Latest Michigan state government News

2nd man convicted in Whitmer plot gets 4 years in prison

Oct. 06, 2022 17:43 PM EDT

A man who pleaded guilty to conspiring to kidnap Michigan's governor in 2020 was granted a major break Thursday and sentenced to four years in prison. Kaleb Franks was rewarded for testifying for prosecutors at two trials. His sentence was longer than the term given to another man...

Ann Arbor sends partially treated wastewater into river

Oct. 05, 2022 18:07 PM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The City of Ann Arbor says an estimated 1.38 million gallons (5.2 million liters) of partially treated wastewater flowed into the Huron River during maintenance Tuesday at its treatment plant. The wastewater had received all treatment except disinfection,...

3 accused of assisting governor kidnapping plot stand trial

Oct. 05, 2022 17:57 PM EDT

Postings in chatrooms by members of a paramilitary group connected to a 2020 anti-government plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer included instructions on how to make explosives, an FBI agent testified Wednesday. Screenshots of excerpts from the 1971 counterculture book "The...

Michigan board approves $400 million to advance EV batteries

Oct. 05, 2022 13:10 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan economic development board approved more than $400 million in state incentives Wednesday for two battery facilities estimated to cost $4 billion and bring 4,500 jobs to the state. Pending approval by state lawmakers, the incentive packages would...

Jury picked in trial related to Gov. Whitmer kidnapping plot

Oct. 04, 2022 18:31 PM EDT

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A jury was seated Tuesday in the trial of three men charged in connection with a 2020 anti-government plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The selection process lasted two days as a judge and lawyers in Jackson, Michigan, tried to weed out people who...

Key moments in Flint, Michigan’s lead-tainted water crisis

Oct. 04, 2022 14:01 PM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge's order dismissing charges against seven people in the Flint water scandal is the latest development in a crisis that started in 2014. That was when the city began taking water from the Flint River without treating it properly, resulting in lead contamination....

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

Oct. 04, 2022 00:36 AM EDT

Detroit News. September 28, 2022. Editorial: Vote Yes on Prop 1 to reform state government Michigan voters adopted term limits in 1992 to put firm caps on the amount of time elected officials could stay in state offices. It’s been a disaster. The...

Jury pool warned of rough talk in trial tied to Whitmer plot

Oct. 03, 2022 18:17 PM EDT

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — Questions about guns, secretly recorded “repugnant” talk and even the Jan. 6 Capitol riot dominated jury selection Monday in the third trial connected to a 2020 anti-government plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Dozens of potential jurors...

EXPLAINER: 3 more on trial in Michigan governor kidnap plot

Oct. 02, 2022 11:12 AM EDT

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A scheme to kidnap Michigan's governor in 2020 will get yet another airing in a different court when three men face trial Monday, just weeks before voters consider whether to reelect Gretchen Whitmer to a second term. Fourteen men were arrested two years ago,...

Michigan women fight to preserve abortion, 1 chat at a time

Oct. 01, 2022 00:50 AM EDT

UTICA, Mich. (AP) — At a wine bar in suburban Detroit, about a dozen women strategized about how to preserve the right to abortion in their state. This was not a typical political event; there were no microphones, no literature to hand out and few who would consider themselves...