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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. Lucido, who is under investigation for allegedly making a sexist comment to a reporter, now faces a sexual harassment complaint from a fellow senator. (AP Photo/David Eggert, File)

Michigan lawmaker alleges fellow senator harassed her

Jan. 21, 2020 12:01 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker who is under investigation for allegedly making a sexist comment to a reporter now faces a sexual harassment complaint from a fellow senator. State Sen. Mallory McMorrow filed the complaint Tuesday against Republican Sen. Peter Lucido over an incident that occurred...

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...

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...

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,...

Cleanup of contaminated site is expected to cost millions

Jan. 15, 2020 6:58 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The cleanup of an industrial site in suburban Detroit from which contaminated water leaked last month will likely cost millions of dollars, officials of Michigan’s environmental agency said Wednesday. Tracy Kecskenmeti of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and...

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...

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, R-Manton, speaks to reporters about her bill that would lift Michigan's ban on stun guns on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in the House chamber in Lansing, Mich. The bill was sent to the Senate for future consideration. (AP Photo/David Eggert)

Michigan House votes to lift state's ban against stun guns

Jan. 14, 2020 4:56 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan would lift its ban on stun guns under legislation advanced by lawmakers on Tuesday. The bill would allow the sale, possession and “reasonable use” of a stun device by those 18 and older. Michigan currently allows law enforcement and people with a concealed...