Briefs

GOP MSU trustee resigns, citing mishandled Title IX investigations

BY: - December 1, 2022

Citing Title IX efforts he felt were mishandled, Pat O’Keefe, a Republican member of the Michigan State University Board of Trustees, resigned Wednesday. In a letter to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, O’Keefe cited the investigation of MSU’s business school Dean Sanjay Gupta, who resigned in August. “My fear is that the Board will bypass yet another […]

Senate passes bipartisan bills aimed at preventing sexual assault

BY: - November 30, 2022

A bipartisan bill package aimed at preventing sexual assault and protecting survivors cleared the Michigan Senate on Tuesday, nearly two years after the measures were first introduced. Senate Bill 223 requires schools to provide age-appropriate educational material and resources regarding sexual assault and harassment to students. SB 224 prohibits sexual contact and penetration under pretext […]

Michigan surpasses 40,000 COVID deaths

BY: - November 29, 2022

Michigan is reporting 8,831 new COVID-19 cases, according to a weekly report the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released Tuesday. That’s a slight drop from the last report, when the state said there were 8,933 new cases for the week. A total of 2,938,443 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start […]

Whitmer orders flags to be lowered to honor victims of the Oxford school shooting

BY: - November 29, 2022

To honor the victims of the shooting at Oxford High School last year, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered Wednesday all U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff and a statewide moment of silence.  “It’s been one year since we lost four beautiful young souls in Oxford. One year since a community was changed forever,” […]

On this day in 1870: Susan B. Anthony rallies in Detroit for women’s right to vote 

BY: - November 29, 2022

On Nov. 29, 1870, Susan B. Anthony demanded the right to vote for women during a visit to Detroit.  Anthony, who was born on Feb. 15, 1820, in Adams, Mass., spoke during the Northwestern Women’s Suffrage Association assembly.  After her presentation, the assembly adopted a resolution that read, in part, “That under a republican government […]

U.S. House to intervene in rail workers strike, heeding Biden call

BY: - November 29, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday said the House will take up legislation to ratify an agreement between rail workers and operators in order to avert a nationwide rail strike. “This week, the House will take up a bill adopting the Tentative Agreement — with no poison pills or changes to the […]

Michigan COVID cases fall again in the last week, but deaths spike

BY: - November 22, 2022

Michigan is reporting 8,933 new COVID-19 cases, according to a weekly report the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released Wednesday. That’s a drop from the last report, when the state said there were 12,860 new cases for the week. A total of 2,929,612 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of […]

Wentworth defends House Republicans over response to Chatfield allegations

BY: - November 18, 2022

As he prepares to vacate the leadership of the Michigan House, Speaker Jason Wentworth (R-Farwell) defended his party’s handling of allegations against the man he succeeded. Wentworth, who is term-limited and will leave office at the end of the year, spoke to reporters Thursday during a media roundtable during which he said House Republicans had […]

Whitmer, Gilchrist thank college-aged voters

BY: - November 18, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist penned a letter to Michigan’s college students Thursday thanking them for showing up in record numbers in the midterm election. “No matter why you went to the polls or who you voted for, thank you. You waited in line — sometimes for hours — to make your […]

U.S. district court strikes down use of Title 42 to expel migrants

BY: - November 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked the government from continuing Title 42 —  a controversial pandemic-era health policy used by both the Trump and Biden administrations to expel nearly 2 million migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. The request to halt the use of Title 42 had been filed by immigrant advocacy groups and […]

Nessel announces $3.1 billion settlement with Walmart over opioid epidemic allegations

BY: - November 16, 2022

A settlement has been reached between Walmart and the states resolving allegations that the company’s failure to appropriately oversee the dispensing of opioids at its stores contributed to the opioid addiction crisis. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced the deal Tuesday, saying it will provide more than $3 billion nationally while also requiring significant improvements […]

Michigan COVID cases rise over the last week, deaths drop

BY: - November 15, 2022

Michigan is reporting 12,860 new COVID-19 cases, according to a weekly report the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released Wednesday. That’s an increase from the last report, when the state said there were 9,992 new cases for the week. A total of 2,920,679 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of […]