Michigan News

Thousands Evacuated as River Dams Break in Central Michigan

MIDLAND, Mich. — Rapidly rising water overtook dams and forced the evacuation of about 10,000 people in central Michigan, where flooding struck communities along rain-swollen waterways and the governor said one downtown could be “under approximately 9 feet of water” …

Telemedicine Surges in Michigan as Doctors Close Offices

DETROIT — The closure of doctors’ offices across Michigan during the new coronavirus pandemic has spurred a statewide surge in the embrace of telemedicine, a practice that allows doctors to treat patients remotely by phone or computer, officials said. Hospitals …

Police in 40 Michigan Counties Push Seatbelt Safety Campaign

Law enforcement officials in 40 Michigan counties are stepping up enforcement of seatbelt regulations. The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning says the annual “Click It or Ticket” safety belt enforcement zones and extra enforcement begin Monday. Officials last week …

Michigan Arrests 451 Motorists in Drunken Driving Crackdown

Michigan authorities say they arrested 451 motorists for drunken driving during a three-week impaired driving crackdown in March and early April. The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning announced Thursday that the number was a decrease from 510 drunken driving …

Michigan Lawmakers Approve $215M in Road Repairs

Michigan legislative leaders have agreed to set aside $215 million for road maintenance, partly to help local governments grappling with winter costs and potholes. A House-Senate committee approved a spending bill Wednesday while another storm was hitting the state. More …

Rate Cut Included in Michigan Car Insurance Plan

House Republicans are proposing a revised overhaul of Michigan’s auto insurance system and to guarantee a 10 percent cut in premiums for two years. The plan unveiled Thursday does away with unlimited medical benefits for people catastrophically injured in car …

Michigan Plans $100M More for Plowing, Potholes

Michigan lawmakers are considering a mid-year budget bill that would give extra money to state and local governments grappling with higher snowplowing costs. The Senate Appropriations Committee amended the legislation Tuesday to spend $100 million more on road maintenance. Legislators …

Driverless Car-Test Law a Boost for Michigan’s Auto Industry

A new law that will allow companies to test driverless cars on Michigan roads will be a boost for the state’s auto industry, according to Gov. Rick Snyder and the sponsor of the legislation. Snyder signed the bills Friday, saying …

Two Michigan School Buses Destroyed by Fire

Authorities in Saginaw County, Mich., say electrical problems caused a blaze that destroyed two school buses and damaged two more. WSGW-AM reports Monday that damage to the four Saginaw Intermediate School District buses from the Saturday night fire is estimated …

Michigan Workers’ Comp Costs per Claim Low Prior to 2011 Reforms: WCRI

The total costs for a workers’ compensation claim in Michigan were low compared with other states according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), Michigan System Performance Prior to the 2011 Legislative Changes: CompScope™ Benchmarks, 14th …