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    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Saturday declaring a Michigan state of energy emergency to ensure adequate propane distribution over the coming days. The order temporarily suspends restrictions on commercial driver hours to allow the immediate delivery of energy to homes and businesses, Whitmer's office said. It exempts motor carriers and drivers transporting propane and heating oil from compliance with maximum weekly driving and on-duty limits. The order took effect immediately and will remain in effect through the end of the month. “While I am confident that our state has the energy supply we need to get through these cold winter days, we aren’t taking any chances after what happened in Texas this week," Whitmer said. ".. With today’s order, Michigan will allow expanded flexibility for drivers to ensure the supply of home heating fuel can be delivered across the state without delay or interruption.”...
    JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — Utility crews from Michigan will help their counterparts in North Carolina restore power to thousands of homes and businesses following a series of severe winter storms that swept across the nation's midsection and parts of the South. Nearly 50 Consumers Energy workers were scheduled leave Wednesday for Newton, North Carolina, the Jackson, Michigan-based utility said Wednesday. Crews may be asked to perform additional restoration work in neighboring states because of the widespread damage and additional severe weather expected, Consumers Energy said. Blasts of snow and deep cold have overwhelmed power grids, leaving millions of people in the United States without electricity. Utilities from Minnesota to Texas and Mississippi have implemented rolling blackouts to ease the burden on power grids straining to meet extreme demand for heat and electricity. Consumers Energy workers will assist crews for Duke Energy. The work is coordinated through Great Lakes Mutual Assistance,...
    Michigan Public Service Commission Sally Talberg A massive blackout in Texas shined a spotlight on a little-known policy: ERCOT officers and directors are not required to live in Texas, and Chairwoman Sally Talberg lives in Michigan. More than 3 million Texans are still without power Wednesday, February 17, three days after a winter storm blasted the region, bringing with it record-cold temperatures. Power had been restored to about 400,000 households, according to The Dallas Morning News. A PowerOutage.us map and grid shows more than 3.4 million Texas households are without power as of 11 a.m. Wednesday. At least 13 people have died in weather-related incidents in Houston, according to the Houston Chronicle. Texans, in turn, are blasting public officials including Former Colorado City Mayor Tim Boyd, and ERCOT, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. ERCOT officials have said it may be days before power is restored, The Dallas...
    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Judges can't prevent people from using medical marijuana while on probation for a crime, the Michigan Court of Appeals said. Anyone holding a state-issued medical marijuana card is immune to possible penalties, the appeals court said, 3-0. The court, however, cautioned that the decision does not apply to the recreational use of marijuana, which was approved by voters in 2018. Michael Thue was barred from using medical marijuana while on probation for a year in a road rage incident in the Traverse City area. A District Court judge said the marijuana ban was the policy of Circuit Court judges in Grand Traverse County. Circuit Judge Thomas Power declined to hear an appeal. The appeals court said Power made the wrong call, based on a line of decisions from the Michigan Supreme Court and the language of the medical marijuana law. The law "preempts or supersedes...
    My latest AP top-25 ballot … (New Pac-12 power ratings can be found here.) 1. Gonzaga 2. Baylor 3. Villanova 4. Texas 5. Iowa 6. Michigan 7. Virginia 8. Houston 9. Kansas 10. Minnesota 11. Alabama 12. Texas Tech 13. Florida State 14. West Virginia 15. Wisconsin 16. Missouri 17. Creighton 18. Ohio State 19. Virginia Tech 20. Illinois 21. Tennessee 22. Louisville 23. UCLA 24. Boise State 25. Colorado Related Articles Pac-12 power ratings: NET rankings indicate five teams in position for at-large bids, but there’s little margin for error Saturday Night Five: The ripple effect of Oregon hiring Tim DeRuyter; Utah’s portal success; a warning from afar Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott steps down: A look back at his greatest hits and biggest misses Key Pac-12 presidents outline what they want in their next commissioner Hotline newsletter: Pac-12 budget shortfalls...
