Latest Michigan state government News

Justice Department won't probe Michigan nursing home deaths

Jul. 22, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Justice Department said Thursday it will not open a civil rights investigation related to COVID-19 deaths in Michigan's nursing homes. The notification to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer came nearly 11 months after the department's Civil Rights Division...

Agent involved in Whitmer probe accused of assaulting wife

Jul. 21, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — An FBI agent whose affidavit supported the initial charges in an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is accused of assaulting his wife after returning home from a party. Details were in a court filing accompanying the felony...

Michigan Legislature kills law Whitmer used for virus rules

Jul. 21, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican lawmakers on Wednesday killed a law that underpinned coronavirus restrictions issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2020, wiping it from the books after Michigan's Supreme Court declared the measure unconstitutional. The Democrat is...

Man clears hurdle for pay years after wrongful conviction

Jul. 21, 2021 12:41 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A man sent to prison for a drug crime has cleared a hurdle in a bid to get state compensation for a wrongful conviction in a case with unusual circumstances. Evidence that would have helped David Maples wasn't available to him when he decided to plead...

Michigan announces $1M vaccine sweepstakes winner

Jul. 21, 2021 12:35 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The 51-year-old winner of $1 million in Michigan's COVID-19 vaccine sweepstakes said Wednesday that she plans to spend some of her winnings on her daughter's college tuition. In a public announcement over Zoom, LaTonda Anderson, of Grand Blanc,...

Ex-Detroit chief all but launches Michigan governor campaign

Jul. 21, 2021 09:31 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican ex-Detroit Police Chief James Craig all but launched his campaign for governor on Wednesday, seeking to become Michigan's first Black governor with a “law-and-order” message and emphasis on leadership. Craig, the eighth Republican to...

Whitmer vetoes moot bill to end unemployment benefit early

Jul. 20, 2021 22:30 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday vetoed a Republican-sponsored attempt to stop a $300 weekly federal supplement that is being added to unemployed workers’ benefits during the coronavirus pandemic. The extra payment is due to end Sept....

Whitmer raises $8.5M for reelection campaign in 7 months

Jul. 20, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's reelection campaign said Tuesday that it has raised $8.5 million this year, the most for any gubernatorial candidate in a non-election year in Michigan history. The Democrat has collected more than $14 million this cycle,...

FBI agent in investigation of Whitmer kidnap plot is charged

Jul. 19, 2021 17:11 PM EDT

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — An FBI agent who testified about an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is facing an assault charge, according to court records. Richard Trask appeared in a Kalamazoo court Monday and was released. Online records show the...

Some DNR customer service centers to reopen to public

Jul. 18, 2021 09:16 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is resuming some regular operations that were suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Starting this week, some customer service centers and field offices will be open to the public on Tuesdays,...