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Michigan governor open to allowing Great Lakes oil tunnel

Apr. 17, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday that she's open to allowing construction of an oil transport tunnel beneath the channel where Lakes Huron and Michigan meet, despite previously halting work on a tunnel plan developed by her predecessor. Whitmer told reporters she wanted...

Michigan AG: No abortion prosecutions if Roe is reversed

Apr. 16, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's attorney general said Tuesday that she will not enforce a state abortion ban if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling. Democrat Dana Nessel, speaking at a Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan conference, told the crowd of abortion rights...

Faith-based adoption agency sues after Michigan settlement

Apr. 15, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Faith-based adoption agencies sued the state of Michigan on Monday, challenging a settlement that prevents them from refusing to put children in LGBT homes for religious reasons. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed the lawsuit in western Michigan's U.S. District Court on...

GOP states discover a tax hike they have to like: for roads

Apr. 14, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — After passing waves of tax cuts in recent years, some lawmakers in several Republican-dominated states have decided it's time to make a big exception and are pushing for tax increases to fix roads that are crumbling from years of neglect. In the past month alone, the Republican...

People wrongly accused of jobless fraud win major ruling

Apr. 5, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Residents who were wrongly accused of defrauding Michigan's unemployment program won a major ruling Friday as the state Supreme Court set a favorable deadline for people to sue over decisions spit out from a disastrous computer system and enforced by staff. The court said victims qualify if...

Judge orders closer look at Great Lakes oil spill plans

Apr. 1, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a government agency to take a closer look at pipeline company Enbridge's plans for dealing with potential oil spills in the waterway connecting Lakes Huron and Michigan. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith instructed the Pipeline and Hazardous...

The Latest: Enbridge criticizes Michigan pipeline opinion

Mar. 28, 2019 8:40 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on Michigan officials halting work toward a Great Lakes oil pipeline tunnel (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Canadian pipeline company Enbridge says it's "surprised and disappointed" by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel's finding that a law authorizing construction of...

Michigan governor halts Great Lakes pipeline tunnel project

Mar. 28, 2019 8:09 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A law that Michigan's Republican-led Legislature hurriedly passed during a lame-duck session in December authorizing construction of an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the channel linking lakes Huron and Michigan is unconstitutional, the state's Democratic attorney general said...

Ruling creates uncertainty for states' Medicaid work rules

Mar. 28, 2019 7:58 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The governor whose state is at the center of the fight over work requirements for Medicaid recipients said Thursday he wants to fight a judge's ruling blocking those rules, while Republicans elsewhere are trying to determine the decision's effect on their state. Arkansas Gov. Asa...

Trump's return to west Michigan comes amid Democratic gains

Mar. 28, 2019 3:24 AM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The 50 or so party faithful gathered at a western Michigan GOP headquarters prayed for President Donald Trump's re-election and hummed with excitement about his upcoming visit — a meeting-turned-pep rally for the effort they'll mount on his behalf in 2020. "Are we ready?"...