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FILE- In an Aug. 6, 2018 file photo, then-Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer fills a pothole during a campaign event in Southfield, Mich. Gov. Whitmer is expected make roads a focus in her Jan. 29, 2020, State of the State speech after Republicans lawmakers last year rejected a proposed 45-cents-a-gallon fuel tax hike phased in over a year. Whitmer has signaled that it may take pursuing a number of revenue-raising options given the

Whitmer prepares road 'triage' plan that may trim $2.5B ask

Jan. 18, 2020 11:36 AM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — There is a ray of good news as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer prepares to renew her push for major new spending to fix Michigan's roads and bridges: Republican legislative leaders say addressing the funding is a priority for them, too. But beyond that, uncertainty abounds over whether the...

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2019, file photo, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks at the Capitol in Lansing, Mich. Whitmer says Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg should do more to curb hate speech on the platform, days after a political page was shut down over racist, misogynistic posts advocating violence against Muslims and female Democrats. Whitmer went on social media Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, to post a letter to Zuckerberg in which she referenced the posts on Facebook. The creator of the anti-Whiter group deactivated it after the Metro Times in Detroit began asking questions. The publication identified dozens of posts promoting or threatening violence against Whitmer and others. A message seeking comment was left with Facebook. (AP Photo/David Eggert, File)

Michigan governor urges Facebook to curb hate speech

Jan. 17, 2020 7:40 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg should do more to curb hate speech on the platform, days after a political page was shut down amid questions over racist, misogynistic posts advocating violence against female Democrats and Muslims. Whitmer went on...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, file photo, State Sen. Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township, speaks after a news conference at the Capitol in Lansing, Mich. The lawmaker apologized Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, a day after telling a young female reporter that a group of high school boys could

Michigan lawmaker faces probe over comment to reporter

Jan. 15, 2020 9:22 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker will be subject to a sexual harassment investigation for telling a young female reporter she could have “a lot of fun” with a group of high school boys visiting the Michigan Capitol, legislative leaders said Wednesday. State Sen. Pete Lucido,...

Governor Gretchen Whitmer speaks after Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced a lawsuit against 17 PFAS manufacturers at the Attorney General's office in Lansing, Mich., on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Michigan sued 3M, DuPont and other companies for financial damages from contamination caused by potentially harmful “forever

Michigan sues 3M, DuPont over 'forever' chemicals in water

Jan. 14, 2020 6:52 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan on Tuesday sued 3M, DuPont and other companies for financial damages from contamination caused by potentially harmful “forever" chemicals that are turning up in drinking water across the industrial state. The lawsuitfiled in state court alleges that 17 defendants...

Bill to create Michigan mental health hotline is approved

Jan. 14, 2020 6:19 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is poised to create a permanent statewide mental health hotline under legislation that going to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The House passed the bill 101-7 Tuesday. The telephone referral system would be available 24 hours a day, seven days of week and would refer people...

Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget McCormack and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, second from right, present a report on jail and pretrial incarceration to House Speaker Lee Chatfield, second from left, and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 at the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich. A task force is recommending an overhaul to bail, arraignment timelines, sentencing and other policies after jail populations have tripled in under 40 years. (AP Photo/David Eggert)

Task force urges overhaul of Michigan jail, pretrial system

Jan. 14, 2020 1:17 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan should reclassify many traffic offenses as civil infractions, release more defendants before trial without requiring them to pay money, consider alternatives to incarceration and take other steps to reduce jail populations that have tripled in under 40 years, a task force...

Michigan seeks extensive records about underwater oil pipes

Jan. 13, 2020 7:46 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials demanded an extensive set of records Monday from Enbridge Inc. in an investigation of the company's oil pipeline that runs beneath a channel linking two of the Great Lakes. In a letter to the Canadian company, the state Department of Natural Resources...

State, nonprofit grants to boost Detroit recycling efforts

Jan. 13, 2020 8:55 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Recycling efforts in Detroit are expected to get a boost from nearly $800,000 in grants. Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy — EGLE — will give the city more than $458,000. Another $325,000 is coming from The Recycling Partnership to increase...

This Jan. 9, 2020 photo shows Bonnie Raffaele of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., with a photo of her late daughter, Kelsey, 17, who died while using her cellphone while driving in 2010. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and safety advocates want to combat distracted driving by restricting the use of cellphones, though pending legislation does not go as far as what she proposed in 2019. (Mandi Wright/Detroit Free Press via AP)

Whitmer, advocates seek hand-held phones ban while driving

Jan. 11, 2020 11:50 AM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and safety advocates want to combat distracted driving by restricting the use of cellphones, though pending legislation does not go as far as what she proposed nearly a year ago. The bill would prohibit motorists under 18 from using a phone while operating a...

State budget director Chris Kolb speaks to reporters after a revenue-estimating meeting on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, at the Capitol in Lansing, Mich. Kolb says while revenue projections are higher, the state if facing spending pressures due to Medicaid costs, tax cuts, a past road-funding deal and other factors. (AP Photo/David Eggert)

Michigan forecasts modest growth in economy, tax revenue

Jan. 10, 2020 2:49 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and lawmakers received a generally positive economic and revenue forecast Friday but tempered it by warning of budget pressures due to tax cuts, a road-funding deal and other factors. Economists adopted a consensus agreement that projects jobs to grow by...