Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: "That woman from Michigan"
In her first term, Michigan's Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer weathered the ire of MAGA Republicans and the former president, as well as a foiled kidnapping plot. Now in her second term, and armed with a Democratic-led legislature, Whitmer is pushing gun control measures and protections for LGBTQ rights and labor unions, while enshrining reproductive rights in the state's constitution. She talks with correspondent Martha Teichner about her agenda, and how she turned Donald Trump's label for her ("That woman from Michigan") into a badge of honor.news.yahoo.com
Michigan 1st state in decades to repeal 'right-to-work' law
Michigan, long known as a mainstay of organized labor, on Friday became the first state in decades to repeal a union-restricting law known as “right-to-work” that was passed over a decade ago by a Republican-controlled Legislature. The state's “right-to-work” law had allowed those in unionized workplaces to opt out of paying union dues and fees. Its repeal is seen as a major victory for organized labor with union membership reaching an all-time low last year.news.yahoo.com
Army Corps further delays decision on Great Lakes oil tunnel
A federal review of plans for a Great Lakes oil pipeline tunnel will take more than a year longer than originally planned, officials said Thursday, likely delaying completion of the project — if approved — until 2030 or later. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had intended to release a draft report later this year on how the proposed tunnel beneath Michigan's Straits of Mackinac would affect the environment. Enbridge Energy wants it to house a section of its Line 5 oil pipeline that crosses the bottom of the straits connecting Lake Huron and Lake Michigan.news.yahoo.com
Oxford school shooter’s parents can face manslaughter trial, Michigan appeals court rules
James and Jennifer Crumbley are accused of failing to secure a gun and ignoring the mental health needs of their son before the shootings. Besides the deaths of four students, seven people were wounded.chicagotribune.com
Outrage brewing over plans for China-linked battery company in Michigan: 'Don’t want CCP in our small town'
Former Michigan gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon slammed Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for moving forward with plans to allow $715 million dollars of taxpayer money to fund a CCP-linked business.foxnews.com
Michigan GOP slammed for comparing gun reform to Holocaust
The Michigan Republican Party has received backlash from political leaders on both sides of the aisle for posts on social media Wednesday that compared the Holocaust to gun safety measures being considered in the state. The posts, shared on the state party’s official Facebook and Twitter accounts, inaccurately claim that Democrats leading the Legislature are trying to disarm Michigan gun owners. A photo accompanying the message appears to match an image stored by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, showing rings confiscated from Jewish prisoners in a Nazi concentration camp.news.yahoo.com
I-96 reopens in Michigan after 150-vehicle pileup; 16 hurt
An interstate highway stretch in central Michigan has reopened following a massive pileup involving 150 vehicles in whiteout conditions that left 16 people hospitalized. Interstate 96 in Ionia County reopened about 10 p.m. Saturday, about five hours after authorities reported the pileup in the eastbound lanes near Portland, a city more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) northwest of Detroit and roughly halfway between Lansing and Grand Rapids. Michigan State Police officials said they closed both eastbound and westbound lanes just after 5 p.m. on Saturday following the pileup.news.yahoo.com
African land snails found in luggage at Michigan airport
Six giant African land snails have been found in the luggage of a traveler who flew to Michigan from the west African country of Ghana. The mollusks, which can carry diseases that affect humans, were discovered and seized March 9 during an agriculture inspection at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Friday. The man transporting the snails is a resident of Ghana and said they were to be eaten.news.yahoo.com
Michigan Senate repeals right-to-work law in historic victory for organized labor
Michigan is on its way to becoming one of the first states in the country to overturn its right-to-work law. The existence of right-to-work laws in 27 U.S. states, mostly in the South and Midwest, has been credited with the dramatic decline in union membership in the United States over the past several decades, as fewer workers sign up to join unions.washingtonpost.com
Wisconsin man charged in Gov. Whitmer plot to change plea
A Wisconsin man who drove past the vacation home of Michigan’s governor during a scheme to kidnap her in 2020 is returning to court to change his not-guilty plea, records show. Brian Higgins is scheduled for a hearing Wednesday in Antrim County court in Bellaire, Michigan. Higgins, 54, of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, is one of five men charged in northern Michigan with providing material support for an act of terrorism.news.yahoo.com
Case dropped against couple after gun pulled on Black family
Criminal charges have been dropped against a white couple charged in 2020 after one of them was captured on video pulling a handgun on a Black woman and her daughters outside a Michigan restaurant. The trial had been set to start Monday for Eric Wuestenberg and Jillian Wuestenberg, but Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Mary Ellen Brennan dismissed the case after the alleged victims did not show up to provide witness testimony, The Oakland Press reported. The Wuestenbergs were each charged with one count of felonious assault for the July 1, 2020, incident in the parking lot of a Chipotle restaurant in Orion Township, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) northwest of Detroit.news.yahoo.com
Michigan House approves repeal of state's right-to-work law
Michigan's Democratic-led House approved legislation Wednesday that would repeal the state's “right-to-work” law that was passed more than a decade ago when Republicans controlled the Statehouse. Repealing the law, which prohibits public and private unions from requiring that nonunion employees pay union dues even if the union bargains on their behalf, has been a top priority for Democrats since they took full control of the state government this year. Supporters of the repeal, who poured into the gallery above the House chambers, cheered loudly as the legislation passed along party lines late Wednesday.news.yahoo.com
DTE Energy, Consumers Energy face power-outage challenges
Experts say changing and increasingly severe weather patterns and an electrical infrastructure designed for a different time and climate can be blamed for power outages that left more than 800,000 Michigan homes and businesses in the dark over several days.
Michigan State tops Indiana in 1st home game since shootings
Tyson Walker shook off a slow start to score 23 points and lifted Michigan State to an 80-65 win over No. 17 Indiana on Tuesday night in its first home game since last week’s shootings on campus that killed three students and hospitalized five students.
Spartans lose to Michigan in their first game since shooting
Michigan showed its support for rival Michigan State with a poignant pregame ceremony before the Wolverines took an 84-72 win on Saturday night, the first game for the Spartan men since a shooting on the their campus that killed three students and wounded five others.
Spartans pregame ceremony honors 3 killed in campus shooting
Michigan State women’s basketball players wiped away tears as they stood shoulder to shoulder during a moment of silence before losing to No. 8 Maryland 66-61 on Saturday, less than a week after three students were killed in a shooting on campus.