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In a photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. The governor announced additional steps to combat racism, declaring it a public health crisis and ordering state employees to complete implicit bias training as the state confronts what she called systemic inequities highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic. She also created an advisory council of Black leaders. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP)

Whitmer takes steps to combat racism, reports case plateau

Aug. 5, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday announced additional steps to combat racism, declaring it a public health crisis and ordering state employees to complete implicit bias training as the state confronts what she called systemic inequities highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic. The...

Toni McDaniel carries her ballot at a polling place in Grand Rapids, Mich., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)

With primary over, attention shifts to Michigan's fall races

Aug. 5, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — With the primary complete, Michigan candidates on Wednesday quickly turned their focus to November — when voters in the presidential battleground will also decide a competitive U.S. Senate race, several House contests and which party controls a legislative chamber. Tuesday's...

This July 2020 photo shows Kjersten and Greg Offenecker, the owners of a Civil War-era mansion turned bed and breakfast in St. Johns, Mich.   The owners of the bed and breakfast have removed a Norwegian flag outside of their business after being accused of promoting racism from people who think that it is a Confederate flag.  Kjersten and Greg Offenecker, owners of The Nordic Pineapple, hung the flag opposite of the American flag after they moved into the Civil War-era mansion in 2018. The red flag, with a blue cross superimposed on a white cross, is a nod to Kjersten Offenbecker’s grandfather, who was born in Norway.  (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)

Couple in Confederate flag flap finds Scandinavian solution

Aug. 5, 2020 2:51 PM EDT

ST. JOHNS, Mich. (AP) — A couple who came under attack for displaying the Norwegian flag outside their mid-Michigan inn because some observers mistook it for a Confederate flag have found another way to show their Scandinavian pride. Greg and Kjersten Offenbecker, who own The Nordic Pineapple in St. Johns,...

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

Tlaib leads primary opponent; Meijer wins GOP contest in 3rd

Aug. 5, 2020 4:10 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s primary featured a serious challenge to an incumbent congresswoman and campaigns for two U.S. House seats where a Republican and a former GOP member are retiring. The election — marked by a surge of mail-in absentee ballots that led to delayed results during...

Michigan adapts to absentee ballot influx before primary

Aug. 3, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

LANSING, Michigan (AP) — Michigan is navigating uncharted waters as more absentee ballots have been cast before Tuesday's primary than in any other election in state history and clerks figure out how to process the influx and manage to safely have in-person voting during the coronavirus pandemic, officials...

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...

Editorial Roundup:

Aug. 3, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

The Detroit News. July 29, 2020 Flawed men, perhaps, but great deeds The danger of erecting monuments to men is that they all stand on clay feet. Many Americans who have long been admired as geniuses or heroes are now under unforgiving scrutiny for offenses that might disqualify them for public honor. Few are...

Michigan pastor leaves corporate job to make a difference

Aug. 3, 2020 1:00 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Sean Holland has a memory of closing a multimillion-dollar business deal in Chicago. “Everybody was doing a toast to this deal. And I blanked out,” he said. “I was at the top of this posh restaurant and I was overlooking Lake Shore Drive. I just said,...

Republicans look to beat 2 Democratic incumbents in US House

Aug. 2, 2020 10:06 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A number of Republican challengers are running in primaries to take on Michigan Reps. Elissa Slotkin and Haley Stevens, whose victories two years ago flipped GOP-held seats and helped Democrats gain control of the U.S. House. Whoever wins will face obstacles in November because both...

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

Michigan primary tests Tlaib, features 2 open House races

Aug. 1, 2020 11:38 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's primary features a viable challenge to an incumbent congresswoman and campaigns for two U.S. House seats where a Republican and a former GOP member are retiring. The election, which is being marked by a surge of mail-in absentee ballots during the coronavirus pandemic, also...