A judge has sided with a farmer in Michigan's Upper Peninsula who has battled state regulators for seven years over the pigs he raises.
     Circuit Judge Charles Goodman ruled Thursday the Department of Natural Resources had failed to prove that Roger Turunen's pigs were covered by a 2010 order banning Eurasian boars and other exotic swine.
     The DNR says the sharp-tusked animals are escaping from farms and hunting ranches and damaging crops and the environment.


The Tidal streaming service has selected five Detroit-based artists as the first winners of a million-dollar grant program to boost music careers.
     The platform announced Friday that Tidal Unplugged's inaugural group consists of Emma Guzman, Laurie Love, Olivia Millerschin, Raye Williams and Sam Austins. They were chosen among thousands of applicants.

Three teens have been charged with murder and armed robbery in the fatal shooting of a 29-year-old woman in suburban Detroit.
     Prosecutors say 17-year-old Jamel Philson, 14-year-old Demaurio Dismuke and a 13-year-old boy were arraigned Friday.
     Prosecutors allege Dismuke robbed and shot Saja Aljanabi Friday night as she sat in a car in Dearborn. It's alleged that minutes earlier the 13-year-old was holding a gun during the robbery of a 49-year-old woman. A shot also was fired at a 56-year-old man following Aljanabi's shooting.

The state Auditor General has found problems with a program that matches volunteer I-T experts with small local governments trying to fend off cyber-attacks.
               The state still considers the program a success.

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Ford is recalling more than 300,000 of its 2017 Ford Explorer vehicles because of a sharp seat frame edge.

The automaker said Friday that there's been 31 reports of hand injuries.

Ford Motor Co. said users could come in contact with the sharp edges when reaching between the power front seat and center console. The vehicles were made at a Chicago plant from Feb. 13, 2016 to Oct. 25, 2017.

It is recalling 311,907 vehicles in the United States and federal territories, 23,380 in Canada and 3,045 in Mexico.

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Michigan is joining a tentative multi-state deal with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma over the company's role in the opioid epidemic.

State Attorney General Dana Nessel confirmed her office's plan Thursday. Roughly half of the states are participating, while the other half reject the terms as insufficient.

Nessel says she respects fellow Democratic attorneys general who have opted out of settlement discussions, but she must pursue the course that's most beneficial to Michigan.

Whitmer on vetoing Republican budget bills: 'We'll see'

Sep 13, 2019

  Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was noncommittal about signing final spending bills that began advancing in the Republican-led Legislature on Thursday, a day after talks broke down between her and GOP leaders.

"We'll see," she said, hours before House-Senate conference committees approved six budget measures, including a $15.2 billion school aid budget. More of the Republican-controlled panels are scheduled to vote next week despite there being no overall deal with the first-year governor.

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  A white Michigan police officer whose house had an apparent Ku Klux Klan document on display and for sale has been fired.

Muskegon City Manager Frank Peterson says Charles Anderson was fired after a disciplinary hearing Thursday. Peterson says a redacted version of the inquiry report would be released to the public sometime next week.

Ex-Michigan pastor enters plea deal in child porn case

Sep 13, 2019
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  A former Michigan pastor who authorities say coerced underage girls to engage in sex acts online has pleaded guilty to producing child pornography.

The Times Herald of Port Huron reports 64-year-old Jack Woodburn entered the plea deal with prosecutors this week in U.S. District Court. He faces 15-30 years in prison when sentenced Jan. 8.

  A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a former Michigan school principal who says his rights were violated when he was forced out of his job for giving a wooden penis as a gift that he said was based on an inside joke.

John Stanton sued Superintendent Leonard Woodside after he says he was forced to resign in 2017 at Anchor Bay High School in St. Clair County. Stanton said the female security guard who got the gift wasn't upset as officials claimed.