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Michigan News

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 ...

Whitmer, GOP leaders dig in over limiting her budget powers

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press 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 ...

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 ...

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 will ...

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 ...

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 that ...

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 ...

Whitmer wants more Michigan workers eligible for overtime

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press 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 ...

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 time ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 legislative ...

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 ...

New robotics practice space unveiled in St. Clair County

By JEREMY ERVIN Port Huron Times Herald AP Member Exchange PORT HURON — The arms of a dark blue robot unfurled and lifted up a disk with Velcro edges. Carefully, it maneuvered to a tall tower with circular holes cut into it. The driver carefully manipulated the machine to place the disk ...

Bedbugs found on campus

FLINT (AP) — Mott Community College officials say bedbug-infested chairs have been removed from a student lounge on the Flint campus. The college says the chairs were removed for treatment to kill the insects after they were found Thursday on the chairs in the Mott Memorial Building’s ...

Michigan allows prison inmates to seek college financial aid

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan’s prison inmates are now allowed to apply for college financial aid through a state program that had long excluded them but was changed under the state’s 2020 budget. Michigan’s Tuition Incentive Program , or TIP, is a state-funded program that reimburses ...

Detroit-area men who sent millions to Yemen spared prison by judge

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — A group of Detroit-area men opened bank accounts to move millions of dollars to Yemen, their war-torn native country. Their crime: They didn’t register as a money transfer business. Their luck: They drew a sympathetic judge. One by one, U.S. ...