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Spending vetoed by Whitmer may be revived — if deal reached

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is not specifying which of the near-$1 billion in vetoed funding she wants to restore if a budget deal can be reached with the Republican-led Legislature. But a look at what the Democrat backed in her initial plan provides an ...

Dog leads rescuers to save woman

KALKASKA (AP) — Police say an unconscious woman was rescued from her burning home in northern Michigan, thanks to a barking dog and the courage of a state trooper and two brothers. The 62-year-old woman was pulled from her Kalkaska home on a second try Wednesday. Trooper Adam Whited, ...

Suit challenges changes to Michigan auto insurance law

LANSING (AP) — Crash victims and a brain-injury rehabilitation facility challenged Michigan’s new auto insurance law Thursday, contending that pending limits on reimbursement rates for nursing and other care violate their constitutional rights. The lawsuit, filed in Ingham County Circuit ...

Budget-weary lawmakers shift focus to non-budget issues

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Legislature’s top leaders met for the first time in a month Thursday but focused very little of their discussion on the messy state budget process, instead talking about criminal justice legislation. The meeting was ...

Whitmer: Budget vetoes may be reversed if GOP resumes talks

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called Tuesday for Republicans who control the Legislature to return to budget talks, hinting that her historic level of vetoes — nearly $1 billion worth — could be restored if a compromise is ...

A look at $625M in budget shifts made by Whitmer-led board

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday took the rare step of using a board to shift funds within 13 state departments, a day after she signed a $59 billion budget and vetoed nearly $1 billion in spending that had been approved by the Republican-led Legislature. The Democrat said she ...

House demolition investigated

DETROIT (AP) — Police in Detroit are looking into who demolished a house that a Michigan lawmaker and her nonprofit group were planning to rehab for a needy family. The case is being investigated as malicious destruction of property, according to Detroit police Sgt. Nicole ...

Motorists get eyeful of porn

AUBURN HILLS (AP) — Motorists traveling through a Detroit suburb were stunned to see a pornographic video playing on an electronic billboard. Auburn Hills police say the video played on the billboard along Interstate 75 in Oakland County for about 30 minutes Saturday night before the images ...

Michigan governor signs budget with $1B in line-item vetoes

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed the next state budget Monday hours before the deadline to fund government, while using line-item vetoes to block nearly $1 billion in spending proposed by the Republican-led Legislature. The Democrat enacted ...

2 more cases of rabies in skunks

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Oakland County health officials are confirming two new cases of rabies in skunks found in Southfield and Troy. The confirmations follow a report last week that a skunk’s carcass also found in Southfield, just north of Detroit, tested positive for rabies. In March, ...

Reward offered in cow shooting

NORWOOD TOWNSHIP (AP) — Authorities in northern Michigan are offering a $500 reward for information about the shooting of a cow. The Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office said that sheriff’s deputies responded in July to an animal complaint in which a Holstein cow had been shot. Police say ...

Detroit mayor being investigated

DETROIT (AP) — An inspector general’s probe into whether Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan gave preferential treatment to a health program involves over 400,000 pages of documents. The Free Press has sought records, including emails and financial reports, from the city’s Office of Inspector ...

Native American food truck in Michigan serves unique cuisine

By KRISTAN OBENG Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange LANSING — The multicolored ears of corn often seen hanging on doors in the fall have a tastier use. Eva Menefee and her husband, Robin, use the colorful corn to make colorful corn soup, which they serve on a food truck called ...

Committees finish work in GM talks, top bargainers take over

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT — Contract talks between General Motors and striking United Auto Workers took a step closer to reaching an agreement Wednesday when committees finished their work and sent it to the top bargainers. The move means that minor issues largely are resolved, ...

Legislature OKs budget bills that Whitmer deems ‘a mess’

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press and Journal Staff LANSING — The Republican-led Michigan Legislature gave approval Tuesday to $44.7 billion in state spending, setting the stage for a showdown with a Democratic governor who called the final budget bills “a mess” weeks after talks broke ...

Workers, car owners, dealers and GM feel pinch from strike

DETROIT (AP) — As the United Auto Workers’ strike against General Motors stretches into a second week, it’s not just the company and striking workers getting pinched. With many replacement part warehouses shut down, dealers are beginning to run short of components to repair cars, trucks ...

Man breaks into home, dies

ROCHESTER HILLS (AP) — Authorities say a man who was injured while breaking into a suburban Detroit home tried to kill a 90-year-old man who lived there before collapsing and dying. The Oakland County sheriff’s office says the 44-year-old who broke into the Rochester Hills condominium ...

Whitmer OKs Medicaid reporting changes, rips lack of funding

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation Monday easing monthly reporting rules for able-bodied adults who will have to meet work requirements to qualify for coverage under Michigan’s Medicaid expansion program. She also accused Republican lawmakers of not allocating needed ...

Fire guts art project building

DETROIT (AP) — Fire has destroyed a building that is part of Detroit’s popular outdoor art project known as the Heidelberg Project. Flames were shooting through the roof before firefighters brought the blaze under control Monday morning. The building east of downtown Detroit has “you” ...

State gas prices jump 17 cents

DEARBORN (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide have jumped 17 cents from a week ago to about $2.74 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club said Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded rose following attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, but the average ...