Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EST
DETROIT (AP) — Hundreds of schools are closed in Michigan as winter weather including freezing rain left roads slippery and cut power to thousands of homes and businesses. Crashes were reported Wednesday morning. School districts including Detroit’s were shut. In mid-Michigan, flooding caused by an ice jam along the Grand River in Portland prompted officials to evacuate about 50 people from their homes near the river early Wednesday. Freezing rain brought down trees and power lines, causing power outages.
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors’ posted an $8.1 billion net profit last year as it got better prices for vehicles sold in the U.S., its most lucrative market. The performance was far better than the previous year, when the company lost $3.9 billion due to a giant tax accounting charge. GM made $10.8 billion before taxes in North America, meaning big profit-sharing checks for about 46,500 union workers in the U.S. They’ll get $10,750 each, down from last year’s $11,500.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s Legislature is considering whether to quickly reject Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order that abolished three new panels that have a role in environmental rule-making and permitting. The House and Senate may vote as soon as Wednesday to deny her executive order, two days after it was issued. It would be the first clash between Republican lawmakers and the new Democratic governor.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The new director of the Michigan Department of Transportation says at least $1.5 billion more is needed to improve the condition of state highways, nearly double what is now being spent. Paul Ajegba disclosed the figure in his advice-and-consent hearing Tuesday. He bases it on a 2016 infrastructure report done for former Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican. Ajegba, whom Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appointed, is working to compile how much additional funding is needed for municipal roads.