    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Crews continue to work to restore electricity to some areas in Indiana and southwestern Michigan that were hit over the weekend by freezing rain and snow. Service has been returned to about 44,000 Indiana Michigan Power customers, according to the Fort Wayne, Indiana-based utility. Indiana Michigan Power said the number restored represents about 80% of its customers that lost service. Service was expected to be restored Monday to all customers. About 100 spans of electrical wires were down and dozens of utility poles were damaged or broken. In Indiana, South Bend and Elkhart were among the most impacted by the power outages. Utility workers from seven states have been working up to 16 hours each day to restore service, Indiana Michigan Power said. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Associated Press, business, Indiana,...
    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Crews worked Sunday to restore power in Indiana and Michigan after freezing rain and snow fall caused outages over the weekend. Indiana Michigan Power said Sunday that there were a total of 16,760 customers without power in the area around South Bend and Elkhart. In Michigan, there were a few hundred in the Buchanan and Three Rivers area. I&M said power had been restored for more than half of the customers by Sunday afternoon. The Fort Wayne-based utility predicted power would be restored for all by Monday afternoon. The company said it was using drone technology to restore power in areas that were harder to access. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Associated Press, Indiana, Michigan, weather
    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — It could take a few days to restore power in parts of northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan after ice knocked down power lines, utilities said Saturday. Indiana Michigan Power estimated that 75% of outages in the South Bend/Elkhart area should be restored by late Sunday with the balance fixed by Monday afternoon. Michigan outages should be cured by early Sunday evening. "Most customers will be restored before those times," the utility said. There were 30,500 outages reported in the utility's Indiana territory and 3,350 in Michigan. The city of South Bend opened the Century Center as an emergency warming site. NIPSCO also reported around 19,000 households without power. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Associated Press, Indiana, Michigan
    A federal judge has thrown out Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert's lawsuit that had sought to give Mike Pence the power to overturn the presidential election during a formal count of the votes next week.   Texas US District Judge Jeremy Kernodle, a Trump appointee, on Friday dismissed the suit, ruling that the plaintiffs had lacked 'standing' and alleged 'an injury that is not fairly traceable' to the Vice President. Gohmert and Arizona's slate of GOP 'alternate' electors had sued Pence to expand his powers, so that he can solely determine which Electoral College votes to count when he presides over the January 6 session of Congress to make President-elect Joe Biden's win official.  The Electoral College cemented Biden's 306-232 victory in mid December and multiple legal efforts by President Trump's campaign to challenge the results have failed. The suit named Pence, who has a largely ceremonial role in next week's...
    Vice President Mike Pence has asked a judge to toss out Rep. Louie Gohmert's lawsuit that aims to give Pence the power to overturn the presidential election result.   Gohmert and Arizona's slate of GOP 'alternate' electors sued Pence to expand his powers, so that he can solely determine which Electoral College votes to count when he presides over the January 6 session of Congress to make President-elect Joe Biden's win official.   Pence's Justice Department lawyer, Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Coghlan, pointed out a basic fallacy in this case - in order to sue, the plaintiff and the defendant must be in opposition.  Vice President Mike Pence's Justice Department lawyer wants a judge to toss out a case being spearheaded by Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert that seeks to expand Pence's powers so that he can choose which Electoral College votes count  Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Republican from Texas, filed...
    By DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan regulators on Thursday approved a $100 million electric rate hike for Consumers Energy, authorizing the state's second-largest utility to bill the average residential customer about $9 more per month starting in January. The increase for residents is nearly 12% after factoring in other allowed adjustments, the Public Service Commission said. The agency said the Jackson-based utility sought the higher rates to fund upgrades to its distribution system and to meet its clean-energy goals by retiring coal-fired plants. The hike is 39% of what Consumers requested. The order also lets the utility spend more to trim trees to reduce power outages. Consumers has about 1.8 million power customers, behind only DTE Energy. “Consumers Energy is taking actions to improve our response to storms, clear more trees and limbs from power lines, and invest in new infrastructure,” spokeswoman Katie Carey said. “We...
