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Michigan official to resign after defending racist slur

Aug. 7, 2020 10:24 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — An elected official in a mostly white county in northern Michigan who used a racist slur prior to a public meeting to describe Black people in Detroit will resign, the county administrator said Friday. Leelanau County Administrator Chet Janik said Tom Eckerle, a member of the...

FILE - In this March 6, 2020 file photo, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., speaks at a campaign rally in Detroit. Tlaib won a challenge for her House seat in Michigan's Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020 primary, in a rematch with the woman she narrowly defeated two years ago. Tlaib, one of the first two Muslim women in Congress, easily secured likely re-election to the 13th District in and around Detroit. Her opponent in the primary was Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

'Squad' member Rashida Tlaib wins primary in Michigan

Aug. 5, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — “Squad” member Rashida Tlaib won a challenge for her House seat in Michigan’s primary, in a rematch with the woman she narrowly defeated two years ago. Tlaib, one of the first two Muslim women in Congress, easily secured likely re-election to the 13th District in...

FILE - In an Oct. 26, 2018, file photo, Rashida Tlaib, left, then-Democratic candidate for the Michigan's 13th Congressional District, and Brenda Jones speak during a rally in Detroit. Tlaib's approach to governing as an unapologetic fighter, taking aim at the status quo alongside three other first-term congresswomen of color who make up the

'Squad' member Tlaib leads in Michigan primary

Aug. 5, 2020 4:18 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — "Squad” member Rashida Tlaib was trying to fend off a serious challenge for her House seat in Michigan's primary on Tuesday, in a rematch with the woman she narrowly defeated two years ago. Tlaib, one of the first two Muslim women in Congress, was seeking reelection in the 13th...

Michigan Legislature cancels session after senator's test

Aug. 3, 2020 4:38 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Legislature on Monday canceled this week's session and hearings because a Lansing-area state senator tested positive for the coronavirus through screening required by his service in the Michigan Army National Guard. Republican Sen. Tom Barrett, of Charlotte, said he was...

Michigan high court won't hear absentee ballot deadline case

Jul. 31, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A split Michigan Supreme Court on Friday declined to hear a case that sought to extend the state's deadline to receive absentee ballots — a decision that left one dissenting justice “baffled and troubled” ahead of the November presidential election in the swing...

Michigan's top court kills lawsuit by wrongly imprisoned man

Jul. 30, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has stopped a man from suing the state after he spent more than a year in prison for a crime that wasn't a crime. The man was behind bars for 17 months for failing to provide accurate information for Michigan's sex offender registry. The Corrections Department then...

FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2018, file photo, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder speaks during the funeral service for Aretha Franklin in Detroit. Flint residents whose health and homes were harmed by lead-contaminated water scored a legal milestone Wednesday, July 29, 2020 when the Michigan Supreme Court said they could proceed with a lawsuit against public officials for the disastrous decisions that caused the scandal. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Court: Flint class-action can proceed over lead in water

Jul. 29, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Flint residents whose health and homes were harmed by lead-contaminated water scored a legal milestone Wednesday when the Michigan Supreme Court said they could proceed with a lawsuit against public officials for the disastrous decisions that caused the scandal. “Plaintiffs in this...

FILE - This June 2020 file photo, shot from a television screen provided by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy shows damage to anchor support EP-17-1 on the east leg of the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline within the Straits of Mackinac in Michigan. Recent damage that prompted the temporary shutdown of an Enbridge oil pipeline in a channel linking two of the Great Lakes may have been done by vessels working for the company, according to an in-house report provided Thursday, July 23, 2020, to The Associated Press. (Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy via AP File)

Enbridge contractor vessels may have bumped pipeline support

Jul. 23, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Recent damage that prompted the temporary shutdown of an Enbridge oil pipeline in a channel linking two of the Great Lakes may have been done by vessels working for the company, according to an in-house report provided Thursday to The Associated Press. Enbridge this week...

FILE - In an Oct. 26, 2018, file photo, Rashida Tlaib, left, then-Democratic candidate for the Michigan's 13th Congressional District, and Brenda Jones speak during a rally in Detroit. Tlaib's approach to governing as an unapologetic fighter, taking aim at the status quo alongside three other first-term congresswomen of color who make up the

'Squad' member Tlaib may be vulnerable in tough primary

Jul. 23, 2020 7:56 AM EDT

Rep. Rashida Tlaib had been in Congress for a matter of hours when she was seen on video telling supporters that she and other Democrats were going to impeach President Donald Trump, using an expletive rather than Trump’s name. The room full of activists cheered, but some people back home — and in...

FILE - This June 2020 file photo, shot from a television screen provided by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy shows damage to anchor support EP-17-1 on the east leg of the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline within the Straits of Mackinac in Michigan. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer criticized Enbridge Inc. on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 for what she described as the company's refusal to make an airtight pledge that it would pay for any damages caused by an oil spill from its pipeline beneath a Great Lakes waterway. (Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy via AP File)

Whitmer: Enbridge dodging responsibility for potential spill

Jul. 22, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer criticized Enbridge Inc. on Wednesday for what she described as the company's refusal to make an airtight pledge to pay for damages caused by a potential oil spill from its pipeline beneath a Great Lakes channel. The Democratic governor's...