Latest Michigan state government News

Michigan: Over 1,200 nursing home residents dead from virus

May. 28, 2020 3:19 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — At least 1,216 residents of nursing homes in Michigan have died from the new coronavirus, accounting for nearly a quarter of all COVID-19 deaths, the state health department said. Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon said at a legislative hearing...

Barber Karl Manke, of Owosso, gives a free haircut on the steps of the State Capitol during a rally in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Barbers and hair stylists are protesting the state's stay-at-home orders, a defiant demonstration that reflects how salons have become a symbol for small businesses that are eager to reopen two months after the COVID-19 pandemic began. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Court orders defiant Michigan barber to close his shop

May. 28, 2020 11:46 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan court on Thursday ordered a barber to close his shop and stop defying the state's coronavirus restrictions, though he vowed to keep cutting hair. The Michigan appeals court overturned a decision by a Shiawassee County judge and ordered him to sign an injunction sought by state...

Barber Karl Manke, of Owosso, gives a free haircut on the steps of the State Capitol during a rally in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Barbers and hair stylists are protesting the state's stay-at-home orders, a defiant demonstration that reflects how salons have become a symbol for small businesses that are eager to reopen two months after the COVID-19 pandemic began. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Official says defiant Michigan barbershop is health threat

May. 27, 2020 10:11 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A barbershop that has been operating in defiance of Michigan's coronavirus restrictions poses an “imminent threat” to public health, the state's chief medical officer testified Wednesday. Photos of the shop in Owosso showed customers sitting close together. Some weren't wearing...

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivers a brief update on the dam breach and flooding throughout mid-Michigan counties at Meridian Elementary School in Sanford on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (Kaytie Boomer/The Bay City Times via AP)

Governor orders probe of failed dams that caused flooding

May. 27, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

West Bloomfield, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday demanded an investigation to determine what caused two dams in central Michigan to fail, leading to devastating floods in several communities and forcing about 11,000 people to evacuate their homes. Whitmer ordered the Michigan Department of...

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...

Enbridge finds protective coating gaps on Michigan pipeline

May. 26, 2020 6:57 PM EDT

Traverse City, Mich. (AP) — Enbridge said Tuesday it had discovered four spots on an oil pipeline in Michigan's Straits of Mackinac where protective coating has worn away, leaving bare metal exposed. The Canadian company said crews noticed the spots this month while installing screw anchors to secure...

In this photo provided by the Michigan Executive Office of the Governor, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks during a news conference Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Lansing, Mich. Whitmer announced that people who leave their home for work or those who have coronavirus symptoms can be tested without needing a doctor's note. It was the state's latest move to expand COVID-19 testing, which is seen as a critical to slowing the virus particularly as the governor loosens stay-at-home restrictions. (Michigan Executive Office of the Governor via AP)

Whitmer: People can get virus test without doctor's note

May. 26, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday said people who leave their home for work or those who have coronavirus symptoms can be tested without a doctor's note, expediting testing that is seen as critical to slowing the spread of the virus. Several tribal casinos, meanwhile, announced they...

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2019, file photo, Marc Mallory, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's husband, reacts, as she delivers her State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate, in Lansing, Mich. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's husband urged a business to get his boat in the water in time for Memorial Day weekend, according to social media posts, while she was publicly telling cooped-up residents to resist flocking to popular vacation areas during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Al Goldis, File)

Michigan governor: Husband's call about boat was just humor

May. 26, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer acknowledged Tuesday that her husband dropped her name in an effort to get his boat in the water for Memorial Day weekend but said it simply was a “failed attempt at humor” during a phone call with a recreation business. “He thought it...

Michigan virus cases, deaths rise by a very small margin

May. 25, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan posted small increases in coronavirus cases and COVID-19 deaths Monday. The 12 deaths raised the state's total to 5,240, with 78% of them in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Cases increased by 202 to nearly 55,000, the health department said. More than 33,000 people whose...

Michiganders hold $50M in unredeemed bottle, can deposits

May. 25, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Fifty million dollars is a whole lot of dimes. That’s how much Michigan residents hold in beer, pop, and other bottles and cans with 10-cent deposits accumulated since late March, when an emergency order by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer stopped redemption at supermarkets and other stores...