Michigan

FAA: Michigan laser pointers targeted aircraft in flight 810 times over last decade

BY: and - September 7, 2021

People in Michigan pointed lasers at aircraft in flight 810 times from 2010 to 2020, breaking federal law, records show. Michigan had the 22nd most incidents in the report of data from all 50 states, as well as and the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, St. Croix, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands and […]

Whitmer to lift remaining COVID-19 restrictions Tuesday as case numbers trend downward

BY: - June 17, 2021

All COVID-19 epidemic orders on gatherings and masks will come to an end early next week, 10 days ahead of schedule, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday. Beginning Tuesday, both indoor and outdoor settings may increase capacity back to 100% and residents will no longer be required to wear a face mask. Whitmer said the early […]

Whitmer recognizes state essential workers

BY: - June 17, 2021

The last 15 months have been tough for Denise Bonds, a health care worker at Detroit Medical Center. She battled COVID-19 for three weeks during that period and witnessed a co-worker forced to do the same. “We are more than our jobs,” said Bonds on Thursday. “We are human beings…We want to be appreciated for […]

Nessel praises lawmakers for elder abuse awareness resolutions

BY: - June 15, 2021

Attorney General Dana Nessel commended the Michigan House and Senate Tuesday for recognizing the day as Elder Abuse Awareness Day and for declaring June 2021 as Elder Abuse Awareness Month. The Democratic attorney general has prioritized elder abuse issues since her first months in office. In March 2019, Nessel teamed up with Michigan Supreme Court […]

Michigan hopes to be among first states to adopt digital driver’s licenses in iOS 15

BY: - June 14, 2021

Michigan hopes to be among the first states to adopt a feature coming to iPhones this fall: digital driver’s licenses. Apple announced during their annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote recently that beginning with iOS 15, iPhone users will be able to scan their driver’s license and store the information in the Apple Wallet app. […]

Nessel warns of scam targeting families of COVID-19 victims

BY: - May 3, 2021

Michiganders who have lost loved ones to COVID-19 should beware of scammers claiming to be from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Attorney General Dana Nessel warned Monday. The new scam involves fraudsters reaching out to families of victims and offering to register them for funeral assistance funds. FEMA is currently running such a program, […]

Michigan report: 9,674 new COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths

BY: - April 12, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 747,697 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 16,512 have died from the virus — an additional 9,674 cases and 12 deaths since Saturday. The announcement comes as the Centers for Disease Control reports that Michigan leads the nation in […]

More than 25K National Guard members from 50 states headed to D.C.

BY: - January 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — Wednesday’s presidential inauguration ceremony for Joe Biden may have a scaled-down audience due to the pandemic, but the security presence on hand to ensure it goes smoothly will be supersized. At least 25,000 Guardsmen and women — from 49 states, three territories and the District of Columbia — will provide security support for […]

COMMENTARY

Rick Haglund: Building fairer local economies is one tool to blunt right-wing extremism

BY: - January 16, 2021

Over the past several months, I’ve read articles in which the authors asserted that economic decline in small towns and old industrial cities has fueled nativism, populism and nostalgia for the past — the hallmarks of Trumpism. This is said to be especially true in Michigan and other upper Midwest communities that have lost thousands […]

Pohutsky: Threats of violence against lawmakers will continue unless GOP leaders issue ‘full throated condemnation’

BY: - December 23, 2020

When state Rep. Laurie Pohutsky (D-Livonia) shared screenshots of an email she received from a Michigander calling for “mass execution of public officials” “very soon,” the Democrat noted that it is just one of many violent, threatening emails her office receives every day. Pohutsky told the Advance Wednesday that she mostly feels “numb” to the […]

Enbridge files federal challenge to Whitmer’s Line 5 shutdown order

BY: - November 24, 2020

Canadian oil company Enbridge has filed a federal complaint to prevent the state of Michigan from shutting down the Line 5 dual pipeline, according to a news release from the company Tuesday evening. The filing in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan seeks an injunction to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s actions earlier […]

State canvassers certify Mich. election results during lengthy meeting

BY: and - November 23, 2020

Amid national attention and concerns that Republicans may attempt to unlawfully hand Michigan’s election results to President Donald Trump — who lost the state by a significant margin to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden — the bipartisan Board of State Canvassers voted Monday 3-0 to follow their lawful duties and certify the state’s election votes. Chair […]