Latest Michigan state government News

Former US Rep. Dan Benishek of Michigan dies at age 69

Oct. 17, 2021 10:42 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Dan Benishek, a surgeon who served three terms in Congress representing northern Michigan, including the Upper Peninsula, has died at age 69. He died Friday, according to a family statement, which did not offer further details about his death. ...

Proposed firewood quarantine to keep pests out of state

Oct. 17, 2021 09:18 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has proposed a quarantine on exterior firewood to help prevent the introduction of unwanted pests and diseases into the state. Under the proposal, firewood shipped into Michigan would...

Gov. Whitmer vetoes 2 more election-related bills

Oct. 15, 2021 17:42 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer again vetoed election bills Friday, blocking proposals that would accelerate the state's review of ballot initiatives and change the process for canceling the registrations of dead voters. The Democrat said the legislation...

Four county jail officers to stand trial in inmate's death

Oct. 15, 2021 10:24 AM EDT

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Four corrections officers in western Michigan have been ordered to stand trial in the 2019 death of a jail inmate who suffered multiple seizures while in a cell. Muskegon County sheriff’s Sgt. David Vanderlaan, and deputies Jeffrey Patterson,...

Michigan governor orders urgent response to lead crisis

Oct. 14, 2021 21:25 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday ordered a “whole-of-government” response to elevated levels of lead in tap water in the southwestern Michigan city of Benton Harbor and vowed to accelerate the replacement of its lead pipes. Her directive that...

Michigan AG defends charges in man's death at mall in 2014

Oct. 14, 2021 19:24 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — New evidence and a fresh look led to charges against four security guards in the 2014 death of a Black man who stopped breathing during a struggle at a suburban Detroit mall, Michigan's attorney general said Thursday. McKenzie Cochran's case got renewed...

Man charged in 1982 disappearance of 9-month-old child

Oct. 14, 2021 18:51 PM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A Chicago man was charged in Michigan with murder in the disappearance of a 9-month-old girl in 1982, authorities said Thursday. Isiah Williams is accused of taking the child from her mother during a physical altercation when they lived together...

Michigan lawmakers advance measure to end 'tampon tax'

Oct. 14, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan House advanced legislation Thursday that would eliminate sales taxes on menstrual products, bringing the state one step closer to abolishing the so-called “tampon tax.” The legislation, if passed by the Senate...

Michigan Republicans OK tougher voting rules; gov to veto

Oct. 14, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Legislature on Thursday approved tougher voter ID requirements and a ban against mass mailing of unsolicited absentee ballot applications, finalizing bills that will be vetoed by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The...

4 charged in death of man at Detroit-area mall in 2014

Oct. 13, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Four people were charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter, nearly eight years after the death of a Black man who was pinned to the floor by security guards at a suburban Detroit shopping mall. The Michigan attorney general’s office reopened the...