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Mass Shooting Survivor Abigail Kopf to Start High School

She says she's excited to be back at school with friends this fall

(Newser) - The youngest survivor of an Uber driver's alleged shooting rampage in Kalamazoo, Michigan, last year will start high school with her classmates this fall, the AP reports. Abigail Kopf, 15, underwent testing Thursday so educators at Michigan's Harper Creek Community Schools could figure out where the teen stands... More »

Authorities: Please Don't Perform Liposuction in Barns

Michigan doctor may have endangered patients, public by doing so

(Newser) - Michigan authorities say a doctor may have endangered patients and the public by performing liposuctions in a pole barn, the AP reports. Health officials said they learned from Allegan County sheriff's investigators that the doctor was performing the procedures in the building in the town of Glenn. Allegan County... More »

Michigan's Capital Changes Mind on 'Sanctuary City' Label

City council held emergency vote after complaints from business community

(Newser) - Michigan's capital reversed a decision to call itself a "sanctuary city" that protects immigrants regardless of their legal status, bowing to pressure from a business community concerned that the term would draw unwanted attention to Lansing from President Trump's administration and cost the city federal funding, the... More »

Frat Member Faces Jail Over Peanut Butter Stunt

Police charge him with hazing at Central Michigan University

(Newser) - A Central Michigan University student accused of spreading peanut butter on the face of a passed out teen with a peanut allergy faces jail time over the stunt. Dale Merza, 20, has been charged with misdemeanor hazing and faces up to 93 days in jail and a $1,000 fine... More »

Mom: Son, 11, Killed Self After Girlfriend Faked Suicide

Authorities investigating what Tysen Benz's mom calls an online prank

(Newser) - Life was good for Tysen Benz, an 11-year-old middle school student in Marquette, Mich., whom his mother, Katrina Goss, describes as being happy, athletic, and very social. Then he began dating a 13-year-old girl Goss calls mean and controlling, and suddenly, the unthinkable: Goss went to tuck her son into... More »

Good Samaritans Stop to Help Crash Victims, Get Hit by Car

Doctor, teen stopped after a Jeep rolled over, were hit by suspected drunk teen

(Newser) - Six teens found themselves in trouble when their Jeep rolled over early Sunday on a Detroit interstate, and help came quickly in the form of two Good Samaritans who were driving past the scene around 7:30am. But per WDIV , those two helpers ended up in the hospital themselves when... More »

Pilot in Mysterious Plane Crash Was Likely Suicidal

Authorities have identified the pilot as 27-year-old Xin Rong

(Newser) - Authorities have identified the pilot whose plane mysteriously crashed with no one inside it earlier this month and say he was likely suicidal, Huffington Post reports. Xin Rong, a 27-year-old doctoral student from the University of Michigan, rented the Cessna from Ann Arbor Municipal Airport on March 15 and took... More »

Plane Crashes in Canada—With No One Inside

Search is on for missing University of Michigan student

(Newser) - A University of Michigan student has seemingly vanished after the wreckage of a small plane he rented was found with no one inside. The unidentified graduate student was last seen renting a single-engine Cessna 172 registered to University of Michigan Flyers Inc. at Ann Arbor Airport last Wednesday, reports Wawa-news.... More »

Faced With an Invader, Michigan Gets Creative

State turns to public to help block Asian carp

(Newser) - Faced with the threat that Asian carp could enter the Great Lakes, Michigan is turning to the public for new ideas and plans to offer a prize to whoever comes up with a way to stop the voracious fish, reports the AP . Michigan alone has a $38 billion tourism industry,... More »

Mom Laughs During Daughter's Hearing, Gets Sent to Jail

She disrupted victim impact statement

(Newser) - A Michigan mom who laughed during her daughter's sentencing hearing for killing a man while driving drunk ended up in jail herself. Wayne County Circuit Judge Qiana Lillard scolded the family of 25-year-old Amanda Kosal for giggling while the dead man's sister gave a victim impact statement last... More »

