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Michigan News

Early voting is underway in Michigan’s presidential primary

LANSING (AP) — Voting is underway in Michigan’s presidential primary more than a year after the option was greatly expanded through the passage of a ballot measure, though many Democrats vying for the nomination remain focused — for now — on Iowa and other early states. The 45-day ...

3rd woman accuses Michigan lawmaker of sexual harassment

LANSING (AP) — A third woman in two weeks has publicly come forward with sexual harassment allegations against a Michigan state legislator, according to a published report Sunday. Melissa Osborn, who works as a regulatory affairs specialist for a trade group, told Crain’s Detroit ...

Newspaper sues school district

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — A Michigan newspaper has sued Traverse City Area Public Schools for allegedly disregarding transparency laws related to the unexpected resignation of the former superintendent. The lawsuit filed Friday by the Traverse City Record-Eagle alleged the district misused ...

Dems pick Whitmer, Escobar for Trump State of Union response

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will deliver the Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Feb. 4. Rep. Veronica Escobar of Texas will deliver the Spanish-language response. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck ...

State briefing

Couple dies in fire saving pets KALKASKA TOWNSHIP (AP) — A couple died Thursday in a northern Michigan house engulfed in flames as they tried to save their pets, authorities said. Kalkaska County sheriff's officials said fire broke out early Thursday morning at the Kalkaska Township home ...

Group launches Michigan ballot drive to rein in lobbying

LANSING (AP) — A group launched a ballot drive Thursday to target lobbying in Michigan’s Capitol by banning free food and drink for state elected officials, requiring former lawmakers to wait two years to become lobbyists and overhauling a system that tracks lobbying. The Coalition to ...

Veteran accuses bank of discrimination for not taking checks for deposit

LIVONIA (AP) — A Detroit-area bank that suspected fraud and refused to cash $99,000 in checks from a black Air Force veteran said Thursday that it mishandled the incident and should not have called police. Sauntore Thomas attempted to deposit checks from the settlement of a discrimination ...

Man loses ‘bright lights’ appeal

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Bright lights — long prison stay. Police had probable cause to pull over a man who was driving in Ypsilanti with his high beams on, a stop that led to the discovery of cocaine, an outstanding arrest warrant — and ultimately a 10-year prison sentence, an appeals ...

Online sports betting in Michigan will wait until 2021

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Sports bettors should be able to place wagers in person at casinos this spring but will wait until 2021 to do so online, Michigan's regulatory agency said Wednesday. Mary Kay Bean, spokeswoman for the Michigan Gaming Control Board, gave the ...

Michigan lifts barriers to Tesla sales, settling lawsuit

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan has cleared the way for Tesla to sell more electric vehicles in the state and get them serviced under a deal filed Wednesday that settles a lawsuit by the automaker. It won't be as simple as Tesla opening a dealership on a corner lot. But consumers at least won't ...

Detroit orchestra names Jader Bignamini next music director

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday announced the selection of Italian conductor Jader Bignamini as its next music director. The century-old orchestra said it signed a six-year contract with Bignamini, starting with the 2020-21 season. He will lead a three-concert ...

University of Michigan official accused of sexual misconduct

DETROIT (AP) — The chief academic officer at the University of Michigan has been placed on paid leave during an investigation of sexual misconduct allegations, the president said Wednesday. Martin Philbert is provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “We take ...

Tesla passes $100 billion, teeing up big payout for Musk

DETROIT (AP) — The meteoric rise of Tesla shares that recently pushed the company's value over $100 billion could turn into a supercharged payday for CEO Elon Musk. Stock in Tesla Inc. rose another 4.1% Wednesday, pushing the market value of the electric vehicle and solar panel maker past a ...

Michigan lawmaker says senator harassed her at orientation

LANSING (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker alleged Tuesday that a fellow legislator sexually harassed her during a Capitol orientation 14 months ago, coming forward a week after a young female reporter said the same senator made a sexist comment to her before a group of high school boys. Sen. ...

Camera case to go to trial

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — A southeastern Michigan man is heading to trial for allegedly hiding cameras disguised as USB chargers in the bathrooms of several restaurants. Brad R. Szachta of Ypsilanti waived preliminary examination last Thursday and is scheduled for a Feb. 24 pretrial hearing ...

Michigan spends $4.6 million to swap parolee ankle bracelets

LANSING, Mich. — A technology change is forcing Michigan's corrections department to spend about $4.6 million to more than 4,000 parolees and others under state supervision with new ankle monitors. According to Mlive, Michigan Department of Corrections Public Information Officer Chris Gautz ...

Men found shot to death in Detroit

DETROIT — An officer found one man shot to death inside a car and another on the ground nearby in Detroit early Monday, police said. According to police, an officer found the bodies after responding to a call that a car had hit a fence shortly after 2 a.m. on the city’s east side. ...

Some lawmakers favor moose hunt

LANSING, Mich. — Some Michigan lawmakers believe the federal government should open Isle Royale National Park to moose hunters. MLive.com reports that the House Natural Resources Committee heard testimony last week on a resolution supporting a limited moose hunt on the Lake Superior island. ...

Whitmer prepares road ‘triage’ plan that may trim $2.5B ask

LANSING — There is a ray of good news as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer prepares to renew her push for major new spending to fix Michigan’s roads and bridges: Republican legislative leaders say addressing the funding is a priority for them, too. But beyond that, uncertainty abounds over whether ...