Pine trees at the Ottawa National Forest in Michigan.
Joseph O'Brien | Wikimedia | CC BY 3.0 / USDA Forest Service

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation providing $26 million for land purchases and outdoor recreation projects.

The payments come from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund , which consists of royalties for development of state-owned oil, natural gas and other minerals.

The board that oversees the fund selected 64 projects from a pool of applicants, and the Legislature approved the list.

Budget Scrabble

Michigan lawmakers and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration are meeting to get revised tax revenue projections that will be used as they work to enact the next state budget.

Legislative fiscal agencies say revenue estimates for this fiscal year and the next budget year are largely unchanged from January.

Officials will reach a consensus on revised revenue projections Friday after the Whitmer administration releases its own numbers.

State Representative Larry Inman (IN’-men) says he will not resign his seat as he faces federal charges of soliciting campaign contributions in exchange for votes by fellow lawmakers.

Inman is a Republican from Willamsburg just outside Traverse City.

       He is accused of soliciting campaign donations in a failed effort to get money for Republicans who agreed to vote against repealing Michigan’s prevailing wage laws. Inman is also accused of lying to the FBI.

The Michigan Court of Appeals says a Lansing woman can sue the county health department that she says failed to diagnose her breast cancer. Zanetta Hutchinson filed a lawsuit against the Ingham County Health Department, a doctor and a nurse practitioner after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. Hutchinson says the department's Women's Health Center allowed a malignant tumor to grow unchecked for years.

Right to Life files paperwork for abortion petition drive

May 16, 2019


A Pro-Life Advocacy Group in Michigan has filed paperwork to begin a petition drive to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure.  The petition comes after Michigan's Republican-backed Legislature earlier this week voted to ban the “dilation and evacuation method” or “D&E method” of terminating a pregnancy.

Governor and Democrat Gretchen Whitmer responded, telling media outlets that “these decisions should always be made between a woman and her doctor” and that she would veto the legislation when it arrived on her desk.

Capt. Curtis VanderKooi portrait
City of Grand Rapids

An appeals board has reversed a decision by western Michigan police to exonerate an officer accused by activists of racial profiling by notifying immigration officials about the arrest of a mentally ill Latino war veteran.

The Grand Rapids Civilian Appeal Board voted Wednesday after an internal affairs review found Capt. Curtis VanderKooi didn't violate department policy. Grand Rapids' city manager now will consider whether VanderKooi should receive additional sanctions.

Legislation nearing the desk of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer would ban minors from using electronic cigarettes, but it is uncertain if she will sign it. The Michigan House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved bills that previously cleared the Senate. The state Department of Health and Human Services says the legislation conflicts with federal regulations.

Courtesy Kent County Sheriff's Office

A rookie Grand Rapids Police Officer who saved the life of woman in a sinking car is being honored for her heroic efforts. According to police, a morning snow on April 15th, 2018 brought cold temperatures, gusty winds and icy roadways with it…As Officer Kelly Momber drove her car on Fruit Ridge Avenue near 5 mile road, a pedestrian waved her down to stop. Pulling over, Officer Momber saw a vehicle upside down in a creek. And it was sinking.


The Republican-led Michigan Senate has passed a $58 billion budget plan that is at odds with Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's proposal, primarily over road and education funding.
     The legislation approved Wednesday is another step in the process as lawmakers and Whitmer work to enact a spending plan for the next fiscal year.
     Senate Republicans and Democrats were in agreement on many bills, but diverged on big sticking points such as spending billions more on roads and how to divvy up funding for K-12 schools.

The leader of the Michigan House has asked a lawmaker to resign from office after he was charged with seeking campaign contributions in exchange for opposition to anti-union legislation.
     Republican Speaker Lee Chatfield said Tuesday that his request to Rep. Larry Inman "is under consideration." Chatfield did not say if he would pursue an expulsion if the Traverse City-area Republicans refuses to resign.
     Inman says he's innocent.