Latest Gretchen Whitmer News

October trial postponed for 5 men in Michigan governor plot

Sep. 17, 2021 14:25 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday said he would postpone the Oct. 12 trial of five men accused of planning to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. A new date wasn't immediately set, but U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker suggested the trial might get...

Ford adding 450 jobs to meet demand for new electric truck

Sep. 16, 2021 16:26 PM EDT

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. plans to spend $250 million and add 450 jobs at three Michigan plants to meet demand for the new F-150 Lightning. Ford already has taken more than 150,000 reservations for the new electric version of its immensely popular F-150...

Parents push for Michigan mask mandate inside schools

Sep. 16, 2021 00:01 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A coalition of parent groups on Wednesday urged Michigan's health department to require indoor masking at all schools to curb the coronavirus and vowed to combat politicians who oppose such mandates. The Michigan Parents Alliance for Safe Schools...

Lawmakers, Whitmer announce deal to finalize state budget

Sep. 15, 2021 17:33 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Top lawmakers and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration announced a deal Wednesday to finalize the next state budget. They had waited to work out spending plans for state departments and funding for universities, community colleges and local...

US doesn't object to trial delay in Whitmer kidnapping case

Sep. 15, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are not objecting to a delay in the fall trial of five men accused of planning to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The government said it wouldn't be harmed by a postponement, noting that it hasn't made significant payments...

Most states have cut back public health powers amid pandemic

Sep. 15, 2021 05:18 AM EDT

Republican legislators in more than half of U.S. states, spurred on by voters angry about lockdowns and mask mandates, are taking away the powers that state and local officials use to protect the public against infectious diseases. A Kaiser Health News review of hundreds...

Whitmer: Use $1.4B to expand health access, build facilities

Sep. 14, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday proposed spending $1.4 billion in federal pandemic funding to expand health care and infrastructure, including to bolster access to mental health services, replace state psychiatric hospitals and build a new public health lab. ...

Ex-Detroit police chief enters governor race amid protest

Sep. 14, 2021 16:58 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig formally announced his campaign for governor Tuesday, but not before protesters derailed his kickoff event at a state park and forced him to move. He effectively has been running for months but waited to make it...

Whitmer vetoes bill to limit use of threat alert system

Sep. 10, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday vetoed a Republican-sponsored bill that would have restricted state officials' ability to use the Public Threat Alert System to announce new laws or executive orders. The Democratic governor, whose veto had been...

Groups seek federal help with lead in Michigan city's water

Sep. 10, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

Advocacy groups are urging the Biden administration to help provide safe drinking water in Benton Harbor, a low-income, predominantly Black city in southwestern Michigan where tests repeatedly have shown excessive lead levels in the water supply. In a petition filed...