Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EST
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s minimum wage will soon increase by 20 cents an hour. The increase will take effect in late March and make the minimum wage $9.45, up from $9.25. The $9.25 minimum wage had been scheduled to increase by an inflationary amount this April. But a ballot drive gathered signatures for an initiative to set it at $10 this year and ultimately $12 in 2022. Republican lawmakers adopted the citizens’ initiative only to recently scale it back with outgoing Gov. Rick Snyder.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democrat Gretchen Whitmer is set to become Michigan’s 49th governor. The 47-year-old former state lawmaker from East Lansing will take the oath of office Tuesday in a swearing-in ceremony outside the state Capitol building. The inaugural theme is “Building Bridges Together.” Whitmer, who will be Michigan’s second female governor, is expected to highlight “kitchen table” issues she campaigned on such as fixing the roads and improving residents’ job skills.
DETROIT (AP) — A theft at a northwest Detroit business was foiled when an employee fired shots toward three people who used a pickup truck to ram a hole in the building. Detroit police say the pickup’s driver backed the vehicle into the building about 7 a.m. Sunday and was preparing to strike it a second time when the employee inside started shooting. The pickup sped away while the other two thieves who were outside the building also fled.
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit fire officials are investigating a suspicious blaze that damaged the department’s former training center, which may have housed sensitive records. The Detroit News reports that it took firefighters about 10 minutes to control Thursday’s blaze at the Detroit Fire Department’s old training academy. The department last used the building in 2014. The Detroit Fire Fighters Union president says he saw sensitive paperwork at the site.