Latest Michigan state government News

Judge blocks Michigan's ban on flavored e-cigarettes

Oct. 15, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge temporarily blocked the state's weeks-old ban on flavored e-cigarettes Tuesday, saying it may force adults to return to smoking more harmful tobacco products and has irreparably hurt vaping businesses. Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens put the prohibition on hold...

The Latest: Michigan governor vows to appeal e-cig ruling

Oct. 15, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on Michigan's ban on flavored electronic cigarettes (all times local): 5:21 p.m. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she will appeal a judge's decision to block enforcement of the state's new ban on flavored electronic cigarettes. The Democrat issued a statement Tuesday...

Michigan to proceed with rules limiting chemicals in water

Oct. 11, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration is proceeding with plans to set what may be some of the country's strictest and most far-reaching limits on "forever chemicals" in drinking water. The state Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy announced Friday that it is...

AG seeks to halt adoption ruling, denies anti-Catholic bias

Oct. 11, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is asking a federal judge to halt an injunction that lets religious-based adoption and foster care agencies refuse to serve LGBT couples. The Democrat announced Friday that she filed an emergency motion for a stay Thursday. She contends U.S....

UAW-GM strike proving costly to more than workers, automaker

Oct. 11, 2019 12:29 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Zack Bazzi is not seeing workers from a nearby General Motors plant swing through the gas station where he works on Detroit's east side since they went on strike nearly a month ago. Business is "slow," Bazzi said from behind the counter of the empty Marathon station within a short walk of...

The Latest: Mich. Governor concerned about strike impact

Oct. 7, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on the strike by General Motors workers (all times local): 2 p.m. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she's concerned about the growing impact of the United Auto Workers union's strike against General Motors. Whitmer visited workers on the picket lines at a GM plant near the state...

Michigan reports its first suspected vaping-related death

Oct. 4, 2019 3:23 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's heath department has announced the state's first death associated with an outbreak of vaping-related lung illnesses. The agency said Friday that it was notified Wednesday of the death of a man whose lung illness was linked to vaping. No other details were released. Of the...

Michigan governor signs budget with $1B in line-item vetoes

Sep. 30, 2019 7:52 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed the next state budget Monday hours before the deadline to fund government, while using line-item vetoes to block nearly $1 billion in spending proposed by the Republican-led Legislature. The Democrat enacted the plan amid a standoff with GOP...

Judge strikes down key changes to Michigan ballot drive law

Sep. 27, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A judge struck down changes to Michigan's ballot drive law Friday, ruling that a geographic limit on petition gathering unconstitutionally makes it harder to qualify proposals for a public vote. Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens said the state constitution does not allow the...

Judge: Michigan adoption agencies can turn away LGBT couples

Sep. 26, 2019 9:21 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Religious-based adoption agencies that contract with the state of Michigan will be allowed to refuse to place children in LGBT homes under a preliminary injunction issued by a federal judge Thursday. District Judge Robert Jonker in Grand Rapids blocked Democratic state Attorney...