Latest Michigan state government News

Group to start veto-proof drive to repeal Whitmer's powers

Jul. 6, 2020 4:46 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Organizers said Monday that they will begin collecting voter signatures within days for a veto-proof measure that would repeal a law that has given Gov. Gretchen Whitmer broad emergency powers during the pandemic. The ballot committee Unlock Michigan announced its plan after the state...

Company owned by legislative leader got government loan

Jul. 6, 2020 3:07 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A company owned by a Michigan legislative leader received between $1 million and $2 million from a federal rescue program that was created to preserve jobs during the coronavirus pandemic. Jackson-based Orbitform, which was founded by Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, is among...

State: Boat at bottom of Michigan bay must be removed

Jul. 5, 2020 9:27 AM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A sunken boat must be removed from the bottom of Grand Traverse Bay in northern Michigan, according to state officials. Federal and state authorities said Thursday they are working to arrange the salvage operation for the 33-foot-long vessel that sank last month, the Traverse...

Michigan reports 398 new coronavirus cases, 3 new deaths

Jul. 4, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan reported 398 new coronavirus cases and three more deaths on Saturday. According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, there have been 65,533 coronavirus cases and 5,972 confirmed coronavirus deaths. The health department also says there have been 7,048 cases of...

FILE - In this May 29, 2020 file photo, two cars are flipped over after major flood damage, in Sanford, Mich. Sanford village, with a population of 859, is pulling together after the devastation of two dam failures in May. Volunteers are still clearing muck and providing supplies to those whose homes were destroyed since there's no telling when major state and federal help will come.(Kaytie Boomer/The Bay City Times via AP File)

Michigan village starts flood recovery, awaits funds

Jul. 4, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich (AP) — Jenna Hulse was at work out of town as a nurse when she got a message from her brother that a dam three blocks from her house in the Michigan village of Sanford was failing. Six feet (2 meters) of water entered the home, and though Hulse said she’s lucky that the house she's...

In this May 19, 2020, photo, Kyle Froelich, right, hands a customer a carryout six-pack of beer at Good Time Charley's in Ann Arbor, Mich. Michigan restaurants and bars could sell cocktails and liquor for pickup or delivery and would see a temporary cut in state liquor prices under fast-tracked legislation that supporters hope will help the industry survive the coronavirus pandemic. The state already lets bars and restaurants sell unopened beer and wine to go. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Michigan governor closes indoor bars, allows to-go cocktails

Jul. 1, 2020 9:51 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday that she was closing indoor seating in bars in parts of the state, including a college town where one brewpub has been linked to about 140 infections. Whitmer also signed a bill allowing bars and restaurants to sell to-go cocktails in an...

This June 2020 photo, shot from a television screen provided by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy shows damage to anchor support EP-17-1 on the east leg of the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline within the Straits of Mackinac in Michigan. Enbridge who provided the photos to the state of Michigan, last week said an anchor support on the east leg of the pipeline, right, had shifted.  A Michigan judge Wednesday, July 1, 2020, allowed Enbridge to resume pumping oil through the pipeline, nearly a week after shutting it down because of  damage to the support. Enbridge's Line 5 moves crude oil and liquids used in propane from Superior, Wisconsin, to Sarnia, Ontario, passing through parts of Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas. (Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy via AP)

Michigan judge allows restart of disputed oil pipeline

Jul. 1, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge Wednesday allowed Enbridge to resume pumping oil through a Midwestern pipeline, nearly a week after shutting it down because of damage to a structure that anchors a section of the line running through a Great Lakes channel. Enbridge's Line 5 moves crude oil and...

Governor closes indoor bar service in parts of Michigan due to COVID-19 concerns; signs bills allowing cocktails-to-go

Jul. 1, 2020 4:01 PM EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Governor closes indoor bar service in parts of Michigan due to COVID-19 concerns; signs bills allowing cocktails-to-go.
FILE - In this April 15, 2020, file photo protesters carry rifles near the steps of the Michigan State Capitol building in Lansing, Mich. A board overseeing Michigan's Capitol has determined it has the legal authority to decide if guns will continue to be allowed in the Lansing building and on its grounds. The Michigan State Capitol Commission on Tuesday, June 30, reviewed a formal legal opinion by Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel that said the board had the power to prohibit firearms at the Capitol. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Board finds it has authority on guns at Michigan Capitol

Jul. 1, 2020 10:21 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A board overseeing Michigan’s Capitol determined Tuesday that it has the legal authority to decide whether guns will continue to be allowed in the building and on its grounds. The Michigan State Capitol Commission reviewed a formal legal opinion by attorney Gary P. Gordon that...

Michigan ease restrictions on long-term care facility visits

Jun. 30, 2020 9:14 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday eased restrictions on visits to nursing and other residential facilities that were imposed to limit the spread of COVID-19. Two orders signed by MDHHS Director Robert Gordon that are effective immediately allow exceptions...