            by Scott McClallen  The Michigan Senate on Thursday night approved a bill 22-16 along party lines that aims to limit the state health department’s epidemic order power. SB 1253, if signed into law, would amend the Public Health Code so Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director Robert Gordon’s epidemic orders would be only valid for up to 28 days unless both houses of the Legislature approves Gordon’ extension request. The state health department has issued epidemic orders authorized by a 1978 law that can prohibit the gathering of people for any purpose. On Monday, Gordon enacted an epidemic order to extend a shutdown of dine-in at restaurants and in-person instruction at high schools through Dec. 20. The bill would be retroactive to an epidemic order beginning Nov. 15. Sen. Lana Theis, R-Brighton Township, said Gordon is “unaccountable” to constituents and shouldn’t be able to issue, in...
    By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Even after he exits the White House, President Donald Trump's efforts to challenge the legitimacy of the election and seeking to overturn the will of voters could have staying power. Trump's tactics are already inspiring other candidates and have been embraced by a wide array of Republicans. Supporters include congressional candidates, state lawmakers, party chairs, conservative legal groups and appointees to previously little-known state vote-certification boards. The breadth of support for Trump's effort could be a troubling sign for future elections. “What this president is doing is poisoning democracy,” former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm said. “And, yes, he is setting a precedent, suggesting that it is OK to violate these norms that have made our country great.” Granholm, a Democrat, joined with former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, a Republican, to raise concerns about Trump’s refusal to concede and efforts...
    ATLANTA – Even after he exits the White House, President Donald Trump's efforts to challenge the legitimacy of the election and seeking to overturn the will of voters could have staying power. Trump's tactics are already inspiring other candidates and have been embraced by a wide array of Republicans. Supporters include congressional candidates, state lawmakers, party chairs, conservative legal groups and appointees to previously little-known state vote-certification boards. The breadth of support for Trump's effort could be a troubling sign for future elections. “What this president is doing is poisoning democracy,” former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm said. “And, yes, he is setting a precedent, suggesting that it is OK to violate these norms that have made our country great.” Granholm, a Democrat, joined with former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, a Republican, to raise concerns about Trump’s refusal to concede and efforts to undermine the integrity of elections. “This...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sought to leverage the power of the Oval Office on Friday in an extraordinary attempt to block President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, but his pleas to Michigan lawmakers to overturn the will of their constituents appeared to have left them unswayed. Trump summoned a delegation of the battleground state’s Republican leadership, including the Senate majority leader and House speaker, in an apparent extension of his efforts to persuade judges and election officials to set aside Biden’s 154,000-vote margin of victory and grant Trump the state’s electors. It came amid mounting criticism that Trump’s futile efforts to subvert the results of the 2020 election could do long-lasting damage to democratic traditions. Trump’s efforts extended to other states that Biden carried as well, amounting to an unprecedented attempt by a sitting president to maintain his grasp on power, or in failure, to delegitimize his opponent’s victory in...
    By ZEKE MILLER, COLLEEN LONG and DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sought to leverage the power of the Oval Office on Friday in an extraordinary attempt to block President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, but his pleas to Michigan lawmakers to overturn the will of their constituents appeared to have left them unswayed. Trump summoned a delegation of the battleground state’s Republican leadership, including the Senate majority leader and House speaker, in an apparent extension of his efforts to persuade judges and election officials to set aside Biden's 154,000-vote margin of victory and grant Trump the state's electors. It came amid mounting criticism that Trump’s futile efforts to subvert the results of the 2020 election could do long-lasting damage to democratic traditions. Trump's efforts extended to other states that Biden carried as well, amounting to an unprecedented attempt by a sitting president to maintain his grasp on...
