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Ruling that cleared way to drive people to vote is blocked

Oct. 21, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A federal appeals court suspended a decision that would allow groups to offer free or reduced price rides to polling places in Michigan. The court issued a stay Wednesday to allow the Republican-controlled Legislature to appeal the ruling by a federal judge in Flint. Since 1895, Michigan has...

Judge: Flint must check water lines in newer neighborhoods

Oct. 13, 2020 8:19 PM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday ordered Flint to check for lead or galvanized steel water lines in neighborhoods built since the 1990s, despite the city's belief that the homes have copper pipes. Flint is in the homestretch of digging down to water lines at more than 20,000 properties and replacing...

FILE - In this July 20, 2018, file photo, a lead pipe is shown after being replaced by a copper water supply line to a home in Flint, Mich. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced a $500 million plan Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, to upgrade drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in Michigan with actions such as replacing lead service lines and removing chemical pollutants. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Whitmer releases $500 million water infrastructure plan

Oct. 1, 2020 12:56 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced a $500 million plan Thursday to upgrade drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in Michigan that includes actions such as replacing lead service lines and removing chemical pollutants. The initiative, dubbed MI Clean Water, calls for creating...

Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., listens to Michigan Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II at Headliners Barbershop in Detroit, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Black voters in Detroit key for Biden, but are they engaged?

Sep. 22, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Wendy Caldwell-Liddell is tired of waiting for change in Detroit. The nation’s largest Black-majority city has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic and its ensuing economic fallout. More than 14,200 COVID-19 cases and 1,500 deaths have been confirmed in the city. So when the...

State officials want feedback from people on opioid crisis

Sep. 21, 2020 10:43 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state health department wants to hear how opioid problems have affected Michigan residents. Two online meetings are planned this week, one for the northern Lower Peninsula on Wednesday, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and another for the Flint area and Thumb region on Friday, from 3:30...

Doyle-Ryder Elementary Principal Daphne Jackson, center, speaks with Flint mother Sharita Watson, 36, on her porch on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020 as Flint Community Schools administrators, support staff and volunteers track down students who have not yet been able to fully connect with their teachers for remote classroom education. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)

Flint school district finds students missing virtual classes

Aug. 29, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Staff have been going door-to-door in a Michigan school district to track down students who have not been participating in online instruction. The Flint district has been able to find about 1,200 students in recent weeks, reported. Earlier this month, groups of...

FILE - In this March 21, 2016, file photo, the Flint Water Plant water tower is seen in Flint, Mich. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says a proposed $600 million deal between the state of Michigan and Flint residents harmed by lead-tainted water is a step toward making amends. Officials announced the settlement Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, which must be approved by a federal judge.  (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Judge: Feds can be sued for failures in Flint water crisis

Aug. 26, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The federal government can be sued for negligence in the Flint water crisis, a judge said Wednesday, citing the failure of regulators to timely act as good Samaritans and blow the whistle on lead in the water supply. The decision comes days after the state of Michigan said it's willing to...