Michigan News

Michigan School District Votes To Drop Redskins Nickname

Mar 10, 2020

PAW PAW, Mich. (AP) — A school district in southwestern Michigan is dropping its Redskins nickname and mascot after the superintendent urged school board members to end the contentious name.

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Five states have primaries and one state is caucusing today. Political analysts say Michigan is the state to watch. 

New Michigan Absentee Rules Could Impact Biden-Sanders Race

Mar 10, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Bernie Sanders is looking to Michigan to rekindle his presidential campaign in the same way his surprise primary victory here four years ago did.

The state's primary, the largest delegate prize in this week's slate of Democratic contests, also presents a resurgent Joe Biden with a chance to continue his momentum.

Voters will enjoy expanded rights in the state's first major election since the approval of a 2018 constitutional amendment that has resulted in a surge of early voting.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden plans events of both sides of Michigan today as he heads toward what could be a pivotal Democratic primary election in Michigan on Tuesday. 



Biden is scheduled to campaign in Grand Rapids before attending a fundraiser in Metro Detroit and then holding an evening rally at Renaissance High School in Detroit.


He’s had a flood of high-profile endorsements since his sweeping series of wins on Super Tuesday made him the Democratic frontrunner for the nomination.


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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan health insurers say they will cover the cost of medically necessary tests for the new coronavirus for people covered under employer and individual health plans.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, meanwhile, announced late Friday the waiving of testing and treatment fees for Medicaid recipients.

Michigan currently has no known COVID-19 cases, but infections have been identified in about half of the states.

Sanders Campaigns In Michigan This Weekend

Mar 7, 2020
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Bernie Sanders is campaigning across Michigan this weekend, the state with most delegates available in next Tuesday's crucial presidential primary elections.


Sanders is fighting to regain momentum lost to Joe Biden after the Super Tuesday primaries.



Bernie Sanders' surprise win over Hillary Clinton in Michigan’s primary four years ago jump started his campaign.


Now Sanders again enters Michigan trailing a rival, this time Joe Biden.


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Michigan’s budding marijuana market is off to a slow start. As part of the weekly series MichMash, Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk about why that is and whether it can eventually catch up to other states.

Michigan: Presidential Primary Count To Be Later Than Normal

Mar 6, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's top election official says to expect later-than-typical results from next week's presidential primary because of a surge of absentee ballots and other factors.

Michigan Lawmaker Disciplined After Sexual Harassment Probe

Mar 6, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker has been stripped of a committee chairmanship and ordered to undergo training after the state Senate concluded allegations of sexual harassment lodged by several women, including a legislator, were credible.

Ex-Football, Hockey Players Sue University Of Michigan

Mar 5, 2020
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YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Three former University of Michigan athletes have filed lawsuits against the school, alleging that a late doctor sexually assaulted them while the men were members of the football and hockey teams in the 1980s.

Art Van Furniture To Close All Stores

Mar 5, 2020
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WARREN, Mich. - Art Van announced today it has made the difficult decision to wind down operations and begin liquidation sales at all of its company owned stores in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Ohio.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer Endorses Biden Days Before Primary

Mar 5, 2020


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is backing Joe Biden for president days before the state's Democratic primary.

Whitmer's endorsement gives the former vice president another boost after his Super Tuesday success. Whitmer had not planned to endorse a candidate but told The Associated Press on Thursday that Biden “showed up for the people of Michigan" when they needed him.

Paw Paw School District Might Drop Redskins Next Week

Mar 5, 2020
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PAW PAW, Mich. (AP) — The leader of a school district in southwestern Michigan will recommend that the Redskins nickname be dropped.

Paw Paw Superintendent Rick Reo said he will take the message to the school board on March 9.

Reo says the nickname is an obstacle to welcoming all students. Reo joined the district in 2018, first as high school principal and now superintendent.

The Paw Paw board voted in 2017 to keep the nickname and mascot.

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The leading Democratic presidential candidates are heading for Michigan…as the state prepares for party primary elections next week.

Judge Invalidates Michigan Medicaid Work Requirements

Mar 4, 2020

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has invalidated Michigan's Medicaid work requirements, weeks after a U.S. appeals court affirmed his decision to strike down similar rules elsewhere.