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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...

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...

Michigan scrambles to find home for parolee; US won't deport

Apr. 3, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The state of Michigan is placing a frail paroled prisoner in an assisted-living center at taxpayer expense after the federal government declined to deport him to Cuba, officials said. Prudencio Loyrafuls' life sentence for drug crimes was reduced in December by then-Gov. Rick Snyder, an...

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...

Judge says panel had authority to complete oil pipeline deal

Mar. 11, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan panel's approval of an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the Great Lakes will remain intact even though a state law set unconstitutionally long terms for authority members, a judge ruled. The Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority was created by lawmakers and then-Republican Gov....

Michigan governor defends proposal for steep fuel tax rise

Mar. 5, 2019 5:12 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday defended her proposal to nearly triple Michigan's per-gallon gasoline tax to make it the highest in the nation, promising no more "shell games" or "half measures" to reverse the deteriorating condition of the roads. The proposal — the...