    President Donald Trump is greeted by Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield, right, at Detroit Metro Airport in Detroit on May 21. Trump summoned Chatfield to the White House for a meeting on Friday.Alex Brandon/AP Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.After losing nearly every major legal case seeking to throw out ballots cast for Joe Biden in key states, the Trump campaign has pivoted to a new strategy: seeking to persuade GOP-controlled legislatures in states like Michigan and Pennsylvania to nullify Biden’s victory and appoint their own electors for Trump. The Republican leaders of Michigan’s legislature have been summoned to the White House on Friday to discuss this plan. Such a move would not only be a breathtaking nullification of the will of the voters without parallel in American democracy, it is...
    Reuters November 19, 2020 0 Comments With legal efforts to overturn his loss in the U.S. presidential election flailing, President Donald Trump’s campaign is trying to persuade Republican state legislators to intervene in battleground states won by Democratic rival Joe Biden. The new strategy, confirmed by three people familiar with it, is being pursued even as Georgia nears completion of a painstaking recount expected to affirm Biden’s victory there, and as Trump’s campaign said it was withdrawing a lawsuit challenging Biden’s win in Michigan. Biden has captured 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232 in the state-by-state Electoral College that determines the winner of the election, well above the 270 needed for victory. In remarks on Thursday after a call with 10 state governors, the president-elect called Trump’s attempt to reverse the results “totally irresponsible.” “It sends a horrible message about who we are as a country,” said Biden, although...
    DETROIT (AP) — High winds knocked out power Sunday for more than 140,000 homes in lower Michigan as weather officials issued high wind warnings across most of the state. The National Weather Service has issued high wind advisories for most Michigan counties. Weather officials forecasted 25 to 30 mph winds and gusts up to 60 mph until Sunday evening. DTE Energy reported 108,755 customers without power Sunday afternoon while Consumers Energy reported 35,910 customers affected. Outages, with high winds blowing down trees and power lines, were reported in counties including Lapeer, Ingham and Oakland. “We have a really strong low pressure system that’s moving through the northern Great Lakes. That’s what’s going to be causing the really strong winds,” Ian Lee, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, told The Detroit News. “During the fall and winter months, to get winds this strong usually only happens maybe once or twice a...
    Penn State and Michigan entered the 2020 college football season as the preseason favorites to challenge Ohio State for the Big Ten championship. Now, 2020 can’t end soon enough for either school. On Saturday, Penn State dropped to 0-4 after a 30-23 loss at Nebraska; Michigan dropped to 1-3 after a 49-11 loss to No. 13 Wisconsin. That combined 1-7 record might be even more surprising than Indiana’s 4-0 start. MORE: Will Michigan fire Jim Harbaugh? SN answers the big questions surrounding the Nittany Lions and Wolverines after yet another disappointing weekend: Who’s having a worse season? It’s a toss-up. By record, it’s Penn State. Its season unraveled in Week 1 with the 36-35 overtime loss to Indiana, a game the Nittany Lions had wrapped up with two minutes to play. The 38-25 loss to No. 3 Ohio State the following week was expected, but the back-to-back losses to...
    The MAC returned Wednesday night, and it didn’t disappoint during the Central Michigan vs. Ohio game. With a little more than a minute left in the first half, the power went out in the stadium! That’s right, folks! In an FBS football game, the power just disappeared and the teams were sent to their locker rooms early. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) You can watch two videos of the moment below. The MACtion disappears on the ESPN broadcast. pic.twitter.com/xEwS6Qnyzy — Matt Clapp (@Matt2Clapp) November 5, 2020 And then we learn after the commercial break that the power went out. #MACtion pic.twitter.com/dRveUnA31Y — Matt Clapp (@Matt2Clapp) November 5, 2020 Damn, 2020 sure does hit differently, my friends. We’re battling a pandemic, we’re watching a crazy election unfold and we can’t even keep the power on at football games. Can literally anything go right...
