Michigan News

Plants Cropping Up in Lost Michigan Lakes Where Dams Failed

LANSING, Mich. — Nature is returning to craters left from lakes drained by two dams that failed in May during torrential rain in mid-Michigan. But not always in a good way. “Shortly after the water receded, you could look out …

Michigan Village Starts Flood Recovery, Awaits Funds

LANSING, Mich. — Jenna Hulse was at work out of town as a nurse when she got a message from her brother that a dam three blocks from her house in the Michigan village of Sanford was failing. Six feet …

COVID-19 Sweeps Away Matriarch in Flood-Ravaged Mid-Michigan

MIDLAND, Mich.–With floodwaters rising and his wife hospitalized with COVID-19, Kevin Hennig feared the worst — missing critical moments with her. “I was worried about the bridges and the roads washing out, and I wouldn’t be able to get to …

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 …