What is the BREATHE Act? Squad members push wide-ranging bill that slashes police funds, gives reparations

Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts announced the BREATHE Act on Tuesday — legislation that would radically transform the nation’s criminal justice system by eliminating life sentences, retroactively expunging drug crimes, shutting down multiple federal agencies and permanently closing prisons and immigration detention centers, among other agenda items. The bill also seeks to end gang databases, establish […]

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Jim Harbaugh says he and Michigan were close to a new deal before pandemic hit

Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh said the pandemic put a new contract on the back burner. | Jim Young/AP “There’s bigger fish to fry for our athletic director, or our administration, me as a coach,” Harbaugh said. ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said Wednesday he was closing in on a contract extension […]

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DeVos, Education Dept. face 5-state lawsuit over coronavirus relief plan for schools

California, Michigan and three other states – plus the District of Columbia – are suing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and her department, opposing what they say is a plan to take coronavirus relief funds away from K-12 public schools and divert the money to private schools. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Michigan Attorney General […]

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Whitmer warns Michigan may ‘dial back’ reopening as coronavirus cases jump

Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is warning that her state may “dial back” its coronavirus reopening if the contagion’s resurgence continues. “I want to reengage this economy more than anyone, but I’m not going to do it if it is too risky to do so,” she told CNN’s “New Day” Tuesday morning. “I’m not going […]

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States sue US department over virus relief funds for schools

California, Michigan and three other states are suing the U.S. Department of Education over pandemic relief funds By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ and DAVID EGGERT July 7, 2020, 10:06 PM 5 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. Department of Education is attempting to take pandemic relief funds away […]

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Fish of the Week: Rare big walleye on southern Lake Michigan

Barry O’Flynn caught and released a big walleye on southern Lake Michigan. | Provided Barry O’Flynn caught and released a big walleye from the Indiana waters of Lake Michigan with Mike Thomas doing netting duties. A 31 1/4-inch walleye weighing 11.6 pounds is not expected when pitching a Ned Rig for smallmouth bass around a […]

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Michigan governor orders closure of indoor service at bars in much of the state over coronavirus fears

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer became the latest state leader to roll back the easing of some restrictions as the country deals with a surge in coronavirus cases when she signed an executive order Wednesday closing indoor service at bars throughout most of lower Michigan. Whitmer, a Democrat who has faced intense pressure from some residents […]

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Michigan governor closes indoor bars, allows to-go cocktails

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday that she was closing indoor seating in bars in parts of the state, including a college town where one brewpub has been linked to about 140 infections. Whitmer also signed a bill allowing bars and restaurants to sell to-go cocktails in an effort to help those businesses. Bars won’t […]

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Will top NBA prospect Emoni Bates ever play at Michigan State? | Pardon the Interruption

A day after Emoni Bates, the No. 1 prospect in the 2022 class, committed to Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans, Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon debate if he will ever actually suit up to play a college basketball game or if he’ll go straight to the NBA. ✔️Subscribe to ESPN+ https://plus.espn.com/ ✔️ Get […]

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Regulators deny quick approval of new Great Lakes pipeline

A Michigan regulatory agency has denied Enbridge’s request for quick approval of its plan to put a replacement oil pipeline beneath a Great Lakes channel By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer June 30, 2020, 6:58 PM 3 min read 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article Traverse City, Mich. — A Michigan […]

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Michigan GOP candidate blames liberal college for daughter’s anti-endorsement

A Michigan state House candidate blames the influence of his daughter’s liberal college for her viral social media plea for voters to cast their ballots for someone else. “When they go off to college, quite frankly they get involved with these Marxist, socialist universities and they start getting indoctrinated with things that are completely polar opposite from where […]

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3 charged after medical examiner rules teen’s death homicide

Three staff members of a Michigan youth center have been charged in the death of a Black teenager who died while being restrained after throwing a sandwich By The Associated Press June 25, 2020, 12:08 AM 3 min read 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Three staff members […]

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FOP president calls Lightfoot’s bluff on disciplinary changes

Chicago police officers used a CTA bus to help block Michigan Avenue during a protest march near CPD headquarters earlier this month. The president of the Chicago Fraternal Order of the Police said if Mayor Lori Lightfoot is serious about making changes to disciplinary clauses in the contract, she will give up the requirement that […]

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The Latest: Michigan mayor resigns after racial remark

