In a press conference Monday afternoon, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced six charges filed against Southfield City Clerk Sherikia L. Hawkins on allegations of election fraud.
In light of the 2020 budget’s impending due date, Oct. 1, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners rejected a proposal for increased funding for the Community Mental Health program in Washtenaw County. The potential budget cut came last Wednesday, when the commission began reevaluating funding for several county programs.
A newly released college ranking by U.S. News and World Report placed the University of Michigan at No. 3 among public universities. The ranking, which was published Monday, put U-M behind the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of California, Berkeley; one spot higher than last year’s report, in which the University was also behind the University of Virginia.
Michigan’s state legislature will proceed with budget talks without approving major funding for road repairs, according to an announcement from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Monday morning. The announcement put to rest concerns about a potential government shutdown next month.
On April 9, two Republican-backed House Bills addressing sanctuary cities passed the first round of committee hearings in the Michigan state House of Representatives, advancing the bills a further step toward becoming laws.
Thursday afternoon, an explosion on the property of Ann Arbor Welding Supply started a fire, closing down parts of Carpenter Road and Morgan Road in Pittsfield Township. No injuries were reported by local officials.
Thursday morning, hundreds of students, faculty, alumni and community members filled the new home of the Trotter Multicultural Center on South State Street. University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel, Regent Ron Weiser and Cynthia Stephens, the 1st District Court of Appeals judge, were among the speakers at the Trotter Center’s opening ceremony.
Alphonse Pitawanakwat, a lecturer in the Native American Ojibwe language, opened up the ceremony, acknowledging the new Trotter Center’s location on land previously inhabited by the Ojibwe, Odawa and Potawatomi tribes.
Following a Jan. 2 drunken driving arrest in Novi, Mich., Ann Arbor City Councilmember Zachary Ackerman, D-Ward 3, was sentenced in February to a year of probation and five days of community service. Despite the January arrest, Ackerman did not disclose his arrest to City Council and the public until he released a statement to the council on April 1.
On Thursday night, President Donald Trump spoke to a crowd of over 10,000 at a rally in the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich. During the rally — Trump’s first of the 2020 campaign cycle — the president criticized his Democratic adversaries and largely concentrated on policies related to immigration and infrastructure pursued by his administration during the last two years.