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Michigan News

Ford to revamp Detroit book warehouse into innovation hub

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. revealed plans Tuesday to transform a long-vacant book warehouse into a hub for automobile innovation in Detroit’s oldest neighborhood. Corktown, long known for its wood-framed houses, restaurants and taverns, is the site of ...

Michigan GOP backtracks after blocking vote certification

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — In an abrupt about-face, Michigan’s largest county on Tuesday night unanimously certified election results showing Democrat Joe Biden defeating President Donald Trump, hours after Republicans first blocked formal approval of voters’ intentions. ...

Michigan court rejects appeal over counting ballots

DETROIT (AP) — An effort to stop the certification of Detroit-area votes from the Nov. 3 election was rejected Monday by the Michigan appeals court. The court wasn’t convinced that a Wayne County judge made “manifest error” in refusing to stop the work of county canvassers, who must ...

Whitmer says she has authority for second stay-home order

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday she has the authority to issue a second stay-at-home order to curb the spiking coronavirus if necessary and called a comment by an adviser to President Donald Trump urging people to “rise up” against Michigan’s latest restrictions ...

State says problems with deer license system are cleared up

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Problems with the system that produces Michigan deer hunting licenses have been resolved, the state said Monday. The traditional two-week season began Sunday. The Department of Natural Resources reported Saturday that the system was slow and canceling transactions on ...

DNR pursuing concessionaires to run park businesses

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan’s state parks, harbors and recreation areas are seeking entrepreneurs to run camp stores, boat rentals and other businesses as the coronavirus pandemic has spurred an increase in state park visitors. Lori Green, the concession and lease manager for the Michigan ...

GM recalling nearly 69K Bolt electric cars

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is recalling nearly 69,000 Chevrolet Bolt electric cars worldwide because the batteries have caught fire in five of them. The company says it doesn't know yet what's causing the fires, but engineers are working around the clock to figure it out. Two people ...

Officer on leave after arrest

LANSING (AP) — A police officer in Michigan's capital has been placed on leave after video revealed an aggressive arrest of an assault suspect who pleaded "I can't breathe." The incident involved at least five Lansing officers who pinned the 25-year-old man to the ground Tuesday night and ...

SVSU campus closed Friday

SAGINAW (AP) — The campus of Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan was closed Friday after an employee threatened and then died by suicide, the school said. The school near Saginaw, about 85 miles (137 kilometers) northwest of Detroit, had warned people Thursday night to avoid its ...

Pizza entrepreneur charged

MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area pizza entrepreneur was charged with fraud Thursday in seeking more than $900,000 in government-backed loans during the coronavirus pandemic. Mike Bischoff received approximately $594,000 from lenders, the government alleged. He's accused of ...

Michigan hospital leaders sound alarms

By DAVID EGGERT and ED WHITE Associated Press LANSING — Hospital leaders warned Thursday that more than 3,000 people are hospitalized with the coronavirus in Michigan, a rate that is doubling every two weeks and is expected to top the spring peak of about 4,000 by late this ...

Detroit going to online learning

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan’s largest school district will suspend in-person classes next week, joining other districts that have shifted to online-only classes as coronavirus cases rise significantly around the state, officials said Thursday. Detroit Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said he ...

Gov. Whitmer, state leaders introduce bills to help veterans

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer alongside a group of Michigan leaders in Lansing introduced legislation to help veterans and their families secure work during a media conference. The legislation aims to remove barriers to professional licensing by allowing military families who have ...

Kamala Harris win inspires women girls nationwide

DETROIT — When Ashley Richardson-George’s 5-year-old daughter saw Kamala Harris wearing a white suffragette suit during her prime-time victory speech on Saturday, she ran into her room and came back minutes later wearing a white dress and sweater. Not only did her daughter, Andrea, want ...

Michigan rolls out statewide coronavirus exposure app

LANSING — Michigan on Monday launched the statewide rollout of a voluntary, free coronavirus app that notifies users if they have potentially been in close contact with infected people. The announcement came more than three weeks after the state began piloting the technology in Ingham ...

Thousands of Harley riders, fans will be in U.P. next year

ESCANABA (AP) — Bikers are coming next year to the Upper Peninsula. The Escanaba area will be the site of a three-day July rally by the Great Lakes Harley Owners Group. It is expected to bring thousands of Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders and enthusiasts to Delta County. The planning ...

Whitmer asks Legislature for statewide mask law

TRAVERSE CITY — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer urged Michigan lawmakers Thursday to enact a statewide law on mask wearing, as the state continues to shatter coronavirus case records and hospital admissions steadily rise. A state emergency order already requires people to wear masks in indoor public ...

Michigan couple with 14 sons welcome their first daughter

LAKEVIEW, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan couple whose large family attracted attention by growing to include 14 sons has welcomed their first daughter nearly three decades after the birth of their first child. Kateri Schwandt gave birth Thursday to Maggie Jayne, who weighed in at 7 pounds, 8 ...

Record 5.5M voted in Michigan; highest turnout % in 60 years

LANSING — More than 5.5 million people voted in Michigan’s presidential election — the most ever and the highest percentage of voting-age residents to cast a ballot in 60 years. The number of voters — in a pandemic — smashed the previous record of 5 million in 2008. About 71% of ...

Michigan judge dismisses Trump campaign lawsuit

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Michigan judge has dismissed a lawsuit by President Donald Trump's campaign in a dispute over whether Republican challengers had access to the handling of absentee ballots. Judge Cynthia Stephens noted that the lawsuit was filed late Wednesday afternoon, just hours ...