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Army Corps plans extensive review of Great Lakes tunnel plan

Jun. 23, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday it would conduct an extensive review of Enbridge Energy's plan to build an oil pipeline tunnel beneath a Great Lakes channel in Michigan, which could significantly delay the project. The tunnel...

Michigan Senate GOP probe: No systemic fraud in election

Jun. 23, 2021 18:11 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State Senate Republicans who investigated Michigan's 2020 presidential election for months concluded there was no widespread or systemic fraud and urged the state attorney general to consider probing people who have made baseless allegations about the results in Antrim...

Detroit extends emergency order permitting virtual meetings

Jun. 23, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — An emergence in COVID-19 variant cases has prompted Detroit to extend an order permitting in-person meetings without violations of the Open Meetings Act. Denise Fair, the city's chief public health officer, issued a public health order Wednesday moving...

Unemployed workers can visit state offices starting June 30

Jun. 23, 2021 16:49 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is reopening 12 state Unemployment Insurance Agency offices for in-person visits more than 15 months after they were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Appointments begin June 30. People were able to start booking 15-minute...

Whitmer signs $2.2B COVID-19 bill that releases federal aid

Jun. 23, 2021 14:52 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday signed a $2.2 billion spending bill that allocates federal COVID-19 aid for a continued boost in food assistance benefits and rental relief along with new grants to municipalities. The funds are from a rescue law...

ACLU challenges state cops over racial disparities in stops

Jun. 23, 2021 14:40 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Two Black motorists who had a tense two-hour encounter with white troopers and drug-sniffing dogs filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Michigan State Police, demanding that the agency get outside help to reduce racial disparities in traffic stops. State...

The Latest: Guam launching COVID-19 vaccine tourism program

Jun. 22, 2021 20:15 PM EDT

HAGATNA, Guam — Guam is launching a vaccine tourism program to encourage citizens of neighboring countries and Americans living in East Asia to come get inoculated against COVID-19. The Pacific Daily News reports the first group of three travelers was arriving on a...

'Time to play': Michigan reopens 15 months after pandemic

Jun. 22, 2021 17:33 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan is fully open again. After 15 months of capacity restrictions and being hit by the country's worst surge of coronavirus infections this spring, Michigan's restaurants, entertainment businesses and other venues can operate at 100% occupancy...

Whitmer: Expand tuition aid to 22K more frontline workers

Jun. 22, 2021 17:21 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday highlighted a revised budget proposal that would expand a tuition-free scholarship program to attend community college to 22,000 additional frontline workers. The initiative, which the Democratic governor unveiled...

Michigan ends workplace COVID-19 rules except in health care

Jun. 22, 2021 17:05 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer scaled back COVID-19 workplace safety rules on Tuesday, keeping mask and other requirements only in health care settings. The change coincided with the lifting of broad indoor capacity restrictions and face covering mandates...