The Associated Press

Former Michigan Representatives Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat.
From Courser/Gamrat websites

LANSING, Mich. - Two conservative ex-lawmakers who had an extramarital affair and attempted to conceal it have been sued by former aides. 

The Detroit News and report former state Reps. Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat were sued Friday by Keith Allard and Ben Graham in Ingham County Circuit Court. 

The winning numbers were sold in Michigan.
Powerball / screen grab

The winning ticket to a $310.5 million Powerball jackpot was sold in a small town in southwestern Michigan.

Michigan Lottery officials are urging the winner to step forward. The jackpot can be paid over 30 years or the winner can choose a lump sum of about $197 million before taxes.

Painting of a boy grabbing a sea lamprey by Mark Heckman.
Painting by Mark Heckman, courtesy of Thunder Bay Press.

Officials are reporting significant progress in the battle against an invasive, fish-killing Great Lakes parasite.

The Great Lakes Fishery Commission says the population of sea lampreys has reached a 30-year low in Lake Huron and a 20-year low in Lake Michigan. 

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan school district is ending a program that put grandparents in the classroom.

  Grandparents for years got a small payment for volunteering to help Saginaw teachers and students. Elease Watson tells WNEM-TV  that sometimes a simple hug can change a kid's day.

  But Superintendent Nate McClain says the district can't use certain grants to pay for the program. He says the money is reserved for instruction.

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to take an unusual case involving an Upper Peninsula counselor and a teen's false memories of sexual abuse.

The teen's parents are accusing Kathryn Salmi of malpractice in Houghton County. They say their daughter falsely accused the father of sexual abuse because of Salmi's counseling techniques.

  Authorities investigated but no charges were filed. The state appeals court, in a 2-1 decision last year, said Salmi could be sued by the parents.

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

CLARE, Mich. (AP) - A man hunting for porcupine was attacked by a black bear in Clare County.

  The Department of Natural Resources says the 46-year-old was treated for minor injuries Thursday night. The hunter told authorities that the bear knocked him over from behind.

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A national group representing the left and right of the political spectrum is concentrating on Michigan as ripe for criminal justice changes that include releasing parolees earlier and taming law enforcement's seizure of people's assets regardless of whether charges are filed.

  The U.S. Justice Action Network comprises groups such as the liberal American Civil Liberties Union and conservative FreedomWorks. The organization's executive director, Holly Harris, has been lobbying lawmakers and hopes legislation is enacted by year's end.

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has taken a subtle dig at rival Donald Trump while explaining leadership to Michigan Republicans.

  She says that leadership isn't defined by position, title or the size of someone's helicopter or "ego." She's delivered the line before.

  Republicans gathered on Mackinac Island were excited to hear from the lesser-known but buzzed-about Fiorina days after a strong debate performance.

  She says a leader "challenges the status quo" and "we have been managing the decline of this great nation for far too long."

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

CASSOPOLIS, Mich. (AP) - Hunters in southwestern Michigan are being warned to watch for waste related to methamphetamine.

  Cass County authorities say it's unfortunate that meth makers dump their waste in rural areas. It could be drain cleaner, coffee filters, cold packs and bottles with plastic tubes sticking out from the lid.

  Hunters are being told to call police and not touch anything.

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The state of Michigan is suing Hewlett-Packard Co., accusing the company of failing to complete a multimillion-dollar overhaul of computers at Secretary of State offices.

  The state says it gave HP a termination letter on Aug. 28. Three days later, employees stopped reporting to work, although the state says they still were required to provide support.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission


FRENCHTOWN TOWNSHIP – DTE Energy Co. says the reactor at the Fermi 2 nuclear power plant has been shut down after a problem with a system used to cool auxiliary equipment.

Utility spokesman Guy Cerullo tells the Monroe News that the manual shutdown took place late Sunday after the system "essentially ... stopped working."

The plant is located along Lake Erie in Monroe County's Frenchtown Township. Cerullo says crews will evaluate plant equipment and look to see whether any repairs are necessary. Power customers shouldn't notice any changes with the shutdown.

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

U.S. stocks are slightly lower following some mixed economic news out of China.

Traders are also looking ahead to a Federal Reserve meeting that begins Wednesday. The bank could raise interest rates for the first time since the financial crisis.

A Michigan State University economist does not expect this week’s anticipated interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve will have a noticeable effect on Michigan’s economy. 

Rep. Todd Courser, R-Lapeer, and Rep. Cindy Gamrat, R-Plainwell, returned to the state capitol today.
images from Courser/Gamrat offices

Update 2:15 p.m.

Rep. Cindy Gamrat, R-Plainwell, says she's "shocked" a panel is recommending expulsion for her involvement in a bizarre cover-up attempt of her extramarital affair with another lawmaker.

Gamrat tells The Associated Press she won't resign before the House votes, possibly later Thursday. She says while no promises were made, she "was coerced" to admit to various allegations of wrongdoing with an understanding that the committee would support a censure.

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

  MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) - Environmental activists are planning events during the Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk to call attention to a number of issues, including a controversial oil pipeline in the area.

A group called We Protect Mother Earth says its protest will feature speeches and a drumming ceremony. It will begin around 9 a.m. Monday at the St. Ignace Welcome Center on the north side of the bridge, where thousands of people will be taking part in the annual holiday walk.

