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Fire strikes 5 Kalamazoo homes

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Fire damaged or destroyed at least five homes in Kalamazoo, including one where an 84-year-old woman had lived for more than four decades, authorities said Wednesday. The woman was not injured, the Department of Public Safety said. The other properties were ...

Prisoners given wrong results

LENOX TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — More than 100 prisoners in southeastern Michigan were given the wrong results of coronavirus tests, the Corrections Department said. Fifty-four men were told they tested positive while another 54 were told they tested negative at Macomb Correctional Center. The ...

Whitmer to Congress: Supply issues undermine testing

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told Congress Tuesday that Michigan still lacks enough supplies to fully ramp up testing for the coronavirus and said it is difficult to determine what the U.S. government is shipping. Frustrated hairdressers, meanwhile, said during a legislative hearing that ...

Detroit avoids violence; Grand Rapids chief speaks with protesters

DETROIT (AP) — The mayor of Detroit praised police, residents and clergy Monday for preventing the violence that has marred other cities during protests over police abuses and the death of George Floyd. “We decided before we turn to the National Guard we’re going to turn to each ...

Whitmer lifts stay-at-home order, keeps some places closed

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lifted Michigan’s nearly 10-week coronavirus stay-at-home order Monday, letting restaurants reopen to dine-in customers next week and immediately easing limits on outdoor gatherings while keeping social-distancing rules intact. The governor moved ...

State’s vaccination rates drop

DETROIT (AP) — Public health officials worry future outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases could emerge in Michigan as vaccination rates have dramatically fallen during the coronavirus pandemic. Vaccination rates for children 18 and younger fell by more than 20%, according to a study ...

Whitmer: Congress can prevent deep cuts; K-12 is priority

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday that protecting K-12 funding is her priority as Michigan seeks a federal bailout to avoid steep spending cuts during the pandemic, and her budget director signaled the next state budget won’t be complete by a July 1 deadline. The state is ...

SOS offices to open for some tasks

LANSING (AP) — Michigan Secretary of State branch offices will reopen Monday by appointment only for essential transactions not available online, it was announced Thursday. Beginning next week, all 131 branch offices in Michigan will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., for ...

Former official facing charges

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit official who had broad authority over sewer lines, water and infrastructure was charged Wednesday with extorting money from developers and contractors and cutting off work with those who didn't comply. Anthony Marrocco used the cash for travel, ...

Governor orders probe of failed dams that caused flooding

WEST BLOOMFIELD (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday demanded an investigation to determine what caused two dams in central Michigan to fail, leading to devastating floods in several communities and forcing about 11,000 people to evacuate their homes. Whitmer ordered the Michigan ...

Republican senators: Governor lied about husband’s boat call

LANSING (AP) — A Republican legislative leader said Wednesday that Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer “lied” and engaged in a “cover-up” by requesting the removal of a social media post about her husband’s attempt to get his boat in the water during the coronavirus pandemic, only to ...

Michigan governor: Husband’s call about boat was just humor

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer acknowledged Tuesday that her husband dropped her name in an effort to get his boat in the water for Memorial Day weekend but said it simply was a "failed attempt at humor" during a phone call with a recreation business. "He thought it might ...

Whitmer: People can get virus test without doctor’s note

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday said people who leave their home for work or those who have coronavirus symptoms can be tested without a doctor’s note, expediting testing that is seen as critical to slowing the spread of the virus. Several tribal casinos, meanwhile, ...

Ex-mayor Kilpatrick won’t be leaving prison early

DETROIT (AP) — Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who has served seven years of a 28-year sentence for corruption, has been turned down for home confinement during the coronavirus pandemic and won’t be leaving prison early, the government said Tuesday. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons said ...

Law school urges Whitmer to release prisoner with COVID-19

DETROIT (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is being asked to release a prisoner who has been fighting his murder conviction for years and now is stricken with COVID-19. Temujin Kensu, also known as Fred Freeman, has been in prison for 33 years on a life sentence. The University of Michigan law ...

National Guard saves books

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan National Guard rescued 80,000 items from the basement of a Midland library that was flooded when rain swept through the area and dams failed. “There’s no way we could have done it without them,” said Terrie Ahlers, supervisor of adult services at ...

Man charged in beating

DETROIT (AP) — A 20-year-old Detroit nursing home patient was charged Sunday with beating his 75-year-old roommate in an assault that authorities say the younger man recorded on his cellphone and posted on social media. Jaden T. Hayden of Ypsilanti was charged with two counts of assault, ...

Fallen Marine’s mom: We will rebuild memorial lost to flood

SANFORD, Mich. (AP) — The mother of a Marine who was killed in Iraq is pledging to rebuild a war memorial that was destroyed by a dam failure in central Michigan. “I sat there and cried,” Kim Burgess said after visiting the scene in Sanford last week. “I just felt like I had let our ...

Whitmer OKs nonessential health procedures, small gatherings

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday further relaxed stay-at-home restrictions, saying a ban on nonessential health procedures would be lifted next week and that groups of up to 10 people can gather immediately ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. Retailers can reopen by appointment ...

Flood raises fears of pollution at Michigan toxic waste site

TRAVERSE CITY — It took seven years to settle on a plan for cleansing two rivers and floodplains polluted with dioxins from a Dow Chemical Co. plant in central Michigan. The work itself has lasted nearly twice as long, with plenty still to do. Now, scientists and activists fear some of the ...