Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. EDT
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s longest-serving governor, William G. Milliken, has died. He was 97. Family spokesman Jack Lessenberry says Milliken died Friday at his home in Traverse City. Milliken, a moderate Republican, was governor for 14 years until 1983. His style of bipartisan cooperation made him popular among voters and politicians in both major parties. Milliken was promoted to governor from lieutenant governor in 1969 when Gov. George Romney resigned to join President Richard Nixon’s administration.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A state commission has approved a project to build a $40 million welcome center on the lawn of the Michigan statehouse that will boast adjustable space for meetings and catered events. The Lansing State Journal reports that the Michigan State Capitol Commission agreed Monday to proceed with the underground project using money appropriated in last year’s lame duck session. Heritage Hall will be connected to the Capitol by an elevator and lit partially with a sunroof.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags lowered at all state buildings and grounds in honor of late Gov. William G. Milliken. Milliken was Michigan’s longest-serving governor. He died Friday at age 97. Whitmer said Saturday the flags should be displayed at half-staff on all state buildings, grounds and facilities through Nov. 1. They’re being lowered for 14 days to honor each year that Milliken served in Michigan’s top office.
MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan State University student was killed when his moped collided with a pickup truck at an intersection near the school’s campus. Meridian Township Police say 20-year-old Sebastian Tyll of Fenton, Michigan, was driving a moped Friday morning when it collided with the truck, fatally injuring him. Police tell the Lansing State Journal that Tyll was wearing a helmet. Alcohol isn’t believed to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.