Latest Michigan state government News

Michigan's top court urged to quickly address abortion ban

Jun. 24, 2022 15:19 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer urged the Michigan Supreme Court to quickly determine whether abortion will be legal in the state, a few hours after the U.S. Supreme Court ended a national right to abortion. Abortion in Michigan is legal — for now — because a judge...

17-year sentence sticks for man who killed woman on porch

Jun. 22, 2022 17:59 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A white Detroit-area man who said he feared for his life when he fatally shot a young Black woman on his porch in 2013 was given the same 17-year prison sentence Wednesday at a new hearing ordered by the Michigan Supreme Court. Ted Wafer was convicted of...

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

Jun. 20, 2022 18:43 PM EDT

Detroit News. June 18, 2022. Editorial: FBI must release review in killing of extremist Whenever a citizen dies at the hands of law enforcement, the public is owed a full accounting of why it was necessary to use lethal force. The federal government has yet to explain...

Larry Nassar loses last appeal in sexual assault scandal

Jun. 17, 2022 13:14 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court on Friday rejected a final appeal from sports doctor Larry Nassar, who was sentenced to decades in prison for sexually assaulting gymnasts, including Olympic medalists. Attorneys for Nassar said he was treated unfairly in 2018 and deserved...

Whitmer rejects proposed off-reservation casino project

Jun. 16, 2022 17:02 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer rejected a proposal for a $180 million off-reservation casino in western Michigan that a tribe has been working toward for over a decade. Whitmer's rejection of the proposal Wednesday came after the U.S. Department of Interior rejected...

Michigan initiatives miss deadline, will look to Legislature

Jun. 16, 2022 12:09 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Organizers behind two high-profile proposed laws in Michigan skipped a deadline to potentially appear on November’s ballot and will instead look to get the initiatives approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature. Of the 10 ballot committees attempting...

Craig files as write-in for Michigan GOP governor primary

Jun. 14, 2022 19:02 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former Detroit police Chief James Craig filed Tuesday to run as a write-in candidate for Michigan governor weeks after being tossed from the Aug. 2 Republican primary ballot. Craig was among five Republican candidates deemed ineligible after the state...

Judge rules against Michigan Republican seeking governor bid

Jun. 13, 2022 14:12 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge in Michigan on Monday refused Republican Perry Johnson's request to halt the printing of ballots for the GOP primary or to put his name on the ballot for governor, further dashing Johnson's chances at challenging Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. ...

Prosecutor who charged Michigan cop praised by his critics

Jun. 10, 2022 17:41 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Black civil rights activists in April demanded that a Michigan prosecutor stand aside in the investigation of the police officer who killed Patrick Lyoya with a shot to the back of the head, claiming he was too cozy with local law enforcement. Chris...

James Craig to run as write-in for Michigan GOP primary

Jun. 10, 2022 11:41 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Former Detroit police Chief James Craig said he will run as a write-in candidate in the Republican primary for governor after fraudulent signatures on petitions left him short of the minimum to get on the Aug. 2 ballot. “I’m not going to roll over,” Craig said...