Briefs

Whitmer appoints Sandy Pierce to fill seat on troubled MSU Board of Trustees

BY: - January 3, 2023

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appointed Sandy Pierce to the Michigan State University Board of Trustees last month after a tumultuous few years of controversies among the university’s board and top leaders.  Whitmer said she chose Pierce to succeed Republican Pat O’Keefe, who resigned in November, because Pierce “leads with her values and has decades of experience […]

Following recounts, canvassers certify abortion and voting rights proposals that passed by large margins

BY: - December 21, 2022

The bipartisan Michigan Board of State Canvassers (BOSC) on Wednesday voted to reject most challenges to partial recounts of Nov. 8 ballot measures on reproductive and voting rights, before unanimously certifying both Proposal 2 and Proposal 3. Both proposals were adopted by Michigan voters by large margins on Nov. 8. Proposal 2, which expands voting […]

EGLE finds Kalamazoo packaging plant violated air contaminants rule

BY: - December 21, 2022

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) on Tuesday announced that it has issued a violation notice to a Kalamazoo-based packaging facility based on findings that Graphic Packaging International has violated state air quality standards. EGLE performed an investigation on Wednesday in response to a same-day complaint of foul odors coming from […]

COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations continue to rise in Michigan

BY: - December 20, 2022

Coronavirus cases are continuing an uptick in Michigan with 14,323 new cases recorded in a weekly report from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released Tuesday. Cases increased compared to the last report released on Dec. 13, which documented 13,043 new cases for the week.  The department reports a total of 2,977,727 Michiganders […]

Nessel files suit against paper company for PFAS contamination in St. Clair County

BY: - December 20, 2022

Updated, 1:06 p.m., 12/22/22 Attorney General Dana Nessel announced a lawsuit Tuesday addressing the release of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) by a paper manufacturer in St. Clair County.  The lawsuit seeks costs and damages from Domtar Industries Inc., a paper manufacturing company that formerly operated in Port Huron, and runs several mills in other states […]

CDC approves COVID-19 boosters for children 6 months and older

BY: - December 19, 2022

Following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) emergency use authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has approved the bivalent COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 years to 6 months old. Both Pfizer and Moderna bivalent vaccines target the original strain of COVID-19 as well as the two most widespread omicron subvariants, […]

Study: COVID vaccines saved 3M lives and millions from the hospital, but people aren’t getting the booster

BY: - December 19, 2022

A new study found that more than 3 million lives in the U.S. were likely saved and 18.5 million people were kept out of the hospital thanks to COVID-19 vaccines.  Researchers from the Commonwealth Fund and Yale School of Public Health tracked age-stratified demographics, risk factors and the dynamics of infection and vaccination to understand […]

Whitmer signs bipartisan affordable housing legislation

BY: - December 14, 2022

A bipartisan package of bills to provide more affordable housing across Michigan was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Sponsors say the bills will create more affordable housing options, particularly in cities, which in turn will help alleviate the shortage of affordable housing for Michigan families. “Investments in affordable housing lower costs for […]

Four tribes in Michigan sign new fishing rights agreement with state, feds

BY: - December 13, 2022

Four Anishinaabek tribes in northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula have signed onto a newly revised deal with state and federal officials regarding tribal fishing rights in the Great Lakes, while one more tribe in the U.P. has offered its own fishing deal. The proposed order from the Bay Mills Indian Community, Grand Traverse Band […]

Michigan COVID cases, hospitalizations rise over the last week

BY: - December 13, 2022

Michigan is reporting 13,043 new COVID-19 cases, according to a weekly report the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released Tuesday. That’s an increase from the last report issued Dec. 6, when the state said there were 11,918 new cases for the week. A total of 2,963,404 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 since […]

Levin, Moolenaar and Slotkin lead effort to stop deportations of Iraqi nationals

BY: - December 12, 2022

A bipartisan group of Michigan members of Congress have signed on to letters seeking to halt the forced repatriation of Iraqi nationals. On Monday, U.S Reps. Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.), John Moolenaar (R-Midland) and Elissa Slotkin (D-Lansing) led seven colleagues in signing a letter urging U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to provide […]

Federal judge drops Flint water crisis charges against Snyder

BY: - December 9, 2022

A Genesee County judge dismissed two criminal charges against former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder in the Flint water crisis, saying the charges “were not properly brought.” Snyder, a Republican who left office in 2019, had been charged with two misdemeanor counts of willful neglect of duty in January 2021, to which he pleaded not guilty. […]