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Michigan spends $4.6 million to swap parolee ankle bracelets

Jan. 20, 2020 11:45 AM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A technology change is forcing Michigan's corrections department to spend about $4.6 million to more than 4,000 parolees and others under state supervision with new ankle monitors. According to Mlive, Michigan Department of Corrections Public Information Officer Chris Gautz said that...

Some lawmakers favor a moose hunt at Isle Royale

Jan. 19, 2020 4:44 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Some Michigan lawmakers believe the federal government should open Isle Royale National Park to moose hunters. MLive.com reports that the House Natural Resources Committee heard testimony last week on a resolution supporting a limited moose hunt on the Lake Superior island. A vote...

Indiana mulls law aiming to limit Lake Michigan beach access

Jan. 19, 2020 9:40 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers are considering a bill that would undo a landmark Indiana Supreme Court ruling that affirmed that the shoreline of Lake Michigan is unquestionably owned by the state and held in trust for use by all residents. The legislation, sponsored by state Rep. Doug Miller,...

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...

Sexual misconduct charges filed against 2 Michigan priests

Jan. 17, 2020 7:50 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Criminal sexual conduct charges have been filed against two priests who worked in the Upper Peninsula’s Catholic diocese of Marquette, Michigan prosecutors announced Friday The charges against Gary Allen Jacobs of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Roy Joseph were announced Friday by...

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...

Disgraced former judge sent to jail for lying during divorce

Jan. 17, 2020 4:46 PM EST

BRIGHTON, Mich. (AP) — A former judge who was removed from office for unethical conduct was sentenced to six months in jail Friday for committing perjury during her divorce case. "I struggle to convey to you my remorse and shame that I feel because of what I've done," Theresa Brennan said. “It was...

Indiana agency denies emergency request over beach erosion

Jan. 17, 2020 3:03 PM EST

OGDEN DUNES, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana state agency declined to declare an emergency at Lake Michigan beaches eroded by high water levels and a series of storms, saying there isn’t enough damage to public resources to warrant the use of federal disaster funds. The Indiana Department of Homeland...

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 Senate may not release details of harassment probe

Jan. 16, 2020 8:26 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Senate will not release a report from a pending sexual harassment probe of a male lawmaker who told a young reporter that high school boys visiting the Capitol could have “fun” with her, a spokeswoman for the state Senate's majority leader said Thursday. The...

Michigan House OKs bills aiming to better child-abuse probes

Jan. 16, 2020 5:07 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's child-welfare law would be updated to clarify that caseworkers must make contact within 24 hours to assess the well-being of each child in a household where abuse or neglect is suspected under a bill approved Thursday by the state House. The measure and others were passed...