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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 Jan. 29, 2020, file photo, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivers her State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate, at the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis, File)

AP sources: Whitmer met with Biden as he nears VP decision

Aug. 7, 2020 9:39 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer traveled to Delaware last weekend to meet with Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's first known in-person session with a potential running mate as he nears a decision. Whitmer visited Biden Sunday, according to two high-ranking Michigan...

Lions waive DT Daylon Mack

Aug. 7, 2020 9:13 PM EDT

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions waived defensive tackle Daylon Mack. The team announced the move Friday. The NFL's transaction report listed the move with a failed physical designation. The Lions acquired Mack off waivers from Baltimore last weekend. Mack was a fifth-round draft pick by the...

Zane Smith celebrates his victory after a NASCAR Truck Series auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Zane Smith scores first NASCAR win in overtime at Michigan

Aug. 7, 2020 9:11 PM EDT

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Zane Smith scored the first Truck Series win of his career Friday night with a last-lap pass in double overtime at Michigan International Speedway. Grant Enfinger tried to win the race as the leader on four previous restarts but a slew of cautions spoiled his race. Enfinger was the...

Auditor: Official key to tracing contract refused interview

Aug. 7, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A state official involved in a coronavirus contact-tracing contract that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer canceled refused to be interviewed by auditors who investigated, the auditor general's office said in a letter released Friday. Andrea Taverna, the state Department of Health and Human...

22 vehicles stolen on eve of car lot debut in Grand Rapids

Aug. 7, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Nearly two dozen vehicles were stolen in Grand Rapids, spoiling a weekend grand opening for a used car business, police and the owner said. “I feel violated. This sets us way back,” said Don Miller, owner of Autowest in Grand Rapids. Thieves threw rocks through a...

FILE - In a June 17, 2020, file photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan's Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich. Whitmer has extended Michigan's coronavirus emergency through Sept. 4, enabling her to keep in place restrictions designed to curb COVID-19. The Democratic governor on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, pointed to an uptick in cases. Since nearly two months ago, the seven-day statewide average is up six-fold, to about 700. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP, File)

Whitmer extends coronavirus emergency through Sept. 4

Aug. 7, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday extended Michigan's coronavirus emergency through Sept. 4, enabling her to keep in place restrictions designed to curb the spread of COVID-19. The governor, whose administration earlier this week said new cases had recently plateaued, noted that they...

Driver Brad Keselowski holds a giant lobster to celebrate his victory in a NASCAR Cup Series auto race, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Keselowski still seeking 1st win at home track in Michigan

Aug. 7, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

Ford is on a nice little winning streak at Michigan International Speedway, although it may not feel that way to Brad Keselowski. Keselowski still hasn't won a Cup race in his home state, and it seems like every year that is a story when NASCAR comes to Michigan. Keselowski will have two more chances to end the...

TAKES OUT REFERENCE OF FORMER FOOTBALL PLAYER - FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan shows Dr. Robert E. Anderson.  Dozens of more victims who said they were molested by the University of Michigan doctor have filed a lawsuit against the school. They include a former student who claims he told legendary coach Bo Schembechler about the abuse in 1982.  (Robert Kalmbach/Bentley Historical Library University of Michigan via AP)

Judge: U-Mich. must tell alumni about doctor abuse lawsuits

Aug. 7, 2020 1:35 PM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A judge has ordered the University of Michigan to inform alumni about a class-action lawsuit against the school over sexual abuse by a longtime campus doctor. U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts intervened after lawyers argued that the university shouldn't be communicating with...

A crowd looks through items at the World's Longest Yard Sale, which stretches from Alabama to Michigan, at its southernmost point in Gadsden, Ala., on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Promoters considered canceling the four-day sale because of the coronavirus pandemic but decided to go ahead with the event, now in its 34th year.   (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

Virus resistant: World's Longest Yard Sale still lines roads

Aug. 7, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — For decades, thousands of vendors have fanned out along roadsides from Alabama to Michigan each summer to haggle over the prices of old Coca-Cola bottles, clothes, toys, knives and more at The World's Longest Yard Sale. And though the coronavirus pandemic has canceled events around the...