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Michigan governor orders urgent response to lead crisis

Oct. 14, 2021 21:25 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday ordered a “whole-of-government” response to elevated levels of lead in tap water in the southwestern Michigan city of Benton Harbor and vowed to accelerate the replacement of its lead pipes. Her directive that...

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

Oct. 11, 2021 09:28 AM EDT

Detroit News. Oct. 9, 2021. Editorial: Treaty should take Whitmer out of Line 5 fight Gov. Gretchen Whitmer finds herself in a place where a Michigan governor should not be — at the center of an international treaty dispute with America’s closest...

Whitmer restores prevailing wages on state projects

Oct. 07, 2021 21:14 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday that Michigan will pay higher “prevailing" wages on state construction projects, three years after Republican legislators repealed a long-standing law that required better pay. The Democratic governor said...

City in Michigan urged to use bottled water due to lead risk

Oct. 06, 2021 19:13 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan on Wednesday urged residents of Benton Harbor to use only bottled water for cooking and drinking, a major shift in response to the city's elevated levels of lead. The state recently said it would distribute free water and filters in the...

Court hears case about wrong fraud decisions by state agency

Oct. 06, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a case that could open the door to financial penalties against the state for computer-driven decisions that wrongly accused thousands of people of fraud when they collected unemployment benefits. No...

Canada cites US treaty in pipeline dispute in Michigan

Oct. 04, 2021 17:33 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Canada invoked a treaty with the United States and asked a judge Monday to suspend litigation over Michigan's effort to shut down a Great Lakes oil pipeline. Canadian Foreign Minister Marc Garneau made clear that his government is backing Enbridge, the...

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

Sep. 27, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

Detroit News. Sept. 22, 2021. Editorial: Courts should check Whitmer’s fundraising scam Mackinac Island — Michigan Republicans are mounting a court challenge against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s move to blow past campaign fundraising laws and raise...

Jonathan Tukel, judge and longtime federal prosecutor, dies

Sep. 18, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Jonathan Tukel, who was a federal prosecutor before becoming a judge on the Michigan Court of Appeals, has died at age 60. It's the second death of an appeals court judge in recent weeks. Karen Fort Hood died on Aug. 15. Tukel's death...

Whitmer proposes spending $200M to replace lead water pipes

Sep. 08, 2021 14:59 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday proposed spending $200 million in federal pandemic relief funding to replace lead water pipes across Michigan, where aging underground infrastructure was exposed by Flint's disaster. The plan, if approved by the...

GOP's DeVos says she will not seek Michigan governorship

Aug. 10, 2021 20:30 PM EDT

Former U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Tuesday she will not run for Michigan governor in 2022, putting an end to speculation about the onetime Trump administration Cabinet member and partner in one of the state's most influential Republican couples. “I am not...