    Brent Venables, Clemson Tigers. (Mandatory Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY NETWORK) Jim Harbaugh’s seat is getting particularly hot with Michigan football.Nobody associated with Michigan football can be happy with Jim Harbaugh after this Saturday. The Michigan Wolverines were upset at home by a rebuilding Michigan State Spartans team. Michigan’s secondary was torched all game long and the offense looks as pedestrian as ever under Harbaugh. With this being Harbaugh’s sixth year at Michigan, he could be on the outs, whether he’s fired, resigns or takes an NFL job. If he were to get fired or leave for an NFL job, here are three suitable replacements at head coach.Potential replacements for Jim Harbaugh at Michigan 3 Brent Venables Defensive Coordinator Clemson Tigers Eventually, he will have to get out of Dabo Swinney’s Clemson shadowThere will come a time where Clemson Tigers defensive coordinator Brent Venables will have a tough choice to make....
    Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) will no longer enforce Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's executive orders on the coronavirus after the state Supreme Court ruled the emergency powers seized by Whitmer were unconstitutional. Nessel's office announced Sunday that Whitmer's coronavirus restrictions would no longer be enforced through criminal prosecution, effectively ending the statewide mandates for Michiganders. But a spokesman for the attorney general indicated local law enforcement agencies may continue to enforce COVID-19 mandates in accordance with local ordinances, Bridge Michigan reports. "In light of the Supreme Court's decision on Friday, the Attorney General will no longer enforce the governor's executive orders through criminal prosecution," Nessel spokesman Ryan Jarvi said. "However, her decision is not binding on other law enforcement agencies or state departments with independent enforcement authority. "It's her fervent hope that people continue to abide by the measures that Gov. Whitmer put in place...
    Michigan's Supreme Court said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's coronavirus executive restrictions violated the state's constitution. On Friday, the state's high court ruled in a 4-3 decision that the Democratic governor did not have the power to continue its restrictions under two laws passed in 1976 and 1945, describing the act as an "unlawful delegation of legislative power to the executive branch in violation of the Michigan Constitution." "Accordingly, the executive orders issued by the Governor in response to the COVID-19 pandemic now lack any basis under Michigan law," the ruling reads. It notes a wide variety of businesses that had to close as a result of the orders, including "restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, bars, taverns, brew pubs, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, tasting rooms, clubs, hookah bars, cigar bars, vaping lounges, barbershops, hair salons, nail salons, tanning salons, tattoo parlors, schools, churches, theaters, cinemas, libraries, museums, gymnasiums, fitness centers,...
    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Doctors at the University of Michigan have separated 1-year-old conjoined twin sisters. Sarabeth and Amelia Irwin of Petersburg, Michigan, each had their own arms and legs and heart, but their livers were connected, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital said Friday. The nearly 11-hour surgery to separate them was performed in August, about 14 months after their birth. They’re now at home. “For everyone in the room, it was a very emotional and extraordinary moment when the last incision was made to separate these girls from one to two,” said Dr. George Mychaliska, who led the surgical team at Mott. “I’m a father of twins and know twins are very close,” Mychaliska said. “Sarabeth and Amelia will always share a really unique bond, and I think the future is bright for both of them.” The parents, Alyson and Phil Irwin, learned about the conjoined twins during a...
    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Doctors at the University of Michigan have separated 1-year-old conjoined twin sisters. Sarabeth and Amelia Irwin of Petersburg, Michigan, each had their own arms and legs and heart, but their livers were connected, C.S. Mott Children's Hospital said Friday. The nearly 11-hour surgery to separate them was performed in August, about 14 months after their birth. They're now at home. “For everyone in the room, it was a very emotional and extraordinary moment when the last incision was made to separate these girls from one to two,” said Dr. George Mychaliska, who led the surgical team at Mott. “I’m a father of twins and know twins are very close,” Mychaliska said. “Sarabeth and Amelia will always share a really unique bond, and I think the future is bright for both of them." The parents, Alyson and Phil Irwin, learned about the conjoined twins during a...
