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Michigan News

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, ...

Moody’s adjusts outlook on Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — The outlook on Detroit's debt has been upgraded from "stable" to "positive" by Moody's Investors Service. The adjustment means the city's finances are pointing in a positive direction and there is a higher chance the city will be upgraded in the next year or two, Moody's said ...

Symphony to debut piece

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Symphony Orchestra plans to premiere a work that commemorates two historic, razed black neighborhoods in the city. The ensemble is scheduled to perform "Black Bottom," a 22-minute composition, during performances March 6-7. The commissioned piece was composed by ...

Detroit police launch $500K ad blitz seeking new recruits

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Police Department has launched a $500,000 advertising blitz for its latest recruiting campaign as the department seeks to add 400 new officers to the city's police force. The department's campaign features two video ads, 30 seconds and 40 seconds long, but it also ...

Artwork by late WMU professor saved from destruction

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Paintings by a former art professor that would have been thrown away now are on display at Western Michigan University. Forty of Dwayne Lowder’s paintings, donated to the university, will be part of an exhibition that presents nearly 50 years of his work, WOOD-TV ...

Oversight panel OKs limits on ‘forever chemicals’

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — A Michigan oversight panel Thursday endorsed drinking water standards designed to limit exposure to a group of household and industrial chemicals linked to a variety of health problems. The proposed rules would apply to seven compounds in a category known as ...

Senate rejects another Whitmer appointee to hunting panel

LANSING (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Senate on Thursday blocked another of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s appointments to the state panel that regulates hunting, after gun rights groups expressed opposition and a key senator said he was concerned because the nominee no longer ...

Michigan settles lawsuit over teen abuse in prison for $80M

DETROIT (AP) — The state of Michigan has agreed to pay $80 million to settle a class-action lawsuit on behalf of male teens who said they were sexually harassed or assaulted in prison while housed with adults, officials said Thursday. The deal closes years of litigation. The lawsuit accused ...

Former Michigan wrestlers urge more victims to ‘speak up’

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — The whistleblower whose letter to University of Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel alleging sexual assault sparked an investigation into a former school doctor says he was inspired by the women who testified against convicted Michigan State physician Larry ...

Cops cleared in fatal shooting

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — The fatal shooting of a Saginaw man who had stabbed a police dog in the head was a legitimate use of force, a prosecutor said Thursday. Zane Blaisdell had a knife in his hand, and two Saginaw officers feared for their safety when they shot him on Feb. 9, Saginaw County ...

Michigan launches outreach for 2020 census

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — The state of Michigan and nonprofits groups on Wednesday launched a $16 million outreach campaign to push people to be counted in the 2020 census, saying it will take less than 10 minutes to complete once residents start getting invitations on ...

Whitmer admin seeks quick ruling on Medicaid work rules

LANSING (AP) — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration on Tuesday asked for a quick court ruling on the legality of Michigan's Medicaid work requirements, hoping to avoid sending notices to more than 80,000 people who did not comply with the rules during the first month they were in ...