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Michigan News

Texas salon owner travels to Michigan to back defiant barber

YPSILANTI (AP) — Eastern Michigan University is planning to hold in-person classes for the fall semester at the school’s Ypsilanti campus. School officials announced that the campus’ reopening and the return of in-person learning for students will follow a “rigorous and systematic ...

Automakers help restart US industry as globe reopens further

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — More than 130,000 autoworkers returned to factories across the U.S. for the first time in nearly two months Monday in one of the biggest steps yet to restart American industry, while an experimental vaccine against the coronavirus yielded encouraging results in a small ...

DTE reaches air pollution deal

DETROIT (AP) — DTE Energy will reduce air pollution from five coal-fired power plants in southeast Michigan under a proposed settlement of a 10-year-old lawsuit filed by the federal government, officials said Thursday. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the agreement also requires ...

Michigan settles suit after landmark right to read ruling

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will ask the Michigan Legislature to provide at least $94.4 million to Detroit’s public schools to settle a lawsuit that describes the city’s schools as “slum-like” and incapable of delivering access to literacy. The settlement ...

Ramadan Lights to pick Detroit area’s best-decorated homes

DEARBORN (AP) — Detroit-area Muslims who’ve had to socially distance themselves from the more communal aspects of Ramadan because of the coronavirus pandemic are instead celebrating the holy month in lights. During last year’s iteration of Ramadan, in which worshippers fast daily from ...

Ionia Co. tables ICE center

IONIA (AP) — The Ionia County Board of Commissioners is withholding its support for a proposed immigration detention center planned to hold 600 men accused of violating immigration laws until it receives more information from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. With the majority of the ...

State settles ‘right to read’ suit

LANSING (AP) — The state of Michigan early today announced a settlement in a lawsuit filed by Detroit schoolchildren, after a federal appeals court issued a groundbreaking decision recognizing a constitutional right to education and literacy. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the plaintiffs ...

State senate OKs virus relief bill; nursing home order questioned

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s Legislature on Wednesday began authorizing the state to spend half a billion dollars of federal coronavirus relief funding, while majority Republicans voiced concern about the safety of nursing homes for residents who don’t have COVID-19. The state, meanwhile, ...

Virus restrictions fuel anti-government ‘boogaloo’ movement

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — They carry high-powered rifles and wear tactical gear, but their Hawaiian shirts and leis are what stand out in the crowds that have formed at state capital buildings to protest COVID-19 lockdown orders. The signature look for the “boogaloo” anti-government ...

Teacher charged in student’s death

DETROIT (AP) — A swimming teacher has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of a Detroit teenager who was at the bottom of a school pool, authorities said Tuesday. Kareem Sigler was away from the pool and in another room when De’Sean Blanding, 15, was in distress during a ...

Former state legislator Hood dies from virus complications

WEST BLOOMFIELD (AP) — Morris Hood III, a former Democratic state legislator from Detroit, has died of COVID-19. He was 54. Hood’s family confirmed he died on Monday, Wayne County Executive Warren Evan’s office said Tuesday. “He was the very definition of a public servant, one who ...

Michigan woman at center of transgender rights case dies

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area woman who was fired by a funeral home after she no longer wanted to be recognized as a man died Tuesday before the U.S. Supreme Court could rule on whether federal civil rights law protects transgender people. Aimee Stephens’ death was announced by the ...

Detroit-area residents lift spirits with costumed parades

FERNDALE, Mich. (AP) — Sarah Ignash spends her days looking after dogs in normal times. With her business temporarily shuttered because of the coronavirus, though, she’s taken to walks on the wild side through her Detroit suburb with dancing bears, bipedal zebras and the like. Ignash, ...

Senator warns of potential 25% cut in Michigan school funds

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled a more than $3 trillion coronavirus aid package, a sweeping effort with $1 trillion for states and cities, “hazard pay” for essential workers and a new round of cash payments to individuals. The House is expected to vote on the ...

Woman at center of suit in hospice

GARDEN CITY (AP) — A Detroit-area woman at the center of a U.S. Supreme Court case about transgender rights is in hospice care while awaiting a decision. Aimee Stephens has kidney disease and was in a wheelchair when the court heard arguments in October, The Detroit News reported ...

Whitmer: Goal is to test 450,000 residents for virus in May

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Monday she wants 450,000 Michiganders to be tested for the coronavirus this month, an average of nearly 15,000 a day, a critical goal because she said social-distancing cannot go on indefinitely until a vaccine is developed. Testing is on the ...

Commission delays decision on gun ban at Michigan Capitol

LANSING (AP) — A commission that oversees Michigan’s Capitol delayed a decision Monday on banning guns from the building before a planned protest against the govern or’s coronavirus restrictions, in a meeting that later ended abruptly due to racist and threatening messages posted ...

Community celebrates a WWII vet’s 100th birthday

By JEFF SEIDEL Detroit Free Press AP Member Exchange DETROIT — Jim Curry came out of the house and moved quickly down the driveway, pushing a walker. He flashed a tender smile one day before his 100th birthday. “Happy birthday!” Curry was told from about 15 feet away, trying to ...

Port Huron looks to expand, meet demand in ‘sprouts’ program

By JACKIE SMITH The Times Herald AP Member Exchang e PORT HURON — It’s planting season, but for the hundreds taking the city of Port Huron up on its free sprouts program to grow veggies at home, it may be their first time figuring out how to navigate it. Luke Marion, whose ...