    A Michigan appeals court on Friday ruled in favor of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, finding that her emergency declarations and orders in response to the coronavirus were legal. Whitmer implemented strict lockdown measures during the crisis, and has since extended the state of emergency to keep gyms and movie theaters closed. Masks are required in many parts of the state. GRETCHEN WHITMER CRITICIZES TRUMP'S CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE DURING CONVENTION SPEECH  Republicans in the state’s Legislature argued that she had overstepped her authority, and can unilaterally extend emergencies only if they are local, not statewide, under the 1945 Emergency Powers of the Governor Act (EPGA). They said a separate 1976 law means statewide emergencies need the Legislature’s approval after 28 days. The appeals court, in a 2-1 decision, however, upheld a lower court's ruling that the moves were within her power. “A declared statewide emergency only ends upon the governor’s declaration that the emergency no longer...
    The Michigan Court of Appeals upheld on Friday a lower court ruling that said Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer did not exceed her emergency powers under the Emergency Powers of Governor Act (EPGA) during the pandemic. “We hold that the governor’s declaration of a state of emergency, her extension of the state of emergency, and her issuance of related executive orders fell within the scope of the governor’s authority under the EPGA,” the court said in a 2-1 opinion. “We further hold that the EPGA is constitutionally sound,” Judge Jane Markey write, for the majority on the three-judge panel. Michigan’s Republican-led state Legislature sued Whitmer for a series of emergency declarations beginning in March that declared a state of emergency. The declaration allows the governor to issue orders without legislative input, according to The Detroit News. The Legislature argued Whitmer “seized” power to make laws without legislative input and would set...
    CASCO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 69-year-old man and 6-year-old child have been hurt after the paraglider they were using struck power lines in southeastern Michigan. The pair took off Tuesday evening in St. Clair County’s Casco Township, about 44 miles (70 kilometers) northeast of Detroit, according to authorities. The paraglider failed to gain altitude quickly enough, struck high-tension power lines and fell to the ground. The man was operating the paraglider. Both the man and boy have been hospitalized. Their injuries and conditions were not available Wednesday. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Michigan
    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A rare storm packing 100 mph winds and with power similar to an inland hurricane swept across the Midwest, blowing over trees, flipping vehicles, causing widespread property damage and leaving hundreds of thousands without power as it moved through Chicago and into Indiana and Michigan. The storm known as a derecho lasted several hours Monday as it tore from eastern Nebraska across Iowa and parts of Wisconsin and Illinois, had the wind speed of a major hurricane, and likely caused more widespread damage than a normal tornado, said Patrick Marsh, science support chief at the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma. In northern Illinois, the National Weather Service reported a wind gust of 92 mph near Dixon, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) west of Chicago, and the storm left downed trees and power lines that blocked roadways in Chicago and its suburbs....
    The 2020 college football schedule is starting to come into focus for the Power 5 conferences in the FBS. Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, two of the Power 5 conferences have announced their full schedules for the 2020-21 college football season.  MORE: Notable opt-outs for 2020 season The Pac-12 released its full conference-only schedule on July 31. The Big Ten conference released its schedule on Aug. 5. Those two conferences alone have a combined schedule that spans from Sept. 3, when Ohio State plays at Illinois, to Dec. 19, when the Pac-12 will play its conference championship game.  The ACC, Big 12 and SEC have released scheduling models, but those conferences have not announced dates, opponents and times for those games.  Sporting News will continue to update the college football schedule as those other conferences makes those decisions. Here’s a look at the 2020 college football schedule that...
