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Whitmer vetoes bills to further delay taxes during pandemic

Jul. 9, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday vetoed bills that would have further delayed tax payments amid the coronavirus pandemic, citing harm to local budgets across Michigan and saying one measure related to property taxes was “blatantly" unconstitutional. The legislation had won...

No lighter sentence for man convicted of murder as teen

Jul. 8, 2020 7:14 PM EDT

CORUNNA, Mich. (AP) — A man convicted of killing his pregnant girlfriend when they were teenagers in 1970 won't get a shorter prison sentence. A Shiawassee County judge said Daniel Wheeler will continue to serve a life sentence with no chance for parole. He has been in prison for nearly 50 years. Wheeler,...

Michigan's daily virus cases top 600; highest since May

Jul. 8, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's new coronavirus infections topped 600 Wednesday, the highest daily number since late May. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who has warned that restrictions are possible if cases heat up, plans to speak to reporters Thursday. The state reported 610 new cases and 10 additional deaths....

Water shutoff protections extended by Michigan governor

Jul. 8, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Protections to prevent water shutoffs during the coronavirus pandemic are being extended to the end of the year under an order signed Wednesday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Since March, 2,477 Michiganders have had their water restored through a grant to help utilities reconnect...

FILE - This May 27, 2019, file photo shows the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles world headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich. A federal judge in Detroit dismissed General Motors’ lawsuit Wednesday, July 8, 2020, alleging that rival Fiat Chrysler paid off union leaders to get better contract terms than GM. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Judge dismisses GM's bribery lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler

Jul. 8, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge in Detroit has tossed out General Motors’ lawsuit alleging that Fiat Chrysler paid off union leaders to get better contract terms than GM. In a ruling Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Paul Borman wrote that GM’s alleged injuries were not caused by FCA violating...

Strong storms pummel Detroit area, cutting power to many

Jul. 8, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Strong storms dumped heavy rain across the Detroit area on Wednesday, flooding freeways and interrupting power to thousands of homes and businesses. DTE Energy said more than 27,000 customers had no electricity shortly before 5 p.m. The southbound Lodge Freeway was completely closed at the...

Michigan fines liquor distributor $3M over supply shortages

Jul. 8, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan on Wednesday announced a $3 million fine against the state's largest liquor distributor over delays in shipping booze to vendors. NWS Michigan, which does business as Republican National Distributing Co., acknowledged 88 violations of state law to settle an investigation...

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2018, file photo, Denny Hamlin (11), Chase Elliott (9) and Erik Jones (20) come around Turn 1 during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race in Watkins Glen, N.Y. NASCAR will move its August road course race from Watkins Glen in upstate New York because of state health restrictions, and the event will shift instead to the road course at Daytona International Speedway. NASCAR'S August schedule revisions announced Wednesday, July 8, 2020, cover six Cup races at three tracks.  (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

NASCAR moving Watkins Glen race to Daytona road course

Jul. 8, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR will move its August road course race from Watkins Glen in upstate New York because of state health restrictions, and the event will shift instead to the road course at Daytona International Speedway. The move means the Cup Series will make its debut on Daytona's road course,...

FILE - This Sept. 7, 2019, file photo, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh watches from the sideline in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Army, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Harbaugh, who has two years left on his deal, says he was close to a contract extension before coping with the pandemic became a priority. (AP Photo/Tony Ding, File)

Harbaugh was close to a new deal at Michigan before pandemic

Jul. 8, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said Wednesday he was closing in on a contract extension before coping with the COVID-19 pandemic became a top priority for all involved in the discussions. “There’s bigger fish to fry for our athletic director, or our administration, me as...

Boy Scouts lose thousands of returnables to a thief

Jul. 8, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Thousands of returnable cans and bottles collected by Boy Scouts in the Battle Creek area have been stolen. Members of Boy Scout Troop 329 had collected the 10-cent containers when stores weren't accepting returnables because of the coronavirus. They had planned to get more than...