TOP OF THE HOUR: — Michigan mayor resigns after making racial remark. — Minneapolis union president says members scapegoated. — University of Cincinnati to remove Marge Schott’s name from stadium. ___ YPSILANTI, Mich. — A Michigan mayor resigned Tuesday, a week after she said she supported the appointment of a human relations commissioner only because […]

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Whitmer demands answers from Enbridge on pipeline damage

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer demanded Friday that Enbridge Energy provide proof that the damage to one of its dual oil pipelines under the Straits of Mackinac will not pose a threat to the area. The Alberta, Canada-based company closed its Line 5 pipeline under the straits on Thursday after discovering that the anchor support had […]

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Whitmer to extend Michigan’s state of emergency amid coronavirus

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday she will extend the state’s coronavirus state of emergency, which was set to expire Friday. Whitmer said during a press conference that Michigan “will remain in some form of a state of emergency order.” WHITMER BLASTS TRUMP OVER RIOT RESPONSE: ‘DEEPLY DISTURBING’ “All 50 states are in some form of […]

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Paul Whelan’s brother calls for Russia to free him as Moscow floats prisoner swap for ‘Merchant of Death’ unlikely

The brother of a Michigan man, who once served in the Marines, deployed twice to Iraq and was sentenced Monday by a Russian court to 16 years of hard labor, is pleading for his release, urging President Trump on Monday to get involved to negotiate his release, as the Russian government floats the idea of a prisoner […]

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Court: Michigan Great Lakes tunnel deal constitutional

The Michigan Court of Appeals says the Legislature did not violate the state constitution by approving a deal to drill an oil pipeline tunnel beneath a Great Lakes channel By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer June 11, 2020, 7:05 PM 2 min read 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article TRAVERSE CITY, […]

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Cristobal remnants head to Canada after battering Midwest US

Severe thunderstorms accompanied by winds approaching 70 mph have battered lower Michigan as the remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal move out of the Midwest and into Canada By The Associated Press June 11, 2020, 1:59 AM 3 min read 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article HOLLAND, Mich. — Severe thunderstorms accompanied […]

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Dem lawmakers in Michigan introduce resolution to declare racism a public health crisis

Two Democrat lawmakers in Michigan introduced a resolution on the state’s Senate floor Wednesday to declare racism a public health crisis. The resolution — put forth by Sens. Marshall Bullock, D-Detroit, and Erika Geiss, D-Taylor — calls on the state to “commit to working collaboratively with the Governor and every sector of society to develop an ongoing […]

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Michigan’s Whitmer says she supports ‘spirit’ of ‘defund the police’ calls

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said on Wednesday that she supports the “spirit” of the “Defund The Police” movement, but not the actual idea eliminating funding to law enforcement agencies. Speaking during an interview with The Root on Instagram, Whitmer said that to her, the movement – which has taken on more resonance since the protests […]

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Paul Krugman, professors seek top economist’s removal from influential job for criticizing Black Lives Matter

University of Michigan professor Justin Wolfers and dozens of other academics are leading a massive effort to have an senior faculty member at the University of Chicago removed from his position at the world’s preeminent economics journal — all because he criticized Black Lives Matter’s push to defund police departments. The attack on a leading academic at the […]

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Lawsuit claims Michigan risks fraud, as county has more registered voters than people who can vote

EXCLUSIVE: A voter filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, Bureau of Elections Director Jonathan Brater and other officials, claiming that in at least 16 counties voter rolls have not been properly maintained and that this leaves them vulnerable to fraud in November’s election. Tony Daunt, a Republican active in his state and […]

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Michigan judge orders state to stop trying to hold barber in contempt for not closing shop during pandemic

A Michigan judge has blocked efforts by the state’s attorney general to continue trying to hold a local barber in contempt of court over the businessman’s refusal to keep his shop closed during the coronavirus pandemic. The Michigan Supreme Court on Friday had vacated a ruling that ordered Karl Manke to close his haircutting business in […]

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Thousands join Rome’s 1st big anti-racism rally

TOP OF THE HOUR: — Serbian president gives Trump rare European nod of support — Michigan city removes statue of racist former mayor — National Guard troops leave U.S. capital in line with Trump order — Protesters pack Belgian square to protest against racism — Protesters dump slaver’s statue into harbor in England — Milan […]

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