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Michigan News

Group details ballot bill to open gov, lawmakers to FOIA

LANSING — Advocates for open government on Tuesday unveiled the specifics of their ballot proposal that would open Michigan's governor and lawmakers to public-records requests. The state is one of only two to wholly exempt the governor's office from the Freedom of Information Act and among ...

Michigan has 5th-highest virus rate in US over past week

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING— Michigan had the country’s fifth-highest rate of new COVID-19 cases in the last week and is among 14 states where infections rose over the past two weeks, a trend that may be tied to the increasing prevalence of a more contagious coronavirus ...

Police asking for cold case help

SALINE, Mich. (AP) — Nearly 40 years later, police are asking for the public’s help to solve the death of a woman who was last seen leaving a Washtenaw County bar. Mary Alice Ellicott was at the Polar Bear Bar, on U.S. 12 between Clinton and Saline, on Oct. 11, 1981. Her body was found 13 ...

Man to stand trial after shooting

DETROIT (AP) — A 19-year-old clerk will stand trial in the fatal shooting of a man inside a Detroit gas station. Mohamed Hizam faces arraignment March 29 in Wayne County Circuit Court on second-degree murder, manslaughter and using a firearm during a felony charges, according to The ...

Nessel declines GOP request to probe nursing home deaths

LANSING — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel on Monday declined Republicans’ request to investigate whether nursing home orders issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer led to COVID-19 deaths or if related data is inaccurate, citing a lack of evidence that any law was violated. There are ...

Scientists: Climate-whipped winds pose Great Lakes hazards

TRAVERSE CITY — Powerful gusts linked to global warming are damaging water quality and creating a hazard for fish in Lake Erie and perhaps elsewhere in the Great Lakes, according to researchers. Extremely high winds occasionally churn up deep water with low oxygen and high levels of ...

Automakers embrace electric vehicles, but what about buyers?

DETROIT (AP) — The world’s major automakers have made something abundantly clear: They believe electric vehicles will dominate their industry in the years ahead. Yet for that to happen, they’ll need to sell the idea to people like Steve Bock. When Bock recently replaced his family's ...

Whitmer offers plan to supply propane after pipeline closes

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration released a plan Friday to make sure Michigan will have enough propane if a controversial pipeline is shut down. The strategy addresses a frequent objection to the Democratic governor's demand ...

Health system looks into photos taken in operating room

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A hospital system in western Michigan has launched an investigation after photos posted on Instagram appeared to show doctors posing with fibrous tissue and an organ removed during an operation. A patient appears to be on an operating room table in the fibrous ...

Michigan eyes bill to clean up voter registration rolls

LANSING (AP) — Legislation working its way through the Michigan Legislature aims to clean up the state's voter registration rolls. The measure calls for those who haven't voted since the November 2000 election or who have "placeholder" birthdates in the state's voter rolls to have their ...

Inmate in northern Michigan jail on misdemeanor charge dies

By The Associated Press A sheriff department in northern Michigan is investigating the death of an inmate who was set for release from the country jail within days. The Cheboygan Daily Tribune reports that the 39-year-old man was found unresponsive early Friday morning on a bunk in a dorm ...

4 in Michigan won $1B prize

DETROIT (AP) — Four people in a suburban Detroit lottery club won a $1.05 billion Mega Millions lottery jackpot and will share $557 million after taxes, officials said Friday. The winners claimed their prize nearly two months after the Jan. 22 drawing and chose the immediate lump sum ...

Biden EPA to reconsider Trump rule on lead in drinking water

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — The Biden administration said Wednesday it was delaying the effective date of a policy intended to prevent lead pollution of drinking water, continuing a decades-old debate over how to remove a serious health hazard to children. The Environmental Protection Agency ...

Great Lakes water levels lower than in 2020

DETROIT — Great Lake water levels in 2021 are tracking below last year’s levels, although Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, St. Clair and Erie remain well above long-term average levels, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials who track and forecast Great Lakes water ...

Wyoming convenes emergency panel after zebra mussels found

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming’s governor has convened an emergency panel to scrutinize algae balls and other aquarium products amid concern that an invasive mussel species could have found an unexpected route into state waters. Zebra mussels recently turned up in globs of algae called moss ...

MSU plans 50-plus outdoor graduation ceremonies

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — More than 50 outdoor graduation ceremonies are planned this spring at Michigan State University. School officials said more than 8,400 students earning undergraduate and graduate degrees will be recognized across three weekends in April and May, The Detroit News ...

Lawyers seeking 32% of $641M Flint tainted water settlement

DETROIT — Lawyers who negotiated a $641 million settlement for victims of Flint’s lead-contaminated water are asking a judge to set aside up to 32% for fees and expenses for years of work on the case. If granted, the request would total $202 million in fees and $7 million in expenses for ...

Detroit public schools reopen for in-person learning

DETROIT (AP) — Students in Michigan’s largest school district returned to classrooms for in-person learning Monday for the first time in months. Detroit schools stopped face-to-face learning in November because of rising COVID-19 infection rates in the city. High schools statewide were ...

Judge: Flint water charge against Snyder aide OK for now

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A judge on Monday declined to dismiss an indictment against a former state official who is charged with perjury in an investigation of the Flint water crisis. The indictment against Jarrod Agen remains valid despite a lack of details and can be updated, Genesee County ...

U-M students, parents hold rally

ANN ARBOR (AP) — Parents and students held a rally Saturday to show their displeasure with the University of Michigan’s decision to forgo a traditional in-person spring graduation in Ann Arbor. Some families believe the university is being too conservative and note that other schools are ...