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In this Dec. 27, 2019, photo, State Reps. Isaac Robinson and Cynthia A. Johnson, D-Detroit, protest with community members in Detroit over the expansion of a treatment center in Hamtramck. First-term Michigan State Rep. Robinson died Sunday, March 29, 2020, according to this mother, who said she suspects her son's death could be related to the coronavirus. He was 44. (Sarah Rahal/Detroit News via AP)

Michigan lawmaker killed by virus hailed as cheerful battler

Mar. 30, 2020 11:31 PM EDT

State Rep. Isaac Robinson was devoted to politics and Detroit, battling for decades on behalf of the city's underdogs until succumbing to its latest scourge: the coronavirus. The 44-year-old lawmaker was midway through his first term in the Michigan House when he died Sunday, hours after checking into Detroit...

A man unknowingly attempted to board his SMART bus at 9 Mile and Woodward in Ferndale, Mich., from the front Tuesday, March, 17, 2020. Passengers have been requested to enter from the back of the busses due to Coronavirus threat. (Mandi Wright/Detroit Free Press via AP)

Michigan lawmakers approve $125M for virus outbreak

Mar. 17, 2020 10:32 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan lawmakers late Tuesday approved $125 million in emergency relief to fight the coronavirus outbreak, including $50 million to help expand the health care system's capacity amid rising cases during the pandemic. The spending would be on top of $25 million the Legislature OK'd last...

Lawmakers OK bill cementing landmark Lake Michigan ruling

Mar. 14, 2020 10:28 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers have passed legislation to embrace a landmark state Supreme Court decision affirming that the Lake Michigan shoreline is publicly owned and open to all for recreation. The General Assembly gave its final approval Wednesday to the bill, which covers the core holdings of...

Gov. Whitmer closes all Michigan schools amid COVID-19 scare

Mar. 13, 2020 2:45 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday that, effective Monday, all of the state's public and private schools will closed for three weeks through April 5 to combat the spread of a rising number of coronavirus cases. The announcement during a late-night news conference came as...

Michigan OKs spending for tuition aid and tourism campaign

Mar. 12, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Legislature on Thursday approved $312 million in spending to provide financial assistance for adults age 25 and older to attend community college and partially revive the state's tourism campaign. The supplemental bill won bipartisan approval, 36-2 in the Senate and 101-6...

Michigan deal funds virus outbreak, tuition aid, tourism ads

Mar. 10, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday agreed to $321 million in spending that will be used to combat the coronavirus, provide financial assistance for certain adults to go to community college and partially revive the state's tourism campaign. The supplemental bills...

Michigan considers adding suicide hotline to student IDs

Mar. 8, 2020 9:38 AM EDT

WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers are considering requiring school districts across the state to include a 24-hour suicide prevention hotline number on student identification cards for grades 6-12. Republican state Rep. Andrea Schroeder introduced the measure last month, The Detroit News...

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2019, file photo, State Sen. Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township, speaks after a news conference at the Capitol in Lansing, Mich. Lucido has been stripped of a committee chairmanship and ordered to undergo training after the state Senate concluded allegations of sexual harassment lodged by several woman, including a legislator, were credible. Republican Sen. Peter Lucido lost his position leading the Senate Advice and Consent Committee on Thursday, March, 5, 2020. (AP Photo/David Eggert, File)

Michigan state senator denies sexual harassment allegations

Mar. 6, 2020 2:18 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker issued a statement Friday denying that he sexually harassed three women, a day after the Senate leader removed him from a committee he led and ordered him to undergo training. Sen. Peter Lucido, a Republican from Macomb County's Shelby Township, noted that the...

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2019, file photo, State Sen. Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township, speaks after a news conference at the Capitol in Lansing, Mich. Lucido has been stripped of a committee chairmanship and ordered to undergo training after the state Senate concluded allegations of sexual harassment lodged by several woman, including a legislator, were credible. Republican Sen. Peter Lucido lost his position leading the Senate Advice and Consent Committee on Thursday, March, 5, 2020. (AP Photo/David Eggert, File)

Michigan lawmaker disciplined after sexual harassment probe

Mar. 5, 2020 6:30 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker was stripped of a committee chairmanship and ordered to undergo training Thursday after the state Senate concluded allegations of sexual harassment lodged by several women, including a legislator, were credible. Republican Sen. Peter Lucido of Macomb County's...

House road plan has no tax hike; Senate wants to curb debt

Mar. 4, 2020 11:45 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republicans who control the Michigan House proposed a new transportation-funding plan Wednesday that would not raise fuel taxes but would direct an additional $800 million toward local roads. The core facet of the proposal is similar to one that was not embraced last year by...