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Michigan News

Energy company leaves debris in Michigan, delays report

PETOSKEY (AP) — A Canadian-based energy transportation company's preparation of a proposed tunnel that would house a petroleum pipeline caused a borehole to collapse in Michigan, which left debris in the waterway. Enbridge Energy had been collecting rock and soil samples, which it finished ...

Man arraigned in fatal shooting of Detroit police officer

DETROIT (AP) — A convicted felon was arraigned in the fatal shooting of a Detroit police officer and the wounding of another as they searched for him following a home invasion on the city’s west side, according to the Wayne County prosecutor’s office. JuJuan Parks, 28, was in 36th ...

Trump to rally in Michigan

BATTLE CREEK (AP) — President Donald Trump will campaign for reelection in Michigan a week before Christmas. His campaign announced Thursday that he will host a “Merry Christmas” rally on Dec. 18 in Battle Creek. The evening event will be held at the Kellogg Arena. Trump narrowly won ...

Whitmer sends Shirkey a cake

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is displaying her sense of humor after a Republican legislative leader used the word “bat” and an expletive to call her “crazy.” The Democrat sent Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey a cake for his birthday Thursday. It said “Happy 65th BAT ...

Upping age for tobacco shot down

FLINT (AP) — The Michigan appeals court has struck down a Genesee County ban on tobacco sales and related products to people under 21. The county can’t adopt a regulation that is stricter than state law, which allows tobacco sales to anyone who is at least 18, the appeals court said ...

Legislature OKs undoing budget vetoes; both sides optimistic

LANSING (AP) — The Republican-led Legislature passed bills Wednesday that would restore more than half of the proposed spending vetoed by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer two months ago, a signal that a budget impasse that began over how to fix Michigan’s badly dilapidated roads and turned ...

GOP leaders reject Whitmer request to delay Medicaid rules

LANSING (AP) — Republican legislative leaders on Tuesday quickly rejected Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s request to delay work-related requirements for adults who receive health insurance through Michigan’s Medicaid expansion program. Whitmer said Monday that the GOP-controlled ...

Former judge pleads guilty

BRIGHTON (AP) — A southeastern Michigan judge who was removed from office for ethics violations has pleaded guilty to perjury during her divorce case. The attorney general’s office says two charges were dropped as part of a deal Tuesday with Theresa Brennan. She was a judge in Livingston ...

Whitmer: No progress on budget; Shirkey’s comments no help

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — No progress was made toward resolving a monthslong budget impasse over the Legislature’s multi-week break, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday, adding that a top Republican lawmaker’s criticism of her could impede efforts to find common ...

Transit system honors Rosa Parks

DETROIT (AP) — A public transit system in Michigan is marking Rosa Park’s refusal to give up her seat on a bus to a white man more than 60 years ago by keeping one seat open on every bus in its fleet. Mlive reports that the Milwaukee County Transit System’s tribute to the civil rights ...

Crowds line up for pot sales

ANN ARBOR (AP) — Crowds are lining up for the first day of legal recreational marijuana sales in Michigan. A handful of shops, mostly in Ann Arbor, are approved to start selling Sunday. The Detroit News reports customers traveled from nearby states including Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania. ...

Impeachment may complicate 2020 for lonely Michigan moderate

KALAMAZOO (AP) — For more than 30 years and under five presidents, Republican Rep. Fred Upton easily won reelection to his southwest Michigan House seat by promoting “common-sense values” and bipartisan accomplishments. Republicans and even many Democrats have appreciated his moderate ...

Michigan, Illinois set to usher in recreational pot sales

ANN ARBOR (AP) — James Daly is eager to make marijuana history on Sunday, when he plans to open the doors to Arbors Wellness, beckon the lengthy line outside and legally start selling recreational pot for the first time in the Midwest. “We’ve worked very hard to be prepared,” said ...

3 plead guilty in kickback scheme

DETROIT (AP) — Authorities say a Michigan doctor and two associates have pleaded guilty to crimes related to an $8 million scheme that targeted members of the United Auto Workers and their health care plans. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit announced Wednesday that Fenton Dr. April ...

UAW official steps down

DETROIT (AP) — A United Auto Workers union official charged in a widening federal bribery and embezzlement scandal has resigned. The union said Sunday that Vance Pearson also will retire and resign from his membership in the union. He had been on paid administrative leave. Pearson was the ...

Flint leaders mull school closures amid $5.7M budget deficit

FLINT (AP) — Officials with Flint Community Schools are considering whether to close four of the district's 12 school buildings amid a $5.7 million budget deficit driven in part by skyrocketing special education costs not covered by the state. At a special school board meeting in Flint on ...

Gilchrist 1st black LG to sign law

LANSING (AP) — Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist had made state history by becoming the first black lieutenant governor to sign a bill into law. Gilchrist, who is Michigan’s first African American lieutenant governor, enacted legislation Thursday to end a lifetime ban on felons becoming ...

Michigan GOP leader uses expletive to call governor ‘crazy’

LANSING (AP) — A Republican legislative leader in Michigan apologized Thursday for using an expletive to describe Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as crazy, saying it was “disrespectful and unnecessary.” The Collegian at Hillsdale College quoted Senate Majority Mike Shirkey’s comments ...

Chief: Suspect in officer’s slaying ‘very target specific’

DETROIT (AP) — A gunman who fatally shot one Detroit officer and wounded another was trying "to bait" them as they searched a home for him, police Chief James Craig said Thursday. The 28-year-old man waited at the bottom of basement stairs, fired two shots from an assault-type rifle and ran ...

Ex-lawmakers sue to block Michigan’s legislative term limits

LANSING (AP) — Eight former Michigan lawmakers filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging they have been unconstitutionally blocked from running again by “draconian” term-limit restrictions that also prevent voters from backing candidates of their choice. The suit, filed in Grand Rapids federal ...