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  • Michigan agriculture director joining Trump administration

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The head of Michigan’s agriculture department is resigning to work for the Trump administration. Gov. Rick Snyder says Jamie Clover Adams will be an adviser to the U.S. agriculture secretary. She’s been head of the state agriculture department for nearly six years. Gordon Wenk will lead the department. He’s been chief deputy director since 2008 and joined the department back in 1978. Clover Adams says the agency is “being left in very capable hands.” Clover Adams […]

  • Midwest flooding expected to last through weekend

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Flooding that prompted evacuations in parts of the Midwest persisted Friday in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio and was expected to last through the weekend in areas that have been swamped by high water from heavy rains and melting snow. Waters receded in South Bend and Goshen, Indiana, but flooding remained there and elsewhere. The National Weather Service said a number of Michigan rivers could see record levels in the coming days. In Ohio, water swamped more […]

  • Flood shelters open in 6 Michigan counties

    MICHIGAN — The Red Cross has opened shelters in six Michigan counties for people displaced by recent flooding. Shelters were open Friday in Barry, Berrien, Ingham, Kalamazoo, Kent and St. Joseph counties. Several communities in West Michigan have seen severe flooding in recent days, including Kalamazoo, Hastings and Niles. Here is a list of the Red Cross shelters: Barry County Commission on Aging, 320 Woodlawn Ave. in Hastings Berrien Springs Middle School, 1 Sylvester Ave. in Berrien Springs Letts Community Center, […]

  • California parents face new charges in kids’ torture case

    RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California couple suspected of starving and shackling some of their 13 children pleaded not guilty Friday to new charges of child abuse. David and Louise Turpin previously entered not-guilty pleas to torture and a raft of other charges and are being held on $12 million bail. Louise Turpin also pleaded not guilty to a new count of felony assault. Louise Turpin, dressed in a blouse and blazer, looked intently at more than a dozen […]

  • Berrien County declares state of emergency due to flooding

    BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. — Berrien County on Friday declared a state of emergency due to record flooding. The county sheriff’s office says in a release that there have been record setting water levels along the St. Joseph River. The river crested at 17.33 feet in Niles Thursday morning and is lowering.  It still sat at 16.03 feet, roughly 5 feet above the flood stage, as of Friday  afternoon. The previous flooding level record was 15.1 feet in 1950. The Berrien […]

  • Ex-Trump aide pleads guilty, will cooperate in Russia probe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A former senior adviser to President Donald Trump’s election campaign pleaded guilty Friday to federal conspiracy and false-statements charges, switching from defendant to cooperating witness in the special counsel’s probe of Trump’s campaign and Russia’s election interference. The plea by Rick Gates revealed that he will help special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation in “any and all matters” as prosecutors continue to probe the 2016 campaign, Russian meddling and Gates’ longtime business associate, one-time Trump campaign chairman Paul […]

  • Ottawa County declares state of emergency

    OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. — Ottawa County on Friday joined other counties in West Michigan in declaring a local state of emergency due to flooding. County officials say Friday they have notified the state that Ottawa County is experiencing “flooded homes and roadways, damage to utilities and public health concerns related to flood damage.” The declaration means that the county may request state or federal assistance. The water level for the Grand River in Robinson Township is at 14.1 feet as […]

  • Residents blast mail delivery service in Michigan town

    YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Hundreds of residents in a southeast Michigan town are complaining of haphazard mail deliveries that arrived days late or not at all, threatening their health and family finances. U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell held a town hall meeting Thursday, where more than 300 people shared their individual experiences with the Ypsilanti post office and heard from U.S. Post Office representatives about potential solutions to ongoing issues. “I’ve lived in all but 13 states — this is the […]

  • Teen pleads guilty in death of passenger hit by sandbag

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The last of four teens charged in the throwing of a sandbag from an interstate overpass in Ohio that killed a Michigan man riding in a car has pleaded guilty. A 14-year-old boy from Toledo pleaded guilty Friday to involuntary manslaughter and other charges in Juvenile Court in Toledo. Three others who’ve already admitted to their roles are to be sentenced in April. Prosecutors say the boys were tossing rocks onto the highway near downtown Toledo […]