LANSING, MI--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer today announced that 55% of Michiganders have received their first dose of the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. 

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A commission has recommended salary increases of 2 percent a year for the governor, legislators and other state elected officials.

The State Officers Compensation Commission adopted the proposal Friday. The increases would take effect in 2023 and 2024, after next year’s elections.

But it’s not a done deal. An amendment to the Michigan Constitution requires the Legislature to ratify the recommendation. And that hasn’t happened in a while.

Whitmer orders Line 5 shutdown

May 10, 2021

DETROIT, MI (MPRN)--   Canadian company Enbridge faces a deadline this week to shut down a crucial pipeline running under a Michigan waterway. 

Canadian officials say forcing the pipeline to close will threaten vital infrastructure and the trade relationship between the U.S. and Canada.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Three of Michigan’s 15 public universities have announced COVID-19 vaccine mandates, while others are evaluating plans or implementing other strategies to increase immunizations among students.

The University of Michigan’s Dearborn campus will require everyone on campus to provide proof of vaccination or weekly negative tests. The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Oakland University both will require vaccines for students living on campus.

MI National Guard getting money for bad food in DC

May 10, 2021

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan National Guard Soldiers who purchased meals out of pocket while they were deployed at the U.S. Capitol are being reimbursed.

A bill signed into law by Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Friday. The bipartisan bill will reimburse what members of the Michigan National Guard spent on food while providing security support at the U.S Capitol earlier this year.

The measure comes several months after guard members filed complaints with the Michigan congressional delegation for being served spoiled and undercooked food. 

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is facing renewed scrutiny after reports that she used a private plane shared by high-powered, politically connected Detroit-area business families to visit her elderly father in Florida in March.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan says 54% of adults ages 16 and older have gotten at least one COVID-19 shot, a roughly 2.5 percentage point jump after factoring in people who were vaccinated outside the state or at federal facilities.

The addition of 227,000 residents to the count Friday puts Michigan close to a 55% benchmark Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says is needed to allow in-person work in offices. The reopening step will occur two weeks after the milestone is reached.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Appeals Court has affirmed the conviction of a man who was charged under an anti-terrorism law.

Wilson Byczek uttered what was deemed to be a threat to the Iron County sheriff's office in 2017. He was suing a local resort over a workplace injury and said if he didn't get money, it was “going to be hashtag Las Vegas.” A mass shooting in Las Vegas had occurred days earlier.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Several road projects around the U.P. are scheduled to start within the next week.