Michigan News

Lawsuit filed to block new Michigan ballot requirements

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Voting-rights advocates and a campaign-finance ballot drive group sued Michigan’s top election official on Thursday, challenging Republican-enacted requirements that make it harder to qualify proposals for the statewide ballot. The lawsuit came ...

Searchers find small plane in Lake Michigan; 2 men missing

FRANKFORT, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have found the wreckage of a small plane that went missing over Lake Michigan with two men aboard. The Michigan State Police and Benzie County Sheriff’s Office say searchers found the plane Wednesday about 5 miles from the coastal city of Frankfort, in ...

Cambensy mining bill clears Senate Committee

LANSING — The Senate Committee on Natural Resources voted unanimously Wednesday to report House Bill 4227 to the full Senate with recommendation that it pass. Introduced by state Rep. Sara Cambensy, D-Marquette, in February, the bill would create the Committee on Michigan’s Mining Future, ...

GOP frowns on, but does not punish, Amash’s impeachment call

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top House Republican Kevin McCarthy pushed back Tuesday against Rep. Justin Amash and his call for President Donald Trump’s impeachment, saying the Michigan Republican is out of step with others in the party and with Americans. But the most conservative group of House ...

Seeing twisting road ahead, Ford cuts 7K white-collar jobs

DETROIT (AP) — Ford revealed details of its long-awaited restructuring plan Monday as it prepared for a future of electric and autonomous vehicles by parting ways with 7,000 white-collar workers worldwide, about 10% of its global salaried workforce. The major revamp, which had been under way ...

Billionaire starts ballot drive to cut Michigan car premiums

LANSING (AP) — Billionaire businessman Dan Gilbert is starting a ballot drive as a “failsafe” in case Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature and Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer do not enact legislation to cut the country’s highest auto insurance premiums. The move, confirmed Monday ...

Woman fatally shot

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — Western Michigan police say a woman was fatally shot hours after she and her husband were involved in a domestic dispute. Muskegon Heights Police Chief Joseph Thomas tells MLive.com that officers are searching for the woman’s husband, and that he’s ...

9-year-old boy shot

SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Police say a 9-year-old boy was accidentally shot at an apartment complex in Superior Township. Washtenaw County Sheriff’s spokesman Derrick Jackson tells MLive.com the boy was struck in the neck Saturday morning with a small-caliber bullet. Jackson says the ...

Detroit dispensary opens first licensed pot delivery service

By BREANA NOBLE The Detroit News AP Member Exchange DETROIT — One Detroit dispensary has made buying pot almost as easy as ordering a pizza. “This is amazing,” said 34-year-old Rashon Massey after Utopia Gardens LLC manager Donnell Cravens rolled up to his Detroit residence with $70 ...

Schiff: Amash criticism not enough to push Trump impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key Democrat said Sunday that Republican Rep. Justin Amash’s sharp criticism of what he called President Donald Trump’s “impeachable conduct” in the Russia investigation isn’t enough to count as bipartisan support to launch impeachment proceedings. But House ...

Whitmer open to drivers forgoing unlimited benefit

EAST LANSING (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday that she was open to letting drivers forgo mandatory, unlimited medical benefits covered by their auto insurance premiums, but only if they were still required to buy some level of coverage. The Democrat’s position, which she ...

Clerk seeks safety glass

ALPENA, Mich. (AP) — The clerk in a small county in the northern Lower Peninsula is urging officials to install bulletproof glass at the courthouse, saying her employees are “sitting ducks.” Bonnie Friedrichs made a pitch this week to Alpena County commissioners. She says her staff is ...

Michigan lawmaker charged with seeking bribe from union

By ED WHITE and DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — A Michigan lawmaker has been charged with seeking a bribe from a labor union in exchange for favorable votes on a wage issue after investigators obtained text messages that said campaign cash would be needed to overcome ...

Abortion petition drive papers filed

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Anti-abortion group Right to Life of Michigan has filed paperwork to begin a petition drive to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure. The organization made the expected announcement Wednesday, a day after the Republican-led Legislature passed bills to ...

Whitmer bans anchor drops in Straits

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is requiring large vessel operators to verify they're not dragging their anchors on the bottomlands when passing through the Straits of Mackinac. Whitmer instructed the state Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday to file an ...

Michigan lawmakers OK ban on abortion procedure; veto vowed

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature voted Tuesday to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure, pushing ahead with legislation Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she would veto. The bills would prohibit physicians from performing abortion by dilation and ...

Man charged in killings

MASON, Mich. (AP) — A man has been charged in the killings of two women who were found fatally beaten after he showed cellphone photos of their bodies to sheriff’s deputies during a traffic stop in central Michigan. Kiernan Brown, of Delta Township, was arraigned Tuesday on two counts each ...

Flint mayor wins trial

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A jury has rejected claims by a former Flint official who said she was fired for exposing suspicious activity by the mayor during the city’s water crisis. The verdict on Tuesday was a victory for Mayor Karen Weaver who denied wrongdoing in the dismissal of city ...

Whitmer: Legislature must ‘get off the dime’ on road fixes

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING,— With her proposed 45-cents-a-gallon fuel tax hike stalled, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Tuesday that fixing the roads is still the “No. 1 issue” despite the Republican-led Legislature prioritizing an overhaul of Michigan’s car insurance ...

State gas prices fall 11 cents

DEARBORN (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are down about 11 cents from a week ago to about $2.80 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club said Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded is about 13 cents less than a year ago. AAA described the drop as a ...