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Michigan House approves change to lame duck sessions

LANSING — The Michigan House backed a proposed constitutional amendment on Wednesday that would require two-thirds majority votes for bills to pass during lame duck sessions of the Legislature, if voters ultimately approve of the change. The resolution sponsored by Republican House Speaker ...

Coronavirus outbreak hits Detroit Whole Foods Market

DETROIT (AP) — A Whole Foods Market store in Detroit is receiving rapid COVID-19 testing for all of its 196 employees after 23 of them tested positive for the coronavirus. The outbreak hit the store in Detroit’s Midtown, the city’s chief public health officer, Denise Fair, said ...

Man admits coordinating neo-Nazi plot vs. synagogues

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man admitted Friday to coordinating a neo-Nazi group's plot to vandalize two Midwestern synagogues and cause other damage across the country. Richard Tobin, 19, of Brooklawn, pleaded guilty to conspiracy against rights, according to federal prosecutors in ...

Former Gov. Granholm confirmed as energy secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm won Senate confirmation Thursday to be energy secretary and will be a key Cabinet member trying to fulfill President Joe Biden’s commitment for a green economy as the United States fights to slow climate change. The vote was 64-35, ...

Senate OKs $2B in virus aid, targets vaccine distribution

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING— Republicans who control the Michigan Senate moved Thursday to stop the state from distributing additional COVID-19 vaccine doses to more vulnerable communities, saying race and socioeconomic status should not be factors. Democrats said the ...

Official apologizes for online mockery of Limbaugh’s death

MIDDLEVILLE, Mich. (AP) — An elected official in a western Michigan community has apologized for posting a line of online laughs about the death of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh. More than 300 people participated by video conference during a Middleville council meeting Tuesday. ...

Governor orders flags lowered

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, in accordance with a proclamation issued by President Biden, has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags within the State Capitol Complex and upon all public buildings and grounds across the state of Michigan to be lowered to half-staff immediately through Friday to ...

Judge needs more time

DETROIT (AP) — A judge overseeing misdemeanor charges against a former Michigan governor in the Flint water scandal said Tuesday he's struggling with how to handle an aggressive effort to have the case dismissed. Judge William Crawford II said he needs more time to research whether ...

Ludington ‘mystery house’ reveals many secrets

LUDINGTON, Mich. — The little house at 508 N. Robert St. is an enigma. The house featured prominently in a Daily News column by Raymond C. Madsen on Aug. 5, 2016. He called it, “A house of historical mystery.” Records showed that it was first recorded in its current location in the ...

Dog rescued after being stranded on icy Detroit River

ECORSE, Mich. (AP) — A dog that survived frigid temperatures and a run-in with a coyote has been rescued after spending four days stranded on ice along the Detroit River. The small dog was rescued Saturday afternoon by a boater from Windsor, Ontario, following an international effort that ...

Plane lands safely near Lansing after landing gear fails

MASON, Mich. (AP) — A small plane landed safely at a Lansing-area airport after its landing gear failed to deploy, authorities said. A 60-year-old Lansing man who was the plane's only occupant was not injured when the Piper Twin Comanche dual prop plane landed on its belly Saturday ...

Whitmer signs order to ensure adequate propane distribution

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Saturday declaring a Michigan state of energy emergency to ensure adequate propane distribution over the coming days. The order temporarily suspends restrictions on commercial driver hours to allow the immediate delivery of ...

Flint water defendants oppose 4-month delay in legal proceedings

LANSING — Attorneys for former Gov. Rick Snyder and eight others facing charges in the Flint water crisis filed a motion Thursday seeking to speed the production of evidence after a judge said he needed at least four months to inspect grand jury records. The lawyers said the delay will hurt ...

Michigan officers shoot man who came at them with knife

PAW PAW (AP) — Police in southwestern Michigan shot and wounded a man who came at them with a knife, authorities said. Officers were called around 9:30 p.m. Thursday on a report of a man cutting himself in the driveway of a house in Paw Paw Township, the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office ...

Aid to embattled Shirkey leaving job for Nessel’s office

LANSING — A top aide to embattled Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey is leaving to take a job in Democratic state Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office. Amber McCann, Shirkey’s deputy chief of staff and press secretary, will start as special projects director in the ...

Kelly Services reports earnings for fourth quarter

TROY, Mich. — Kelly Services Inc. (KELYA) on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $23.4 million. The Troy, Michigan-based company said it had profit of 59 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring gains, were 41 cents per share. The results surpassed Wall Street ...

Man falls into Detroit River after jumping on to ice

DETROIT — Crews are unlikely to safely rescue a man who fell through ice on the Detroit River, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said. The man was with a couple of other people when he walked out onto the ice just off Belle Isle about 5 p.m. Wednesday and began “jumping up and down,” Lt. ...

90 cases of virus variant found at western Michigan prison

IONIA, Mich. — Ninety cases of a COVID-19 variant believed to be more contagious have been found in inmates and staff at a western Michigan prison, and dozens of test results are pending, officials said. Daily testing began at the Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility, in Ionia, after a ...

Detroit archbishop sprinkles ashes due to COVID-19 concerns

DETROIT — The Roman Catholic archbishop of Detroit employed a more COVID-safe method of ash distribution during a special Ash Wednesday service downtown. He sprinkled, rather than marked. Priests typically mark a cross of ashes on parishioners’ foreheads using their thumbs as part of ...

Schools close, virus vaccinations delayed due to storm

DETROIT — Heavy snow has forced the closure of dozens of schools, shut down some city services and even postponed COVID-19 vaccinations in a number of communities across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. About 3,000 city-run COVID-19 vaccinations scheduled at Detroit’s convention center were ...