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Trump-tied group pushing for voting changes in Wisconsin

Dec. 06, 2021 00:18 AM EST

MADISON, Wisc. (AP) — A group formed to support former President Donald Trump's agenda is working with Wisconsin Republicans on a ballot measure that would bypass the state's Democratic governor to change how elections are run in the battleground state. The effort...

More Michigan firefighters with cancer eligible for benefits

Dec. 05, 2021 10:01 AM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A new Michigan law makes more firefighters with cancer eligible for workers' compensation benefits. Many firefighters in active service already qualify for wage loss and medical benefits if they get certain types of cancer presumed to have been...

Michigan Senate approves $3.3B water infrastructure bill

Dec. 03, 2021 22:27 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Senate on Thursday unanimously approved $3.3 billion in water infrastructure spending to replace lead pipes and repair aging dams around the state while also sending money to a Detroit-area system that has struggled with flooding blamed on climate change....

Lawyers allied with Trump ordered to pay $175K in sanctions

Dec. 02, 2021 23:35 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Nine lawyers allied with former President Donald Trump were ordered Thursday to pay Detroit and Michigan a total of $175,000 in sanctions for abusing the court system with a sham lawsuit challenging the 2020 election results. The money, which must...

3rd military medical team sent to Michigan amid COVID surge

Dec. 02, 2021 17:20 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A third 22-member medical team from the U.S. military is being deployed to Michigan, where hospitals are grappling with record-high numbers of COVID-19 patients amid the state's fourth surge of infections. The nurses, doctors and respiratory...

Dems renew push for gun-control bills after Oxford shooting

Dec. 01, 2021 23:34 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democrats vowed Wednesday to push new gun-control legislation and to try to revive stalled bills in Michigan's Republican-led Legislature following a mass shooting that left four high school students dead and others with serious injuries. But GOP...

EXPLAINER: Why was Michigan suspect charged with terrorism?

Dec. 01, 2021 19:50 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan prosecutors on Wednesday charged a teen with terrorism in a deadly mass shooting at his high school, a novel approach made possible by a law enacted after the 9/11 attacks nearly 20 years ago. The state's 2002 anti-terrorism law defines a...

Whitmer seeks $300 million for COVID-19 testing at schools

Nov. 30, 2021 21:08 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration said Tuesday it wants lawmakers to quickly allocate $300 million in federal pandemic rescue funding to support COVID-19 testing at schools amid a fourth surge of infections in Michigan. The money was included...

Michigan drops oil pipeline suit, refocuses on separate case

Nov. 30, 2021 16:59 PM EST

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer abandoned a lawsuit Tuesday aimed at shutting down an oil pipeline that runs through part of the Great Lakes but said the state would continue pursuing a separate case with the same goal. Whitmer's legal maneuver followed a federal judge's...

COVID-19 hospitalizations reach record high in Michigan

Nov. 29, 2021 21:43 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's number of hospitalized adults with confirmed COVID-19 cases reached a new pandemic high Monday, nearing 4,200 as the state continued to confront surging infections. The total of 4,185 cases surpassed the previous record of 4,158, which...