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Ohio, Michigan governors wager sweet treats on 'Big Game'

Nov. 25, 2021 10:16 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Buckeye candies and Michigan-made cherry products are among the sweet treats up for grabs in a friendly wager between the governors of Ohio and Michigan, whose flagship universities face off in their historic rivalry Saturday. Ohio Republican Gov....

Military to help Michigan cope with COVID-19 patient surge

Nov. 24, 2021 17:18 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The federal government will send 44 military medical staffers to Michigan to help beleaguered hospitals treat COVID-19 patients amid a fourth surge that is the worst in the country, state health officials said Wednesday. It also will open beds at...

Whitmer seeks federal funds to convert I-375 to boulevard

Nov. 24, 2021 16:11 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday asked the Biden administration for federal funding to replace Interstate 375, a 1-mile depressed freeway in Detroit that was built by demolishing Black neighborhoods 60 years ago. The state wants to convert the...

DeWine to equip Ohio troopers with 1,500 new body cameras

Nov. 23, 2021 16:56 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Over the next six months, Ohio will join a growing number of states whose highway troopers are equipped with body cameras, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine announced Tuesday. DeWine joined Ohio State Highway Patrol Superintendent Richard Fambro at the...

Businessman Rinke launches campaign for Michigan governor

Nov. 22, 2021 17:06 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican Kevin Rinke, a former owner of Detroit-area car dealerships, launched his campaign for Michigan governor on Monday with self-funded TV and digital ads that tout him as a conservative outsider and criticize Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Rinke,...

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

Nov. 22, 2021 09:17 AM EST

Detroit News. Nov. 20, 2021. Editorial: Panel must obey clearly written redistricting law There’s no wiggle room in the language of the constitutional amendment that established the Michigan Independent Redistricting Commission. The law states...

Michigan urges masking indoors, vaccines as COVID-19 surges

Nov. 19, 2021 17:24 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Faced with spiking COVID-19 infections, Michigan health officials issued a public health advisory Friday recommending that everyone over age 2 wear a mask at indoor public settings regardless of their vaccination status. The guidance also says...

Biden praises Canada, Mexico as leaders discuss strains

Nov. 18, 2021 22:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reviving three-way North American summitry after a five-year break, President Joe Biden on Thursday joined with the leaders of Canada and Mexico to declare their nations can work together and prove “democracies can deliver” even as they sort out differences on key...

Whitmer proposes $300M in water funding for communities

Nov. 18, 2021 17:58 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday proposed $300 million in water spending to help local utilities address elevated lead levels, plan for pipe replacement and connect users of contaminated wells to municipal supplies. The governor said the funding...

Audit: Michigan unemployment error overpaid $3.9 billion

Nov. 18, 2021 15:06 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Shortcomings in the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency Office caused $3.9 billion in overpayments during the processing 5.4 million unemployment claims amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a state audit released Thursday. The agency's...