Michigan News

Whitmer open to drivers forgoing unlimited benefit

EAST LANSING (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday that she was open to letting drivers forgo mandatory, unlimited medical benefits covered by their auto insurance premiums, but only if they were still required to buy some level of coverage. The Democrat’s position, which she ...

Clerk seeks safety glass

ALPENA, Mich. (AP) — The clerk in a small county in the northern Lower Peninsula is urging officials to install bulletproof glass at the courthouse, saying her employees are “sitting ducks.” Bonnie Friedrichs made a pitch this week to Alpena County commissioners. She says her staff is ...

Michigan lawmaker charged with seeking bribe from union

By ED WHITE and DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — A Michigan lawmaker has been charged with seeking a bribe from a labor union in exchange for favorable votes on a wage issue after investigators obtained text messages that said campaign cash would be needed to overcome ...

Abortion petition drive papers filed

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Anti-abortion group Right to Life of Michigan has filed paperwork to begin a petition drive to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure. The organization made the expected announcement Wednesday, a day after the Republican-led Legislature passed bills to ...

Whitmer bans anchor drops in Straits

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is requiring large vessel operators to verify they're not dragging their anchors on the bottomlands when passing through the Straits of Mackinac. Whitmer instructed the state Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday to file an ...

Michigan lawmakers OK ban on abortion procedure; veto vowed

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature voted Tuesday to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure, pushing ahead with legislation Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she would veto. The bills would prohibit physicians from performing abortion by dilation and ...

Man charged in killings

MASON, Mich. (AP) — A man has been charged in the killings of two women who were found fatally beaten after he showed cellphone photos of their bodies to sheriff’s deputies during a traffic stop in central Michigan. Kiernan Brown, of Delta Township, was arraigned Tuesday on two counts each ...

Flint mayor wins trial

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A jury has rejected claims by a former Flint official who said she was fired for exposing suspicious activity by the mayor during the city’s water crisis. The verdict on Tuesday was a victory for Mayor Karen Weaver who denied wrongdoing in the dismissal of city ...

Whitmer: Legislature must ‘get off the dime’ on road fixes

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING,— With her proposed 45-cents-a-gallon fuel tax hike stalled, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Tuesday that fixing the roads is still the “No. 1 issue” despite the Republican-led Legislature prioritizing an overhaul of Michigan’s car insurance ...

State gas prices fall 11 cents

DEARBORN (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are down about 11 cents from a week ago to about $2.80 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club said Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded is about 13 cents less than a year ago. AAA described the drop as a ...

Lawsuit over dead dogs settled

DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit has agreed to pay about $60,000 to settle a lawsuit with the owners of three dogs that were killed during a police raid. Attorney Christopher Olson says the deal was disclosed in federal court last week but still needs approval from the city ...

Holocaust survivor, former soldier have emotional meeting on Monday

By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press COMMERCE TOWNSHIP — A Holocaust survivor welcomed a U.S. Army veteran to her suburban Detroit home on Monday and thanked him for taking part in the 1945 liberation of the German concentration camp where she was being held. Sophie Tajch Klisman greeted ...

US agency scraps proposal to prevent unintended acceleration

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government is withdrawing a proposal to require all passenger vehicles to have safety systems to prevent unintended acceleration. The government said Monday the rule isn’t needed because the auto industry has installed systems voluntarily. The industry opposed the ...

Groups bringing national reparations debate to Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — Two national organizations pushing for federal legislation on reparations for descendants of African American slaves are bringing their agendas and messages to Detroit. The Detroit-based Reparations Labor Union has scheduled a summit in June, which later the same week will be ...

Michigan’s marijuana industry now has a regulatory referee

By AMY BIOLCHINI MLive.com AP Member Exchange GRAND RAPIDS— The man in charge of refereeing Michigan’s marijuana market isn’t one to reveal his personal opinions about the newly legalized drug. Andrew Brisbo is now officially the executive director of the renamed Marijuana ...

Presbyterian church in Albion founded in 1837 closes down

By KALEA HALL AND NICK BUCKLEY Battle Creek Enquirer AP Member Exchange BATTLE CREEK — The First Presbyterian Church of Albion has closed its doors after 182 years of ministry. More than 90 people gathered for the church’s final service, led by the Rev. Charlotte Ellison. Among the ...

Female police officers recruited

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Grand Rapids Police Department is recruiting female officers. The May 18 information session is a first by the Grand Rapids department, which has 44 female officers. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is aimed at women who have an interest in law ...

Records: 9-year-old boy charged in mother’s shooting death

FAWN RIVER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 9-year-old boy has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of his mother in their southern Michigan home, according to court documents. The woman was found early Monday morning in Fawn River Township, St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough told ...

Ex-mayoral spokesman Berg dies

DETROIT (AP) — Former Detroit mayoral spokesman and communications strategist Bob Berg has died following a battle with cancer. He was 76. Van Dyke Horn public relations firm Chief Executive Peter Van Dyke says Berg died Wednesday at his Detroit home. Berg served as press secretary from ...

Michigan House approves bill to cut auto insurance premiums

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — The Republican-led Michigan House early today approved a plan to reduce the state’s high auto insurance premiums, moving to no longer require that drivers buy unlimited medical benefits through their car insurer to cover crash injuries. The move ...