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FILE - In a June 17, 2020, file photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan's Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich. Whitmer has extended Michigan's coronavirus emergency through Sept. 4, enabling her to keep in place restrictions designed to curb COVID-19. The Democratic governor on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, pointed to an uptick in cases. Since nearly two months ago, the seven-day statewide average is up six-fold, to about 700. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP, File)

Whitmer extends coronavirus emergency through Sept. 4

Aug. 7, 2020 11:59 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday extended Michigan's coronavirus emergency through Sept. 4, enabling her to keep in place restrictions designed to curb the spread of COVID-19. The governor, whose administration earlier this week said new cases had recently plateaued, noted that they...

Michigan official to resign after defending racist slur

Aug. 7, 2020 10:24 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — An elected official in a mostly white county in northern Michigan who used a racist slur prior to a public meeting to describe Black people in Detroit will resign, the county administrator said Friday. Leelanau County Administrator Chet Janik said Tom Eckerle, a member of the...

Memorial service held for former Michigan Gov. Milliken

Aug. 6, 2020 11:00 PM EDT

INTERLOCHEN, Mich. (AP) — The life and political career of arguably Michigan’s most popular governor was remembered Thursday. In adherence of the state’s social distancing recommendations due to the COVID-19 virus, the memorial service for former Gov. William G. Milliken was held at the...

In a photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. The governor announced additional steps to combat racism, declaring it a public health crisis and ordering state employees to complete implicit bias training as the state confronts what she called systemic inequities highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic. She also created an advisory council of Black leaders. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP)

Michigan mask requirement extended to day cares and camps

Aug. 6, 2020 10:58 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday extended her mask requirement to include many children who attend day care and camps, saying the step is necessary to ensure that such facilities can remain open and safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Previously, child care centers and camps were...

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson speaks to members of the press at her polling location, Pasteur Elementary School, during primary election day Tuesday Aug. 4, 2020 in Detroit. (Nicole Hester/Mlive.com/Ann Arbor News via AP)

Record 2.5M voted in primary; Benson pushes for legislation

Aug. 6, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A record 2.5 million votes were cast in Michigan's primary, as people took advantage of no-excuse absentee voting amid the coronavirus pandemic, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said Thursday. The count surpassed the previous record of 2.2 million from 2018, when — unlike...

State Supreme Court is urged to remove Lapeer County judge

Aug. 5, 2020 5:19 PM EDT

LAPEER, Mich. (AP) — A watchdog agency is recommending the removal of a Lapeer County judge who deposited money from bad check cases in his personal bank account when he was prosecutor. Judge Byron Konschuh also made false statements and failed to disqualify himself from more than 100 cases despite a...

In a photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. The governor announced additional steps to combat racism, declaring it a public health crisis and ordering state employees to complete implicit bias training as the state confronts what she called systemic inequities highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic. She also created an advisory council of Black leaders. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP)

Whitmer takes steps to combat racism, reports case plateau

Aug. 5, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday announced additional steps to combat racism, declaring it a public health crisis and ordering state employees to complete implicit bias training as the state confronts what she called systemic inequities highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic. The...

State Representative candidate Shri Thanedar uses a bull horn at 7 Mile Road and Mound Road for reach voters on July 24, 2020.  Thanedar who spent millions on an unsuccessful run for governor appears likely to get to the Capitol in another way.  Shri Thanedar was in first place in the Democratic primary for a seat in the House, with 98% of precincts reporting in the 3rd District.  (Max Ortiz/Detroit News via AP)

Thanedar, ex-candidate for governor, ahead in House race

Aug. 5, 2020 3:08 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A man who spent millions on an unsuccessful run for governor appears likely to get to the Capitol in another way. Shri Thanedar was in first place in the Democratic primary for a seat in the House, with 98% of precincts reporting in the 3rd District. There were eight candidates in a...

Lisa McClain wins GOP primary to succeed retiring Mitchell

Aug. 5, 2020 1:22 PM EDT

BRUCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Business executive and political newcomer Lisa McClain has defeated two other Republicans to win the open primary in Michigan's 10th Congressional District. Two-term Rep. Paul Mitchell is retiring from the seat that includes the Thumb region and much of Macomb County north of...

FILE - In this March 6, 2020 file photo, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., speaks at a campaign rally in Detroit. Tlaib won a challenge for her House seat in Michigan's Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020 primary, in a rematch with the woman she narrowly defeated two years ago. Tlaib, one of the first two Muslim women in Congress, easily secured likely re-election to the 13th District in and around Detroit. Her opponent in the primary was Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

'Squad' member Rashida Tlaib wins primary in Michigan

Aug. 5, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — “Squad” member Rashida Tlaib won a challenge for her House seat in Michigan’s primary, in a rematch with the woman she narrowly defeated two years ago. Tlaib, one of the first two Muslim women in Congress, easily secured likely re-election to the 13th District in...