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Michigan deal funds virus outbreak, tuition aid, tourism ads

LANSING (AP) — Michigan lawmakers and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday agreed to $321 million in spending that will be used to combat the coronavirus, provide financial assistance for certain adults to go to community college and partially revive the state's tourism campaign. The ...

2 coronavirus infections reported in Michigan, governor says

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press WINDSOR TOWNSHIP — Two people in the Detroit area have tested positive for the coronavirus infection, Michigan officials announced late Tuesday. A woman in Oakland County had traveled outside the country, while a man from Wayne County had traveled within ...

Shipwreck pushed toward shore

ROGERS CITY, Mich. (AP) — Wreckage from a freighter that sank in Lake Huron around 115 years ago has moved toward Michigan's shoreline due to high water levels and waves, weakening the ruins further, officials said. Joseph S. Fay was a ship that sank on October 19, 1905, The Alpena News ...

Detroit set to restore water service amid coronavirus fears

DETROIT (AP) — Thousands of Detroit residents who have had their water service shut off due to nonpayment of bills can have it restored under a plan that aims to allow them to wash their hands at home as a way to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. The Coronavirus Water Restart Plan ...

Michigan primary could make or break Sanders’ campaign

DETROIT (AP) — Bernie Sanders proved his 2016 presidential bid was serious with an upset victory in Michigan powered by his opposition to free trade and appeal among working-class voters. Four years later, the same state could either revive the Vermont senator’s campaign or relegate him to ...

Man wins appeal over conviction

SOUTHGATE, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan appeals court has overturned the arson conviction of a man who insists he had no financial incentive to destroy his profitable pawn shop in suburban Detroit. Judge Paul Cusick wouldn't allow defense witnesses to testify about Joshua Burger's insurance ...

Despite virus risk, 2020 hopefuls keep up campaigns for now

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — As the coronavirus hits more states, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said Sunday his campaign is gauging when it may become necessary to cancel the large campaign rallies that public health experts say could be breeding grounds to spread the ...

Dems look to Michigan primary as testing ground for November

DETROIT (AP) — Ask Arlene Williams about President Donald Trump’s promises to bring back auto industry jobs that have evaporated across Michigan and she’ll point with irony to the Chevy Blazer. General Motors is now remaking the iconic American SUV after a lengthy hiatus — but building ...

Michigan: Presidential primary count to be later than normal

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING—Michigan’s top election official said Thursday to expect later-than-typical results from next week’s presidential primary because of a surge of absentee ballots and other factors. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said Tuesday’s election is ...

Enbridge hires company to design, build Great Lakes tunnel

TRAVERSE CITY — Enbridge Inc. said today it has hired companies to design and build a disputed oil pipeline tunnel beneath the channel linking lakes Huron and Michigan, despite pending legal challenges. The Canadian company is forging ahead with plans to begin construction work next year on ...

House road plan has no tax hike; Senate wants to curb debt

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Republicans who control the Michigan House proposed a new transportation-funding plan Wednesday that would not raise fuel taxes but would direct an additional $800 million toward local roads. The core facet of the proposal is similar to one that ...

Michelle Obama to host rally

DETROIT (AP) — Former first lady Michelle Obama plans to host a rally in Detroit later this month for a nonpartisan, nonprofit voter advocacy organization she co-chairs. When We All Vote announced Wednesday that Obama is scheduled to headline the free, ticketed event March 27 at University ...

Judge invalidates Michigan Medicaid work requirements

LANSING (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday invalidated work requirements for hundreds of thousands of Medicaid recipients in Michigan, one of two states where rules had been in effect after court challenges elsewhere. The short order from U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington, ...

Detroit lawyer tapped to take over Aretha Franklin estate

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit lawyer who said he knew Aretha Franklin and “idolized her” was appointed as interim manager of her estate Tuesday, a step that could ease tensions among the late singer’s sons. A judge accepted the resignation of Franklin’s niece, Sabrina Owens, who ...

Tunnel closures planned

DETROIT (AP) — An underwater commuter tunnel connecting downtown Detroit with Windsor, Ontario, Canada, is expected to close overnight on seven occasions through the end of April due to a renovation project. The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel will shut down between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. on Thursday, ...

Absentee voters can vote again if favorite candidate is out

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — It’s not too late: Voters who used an absentee ballot for Michigan’s March 10 presidential primary election can change their preference and start over. At least 10 Democratic candidates and two Republicans have dropped out since Michigan ballots ...

‘Good liquor’ and other joys: ex-UAW official pleads guilty

DETROIT (AP) — A former senior official at the United Auto Workers pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring with other labor leaders to steal more than $1 million in dues while enjoying golf, lavish lodging, meals and booze. “Our office will never tolerate the abuse of union funds for the ...

Fisherman plunges through ice

TAWAS CITY, Mich. (AP) — A fisherman fell through ice and likely drowned in Tawas Bay in the northern Lower Peninsula, police said. Walker Whitford drove his all-terrain vehicle on the bay, fell through ice and didn’t survive Saturday. State police say the ice was only an inch thick in ...

Pope Francis designates Detroit church as a basilica

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit church has been declared a basilica by Pope Francis, a rare honor for a Roman Catholic parish in the U.S., officials announced Sunday. Ste. Anne Church is one of only 86 churches in the United States, including three in Michigan, to carry the title of Minor Basilica, ...