Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 6:40 a.m. EST
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge has overruled state regulators who approved a key permit for a proposed open-pit mine in the Upper Peninsula. The decision is another delay for a project that has been debated for nearly two decades. The judge invalidated a wetlands permit granted in 2018 to Aquila Resources for its Back Forty gold and zinc mine. The ruling issued Monday says the company provided too little information on potential damage to wetlands near the Menominee River on the Michigan-Wisconsin line. The state agency that granted the permit now says it agrees with the judge.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has pocket vetoed proposed tax breaks for retail chain Meijer. She’s done the same with separate legislation that would have let certain businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic defer their property tax payments without facing penalties or interest. The Republican-led Legislature passed the bills largely along party lines before adjourning last month. The Democratic governor let them die at the close of a 14-day review period Monday. She didn’t say why. But the state Treasury Department and groups representing public schools and local governments opposed the measures, citing budgetary implications.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has refused to sign a bill that would have let one-time drunken drivers ask a judge to set aside their conviction, despite the measure’s broad bipartisan support in the Legislature. The Democrat took no action on the expungement legislation Monday, allowing it to die when a 14-day review period expired. Her office gave no reason why. The legislation had passed easily. A key Republican who helped guide the bill through the legislative process expressed outrage. The bill was supported by top officials including Michigan Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel and state Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget McCormack.
CRYSTAL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A woman missing since attending a family gathering on New Year’s Eve has been found dead in a marshy area in western Michigan. Police say the body of 34-year-old Jenna Evans was discovered Tuesday near Loon Lake in Montcalm County’s Crystal Township. Evans was last seen leaving her mother’s home in Stanton last Thursday. Police say the cause of Evans’ death remain under investigation.