Latest Rick Snyder News

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

Nov. 29, 2021 09:02 AM EST

Detroit News. Nov. 25, 2021. Editorial: Whitmer, stay firm on avoiding mandates Much like last holiday season, Michigan is getting slammed with a wave of COVID-19 infections. While this is discouraging, we’re pleased to see that Gov. Gretchen...

Whitmer seeks federal funds to convert I-375 to boulevard

Nov. 24, 2021 16:11 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday asked the Biden administration for federal funding to replace Interstate 375, a 1-mile depressed freeway in Detroit that was built by demolishing Black neighborhoods 60 years ago. The state wants to convert the...

Judge OKs $626 million settlement in Flint water litigation

Nov. 10, 2021 19:20 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Wednesday approved a $626 million deal to settle lawsuits filed by Flint residents who found their tap water contaminated by lead following disastrous decisions to switch the city's water source and a failure to swiftly acknowledge the problem. ...

Key moments in Flint, Michigan’s lead-tainted water crisis

Nov. 10, 2021 18:21 PM EST

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge’s approval Wednesday of a $626 million settlement for Flint residents and others who were exposed to lead-contaminated water is the latest development in the crisis that started in 2014. That was when the city began taking water from the Flint River...

Michigan House leader wants earlier elections to fill seats

Nov. 09, 2021 16:14 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican leader of the Michigan House urged Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to immediately schedule special elections to fill what will be four open seats in the chamber, which would be the most vacancies in at least 30 years. Whitmer, a Democrat, is...

Emails show officials sniping amid 2nd Michigan lead crisis

Nov. 08, 2021 17:56 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — After a Michigan official emailed the head of Benton Harbor’s drinking water system in June 2019 about the impoverished city's failure to hit targets for treating corroded lead pipes, the local leader snapped back: “I have no time for this.” ...

Michigan to pay $300K to only staffer fired over Flint water

Nov. 05, 2021 14:25 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The state of Michigan said Friday it agreed pay $300,000 to settle wrongful discharge claims by the only employee who was fired as a result of lead-contaminated water in Flint. The deal with Liane Shekter Smith, who was head of the state’s drinking...

Michigan court again vacates restrictions on ballot drives

Oct. 29, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan appeals court on Friday again struck down major changes to the state's ballot drive law, including a limit on how many voter signatures can come from any one region. The ruling was the latest in a lengthy legal fight that began after...

Whitmer raises $3.1M, Craig $1.4M in governor's race

Oct. 25, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer raised $3.1 million over three months for her reelection campaign and had $12.6 million on hand a year before the 2022 election, while former Detroit police chief James Craig outraised a field of Republicans vying to challenge her. ...

McLaren will pay $5M, not $20M, in Flint water settlement

Oct. 20, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A $641 million settlement with people affected by Flint's lead-contaminated water was reduced by $15 million Wednesday after a judge agreed that a hospital could cut its pledge. McLaren Health will pay $5 million instead of $20 million. It had the...