    CASSOPOLIS, Mich. (AP) — Police in southwestern Michigan said two brothers who were electrocuted when the mast of the sailboat they were moving hit a power line were in stable condition Sunday at an Indiana hospital. Cass County Sheriff Richard Behnke said the brothers were transported to a hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The men, ages 31 and 19, were accidentally electrocuted Saturday afternoon in LaGrange Township while moving a sailboat. The mast struck a power line running to a house, according to authorities. They were transported by ambulance and helicopter to the hospital. Police said the incident remained under investigation. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Indiana, Michigan
    KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — More than 25,000 homes and businesses in western Michigan had no power Saturday after a line of severe thunderstorms raked the region, utilities reported. Consumers Energy reported nearly 15,000 customers with electricity as of 9:30 a.m. and Indiana Michigan Power Co. reported more than 10,000 customers in the dark. Consumers Energy warned of lingering dangers after storms have passed. “Be on the lookout for downed wires and make sure you stay away from them. Assume that they are electric lines and that they are energized and make sure you report them to Consumers Energy or call 911,” utility spokesman Terry Dedoes said. The National Weather Service reported the Stockbridge area in Ingham County received 3.72 inches (9.45 centimeters) of rain. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Michigan
    A federal judge asked the Michigan Supreme Court to settle questions regarding whether Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has the authority to issue executive orders under two state laws. U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney certified two questions to the Michigan Supreme Court. Whether Whitmer has the authority to issue executive orders under the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act (EPGA) or the Emergency Management Act (EMA) Whether the EPGA or the EMA violates the separation of powers or the non-delegation clauses of the Michigan Constitution The order stems from a lawsuit from medical providers against Whitmer's order delaying nonessential procedures. Although Whitmer lifted the executive order, Maloney wrote the medical lawsuit wasn't moot because facilities must still follow 15 safety precautions enacted by executive orders. Others have challenged Whitmer's authority as well. The GOP-controlled legislature sued Whitmer on May 6, claiming she exceeded her powers under those...
        by Scott McClallen   A federal judge asked the Michigan Supreme Court to settle questions regarding whether Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has the authority to issue executive orders under two state laws. U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney certified two questions to the Michigan Supreme Court. Whether Whitmer has the authority to issue executive orders under the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act (EPGA) or the Emergency Management Act (EMA) Whether the EPGA or the EMA violates the separation of powers or the non-delegation clauses of the Michigan Constitution The order stems from a lawsuit from medical providers against Whitmer’s order delaying nonessential procedures. Although Whitmer lifted the executive order, Maloney wrote the medical lawsuit wasn’t moot because facilities must still follow 15 safety precautions enacted by executive orders. Others have challenged Whitmer’s authority as well.  The GOP-controlled legislature sued Whitmer on May 6, claiming she exceeded her powers under those laws after she unilaterally extended her emergency...
    On Wednesday, Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who has been widely criticized for the draconian policies she enacted during the coronavirus crisis, circled the wagons against members of the Michigan legislature as well as citizens who had created petitions to limit her power, calling such movements “irresponsible, dangerous, and foolish.” Whitmer bragged, “Over the past week Michigan has emerged as a national leader in COVID-19 mitigation, thanks to the people who did their part, and especially the brave men and women on the front lines.” According to The New York Times on Thursday, Michigan ranked sixth of all states in the number of deaths from the coronavirus, with roughly three times as many deaths as Texas and roughly twice as many as Florida. Whitmer continued, “And thanks to our epidemiologists and the experts in public health. But let’s be clear: this crisis is not over. COVID-19 is still very present...
    DETROIT (AP) - About 290,000 homes and businesses were without electricity Thursday in Michigan after thunderstorms barreled through the state, downing hundreds of trees and power lines. DTE Energy said about 137,000 of its customers in southeast Michigan were without service as of 6 a.m. after about 90,000 had power restored following Wednesday’s latest round of storms. Consumers Energy crews were trying to restore power to about 151,000 customers. About 240,000 lost service from the start of the storms on Tuesday evening, the utility said. TOP STORIES Seattle protesters demand city abolish police, hire black doctors to treat black patients Trump on renaming U.S. military bases honoring Confederate officers: No way! Democrats exploit well-meaning passions in cities seeking relief The storms were remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal, which moved from the Gulf of Mexico north into the Midwest - causing flooding and damage along the way - before continuing...
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