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Michigan News

Whitmer calls for end to chokeholds, other police reforms

LANSING (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called Monday for an end to the use of police chokeholds and limiting no-knock warrants. The recommendations come as states have been considering ways to prevent racial bias and address police brutality in the wake of George Floyd’s death. The ...

Drive-up US citizenship eases backlog, but new threat looms

DETROIT (AP) — A 60-year-old U.K. citizen drove into a Detroit parking garage on a recent afternoon, lowered the window of her SUV to swear an oath, and left as a newly minted American. It took less than 30 minutes. Anita Rosenberger is among thousands of people around the country who have ...

State leaders agree on shortfall

LANSING (AP) — An agreement to address a $3.2 billion shortfall in Michigan’s 2020 budget was announced Monday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and legislative leaders to respond to deep budget shortfalls brought on by the pandemic crisis. The agreement includes reductions in funding and also ...

COVID-19 sweeps away matriarch in flood-ravaged mid-Michigan

By CHRISTINE FERRETTI The Detroit News AP Member Exchange MIDLAND— With floodwaters rising and his wife hospitalized with COVID-19, Kevin Hennig feared the worst — missing critical moments with her. “I was worried about the bridges and the roads washing out, and I wouldn’t be able ...

Comfort levels vary for Michigan arts, culture customers

By BRIAN McCOLLUM Detroit Free Press AP Member Exchange DETROIT — When will people in southeast Michigan be ready to head back to museums, concerts, galleries and other cultural attractions? Research commissioned by CultureSource, which represents 160 nonprofit arts and culture groups ...

3 killed in work zone crash

ERIE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Three people were killed when the car they were traveling in spun out of control and rolled in the median of an Interstate 75 construction zone in southeastern Michigan, police said. The car went out of control for unknown reasons Friday night in Erie Township, ...

Michigan drivers face new insurance choice starting Thursday

LANSING (AP) — Michigan drivers who renew or buy car insurance face a choice starting Thursday: stick with unlimited medical coverage, go with less or — for seniors with Medicare — opt out entirely. The decision, a signature feature of a new law that will lower the cost of personal ...

Boys & Girls Clubs promo careers

DETROIT (AP) — The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan will offer an immersive summer and after-school program for young people interested in retail or fashion merchandising. The organization is expected to open its first Industry Club in September and share space at the Detroit ...

Homeowner kills intruder

COLOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 47-year-old man has been shot to death by a homeowner during an alleged break-in in southwestern Michigan. Police responded about 2:30 a.m. Thursday to a report of a home invasion in progress in Coloma Township, according to the Herald-Palladium of St. ...

Bill sent to Whitmer allows for deferral of summer taxes

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — People and businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic or dam flooding could wait to pay their summer property taxes until 2021 without being penalized under legislation sent to Michigan’s governor. A related bill would require the state to ...

Ford plays it safe with revamped F-150

DETROIT (AP) — Six years ago, Ford made a Texas-size wager on the top-selling vehicle in America, rolling out a radical new version of the F-Series pickup with a lighter aluminum body instead of the customary steel. Now it’s time for another revamp, and Ford is playing it safe with the ...

Detroit police challenged over face recognition flaws, bias

By MATT O’BRIEN AP Technology Writer A Black man who was wrongfully arrested when facial recognition technology mistakenly identified him as a suspected shoplifter wants Detroit police to apologize — and to end their use of the controversial technology. The complaint by Robert Williams ...

3 charged after medical examiner rules teen’s death homicide

KALAMAZOO (AP) — Three staff members of a Michigan youth center have been charged in the death of a Black teenager who died while being restrained after throwing a sandwich, Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting announced Wednesday. Cornelius Fredericks, 16, died May 1, two days after he ...

Detroit automakers take big steps in annual quality survey

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit-area automakers made their strongest showing ever in an annual survey of vehicle quality, as once-dominant Japanese brands faded. The annual survey by J.D. Power also found that luxury brands performed below the industry average, often because they come equipped with ...

30+ virus cases linked to bar

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — More than 30 cases of the coronavirus have been linked to a popular bar near Michigan State University, health officials said Wednesday as they urged people to self-quarantine if they had visited the business. People who were at Harper’s in East Lansing between ...

Appeals court: most lower Michigan gyms, fitness center remain closed

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — A federal appeals court late Wednesday halted a lower judge’s ruling and kept closed gyms and fitness centers that Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered shut months ago to curb the coronavirus. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 3-0 ...

Michigan to resolve claims

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan said it will soon resolve unemployment claims for about 11,800 people who filed before May. The Unemployment Insurance Agency said Tuesday its goal is to clear a backlog that resulted from the coronavirus pandemic and make a determination on older ...

Artists paint Black Lives Matter murals in Battle Creek

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — A festival in southwest Michigan has organized a Black Lives Matter mural project to ignite the community’s creative spirit in support of social justice. Color the Creek, Michigan’s First Street Art Festival since 2016, is an event in Battle Creek capped with ...

Republicans propose $1.3B plan to help schools reopen

LANSING (AP) — Republicans who control the Michigan Legislature on Tuesday proposed a $1.3 billion plan to help K-12 schools reopen during the coronavirus pandemic, saying districts should have flexibility to start when they want and to offer remote instruction as an alternative if ...

PGA event to help Detroiters access tech resources

DETROIT (AP) — Access to technology, and internet and digital literacy resources in Detroit are expected to increase through investments made from an annual golf event. The Connect 313 Fund will focus on collecting accurate neighborhood-level data on technology and internet access, building ...