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Police lead protesters in a march after a rally in Detroit, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, over the death of George Floyd, an African American man who died on May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee into his neck for several minutes even after he stopped moving and pleading for air. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Michigan Senate: Train police on bias, de-escalation

Jun. 4, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Senate unanimously approved a bill Thursday that would require police to be trained on implicit bias and de-escalation techniques to minimize the use of force, a move made more than a week after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The legislation would also require,...

In this Monday, June 1, 2020, photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks during a news conference in Lansing, Mich. Whitmer lifted Michigan's nearly 10-week coronavirus stay-at-home order Monday, letting restaurants reopen to dine-in customers next week and immediately easing limits on outdoor gatherings while keeping social-distancing rules intact. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP, Pool)

Panel OKs $1.2B coronavirus bill; visitation rules relaxed

Jun. 3, 2020 11:55 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers advanced a bill Wednesday that would allocate more than $1.2 billion in federal coronavirus relief funding, including $200 million to help small businesses restart as stay-at-home restrictions are loosened. The state, meanwhile, relaxed rules so people can visit...

Protest organizer Alyssa Bates, left, kneels beside Grand Rapids police Chief Eric Payne during a protest in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich., Wednesday, June 3, 2020, prompted by the death of George Floyd. (Anntaninna Biondo/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)

Whitmer backs police changes after deaths of Floyd, others

Jun. 3, 2020 11:52 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called Wednesday for policy changes to prevent police abuses following the killings of George Floyd and other black people, backing continuing education for officers in Michigan and legislation that would require training on implicit bias and de-escalation...

This photo provided by Maxar Technologies shows Edenville Dam in Beaverton, Mich., Thursday, May 21, 2020, after it was damaged. (Maxar Technologies via AP)

Congress demands answers on Michigan's Edenville Dam failure

Jun. 1, 2020 1:11 PM EDT

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — A U.S. House committee is investigating the failure of a Michigan dam, giving the state two weeks to respond to a series of detailed questions about inspections and oversight. The House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a similar letter to a federal agency that had oversight of the...

Michigan House passes bills to let college athletes be paid

May. 27, 2020 6:55 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Colleges athletes could be paid for the use of their names, images or likeness rights under bipartisan legislation approved Wednesday by the Michigan House, which overwhelmingly sent the bills to the Senate for consideration. The measures would prohibit in-state schools, the NCAA and...

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2019, file photo, Republican Senate candidate John James appears at a campaign rally for President Donald Trump in Battle Creek, Mich.  James has been called a rising star of the Republican Party so many times it’s become a cliche, but his race against Sen. Gary Peters in a presidential battleground state has gotten dicier. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

GOP rising star John James faces trouble at top of ticket

May. 21, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

Michigan Senate candidate John James has been called a rising star of the Republican Party so many times it’s become a cliche. The African American combat veteran, business owner and 38-year-old father of three brought down the house at the country's largest gathering of conservatives earlier this year. He...

Michigan Legislature loses challenge to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's emergency authority in coronavirus pandemic

May. 21, 2020 4:13 PM EDT
DETROIT (AP) — Michigan Legislature loses challenge to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's emergency authority in coronavirus pandemic.

Michigan judge hears latest clash over stay-home orders

May. 15, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Republicans who control the Michigan Legislature urged a judge Friday to strike down stay-home orders and other restrictions related to the coronavirus, saying Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer trampled their authority in determining statewide emergencies. The clash in Michigan is the latest...

In a pool photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Monday, May 11, 2020. Protests against Whitmer have erupted in recent weeks as she has put in place restrictions on businesses and Michigan residents, including a sweeping stay-at-home order, intending to limit gatherings as a way to reduce the spread of coronavirus. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP, Pool)

Senate OKs virus relief bill; nursing home order questioned

May. 13, 2020 11:58 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's Legislature on Wednesday began authorizing the state to spend half a billion dollars of federal coronavirus relief funding, while majority Republicans voiced concern about the safety of nursing homes for residents who don't have COVID-19. The state, meanwhile, announced...

FILE - in this Sept. 28, 2007 file photo, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, right, appears with state Rep. Morris Hood III, D-Detroit, during a House session at the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich. Complications from the COVID-19 virus have claimed the life of Hood, a former Democratic state legislator from Detroit. Wayne County Executive Warren Evan's office said Tuesday, May 12, 2020, that Hood's family confirmed his death. Hood died Monday, May 11. He was 54. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

Former state legislator Hood dies from virus complications

May. 12, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Morris Hood III, a former Democratic state legislator from Detroit, has died of COVID-19. He was 54. Hood's family confirmed he died on Monday, Wayne County Executive Warren Evan’s office said Tuesday. “He was the very definition of a public servant, one who...