Courtesy Courser & Gamrat websites

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Two freshmen tea party lawmakers who set out to shake up Michigan's Capitol succeeded in a way no one could have imagined.

  On Tuesday, the state House will hold a rare disciplinary hearing that could lead to the expulsion of Reps. Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat over their extramarital affair and an attempt to cover it up.

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The future of Michigan's expanded Medicaid program is in the hands of the Obama administration.

Gov. Rick Snyder's administration this week submitted a waiver needed to ensure 600,000 low-income adults remain eligible for government-provided health insurance in 2016.


A state official says $3,000-a-day lease payments on idle train cars should end by Sept. 30.   

The Michigan Transportation Department is negotiating with a railroad to change a contract that has been a costly embarrassment.

The state has spent more than $10 million since 2010 to lease and refurbish the rail cars, although commuter rail service in southeastern Michigan appears to be years away. 

Fairy's signature black-and-white "Andre the Giant" face appeared on a water tower in downtown Detroit.
Eugene Kim / Flickr

DETROIT - Damage to illegally tagged buildings in Detroit that led to charges against graffiti artist Shepard Fairey is estimated at around $30,000. The figure was presented Thursday by a Detroit city attorney during a pretrial conference for Fairey. Three of the nine properties listed in court are city-owned.

Shayan Sanyal / Flickr

The Michigan appeals court has ruled in favor of the state and dismissed a major class-action lawsuit by young prisoners who said guards failed to stop sexual assaults behind bars.

The court says Michigan's civil rights law doesn't apply to lawsuits by prisoners. It also dismissed the case on other technical grounds in a decision released Wednesday.


More cars and trucks with flat tires are pulling over to the sides of Michigan’s roads.

AAA Michigan spokeswoman Susan Hilts says its road service providers are fixing more flat tires this summer than usual.

Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick
Michigan Radio

The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the corruption conviction and 28-year prison sentence of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

In 2013, Kilpatrick was convicted of two dozen crimes, from tax evasion to bribery. A jury found that he rigged contracts, took bribes and committed other corrupt acts.

Kilpatrick's appeal centered on an alleged conflict among his trial attorneys, among other reasons.

A Republican Party fundraiser in Michigan featuring Donald Trump is still scheduled despite his controversial remarks about a former prisoner of war.

The billionaire businessman-turned-presidential candidate angered many when he questioned whether U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) is actually a war hero.

McCain was captured by the North Vietnamese and spent five years as a POW. He says Trump owes an apology to  POW's

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

State officials say a second mid-Michigan deer has tested positive for a fatal neurological disease.

“Finding this second positive deer is disappointing, however, not unexpected,” said DNR Wildlife Division Chief Russ Mason. 

The second deer was discovered about a mile from where the first deer was found in Ingham County. Wildlife officials are genetically testing the two deer to determine if they are related.   

Washtenaw County Prosecutor's Office

Authorities say more work remains after DNA testing has been done on thousands of sexual assault kits discovered in a Detroit police property storage facility in 2009.

The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News report Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, who has championed efforts to get the kits tested, recently gave an update.

Michigan Oil and Gas Association

Amid all the discussion of the pros and cons of the proposed Iranian nuclear deal announced this week, there’s one Michigan industry that may be affected.

Michigan’s oil industry isn’t very big, but it has been growing.

The growth has been spurred by high world crude oil prices.  Or at least, had been spurred.  After reaching nearly $110 a barrel last summer, world crude prices crashed under $50 in January.  After a brief rise to around $60 in the spring, the price is back down in the lower $50’s. 


Michigan’s congressional delegation is divided along partisan lines on the new Iranian nuclear deal.

President Barack Obama says every path to a nuclear weapon will be cut off for Iran under a historic agreement announced in Vienna.

Obama spoke from the White House this morning after the deal was announced.

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

A Michigan man is among 46 federal prison inmates who had their prison sentences commuted by President Obama today.

Patrick Roberts was sentenced to life in prison in 1999, after pleading guilty to conspiracy to traffic heroin, cocaine and marijuana. He had four previous convictions.

Michigan Army National Guardsmen earlier this year.
Master Sgt. Sonia Pawloski / wikimedia commons

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Michigan Army National Guard is holding training exercises across the state focused on response to a simulated nuclear explosion.

The Northern Exposure disaster response exercise starts Tuesday and runs through Saturday. Teams from federal, state and local law enforcement and disaster recovery agencies are involved along with about 2,000 members of the Michigan National Guard.

Willow Run Factory and B-24 bombers.
U.S. Army Signal Corps

YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP – A preserved section of a plant where Rosie the Riveter built World War II bombers has been rededicated.

The part of the old Willow Run Bomber Plant will become the home of the Yankee Air Museum.

This photo gives you a sense for why the pig was called "Giggles."
Giggles the Pig for Flint Mayor / Facebook

There’s one less candidate running for mayor of Flint.

A post overnight on the “Giggles the Pig for Flint Mayor” Facebook page announced the four-legged candidate was dropping out of the race for Flint mayor.

Giggles entered the race after a mistake in the city clerk’s office meant none of the two-legged candidates qualified for the August Primary.