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Trial starts for Michigan lawmaker accused in vote scheme

Dec. 3, 2019 4:57 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A lobbyist says she was shocked and angry to receive a text message from a Michigan lawmaker who is charged with trying to get campaign cash for certain votes. The trial of state Rep. Larry Inman began Tuesday in Grand Rapids federal court. The Republican from northern Michigan...

Suspect shot by police after wounding 2 officers dies

Dec. 2, 2019 5:26 PM EST

MONROE, Mich. (AP) — A 40-year-old suspect in the shooting of two police officers at a southeastern Michigan apartment complex has died. Michigan State Police said Monday on Twitter that Simba Lion died over the weekend after he was wounded nearly two weeks ago by other Monroe officers who returned fire....

Correction: Marijuana-Michigan-Illinois story

Nov. 30, 2019 5:00 PM EST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — In a story Nov. 28 about Michigan and Illinois beginning legal marijuana sales, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name of an Illinois company licensed to grow marijuana. It is Revolution Global, not Revolution Enterprises. A corrected version of the story is below:...

Michigan, Illinois set to usher in recreational pot sales

Nov. 30, 2019 4:51 PM EST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — James Daly is eager to make marijuana history on Sunday, when he plans to open the doors to Arbors Wellness, beckon the lengthy line outside and legally start selling recreational pot for the first time in the Midwest. “We’ve worked very hard to be prepared,”...

Impeachment may complicate 2020 for lonely Michigan moderate

Nov. 30, 2019 1:35 PM EST

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — For more than 30 years and under five presidents, Republican Rep. Fred Upton easily won reelection to his southwest Michigan House seat by promoting “common-sense values” and bipartisan accomplishments. Republicans and even many Democrats have appreciated his moderate...

Sorry, Ohio St-Michigan, Wisconsin-Minnesota is biggest game

Nov. 27, 2019 12:12 PM EST

No conference loves a good rivalry more than the Big Ten. There are 17 trophy games recognized by the conference, after all. No trophy is necessary for the biggest rivalry: Ohio State-Michigan is just known as “The Game.” This year, however, Wisconsin-Minnesota takes center stage. The game for Paul...

Lengthy budget impasse taking toll on services in Michigan

Nov. 26, 2019 1:03 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — When $525,000 in state funding was cut from a popular school truancy program she runs to help students in rural northeastern Michigan, Dorothy Pintar held off as long as possible on reducing staff. But last week, nearly two months into a budget impasse in the Capitol, she drove to...

Michigan halts sale of marijuana e-cigs unless re-tested

Nov. 22, 2019 5:57 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan on Friday halted the sale of marijuana vaping products until they are tested for a compound that has been identified as a culprit in e-cigarette-related lung illnesses. The state Marijuana Regulatory Agency’s emergency rules, which prohibit vitamin E acetate, apply to...

Michigan GOP leader uses expletive to call governor ‘crazy’

Nov. 21, 2019 9:08 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Republican legislative leader in Michigan apologized Thursday for using an expletive to describe Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as crazy, saying it was “disrespectful and unnecessary.” The Collegian at Hillsdale College quoted Senate Majority Mike Shirkey’s...

Enbridge completes rock sampling for Michigan tunnel project

Nov. 21, 2019 12:26 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Enbridge says it has completed sediment and rock sampling in preparation for building a Michigan oil pipeline tunnel that some state leaders and environmentalists hope to block. The Canadian company said Thursday its crews took core samples from 27 locations in the Straits of...