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Michigan Gov. Explains Hubby's Controversial Boat Request

Gretchen Whitmer says it was a 'failed attempt at humor'

(Newser) - Oh, to be a fly on the wall of the Michigan Governor's Mansion. Gretchen Whitmer responded Tuesday to reports that her husband, Marc Mallory, dropped her name when attempting to get his boat in the water prior to Memorial Day weekend (as his wife simultaneously cautioned state residents against... More »

Gov. Whitmer's New Headache Involves Her Husband, a Boat

Marc Mallory allegedly dropped her title to try to get his boat in the water

(Newser) - Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has garnered a slew of coronavirus-related headlines these past couple months. But this week has brought one that also includes the words "husband" and "boat." The Detroit News reports on the "purported request" from Marc Mallory that NorthShore Dock LLC get his... More »

Here's Where Jobs Have Taken Hardest COVID Hit

WalletHub looks at states where coronavirus has had the biggest effect on unemployment

(Newser) - Since the coronavirus has found its way to the United States, the economic ramifications have been devastating, leaving unprecedented numbers of people out of work and businesses folding. WalletHub looked at all 50 states and the District of Columbia to see which have been suffering the most on the jobs... More »

Michigan AG Says Trump Going Maskless Could Be Issue

For Ford, specifically

(Newser) - President Trump's Thursday visit to a Michigan manufacturing plant didn't just draw headlines—it could draw trouble for Ford. Dana Nessel told CNN late Thursday the company could face consequences for allowing Trump to skip wearing a mask during a visit to a Ford plant that now produces... More »

Someone Tried to Recycle a Civil War Cannonball

Michigan's Kent County recycling center evacuated Tuesday

(Newser) - "DO NOT RECYCLE CANNONBALLS." That was the message from a county commissioner in Michigan on Tuesday after a Kent County resident tried to, well, recycle a cannonball. Grand Rapids police evacuated the county recycling center just after noon Tuesday after finding a live cannonball believed to have a... More »

Governor: People Will Be Held Responsible for Failed Dam

It had been the target of investigations prior to Tuesday failure

(Newser) - Thousands of Michigan residents were forced to flee their homes in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic when a dam failed Tuesday , flooding homes downstream with as much as nine feet of water. On Wednesday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer promised that the state would "pursue every line of legal recourse"... More »

Trump Threatens States Over 'Illegal' Mail-in Ballots

Michigan says it sent out applications, not ballots

(Newser) - President Trump threatened to withdraw federal funds Wedneday after apparently misinterpreting a move from Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. The president, who has repeatedly criticized Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, claimed the state had sent absentee ballots to 7.7 million voters. "This was done illegally and without authorization... More »

After 2 Dams Fail, Mich. Gov. Warns of 9 Feet of Water

Whitmer urges thousands in affected areas of Midland County in Michigan to evacuate

(Newser) - Two dams have failed in a Michigan county, leading the state's governor to declare a state of emergency and issue dire warnings to residents to evacuate affected areas. AccuWeather reports that the Edenville and Sanford dams in Midland County breached Tuesday night after heavy rains and flash flooding, and... More »

Ford Asks Trump to Wear Mask for Michigan Plant Trip

He says he'll think about it

(Newser) - President Trump has been told to wear a face mask when he visits a Ford factory in Michigan Thursday—but it's not clear whether he plans to comply with the directive. The president has eschewed masks during public appearances, including a visit to a mask factory in Arizona, and... More »

Michigan Settles Landmark Literacy Lawsuit

Some years, few Detroit public school students tested proficient in reading

(Newser) - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will ask the Michigan Legislature to provide at least $94.4 million to Detroit's public schools to settle a lawsuit that describes the city's schools as "slum-like" and incapable of delivering access to literacy. The settlement agreement was signed Thursday, the AP reports, and... More »

Michigan Protesters Meet Again at Capitol

Rally against stay-at-home order also draws supporters

(Newser) - More than 200 demonstrators, some armed, returned to Michigan's Capitol on Thursday for a rainy protest of the state's stay-at-home orders during the pandemic. Social distancing guidelines were ignored by the protesters, as well as some members of the media, the Detroit Free Press reports. Two of the... More »

This Is the State With the Worst Drug Abuse

Missouri gets unwanted distinction in WalletHub list

(Newser) - As America remains mired in a drug crisis , the added weight of the coronavirus pandemic has only made things harder. That's per WalletHub , which looked at all 50 states and DC to see which areas are affected the most by drug abuse. It looked at nearly two dozen metrics,... More »

Barber Who Reopened: 'I'm Not Caving In to This'

Michigan's Karl Manke, who's been cutting hair for 60 years, is fighting his license suspensions

(Newser) - Karl Manke has been cutting hair for nearly 60 of his 77 years. He plans to continue doing so, whether it's legal or not. "I'm not closing up. I’m not caving in to this," says Manke, who had his business and professional licenses temporarily suspended... More »

Armed Activists Take Black Lawmaker to Work

Rep. Sarah Anthony says she 'was pleased to receive the type of support'

(Newser) - Talk about an escort: Armed black activists walked a black lawmaker to work Wednesday in Michigan, the Guardian reports. Rep. Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing) was accompanied by six people—some of them armed, one Hispanic—on her trip to the state Capitol building. "Being a black and brown female Democrat... More »

Suspect's Sister Charged After Family Dollar Murder

Brya Bishop accused of lying to police

(Newser) - The sister of one of the fugitives accused of killing a security guard at a Family Dollar in Michigan last week has become the fourth family member to be charged in the case. Brya Bishop has been charged with tampering with evidence, lying to police investigating a violent crime, and... More »

Pushback Against Masks Turns Deadly

'Mr. Munerlyn was simply doing his job'

(Newser) - The fatal shooting of a security guard at a Family Dollar in Michigan over a face mask argument is the most violent dispute yet related to the backlash over coronavirus safety restrictions. But police are investigating a spate of other incidents around the country as well. Coverage:
  • In Flint: Police
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Family Dollar Guard Killed After Barring Woman Without a Mask

3 charged in slaying at Michigan store

(Newser) - A woman, her adult son, and husband have been charged in the fatal shooting of a security guard who refused to let her daughter enter a Family Dollar in Michigan because she wasn't wearing a face mask to protect against transmission of the coronavirus. Calvin Munerlyn was shot Friday... More »

Michigan Gov.: Protests Were Filled With 'the Worst Racism'

Democrat Gretchen Whitmer makes her case on CNN

(Newser) - Michigan’s governor says gun-carrying protesters who demonstrated inside her state’s Capitol "depicted some of the worst racism" and "awful parts" of US history, the AP reports. Democrat Gretchen Whitmer tells CNN that the protests featured "Confederate Flags, and nooses," as well as swastikas. Members... More »

Unfazed Governor Extends Michigan's State of Emergency

GOP lawmakers had refused to do so

(Newser) - The Republican-led Michigan Legislature refused Thursday to extend the state's coronavirus emergency declaration and voted to authorize a lawsuit challenging Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's authority and actions to combat the pandemic. The governor, unfazed, responded with orders stating under one law that an emergency still exists, while declaring... More »

Lawmaker Apologizes for Mask's 'Choice of Pattern'

It resembled Confederate flag, but Michigan state senator says that's not what it was

(Newser) - People worldwide are wearing face masks to protect themselves, but not many are apologizing for the ones they're wearing. WDIV reports on one person who's had to: Dale Zorn, a Michigan state senator who issued a mea culpa after he was recorded Friday during a Senate vote sporting... More »

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