Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EST
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s new era of divided government begins Wednesday, when the 100th Legislature opens a two-year session. Republicans have smaller majorities in both chambers following the November election and, for the first time since 2009-10, face a Democrat in the governor’s office. Legislative work is unlikely to progress much until Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivers her first State of the State address on Feb. 5 and her initial budget proposal in early March.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will deliver her first State of the State address on Feb. 5. The Democrat’s speech is scheduled for 7 p.m. during a joint session of the Republican-led Legislature at the Michigan Capitol building. Her office announced the time and date on Wednesday. The State of the State address is a chance for the new governor to unveil her policy agenda to lawmakers and a television audience.
SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A reporter who helped police catch a robbery suspect last week followed up with another good deed by finding an 89-year-old suburban Detroit woman with dementia who had wandered away from home in sub-freezing temperatures. WWJ reporter Mike Campbell was covering Barbara Kasler’s disappearance when he spotted her Wednesday morning in her pajamas and slippers along a street in Shelby Township. Campbell took Kasler into his vehicle and cranked up the heat until police arrived.
BRIGHTON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man convicted of killing his brother and sister-in-law in 2008 has won a new trial following allegations of misconduct against the judge who presided over his 2013 trial. A judge signed an order Tuesday vacating Jerome Kowalski’s convictions. A report by a retired judge appointed to oversee misconduct complaints against Livingston County Judge Theresa Brennan called her concealment of a relationship with a detective who was a key investigator in Kowalski’s case “gross misconduct.”