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The gift of pot? Marijuana gift businesses look to expand into southwest Michigan

ANN ARBOR — Stephanie Swearengin, of Ypsilanti, Mich., is always running to Kroger. But not for more coffee or to pick up a head of lettuce. She finds the parking lot a convenient place to meet many of her customers who have purchased used books from her online.


U of Michigan pulls in $5.28B in fundraising campaign

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan says it pulled in $5.28 billion during its multi-year fundraising campaign that wrapped up at the end of 2018. The Ann Arbor school earlier this month released the final results of its "Victors for Michigan " campaign, which saw more than 398,000 do


Michigan lawmakers may forgive snow days after frigid temps, winter weather

LANSING, Mich. - Michigan lawmakers are considering whether to cut schools some slack after frigid temperatures and other weather caused a high number of snow days. State law forgives K-12 districts from making up six days that have been canceled for emergencies, and schools can get a waiver for thr


Judges in five Michigan courtrooms are using risk assessments to decide bond

Early this month, judges in five Michigan district courts started using a new tool to make bond decisions. It’s part of a new pilot program spearheaded by the Michigan Supreme Court. The judges will use a standard risk assessment to help make those bond decisions.


Emoni Bates-led Lincoln holds off Ypsilanti 67-66 in front of 4,000 fans

YPSILANTI -- In the first meeting between rivals Lincoln and Ypsilanti this season, star freshman Emoni Bates scored a career-high 43 points to lead the Railsplitters to a 68-56 win.


No. 6 Michigan starts fast, beats No. 24 Maryland

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — After a startling loss at last-place Penn State earlier in the week, Michigan coach John Beilein had a pretty good idea how his team would respond. "I had no doubt our defense would be strong today," he said.


Powerlifter lifts vehicle off man trapped underneath

YPSILANTI, Mich. (WXYZ) — A local power lifter is being hailed as a real life super hero, after his quick actions helped save a man pinned under a rolled over vehicle. Ryan Belcher, works out and trains at the gym 5 days a week. It’s his life, and a place he credits for giving him extra strength on


Canton crash causes power outage; fleeing driver apprehended

A single-vehicle crash in Canton Township Saturday afternoon caused a widespread power outage and resulted in the driver of the vehicle being apprehended by police after fleeing the scene.


13 Michigan water systems fail excessive lead test: report

More than a dozen water systems in Michigan were found to have excessive lead compared to federal standards in the second half of 2018, according to a new report. The 13 systems that failed the federal test were throughout the state, MLive reported Friday, citing data it had obtained from the Michig


Weightlifter uses muscle to help rescue man injured in SUV

YPSILANTI, Mich. - A Michigan weightlifter used his power to move a two-ton SUV to help paramedics reach a man trapped inside the vehicle, MLIve reported. Ryan Belcher, 29, of Belleview, heard a “big smash” Thursday while he was in Ypsilanti and went outside to investigate, the website reported.


Former Ypsilanti high school student gets jail time for sex assault at school

ANN ARBOR, MI - A former Ypsilanti Community High School student will spend six months in jail for the sexual assault of a fellow student on school property in 2016. The words of the victim and her family swayed a judge to revoke plans for a more lenient sentence for Simeon Spalding, 20, when he app


Drunken driver crashes car into Dearborn Heights business at 100 mph, police say

DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. - A car was going nearly 100 mph when it collided with a Dearborn Heights business early Saturday morning. The collision caused significant damage to the building at about 3 a.m.


Livonia woman stumbles on final ‘Jeopardy’ question but beats 4-time champion

It came down to the final question, but Livonia native Amanda Holm remained calm and collected. Trailing by $3,100 heading into “Final Jeopardy” Holm incorrectly answered this clue in the category of 19th century inventors:


Ypsilanti teacher found guilty of flashing woman near school where he taught

YPSILANTI, MI -- An Ypsilanti elementary school teacher accused of exposing himself to a woman in August hoped he’d have better luck facing a judge than a jury of his peers. But Washtenaw County 14-A District Judge Kirk W. Tabbey found Troy L. Miller Jr., 47, a former third-grade teacher at Ypsilant


91 Dogs Flown to Michigan For Chance at Life and Love on Valentine’s Day

Ninety-one dogs from the West Coast were welcomed to Michigan shelters on Valentine's Day. The Detroit Free Press reports that after a six-hour flight from Fresno, California, an airplane full of pups arrived at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti on Thursday, February 14.


One pediatric death from H1N1 confirmed in Michigan, health department says

One pediatric influenza death has been confirmed in the state for the 2018-2019 flu season, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The health department did not release the location of where the case was reported and confirmed.


Michigan DHHS is urging residents to be safe on the slopes

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs is urging skiers and snowboarders to heed to some safety practices while out on the slopes. The department says safety should be everyone’s first priority when heading out. Wearing a certified helmet and using extreme caution while getting


South Lyon Looks To Improve DPW Complex

The City of South Lyon has hired a company to conduct engineering services regarding improvements to the municipality’s Department of Public Works complex. The City is interested in improving the pavement and storm water drainage throughout the DPW site in a series of project phases. Included in the


Michigan man allegedly sold nearly $450,000 worth of stolen Amtrak vouchers to travelers on eBay

DETROIT - A Michigan man sold $449,000 worth of stolen Amtrak vouchers to unsuspecting travelers via eBay, officials said. Watch Jermont Terry's full report above. Christian Newby is accused of using stolen credit card information to buy vouchers that he would then sell.


Michigan bill to end most civil forfeiture heads to House

The Michigan Senate on Friday passed legislation that would prohibit most asset forfeiture until there is a criminal conviction. The bill will be sent to the Michigan House, which has also been open to forfeiture reform.