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Royal Oak pushes land plans along I-696

The Royal Oak Downtown Development Authority is taking the next steps in developing a long-vacant site at Interstate 696 and Main Street into residential, office and commercial space. More

Metro Detroit Christians continue celebrations leading up to Easter

Jonathan Hernandez and Lynzi Tarango carry the cross Friday from the waterfront through Hart Plaza for Detroit Peace Community's Stations of the Cross. Daniel Mears / The Detroit News

Thousands of followers across Metro Detroit are packing church pews, serving others and gathering with loved ones in celebration of the holiest Christian day. More

Duggan, Gilbert, Penske among witnesses for Detroit bankruptcy trial

Roger Penske is on the witness list of politicians, business titans and financial experts that will testify in July about Detroit's debt-cutting plan. Steve Perez / The Detroit News

A star-studded witness list of politicians, business titans and financial experts will testify in July about Detroit's debt-cutting plan. More

Bolger demands Detroit unions give cash in bankruptcy settlement

Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, said Friday he wants Detroit labor unions to make a financial commitment to the city's bankruptcy settlement before he holds a vote on a plan to pump $350 million of state money into city pensions. (Photo credit: Dale G. Young)

House Speaker Jase Bolger said Friday he wants Detroit labor unions to make a financial commitment to the city's bankruptcy settlement before he holds a vote on a plan to pump $350 million of state money into city pensions. More

Pontiac man, last seen in October, found dead in home

— A 53-year-old Pontiac man who hadn't been seen by his neighbors in six months was found dead in his home by authorities, the Oakland County Sheriff's Office said Friday. More

Robert Ficano to announce re-election bid for fourth term

Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano Steve Perez / The Detroit News

Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano will announce his bid for a fourth term on Monday, his campaign announced today. More

Appeals court rules ex-Wayne Co. commissioner can be sued by former official

Ex-Wayne County Commissioner Bernard Parker can be sued by Azzam Elder, a former high-ranking Wayne County official, according to a Michigan Court of Appeals opinion. More

Aiyana's father gets 40-60 years in Detroit teen's 2010 death

Charles Jones. Brandy Baker / The Detroit News

Charles Jones, the father of Aiyana Stanley-Jones, a 7-year-old who was shot to death by Detroit police, was sentenced today to 40 to 60 years in the 2010 shooting death of a Detroit teen. More

Farmington man gets life term, apologizes for killing and dismembering girlfriend

A Farmington man apologized Friday for strangling his girlfriend and dismembering her body as a judge sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole. More

Farmington man: Sorry for killing, dismembering girlfriend

— A suburban Detroit restaurant worker has apologized for strangling his girlfriend and then dismembering her body. More

Financial experts vie for chance to advise judge on Detroit bankruptcy

Three financial experts interviewed by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes on Friday came schooled in different approaches but share one view: The city cannot borrow its way back to solvency. More

Judge says Ypsilanti Township can't remove donation bins

A judge has blocked officials in Ypsilanti Township from removing outdoor clothing donation bins placed by a Maryland-based nonprofit group. More

200 homes, businesses evacuated due to river flooding in Osceola County

About 200 homes and businesses remained evacuated Friday in a small Osceola County town after water rose to record-breaking levels this week on the Muskegon River. More

Michigan guardsman from Charlevoix to receive Purple Heart

San Antonio — A Michigan Army National Guard staff sergeant from Charlevoix who was injured while on patrol in Afghanistan will be awarded a Purple Heart. More

Offer of a fresh perspective might help Detroit out of bankruptcy

It's like 'American Idol' for bankruptcy, without the glamour but plenty of bucks involved. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes is hiring an expert to review the city's plan of adjustment and the auditions are today. More

Oakland Co. about to see slew of orange barrels

 Robin Buckson / The Detroit News

Prepare yourself, Oakland County; there's road construction in your future. In just a few short weeks, a $12 million project will kick off to reconstruct a one-mile stretch of Evergreen in Southfield. More

Calif. farmers, cities to get more relief

Drought-stricken California farmers and cities are set to get more water as state and federal officials ease cutbacks due to recent rain and snow, officials announced on Friday. More

'Help us flush the pooper': Billboard boosts effort to catch Ypsilanti's serial soiler

Ypsilanti — A billboard along Interstate 94 is part of an effort to help catch a person who has been soiling slides at an Ypsilanti playground over the last six months. More

Boyfriend, girlfriend charged for car crash that killed four in Detroit

Detroit — A boyfriend and girlfriend were charged Friday with second-degree murder for allegedly killing four people seven months ago while driving recklessly after an argument. More

Police: Girl, 4, finds pill inside Easter egg in Roseville

Roseville — Police say a suburban Detroit pre-school student opened a plastic Easter egg following a school party and found a pill used to treat anxiety and other problems. More

Detroit man accused of fighting, running over man faces murder charge

A 24-year-old man faces a first-degree murder charge after allegedly knocking a 39-year-old man down in a fist fight before running over him with his car, backing up, and running him over again. More

Battle Creek police review use-of-force policies

Battle Creek — Battle Creek police plan to review their use-of-force policies following an arrest that led to a $31,000 settlement. More

Michigan prisoner who escaped scheduled for court

Ionia — A man who escaped from a Michigan prison in February is due in court next week to face escape, carjacking and kidnapping charges. More

Parts of Michigan's Upper Peninsula get fresh snow

Ironwood — Parts of Michigan's Upper Peninsula got more than a foot of snow during spring storms this week, breaking at least one daily snowfall record. More

Teen's lawyer: Beating of motorist 'spur of moment,' not hate crime

Steven Utash. Family photo

Detroit — A trial date was set Thursday for one of the accused assailants in the brutal mob attack on a Clinton Township motorist who tried to aid a child he struck with his truck on Detroit's east side. More

Detroit father accused of biting principal after child denied field trip

The father of a Detroit elementary school student accused of biting and punching the principal was arraigned in 36th District Court Thursday afternoon, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. More

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