republican calling for President Donald Trump's impeachment has quit an influential caucus of House conservatives. A spokeswoman for Michigan Rep. Justin Amash confirmed on Tuesday that he had resigned from the Freedom Caucus. Amash is one of the group's founders, but it is now controlled by Trump's allies. Amash called ...

Baby found alive with dead parents in Michigan motel room

U.S. 05/26/19, 15:43

Michigan State Police say a trooper found a dehydrated 6-month-old baby at a motel in the western part of the state in the same room with her dead parents. WOOD-TV reported that a cause of death wasn't immediately clear and it may take weeks until toxicology results are in. The trooper discovered ...

Regulators order river cleanup near former Michigan tannery

Enviroment 05/19/19, 09:58

The Environmental Protection Agency is ordering a former tannery to dig contaminated sediment and excavate soil from areas in western Michigan after finding high pollution levels where the shoemaker once operated.The EPA sent a letter last month listing several cleanup steps federal regulators want Wolverine World Wide to take this ...

Advocacy groups file civil rights complaint against police

U.S. 04/30/19, 14:46

Immigrant and civil liberties advocacy groups have filed complaints against Grand Rapids police with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights in cases involving people of Latino descent.The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center announced the actions on Tuesday. They allege the police department discriminated ...

Woman gets jail for running over son in school parking lot

U.S. 04/19/19, 07:58

A woman who pleaded guilty to reckless driving for running over her 9-year-old son while dropping him off at school in Michigan has been ordered to serve 30 days in jail.Thirty-six-year-old Tiffany Kosakowski told Kent County Circuit Court in Grand Rapids that she must "live with this for the rest ...

Man gets life for killing teen who accused him of rape

U.S. 04/15/19, 16:45

A judge has sentenced a western Michigan man to life in prison for killing a 16-year-old girl who accused him of rape.Forty-three-year-old Quinn James of Wyoming, Michigan, learned his sentence Monday after a Grand Rapids jury found him guilty of first-degree murder in the strangulation death of Mujey Dumbuya. Her ...

Trump visits Michigan as Republicans confront ominous signs

2020 Campaign 03/27/19, 23:22

The 50 or so party faithful gathered at a western Michigan GOP headquarters prayed for President Donald Trump's re-election and hummed with excitement about his upcoming visit — a meeting-turned-pep rally for the effort they'll mount on his behalf in 2020. "Are we ready?" former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn ...

President Trump’s campaign announces Michigan rally on March 28

Politics 03/15/19, 16:33

President Donald Trump's re-election campaign has announced he's holding a rally in Michigan at the end of the month. The announcement came shortly after Trump vetoed a congressional measure blocking his declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border. The campaign said the rally is set for the Van Andel Arena ...

ICE criticizes Michigan sheriff’s detainment warrant policy

U.S. 03/01/19, 11:43

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has criticized a Michigan sheriff's department that released three people living in the country illegally despite federal detainment requests.ICE says its enforcement abilities are undermined by the Kent County Sheriff's Department policy that requires the agency to present a federal warrant when making detainment requests.ICE ...

Man convicted in slaying of teen who accused him of rape

U.S. 02/28/19, 13:14

A western Michigan man has been convicted of first-degree murder in the slaying of a 16-year-old girl who accused him of rape.A Grand Rapids jury issued a guilty verdict Thursday for 43-year-old Quinn James of Wyoming, Michigan.Mujey Dumbuya's partially clothed body was found in January 2018 in woods in Kalamazoo, ...

Michigan officer on leave amid uproar over veteran detention

U.S. 02/28/19, 11:22

A western Michigan police officer has been placed on administrative leave after activists accused him of racial profiling by notifying immigration officials about the arrest of a mentally ill Latino war veteran who is actually a U.S. citizen.Grand Rapids City Manager Mark Washington on Thursday announced Lt. Curt VanderKooi's leave ...

Michigan police knocked over role in veteran’s detention

U.S. 02/27/19, 13:49

Activists are calling for the firing of a western Michigan police officer whom they accuse of racial profiling by notifying immigration officials about the arrest of a mentally ill Latino war veteran who is actually a U.S. citizen.Immigration and Customs Enforcement held Jilmar Ramos-Gomez for three days in December before ...

Police: Woman killed 3 daughters, self with hunting rifle

U.S. 02/20/19, 17:29

Authorities say a Michigan woman fatally shot her three young daughters in a wooded area with a bolt-action hunting rifle before driving home with their bodies and shooting herself. Kent County sheriff's Sgt. Joel Roon identified them Wednesday as 28-year-old Aubrianne Moore, 8-year-old Kyrie Rodery, 6-year-old Cassidy Rodery and 2-year-old Alaina ...

3 children among 4 found dead after west Michigan shooting

U.S. 02/18/19, 19:54

Authorities say three children and a woman were found dead of apparent gunshot wounds at a home in western Michigan.Kent County Sheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young says authorities responded Monday to a property near Cedar Springs, a community about 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of Grand Rapids. She says someone discovered the ...

Update: Whitmer to start ‘opportunity’ tour after speech

Business 02/12/19, 18:31

The Latest on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's State of the State speech (all times local):6:30 p.m.Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will kick off a 50-event tour across Michigan following her first State of the State speech, starting in Grand Rapids with a focus on fixing the roads and making sure the workforce is ...

Some in Michigan brace for weekend without power amid cold

U.S. 02/08/19, 07:17

A utility says some of the tens of thousands of homes and businesses without power in Michigan following days of freezing rain and other wintry weather are expected to be without electricity through the weekend.Consumers Energy says that since early Wednesday about 229,000 customers have lost electric service due to ...

Michigan cancer study considers toxic air pollution

Enviroment 01/21/19, 10:20

Michigan regulators are expanding an investigation into air pollution produced by a medical device manufacturer. The Grand Rapids Press reports that the Department of Environmental Quality this month announced plans to widen air-quality testing around ...

Michigan awards $4.8M in ‘mobility’ grants to help disabled

Tech 01/15/19, 17:27

The state of Michigan on Tuesday announced the final round of "mobility" grants it gives out to encourage pilot projects to help transport seniors, the disabled and veterans with autonomous vehicles and other technology.The nearly $4.8 million will provide short-term funding for an autonomous electric shuttle at the Battle Creek ...

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