Michigan opens door to recreational pot sales in December

Nov 14, 2019

  The state of Michigan is opening the door to the sale of marijuana for recreational use starting in December, which is earlier than expected.

The Marijuana Regulatory Agency issued an advisory bulletin Wednesday.

It says businesses that are licensed to grow, process or sell marijuana for medical use can, beginning Dec. 1, transfer half their inventory to the recreational market if they have the necessary license. Some recreational licenses are expected to be approved soon.

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A Democratic group is challenging Michigan’s restrictions on transporting voters to the polls and helping people apply for absentee ballots, asking a federal judge to declare the laws unconstitutional and to block their enforcement.


  Michigan drivers who want unlimited medical coverage for crash injuries will pay $100 per vehicle starting in July, which will be 55% less than the record-high $220 annual fee they currently pay.

Michigan teachers honor veterans who are former students

Nov 11, 2019

  Two history teachers at a Michigan high school have created a Veterans Wall of Honor to pay tribute to former students who have served their country.

Steve Labenz and Brad Anderson, teachers at Forest Hills Central High School, want the memorial to serve as a lesson on service and sacrifice that students can't get from reading a textbook.

"I am changed. And I know the students who will be involved moving forward in developing historical evidence and helping us gather more, they will be moved as well," Anderson said.

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  Michigan drivers are now paying an average price of $2.52 per gallon for regular unleaded. Monday's state average is eleven cents more than a week ago, nine cents less than this time last month, and nine cents less than this time last year.

It now costs $37.80 to fill a 15-gallon tank of gasoline. That is $9.15 less than what drivers paid in May of 2018, when pump prices hit their 2018 peak of $3.13 per gallon.



 The brother of Michigan State basketball star Cassius Winston has died after being struck by an Amtrak train Saturday night.

Scott Kipp, Albion's Chief of Public Safety, confirmed Sunday that Zachary Winston died after being hit by a westbound train in Albion. Zachary Winston, of Detroit, played basketball at Albion College.

Michigan group to hold talk on vaping and risk to children

Nov 11, 2019

  CARE of Southeastern Michigan is presenting a discussion in Macomb County about vaping and its risk to children.

Tuesday night's free event will be held the Macomb Community College South Campus in Warren, north of Detroit. Parents and school-aged children are encouraged to attend.

Federal health officials have tallied nearly 1,900 cases of vaping-related lung illness nationwide as of Oct. 29, including 37 deaths confirmed in 24 states.


  A lawyer on Thursday warned the Michigan Supreme Court that local governments could face a financial calamity if forced to repay surplus cash from the sale of tax-foreclosed properties.

There is no dispute that state law allows county treasurers to keep money left over after overdue property taxes finally are paid from a sale. The issue for the court is whether the practice is illegal under the takings clause in the U.S. and Michigan constitutions.

Budget impasse remains due to dispute over shifting funds

Nov 8, 2019
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  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republican lawmakers said Thursday that they were very close to agreeing to restore some funding she vetoed during a budget impasse, but a deal remained elusive due to their clash over limiting the governor's power to shift funds within individual departments.

Officer convicted of extortion in vehicle referral scheme

Nov 8, 2019

  A Detroit police officer has been found guilty in connection with a scheme where bribes were given by collision shop owners in exchange for referrals of stolen and abandoned vehicles recovered in the city.

The U.S. Attorney's office in Detroit says 47-year-old Deonne Dotson was convicted Thursday by a federal jury on six charges of extortion.