Latest Michigan News

National, state Republicans sue over major ballot decision

Sep. 25, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Republican Party is suing to try to overturn a decision that lets Michigan count absentee ballots up to 14 days after the Nov. 3 election. The state and national GOP said existing law, which cuts off absentee ballots when polls close on Election Day, should be honored. A judge, citing...

Whitmer reopens more businesses, raises cap on gatherings

Sep. 25, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Friday that movie theaters and other entertainment venues can reopen after nearly seven months of closure during the coronavirus pandemic, and lifted a cap so more people in Michigan can attend funerals and other indoor events. The governor also issued...

Florida Gov.  Ron DeSantis announces the state's phase three openings at news conference in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020.  DeSantis lifted all restrictions on restaurants and other businesses in Florida on Friday in a move to reopen the state’s economy despite the spread of the coronavirus. (John Pendygraft/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

The Latest: Iowa reports new cases in schools, nursing homes

Sep. 25, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa reported a jump of 1,086 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the second consecutive day of new cases exceeding 1,000. Four more people died, pushing the state’s death toll from the virus to 1,303. Data from state health and education departments indicate the virus is circulating...

Court cuts police excessive force verdict 75%, to $50,000

Sep. 25, 2020 3:41 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday reduced a $200,000 verdict to no more than $50,000 in an excessive force case against a Detroit-area police officer. The court said the awarding of punitive damages was puzzling: The same jury gave just $1 to Nikos Kidis in compensatory damages for his...

Utility loses bid to recoup costs related to gas fire

Sep. 25, 2020 12:32 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State regulators rejected Consumers Energy's request to recoup millions of dollars after a natural gas fire during a polar vortex in 2019. The utility was seeking nearly $8 million from ratepayers for the additional cost of acquiring natural gas, the Michigan Public Service Commission...

FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2020, file photo Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a Biden for President Black economic summit at Camp North End in Charlotte, N.C. The final stretch of a presidential campaign is typically a nonstop mix of travel, caffeine and adrenaline. But as the worst pandemic in a century bears down on the United States, Joe Biden is taking a lower key approach. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Biden's low-key campaign style worries some Democrats

Sep. 25, 2020 11:43 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The final stretch of a presidential campaign is typically a nonstop mix of travel, caffeine and adrenaline. But as the worst pandemic in a century bears down on the United States, Joe Biden is taking a lower key approach. Since his Aug. 11 selection of California Sen. Kamala Harris...

Detroit Thanksgiving parade still on but no spectators

Sep. 25, 2020 11:35 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The 94th Detroit Thanksgiving parade will march on, but any spectators probably will be in their pajamas. People will not be allowed to line the parade route in downtown Detroit because of the coronavirus. Instead they'll have to watch the parade on television, The Parade Company announced...

Michigan Legislature eases processing of absentee ballots

Sep. 25, 2020 8:50 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers voted Thursday to make it easier for clerks to process a surge in absentee ballots in the battleground state's presidential election by letting them start a day earlier than normal. Election officials currently cannot remove ballots from outer envelopes until 7 a.m....

Kansas City Royals' Maikel Franco (7) celebrates as he crosses the plate after hitting a solo home run during the sixth inning of the team's baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Perez, Franco homer as Royals beat Tigers 8-7

Sep. 24, 2020 11:56 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Salvador Perez hit a three-run home run, Maikel Franco hit a go-ahead homer in the sixth inning and the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 8-7 on Thursday night. Franco's eighth homer of the season put the Royals ahead in a game between two teams eliminated from postseason...

Michigan Legislature approves automatic expungement bills

Sep. 24, 2020 10:57 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan would automatically expunge criminal records and ease the application process for those convicted of marijuana offenses under sweeping “clean slate” bills that received final legislative approval Thursday. Advocates said the overhaul would help hundreds of...