A Supreme Court Victory for a Girl and Her Dog

Ehlena Fry was told she couldn't bring her service dog Wonder to school

(Newser) - Eight years after little Ehlena Fry was told she couldn't bring her dog Wonder to school with her, the Supreme Court has given her family some measure of vindication. In an 8-0 ruling Wednesday, the Supreme Court instructed a lower court to reconsider its ruling against Ehlena and Wonder,... More »

Woman's Warning About Windshield Shirt Goes Viral

Michigan's Ashley Hardacre thinks it was planted there to lure her out of car

(Newser) - Who drives around with a shirt draped over their windshield? A 19-year-old in Michigan did, and now her tale—which includes a chilling warning—has gone viral. WDAF reports Ashley Hardacre had just finished up working an evening shift at Flint's Genesee Valley Center on Thursday and had gotten... More »

Teachers Caught Naming Students in 'F***, Marry, Kill'

Two Michigan teachers and a secretary have resigned

(Newser) - Two teachers and a superintendent's secretary have resigned after video surfaced of them playing a game of "F***, Marry, Kill" involving coworkers and students last month at a bar in Michigan, Fox 17 reports. Some of the students named during the game have special needs. According to WOOD... More »

Victim's Random Search Lands Carjackers Back Behind Bars

If Brittany Guerriero hadn't checked out their status, authorities wouldn't have known

(Newser) - Two Detroit carjackers are back in prison after their victim went online and found they'd been mistakenly released, the AP reports. Local and federal authorities are pointing fingers at each other—but there's no dispute that Brittany Guerriero is the person who had to get her own justice.... More »

Officials: Flint Water Is Safe, Don't Drink It

It could be years before dangerous lead pipes are replaced

(Newser) - The good news: Flint's water is now safe to drink. The bad news: You still shouldn't drink it. That was the message from Michigan officials Tuesday after the Department of Environmental Quality announced lead levels in Flint's water have fallen below the federal limit of 15 parts... More »

Need an Extra $1M? Just Solve This Fishy Dilemma

The Great Lakes simply needs you to solve its invasive Asian carp problem, NBD

(Newser) - Everyone with a constant flow of "new and innovative solutions" churning around in their noggins might want to touch base with Michigan. The state is offering a $1 million purse to anyone who can come up with a way to keep interloping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes,... More »

Fiat Says Its $1B Move Has Nothing to Do With Trump

Investment will create 2K jobs in Michigan, Ohio

(Newser) - Fiat Chrysler may have earned itself a gold star from Donald Trump with the announcement of a $1 billion investment in updating two plants in Michigan and Ohio, a move expected to create around 2,000 jobs by 2020. The company says a plant near Detroit will make new Jeep... More »

New Year's Day Ski Lesson Turns Fatal for 10-Year-Old Girl

'Life will never be the same for our family'

(Newser) - A 10-year-old girl is dead following a ski accident during a lesson Sunday at a Michigan resort, People reports. Delaney O'Connell of Illinois has been skiing at Crystal Mountain since she was 3 and was with two other students and a ski instructor at the time of the accident.... More »

Parents Want Teen Daughter Hit With Felony Fraud Charge

She allegedly used dad's info to buy $1,200 flight to Germany

(Newser) - There's tough love, and then there's pushing for felony charges against your teenage daughter. Michigan Live reports an area dad received notification Sunday about a possibly fraudulent charge on his credit card. It was determined that the man's 18-year-old daughter had allegedly used his information to get... More »

Ford Mexico Plant Cancellation Not Quite What It Seems

Small-car production is still heading south

(Newser) - Ford may have found a successful strategy for dealing with Donald Trump: letting him take credit for stuff it was going to do anyway. The company's announcement Tuesday that it's canceling a $1.6 billion plant in Mexico was seen as a big victory for the president-elect, but... More »

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