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Michigan News

Founders co-owner: Discrimination suit ‘biggest challenge’

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The backlash that Founders Brewing Co. has been facing over a former black worker’s racial discrimination lawsuit has been the company’s “biggest challenge,” a co-owner of Michigan’s largest brewery said. Tracy Evans filed a federal lawsuit last year ...

Whitmer, GOP leaders dig in over limiting her budget powers

LANSING — Hours after Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told Republican lawmakers to negotiate supplemental budget bills without trying to restrict her powers, the GOP-led House introduced legislation Tuesday that would do just that. The maneuver to limit the governor’s ability to ...

Whitmer signs counselor bill

LANSING (AP) — Licensed professional counselors will continue to be able to diagnose and treat patients after Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation updating their scope of practice. Whitmer says the law enacted Tuesday will ensure that more than 150,000 people can still receive ...

Ex-MSU president to stand trial; trustee quits

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A judge on Monday ordered former Michigan State University President Lou Ann Simon to stand trial on charges that she lied to police about her knowledge of a sexual misconduct complaint against now-imprisoned sports doctor Larry Nassar. The ruling came the same day the ...

GM 3Q profit falls 7% as auto workers strike cuts production

DETROIT (AP) — Only two weeks of a lengthy strike against General Motors happened in the third quarter, but that was enough to dent the company’s net profit by about $1 billion. The company reported Tuesday that its third-quarter net profit fell 7% as a strike by the United Auto Workers ...

Police: 2 prison officers were shot

KINGSLEY, Mich. (AP) — Police say two Michigan prison officers found dead last week were shot. Authorities in Grand Traverse County won’t publicly say it was a murder-suicide, although they say there’s no threat to the public. Tara Kelley and Angelina Winn were found dead Friday at ...

Halloween display raises concerns

FOWLERVILLE, Mich. (AP) — A mid-Michigan auto shop has replaced a Halloween display depicting a scowling President Donald Trump holding the severed head of former President Barack Obama by a black rope. The Detroit Free Press reports that Quality Coatings owner Dave Huff removed the rope ...

John Conyers, longest serving black congressman, dies at 90

DETROIT (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. John Conyers, one of the longest-serving members of Congress whose resolutely liberal stance on civil rights made him a political institution in Washington and back home in Detroit despite several scandals, has died. He was 90. Conyers, among the high-profile ...

Study: Few Michigan residents try to get convictions erased

LANSING (AP) — Few Michigan residents are taking advantage of a legal option that allows people to erase their criminal convictions, even though an expungement can open doors to housing, student loans and employment, a study has found. A University of Michigan law school study estimated ...

Mott Foundation honors leader

FLINT (AP) — The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation in Flint is holding an event in memory of its longtime leader. The foundation plans what it’s calling “A Celebration of Life Honoring William S. White” on Nov. 4 on the Flint Cultural Center Campus. White died Oct. 9 at 82. Events ...

GOP leaders want Whitmer to weaken her budget powers

LANSING (AP) — Republicans who control Michigan’s Legislature say the state budget will not be resolved until Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer agrees to restrict her unilateral power to shift money within departments. Nearly a month has passed since Whitmer signed a spending plan while ...

Whitmer wants more Michigan workers eligible for overtime

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer moved Thursday to make more Michigan workers eligible for overtime pay, saying her administration would write new labor rules to benefit up to 200,000 people. The Democrat’s announcement in Detroit came a month after the Trump administration issued a final ...

Michigan Senate votes to delay cage-free ban for hens

LANSING (AP) — A divided Michigan Senate on Thursday passed an update of the state’s animal industry law, including a proposed delay of a requirement that chickens and pigs be given more room in their cages and stalls. Much of the seven-bill package won unanimous support, but senators ...

100-year-old veteran honored for guarding national monument

DETROIT (AP) — A 100-year-old World War II veteran from Michigan has finally been honored for guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Jack Eaton is the oldest living sentinel of the monument, which he protected from January 1938 to December 1939. Eaton viewed his plaque for the first ...

Couple wins $80M Powerball

LANSING (AP) — A northern Michigan couple with seven children and 21 grandchildren has claimed an $80 million Powerball prize. Fifty-four-year-old Phillip Chippewa of Suttons Bay traveled to Lansing on Wednesday with his wife, Dawn, and their family to claim their prize. Their Powerball ...

Redistricting panel apps available

LANSING (AP) — Michigan residents can start applying to serve on a new commission that will draw congressional and legislative districts. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced Thursday that applications are available at www.RedistrictingMichigan.org . They take about 15 minutes to ...

Term limits plan would be tied to ‘good government’ changes

LANSING (AP) — A potential plan to ask Michigan voters to ease legislative term limits would likely be paired with "good government" changes aimed at addressing the state's feeble transparency and accountability grades. No proposal has been finalized. But the fact that Republican ...

Workers at large GM plant in Michigan approve contract

DETROIT (AP) — Workers at one of the largest General Motors factories have voted to ratify a new contract with the company, an indication that a five-week strike could be coming to an end. United Auto Workers Local 598 at a pickup truck plant in Flint, Michigan, approved the contract ...

Whitmer: K-12 broadband update

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says nearly all Michigan school districts are meeting a minimum bandwidth target of internet access, and she wants to focus next on expanding broadband to 450,000 households. Whitmer said Tuesday that 98% of K-12 districts are at the Federal ...

Judge denies LGBT ruling request

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) — A federal judge has denied Michigan's request to halt his preliminary injunction that preserved a Catholic adoption agency's ability to refuse to place state wards with LGBT couples. Judge Robert Jonker in Grand Rapids declined the stay Tuesday. It had been sought by ...