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Michigan News

Whitmer: K-12 schools can reopen; rules coming June 30

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday that K-12 schools can reopen for in-person instruction as long as Michigan’s successful containment of the coronavirus doesn’t lapse, subject to safety rules she will announce June 30. Schools closed in ...

Michigan attorney general proposes changes to policing

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s top law enforcement official unveiled several changes she hopes to make to policing in the state, including a public registry of verified police misconduct claims meant to increase transparency and prevent problem officers from getting rehired in law enforcement ...

Michigan group is short signatures to ban abortion method

LANSING (AP) — A ballot group failed to collect enough petition signatures to put veto-proof legislation before the Republican-led Michigan Legislature that would prohibit a common second-trimester abortion procedure, the state elections bureau said. Monday’s report was a blow to the ...

Mother’s ashes found after flood

SANFORD, Mich. (AP) — With a friend’s help, a woman has discovered her mother’s ashes in the flood-ravaged remains of her Midland County home. Kathy Parsch said she had made eight trips to the home in Sanford, which was destroyed by a flood nearly a month ago, but couldn’t find the ...

Michigan recyclables can be returned, salons reopen after 3-month hiatus

MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Recyclable items can once again be returned for cash in Michigan after an almost three-month suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic, which is great news for those who didn’t stop collecting bottles, cans and plastics in the meantime. Joe Potchea of ...

Columbus statue removed

DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit has removed a bust of explorer Christopher Columbus from a prominent downtown spot after 110 years. The bust has been placed in storage until its future can be determined, Mayor Mike Duggan told reporters Monday. The move comes as cities the world over ...

Pandemic leads to losses

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau says the Detroit area has lost out on more than $200 million through cancellations of convention and other business gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic. The actual amount of money lost amid virus-related lockdowns and ...

Principal motivates W.K. Kellogg graduate for his future

By ELENA DURNBAUGH Battle Creek Enquirer AP Member Exchange BATTLE CREEK — W.K. Kellogg graduate Tyberius Settles hasn’t always been a model student, and he owns that. “I was falling off. I was skipping class, I didn’t do no work, and I was just falling. I wasn’t even ...

1000s lose power after big storms

DETROIT (AP) — About 168,700 homes and businesses were without electricity Thursday in Michigan after thunderstorms barreled through the state, downing hundreds of trees and power lines. DTE Energy said about 49,700 of its customers in southeast Michigan were without service as of 8 p.m. ...

Budget chairs: Lift July deadline; Senate wants federal help

LANSING (AP) — Key Republican lawmakers on Thursday backed legislation that would waive a requirement that the Legislature pass the next state budget in less than three weeks, citing uncertainty over a major shortfall caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Senate Appropriations Committee ...

Cristobal remnants head to Canada after battering Midwest

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — Severe thunderstorms accompanied by winds approaching 70 mph battered lower Michigan late Wednesday as the remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal moved out of the Midwest and into Canada. Cristobal ended a trek from the Gulf of Mexico up through the midsection of the U.S. ...

Judge gives time to LGBT rights drive, won’t cut signatures

LANSING (AP) — A Michigan judge on Wednesday gave an LGBT rights ballot drive more time to collect signatures due to coronavirus stay-at-home restrictions but refused the group's request to slash the number of signatures needed to make the ballot. The ruling from Court of Claims Judge ...

‘Special delivery’ for grads offered

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan mail carrier is delivering personal congratulations to high school graduates. Joshua Davis knows what it’s like to have a teenager whose senior year suddenly was turned upside down by the coronavirus. His message: Go get ‘em, graduates! Davis wrote ...

TC schools end preschool program

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Public school trustees in one northern Michigan district have voted to end a free, state-funded preschool program. Traverse City Area Public Schools trustees voted 6-1 Monday to eliminate the Great Start Readiness Program, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported. ...

Mackinac Policy Conference off

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Regional Chamber said Tuesday it canceled its annual policy conference on Mackinac Island due to the coronavirus pandemic. The annual meeting of business, political and other leaders had been moved from late May to August. But the chamber said it will not convene ...

Michigan Supreme Court revisiting 2013 porch shooting case

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — The Michigan Supreme Court is taking another look at the case of a suburban Detroit man who was sentenced to at least 17 years in prison for killing an unarmed woman on his porch in 2013. The issue is whether Ted Wafer’s constitutional rights ...

Michigan sues dam owner, seeks compensation for destruction

DETROIT (AP) — The state of Michigan filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the owner of two dams, seeking fines for the destruction of natural resources as well as “gross mismanagement” that preceded a devastating flood in Midland County. Blame for the May 19 flood, which destroyed at least ...

No smoking, 15% capacity when Detroit casinos open

LANSING (AP) — Detroit casinos will have to ban smoking on their gambling floors and limit capacity to 15% initially when they are allowed to open by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, regulators said Monday, as the state continued reporting just small increases in coronavirus deaths and cases. A judge, ...

Black activists push for criminal justice system overhaul in US

DETROIT (AP) — Black activists believe the police killing of George Floyd and the nationwide civil unrest that followed could be the catalyst for overhauling the criminal justice system. Following Saturday’s massive demonstrations against racism and police brutality, some are pushing for ...

Grants aid culture organizations

DETROIT (AP) — Nonprofit arts and culture organizations in southeastern Michigan will share $500,000 in funding to help relieve financial pressures caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Fifty grants of $10,000 each have been awarded from the COVID-19 Arts and Creative Community Assistance ...