Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 4:40 p.m. EST
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A political nonprofit that backed Gretchen Whitmer for governor will pay a $37,500 fine after Michigan’s top election official concluded it violated campaign-finance law by “expressly” advocating for her election in TV ads. Build a Better Michigan, which spent millions supporting Whitmer, was organized by her allies under section 527 of the U.S. tax code. Such organizations can’t advocate explicitly for one’s election or defeat but can coordinate more closely with candidates.
DETROIT (AP) — John Dingell was long known for his wry takes and quick wit alongside his mastery of legislative deal-making. But the longest-serving Congress member’s musings on Twitter drew widespread interest and kept him au courant. Favorite topics and targets for the outspoken Democrat, who died on Thursday at 92, included President Donald Trump and his favorite Michigan sports teams.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A utility says some of the tens of thousands of homes and businesses without power in Michigan following days of freezing rain and other wintry weather are expected to be without electricity through the weekend. Consumers Energy says about 148,000 of its customers were without power around midday Friday. The hardest-hit areas included western Michigan, where highs temperatures were forecast to stay below freezing for days. Many didn’t have heat and emergency shelters are open.
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state and Oregon are bracing for a big winter storm after Seattle was paralyzed by snow earlier this week and more than 148,000 electricity customers don’t have electricity in Michigan following days of freezing rain. Seattle businesses closed early Friday as the snow started and flights were canceled between the city and Portland, Oregon. Schools and colleges had already canceled classes ahead of the storm expected to bring 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 centimeters) of snow.