Flint water decision shows legal complexities of disaster

U.S. 06/14/19, 16:01

A surprise decision by Michigan prosecutors to drop all pending charges in the Flint water crisis and restart a three-year investigation is a reminder of the legal complexities surrounding the disaster.Seven of 15 people had taken plea deals with no jail time, and their records will eventually be scrubbed clean. ...

Where things stand in the Flint water crisis investigation

U.S. 06/04/19, 14:58

Questions abound after Michigan authorities executed search warrants in recent weeks to seize from government storage the state-owned mobile devices of former Gov. Rick Snyder, top aides and other government employees in a long-running criminal investigation of Flint's water crisis.The three-year probe of lead contamination in the city's water supply ...

Judge rejects 6-month timeout in major Flint water case

U.S. 05/03/19, 16:31

A judge on Friday rejected a six-month freeze in the involuntary manslaughter case of Michigan's former health director, who is accused of failing to timely warn the public about a Legionnaires' disease outbreak during the Flint water crisis.A new team of prosecutors said it needed more time to assess and ...

Michigan scrambles to find home for parolee; US won’t deport

U.S. 04/03/19, 14:00

The state of Michigan is placing a frail paroled prisoner in an assisted-living center at taxpayer expense after the federal government declined to deport him to Cuba, officials said.Prudencio Loyrafuls' life sentence for drug crimes was reduced in December by then-Gov. Rick Snyder, an exceptional decision that made him eligible ...

Michigan governor halts Great Lakes pipeline tunnel project

Business 03/28/19, 18:52

A law that Michigan's Republican-led Legislature hurriedly passed during a lame-duck session in December authorizing construction of an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the channel linking lakes Huron and Michigan is unconstitutional, the state's Democratic attorney general said Thursday.Shortly after Dana Nessel issued her first legal opinion since taking office in ...

Senate leader trashes Whitmer’s ‘stupid’ business tax plan

Business 03/06/19, 18:28

A top Republican lawmaker on Wednesday strongly criticized Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's proposal to raise taxes on some businesses to help ease the burden on retirees, calling it "stupid."The Democrat's budget proposal would reverse parts of a tax rewrite enacted by former Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and the GOP-led Legislature in ...

Governor’s plan to make Michigan fuel taxes nation’s highest

Business 03/05/19, 12:35

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called Tuesday for nearly tripling Michigan's per-gallon gasoline tax — and making the state home to the country's highest fuel taxes — in order to improve aging roads that she warned would only get worse without a major influx of new spending.The $2.5 billion plan would ...

Snyder pardoned ‘career drunk driver’ as term neared end

U.S. 02/13/19, 12:02

Records show then-Gov. Rick Snyder erased the felony drunken-driving conviction of a man who pleaded for a pardon so he could try to become the next president of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants.Jim Jagger filed an application in October, got a hearing in December and won a pardon ...

APNewsBreak: Michigan governor revamps agency after Flint

U.S. 02/04/19, 11:01

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is restructuring the state agency that drew criticism for its handling of the Flint water crisis under former Gov. Rick Snyder.The Associated Press obtained details of Whitmer's plan to restructure the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The plan is expected to be formally released later Monday.The ...

Michigan’s new attorney general seeks review of Flint cases

U.S. 01/04/19, 19:12

A Detroit-area prosecutor will review a criminal investigation of the Flint water crisis and decide whether to take over the cases, Michigan's new attorney general announced Friday.During her run for office, Attorney General Dana Nessel criticized the cost and scope of the investigation, which so far has led only to ...

Snyder signs bill to make Michigan ballot drives tougher

U.S. 12/28/18, 19:50

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday signed a law making it harder for groups to put proposals on the Michigan ballot, imposing a geographical-based requirement that could prevent them from gathering signatures for petitions mainly from the most populated areas. The move followed voters' passage of three Democratic-backed proposals last month ...

Michigan Legislature spares most wetlands in lame-duck bill

U.S. 12/21/18, 19:16

An effort to drastically curtail legal protection of Michigan wetlands fell short Friday as the Legislature approved a scaled-down bill that continues to require permits for degrading many bogs, marshes and similar waterways but also makes key concessions to developers.The measure enacted in the waning hours of a frantic lame-duck ...

Michigan GOP lawmakers pass bills before Dem governor starts

U.S. 12/21/18, 10:10

Michigan Republicans voted early Friday to toughen rules for ballot drives and to give themselves the authority to intervene in court cases, capping a contentious post-election legislative session that critics blasted as diluting the power of voters and incoming Democratic officeholders.The GOP-controlled Legislature sent the bills to Gov. Rick Snyder ...

Legislature begins passing budget, online gambling bills

Business 12/20/18, 23:15

The Republican-controlled Legislature began voting Thursday to legalize online gambling and to spend more on roads and environmental cleanup — despite criticism that it would shift money that otherwise should go to Michigan schools.The mid-fiscal year legislation is a final chance for GOP Gov. Rick Snyder and many lawmakers to ...

New Michigan panel to consider Great Lakes pipeline tunnel

U.S. 12/19/18, 08:47

A recently established state panel in Michigan could give final approval to a proposed oil pipeline tunnel beneath a crucial section of the Great Lakes. The Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority is scheduled to meet for the first time Wednesday, Dec.19, in St. Ignace. The three-member panel is expected to consider recent agreements ...

Scientists: Michigan may need stronger standard for toxins

Enviroment 12/18/18, 17:17

Michigan's standard for protecting drinking water from certain toxic chemicals may not be strong enough to safeguard human health, a scientific panel convened by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder said Tuesday.The finding by the Michigan PFAS Science Advisory Committee highlighted a 99-page report to state officials grappling with the emergence of ...

Wisconsin, Michigan Republicans enact lame-duck limits

Politics 12/14/18, 17:08

Republicans in Wisconsin and Michigan enacted last-minute limits on Democratic power Friday, with outgoing GOP governors in both Upper Midwest states signing measures protecting their priorities before leaving office in less than a month. Democrats derided the moves as desperate power grabs, while Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Michigan Gov. Rick ...

Michigan governor signs bills to gut wage, sick time laws

U.S. 12/14/18, 15:51

Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday signed laws to significantly scale back citizen-initiated measures to raise Michigan's minimum wage and require paid sick leave for workers, finalizing an unprecedented Republican-backed legislative maneuver that opponents blasted as shameful.To prevent minimum wage and earned sick time initiatives from going to voters last month, ...

Michigan governor signs bill allowing Great Lakes oil tunnel

U.S. 12/12/18, 16:43

Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation Wednesday establishing a panel to oversee construction of an oil pipeline tunnel in the waterway linking Lakes Huron and Michigan, while opponents insisted the battle isn't over and could widen from the state Capitol to the courts.Snyder also appointed the three members of the new ...

Michigan Legislature OKs bill to limit tougher regulations

Business 12/11/18, 20:49

Democratic Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer and other future governors would have a tougher time adopting stricter environmental and other state regulations under a Republican-backed bill sent to Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday.He vetoed similar legislation in 2011, but this measure — unlike that one — includes an exception that would let ...

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