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Michigan’s ‘Justice Joan’ Larsen emerges as finalist for Supreme Court

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — One of the women on Donald Trump's short list to succeed Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court got her first taste of politics as a college student stuffing envelopes for Democrat Joe Biden's 1988 presidential run. But, by 1996, Joan L. Larsen was volunteering ...

Virus cases linked to MSU rise

EAST LANSING (AP) — Health officials are searching for answers after coronavirus cases linked to Michigan State University students and staff rose to more than 1,200. "I'm kind of feeling like I'm running out of tools in my toolbox. I'll find some more," said Linda Vail, Ingham County ...

Black voters in Detroit key for Biden, but are they engaged?

DETROIT (AP) — Wendy Caldwell-Liddell is tired of waiting for change in Detroit. The nation's largest Black-majority city has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic and its ensuing economic fallout. More than 14,200 COVID-19 cases and 1,500 deaths have been confirmed in the city. So ...

GOP wants decision altered

DETROIT (AP) — The Republican-controlled Legislature is seeking to intervene in a major court decision that will allow Michigan absentee ballots to be counted days after the election. The House and Senate want to join the case and appeal the decision. Absentee ballots postmarked by Nov. 2 ...

Teen driver topped 100 mph before crash killed 2, police say

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — A SUV carrying six teenagers was traveling at more than 100 mph in suburban Detroit before the vehicle jumped a curb and crashed in a wooded area, killing two, police said Monday. The chief in Southfield offered details about the Friday night crash involving ...

Official: Toilet display mocking mail-in voting is a crime

MASON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan resident’s apparent joke showing disdain for voting by mail is no laughing matter for one election official. The resident put a toilet on their lawn with a sign that says, “Place mail in ballots here.” Barb Byrum, the Democratic clerk of Ingham County, ...

Whitmer: Loss of powers may put state back in ‘danger zone’

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said her use of emergency powers to manage the pandemic is not unique and she worries that efforts to take away her unilateral authority, if successful, could lead coronavirus cases to spike to dangerous levels in Michigan. The Democrat locked down the state ...

Plane crash kills 2 in Michigan

ZEELAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A small plane crashed Saturday shortly after takeoff in western Michigan, killing two people aboard, authorities said. The Ottawa County sheriff's office responded around 6:30 a.m. to an area near Ottawa Executive Airport in Zeeland Township. The victims ...

Judge: Michigan must count absentee ballots that arrive late

LANSING (AP) — A judge on Friday cleared the way for more absentee ballots to be counted in Michigan, saying envelopes postmarked by the eve of the Nov. 3 election are eligible, even if they show up days later. The decision is significant in a state that is anticipating waves of absentee ...

11 more houses near MSU quarantined due to virus

EAST LANSING (AP) — Ingham County health officials have identified 11 more large houses near Michigan State University's campus where there are known exposures to the COVID-19 virus. The health department has ordered residents in those houses to quarantine for the next two ...

Woman holds suspect at gunpoint

ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) — An 85-year-old man was stabbed to death inside a southern Michigan supermarket, but his attacker was unable to flee because a witness held him at gunpoint until the police arrived. The victim was stabbed multiple times in the head and neck Wednesday afternoon at a ...

Trump calls Benson ‘hater’

LANSING (AP) — President Donald Trump called Michigan's top election official a "Trump Hater" Thursday after the state mistakenly created overseas absentee ballots that didn't list Vice President Mike Pence. The ballots instead paired Trump, a Republican, with Jeremy "Spike" Cohen of the ...

Convicts will continue to pay costs for courts

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — People convicted of crimes will continue to pay millions of dollars a year to keep the lights on in Michigan courts, along with other operating costs, under a law signed Thursday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Whitmer signed a two-year extension ...

UM strike ends

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Graduate students who teach at the University of Michigan returned to classes Thursday after voting to end a strike. The Graduate Employees’ Organization, which represents about 2,000 students who teach or assist, said it achieved “critical progress” on child ...

Police identify victims

AUBURN, Ind. (AP) — A Michigan couple and an Indiana man have been identified as the three people killed in a seven-vehicle pileup on a northeastern Indiana highway, police said Thursday. Dale Eugene Lowe, 81, and his wife, Jean Elsie Lowe, 72, of Charlotte, Michigan, both died from their ...

Man arrested for allegedly possessing abusive material

SAULT STE. MARIE — Troopers from the Michigan State Police Sault Ste. Marie Post on Thursday arrested a man for allegedly possessing child sexually abusive material. The post reported that on Wednesday, troopers received a request to assist the South Dakota Criminal Investigations Division ...

Oops: VP Mike Pence missing from some Michigan ballots

LANSING (AP) — President Donald Trump ... and "Spike?" Local election clerks in Michigan downloading absentee ballots for residents overseas were given ballots that listed Trump's Republican running mate as Jeremy Cohen, who is the Libertarian Party candidate for vice president, the ...

GVSU students to stay in place

ALLENDALE, Mich. (AP) — Students at Grand Valley State University were ordered Wednesday to hunker down for two weeks due to a spike in coronavirus cases linked to the western Michigan campus. There have been more than 600 cases of COVID-19 among students since Aug. 23, with the majority ...

Two people seriously injured in two-vehicle crash in Rapid River

RAPID RIVER — Two people were injured in a Tuesday morning accident in Rapid River, the Michigan State Police Gladstone Post reported. Police said that at about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, troopers responded to the area of U.S. 2 and U.S. 41 on a report a two-vehicle crash. Information received ...

Lawmakers, Whitmer reach budget framework with no K-12 cuts

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Republican lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer agreed to a budget framework this week, saying there will be no cuts to K-12 schools or municipalities despite the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on tax revenues. The deal came 17 days ...