GM’s Barra meets Michigan lawmakers about factory closings
DETROIT (AP) — Members of the Michigan congressional delegation have met with the chief executive of General Motors for the first time since the automaker said it wants to close a Detroit-area factory that makes the Volt.
Mary Barra emerged from the Washington meeting Thursday, saying it was "very productive." She says GM has made "tremendous investment" in the United States and wants to help workers whose jobs are at stake. She didn't offer details.
Delta Sigma Theta pays tribute to soror, the Queen of Soul
DETROIT (AP) — What began as a thin line swelled into a sea of sisterhood as hundreds of members of Delta Sigma Theta streamed into the rotunda of the Charles H. Wright Museum on Tuesday to pay tribute to the Queen of Soul, a member of the sorority.
The moving ceremony, known as the Omega Omega Service, was the latest testament to the life and legacy of Aretha Franklin, who was remembered by her sisters as a proud black woman who demanded respect and loved her community.
Bill Clinton, Smokey Robinson to speak at Franklin funeral
NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton, Smokey Robinson, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Cicely Tyson will be among the speakers at Aretha Franklin's funeral next week.
Lawmakers want Congressional Gold Medal for Aretha Franklin
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers is introducing legislation to honor Aretha Franklin posthumously with the Congressional Gold Medal.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence, a former school board member, said she wants Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to be "replaced" following an interview with "60 Minutes" in which DeVos showed she's "out of touch" with American schools.
DeVos has been criticized for struggling in Sunday's interview, during which she admitted not knowing whether traditional public schools in Michigan improved since she began advocating to open the state to choice and charter schools.
Washington — U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence says an investigation within her congressional offices turned up no allegations of sexual harassment, despite accusations that led last fall to the resignation of her chief of staff.
"It was completed, and I did not find a single employee of mine who made an allegation of sexual harassment," Lawrence said in a Wednesday interview.
The Southfield Democrat would not say who conducted the independent inquiry, only that she did not conduct it herself.
Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones doesn't live in the 13th Congressional District, where she's running for Congress to succeed former U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr.
Jones lives in the 14th District, which is represented by U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Southfield. Conyers, who resigned in December amid a sexual misconduct scandal, also lives in the 14th District.
U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence could face a change in plans for President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech.
On Tuesday, the Southfield Democrat told The Detroit News she was planning to attend the Jan. 30 address but would be dressed like most of the attendees at the Jan. 7 Golden Globes awards event. A huge majority showed their solidarity with the anti-sexual harassment group Time's Up by dressing in black.
Lawmaker accepts top aide’s resignation amid allegations
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chief of staff for a Michigan lawmaker has resigned following sexual harassment allegations by former female aides.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence said in a statement Thursday that she has accepted Dwayne Duron Marshall's resignation.
Washington — U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence announced Thursday that she has accepted the resignation of her chief of staff following allegations that he sexually harassed several former office staffers.
"I will move forward with an investigation focused on the current and future climate of our workplace environment," Lawrence said in a statement.
Michigan lawmaker puts top aide on leave amid allegations
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker on Tuesday placed a top aide on administrative leave pending the results of an investigation into sexual harassment allegations by former female aides.
Democratic Rep. Brenda Lawrence placed Chief of Staff Dwayne Duron Marshall on leave following a Politico report detailing allegations of inappropriate behavior. Several of the former aides said they'd brought their concerns to Lawrence.
Washington — Democrats say the indictments of two senior aides to President Donald Trump's campaign illustrate why the administration shouldn't interfere in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in last year's presidential election.