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Michigan News

Hard-to-count Arab Americans urged to prioritize census

By JEFF KAROUB and MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press DEARBORN — At a Michigan gas station, the message is obvious — at least to Arabic speakers: Be counted in the 2020 census. “Provide your community with more/additional opportunities,” the ad on the pump handle reads in Arabic. In ...

Farmers markets scaling down with eye on safety due to virus

DETROIT (AP) — Johnny Gyergyou has been selling his farm’s meat, poultry and eggs at a Detroit farmers market for more than a decade, but like many of his regular shoppers, he’s been staying home in recent weeks to wait out the coronavirus crisis. Gyergyou, 72, said the crowds at Eastern ...

Whitmer says ‘racism’ fueled protests over virus response

LANSING (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Sunday said gun-toting protesters who demonstrated inside the state Capitol in opposition to some of her moves to battle the coronavirus “depicted some of the worst racism” and “awful parts” of U.S. history. Whitmer made the assertion ...

‘Everyone’s watching’: Biden’s VP audition process begins

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wore a T-shirt on television emblazoned with the words “that woman from Michigan,” a cheeky reference to President Donald Trump’s dismissal of her. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar joined her onetime nemesis, Pete Buttigieg, for a friendly virtual ...

Nessel to investigate contract

LANSING (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Thursday her office will investigate how the state awarded a since-canceled contract to a Democratic political firm to help contact and warn people who were potentially exposed to the coronavirus, after Republicans raised ...

GOP lawmakers reject Michigan’s virus order; Whitmer unfazed

LANSING (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Legislature refused Thursday to extend the state’s coronavirus emergency declaration and voted to authorize a lawsuit challenging Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s authority and actions to combat the pandemic. The governor, unfazed, responded ...

Tesla ekes out 1Q profit, Musk rails against virus measures

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla reported that it eked out a first-quarter net profit Wednesday and its CEO went on a rant about the legality of government stay-home orders issued to prevent the coronavirus from spreading. The electric car and solar panel company said it made $16 million from January ...

Spoiler? Amash’s 3rd-party presidential bid raises concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just as a jam-packed presidential field finally was whittled down to two, the first major third-party candidate is emerging to potentially muddle the contest between President Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Michigan Rep. Justin Amash faces almost ...

Gov. Whitmer wants free college for front-line virus workers

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday proposed free college for health care workers and others involved in the coronavirus fight, likening their service during the pandemic to soldiers who got a free education after returning home from World War II. The program would require ...

Judge allows Nestle more water

EVART, Mich. (AP) — A bottled water company has won a key decision in its effort to pump more water from a well in western Michigan. An administrative law judge last week upheld a state permit, which allows Nestle Waters North America to pump 400 gallons a minute from a well near Evart in ...

Whitmer: Car insurance savings will be higher than required

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and a top state regulator said Tuesday that drivers will save more on car insurance than is required under a bipartisan overhaul of Michigan’s auto insurance law. Proposed rates filed by insurers, which will start taking effect in July, will be cut more ...

Senate wants elective medical procedures; greenhouses reopen

By DAVID EGGERT and MIKE HOUSEHOLDER LANSING — Republicans who control the Michigan Senate urged Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday to lift her five-week-old ban on nonessential medical and dental procedures, saying the decision to resume should be left to hospitals and health providers. The ...

‘RIP Big Fella’: Bear killed by truck

WALKER, Mich. (AP) — A black bear nicknamed Yogi was struck and killed Tuesday on a highway ramp in the Grand Rapids area, police said. The bear, an adult male weighing roughly 250 pounds, had been spotted for a few years in Walker. He was hit by a large truck on a ramp leading to westbound ...

US auto factories likely to stay closed another 2 weeks

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler is backing off a planned May 4 restart at its North American factories because some U.S. states still will have stay-home orders in place. The move likely means that factories of all three Detroit automakers will be idled for at least ...

Whitmer: Construction to resume next; longer emergency eyed

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday she will allow commercial and residential construction to restart in Michigan within a week or two and is taking a “hard look” at whether to let industrial sectors like manufacturing reopen in the next phase of ...

Michigan wins liquor appeal

LANSING (AP) — Retailers outside Michigan can’t send alcohol directly to the state’s consumers, a federal appeals court said. The court overturned a decision by a federal judge in Detroit who had described Michigan’s restrictions as an “unjustifiable protectionist regime.” The ...

Republicans vow to cut Gov. Whitmer’s emergency powers

LANSING (AP) — Republicans who control the Michigan Legislature said they will meet today to pass bills to rein in the emergency powers of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and create a committee to oversee the state’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, a dramatic strike against the Democrat amid ...

UAW union backs Democrat Biden for president

DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers union is endorsing Democrat Joe Biden for President. The roughly 400,000-member union says in a statement Tuesday that the nation needs stable leadership with less acrimony “and more balance to the rights and protections of working Americans.” The ...

Whitmer to extend stay-home order; state furloughs 6% of its workers

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made clear Wednesday that she will extend her stay-at-home order beyond April 30 and that some form of it will be in effect for a “long time” in Michigan, hinting that people age 65 and older and those with chronic lung problems may face ...