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Michigan News

SOS offices to open for some tasks

LANSING (AP) — Michigan Secretary of State branch offices will reopen Monday by appointment only for essential transactions not available online, it was announced Thursday. Beginning next week, all 131 branch offices in Michigan will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., for ...

Whitmer: Congress can prevent deep cuts; K-12 is priority

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday that protecting K-12 funding is her priority as Michigan seeks a federal bailout to avoid steep spending cuts during the pandemic, and her budget director signaled the next state budget won’t be complete by a July 1 deadline. The state is ...

Republican senators: Governor lied about husband’s boat call

LANSING (AP) — A Republican legislative leader said Wednesday that Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer “lied” and engaged in a “cover-up” by requesting the removal of a social media post about her husband’s attempt to get his boat in the water during the coronavirus pandemic, only to ...

Governor orders probe of failed dams that caused flooding

WEST BLOOMFIELD (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday demanded an investigation to determine what caused two dams in central Michigan to fail, leading to devastating floods in several communities and forcing about 11,000 people to evacuate their homes. Whitmer ordered the Michigan ...

Former official facing charges

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit official who had broad authority over sewer lines, water and infrastructure was charged Wednesday with extorting money from developers and contractors and cutting off work with those who didn't comply. Anthony Marrocco used the cash for travel, ...

2 arraigned in shooting of officer

MONROE, Mich. (AP) — Two young men appeared in court by video Tuesday to face charges in a shooting that injured a Monroe police officer. Kordney McDonald, 21, was charged with attempted murder, armed robbery and other crimes. Kobe Falls, 21, was charged with armed robbery and other ...

Law school urges Whitmer to release prisoner with COVID-19

DETROIT (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is being asked to release a prisoner who has been fighting his murder conviction for years and now is stricken with COVID-19. Temujin Kensu, also known as Fred Freeman, has been in prison for 33 years on a life sentence. The University of Michigan law ...

Ex-mayor Kilpatrick won’t be leaving prison early

DETROIT (AP) — Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who has served seven years of a 28-year sentence for corruption, has been turned down for home confinement during the coronavirus pandemic and won’t be leaving prison early, the government said Tuesday. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons said ...

Whitmer: People can get virus test without doctor’s note

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday said people who leave their home for work or those who have coronavirus symptoms can be tested without a doctor’s note, expediting testing that is seen as critical to slowing the spread of the virus. Several tribal casinos, meanwhile, ...

Fallen Marine’s mom: We will rebuild memorial lost to flood

SANFORD, Mich. (AP) — The mother of a Marine who was killed in Iraq is pledging to rebuild a war memorial that was destroyed by a dam failure in central Michigan. “I sat there and cried,” Kim Burgess said after visiting the scene in Sanford last week. “I just felt like I had let our ...

Man charged in beating

DETROIT (AP) — A 20-year-old Detroit nursing home patient was charged Sunday with beating his 75-year-old roommate in an assault that authorities say the younger man recorded on his cellphone and posted on social media. Jaden T. Hayden of Ypsilanti was charged with two counts of assault, ...

National Guard saves books

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan National Guard rescued 80,000 items from the basement of a Midland library that was flooded when rain swept through the area and dams failed. “There’s no way we could have done it without them,” said Terrie Ahlers, supervisor of adult services at ...

Whitmer OKs nonessential health procedures, small gatherings

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday further relaxed stay-at-home restrictions, saying a ban on nonessential health procedures would be lifted next week and that groups of up to 10 people can gather immediately ahead of the Memorial Day ...

Flood raises fears of pollution at Michigan toxic waste site

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY — It took seven years to settle on a plan for cleansing two rivers and floodplains polluted with dioxins from a Dow Chemical Co. plant in central Michigan. The work itself has lasted nearly twice as long, with plenty still to do. Now, ...

Pandemic politics: Maskless Trump tours Michigan Ford plant

By Associated Press Staff YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Pandemic politics shadowed President Donald Trump’s trip to Michigan on Thursday as he highlighted lifesaving medical devices, with the president and officials from the electoral battleground state clashing over federal aid, mail-in ...

Michigan unemployment: 22.7%

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan's unemployment rate rocketed in April, likely setting an all-time high at 22.7%, as coronavirus restrictions shut down businesses and put people out of work, the state reported Wednesday. April was the first full month of stay-home orders and business shutdowns. ...

GOP rising star John James faces trouble at top of ticket

By SARA BURNETT Associated Press Michigan Senate candidate John James has been called a rising star of the Republican Party so many times it’s become a cliche. The African American combat veteran, business owner and 38-year-old father of three brought down the house at the ...

7 barbers ticketed for cutting hair at Michigan Capitol

LANSING (AP) — Police ticketed seven people for cutting hair during a protest outside the Michigan Capitol, where about a dozen barbers and hair stylists defied stay-at-home orders to give free hair cuts Wednesday. At one point, about 300 people attended the demonstration that was ...

Michigan mails absentee ballot applications to all voters

LANSING (AP) — The state has spent $4.5 million to mail absentee ballot applications to all 7.7 million registered voters ahead of the August primary and November general election in Michigan, a crucial presidential battleground. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, announced the ...

Courts toss literacy ruling

DETROIT (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday threw out a groundbreaking decision that said Detroit students had a constitutional right to education and literacy, just days after Michigan’s governor settled the case by agreeing to seek millions from the Legislature to improve ...