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Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EST

January 1, 2019

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democrat Gretchen Whitmer has become Michigan’s 49th governor. The 47-year-old former state lawmaker from East Lansing took the oath of office Tuesday in a swearing-in ceremony outside the state Capitol building. Whitmer, Michigan’s second female governor, said the state’s problems are not partisan ones. She said potholes, clean water, great schools and better job skills “are not political,” and she pledged to be a “governor for everyone.”

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (AP) — An organ donor from western Michigan is one of 43 from across the country featured on a Rose Parade float in Pasadena, California. MLive.com reports that 21-year-old Shayna Sturtevant of Norton Shores died in 2016 after an ear infection abscessed to her brain. Six of her organs were later donated, saving three lives. The Donate Life float at Tuesday morning’s parade is decorated with portraits of the donors. The portraits are made of natural materials.

ST. JOSEPH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 23-year-old active duty member of the U.S. military has been shot and killed while visiting family for the holidays in southwestern Michigan. St. Joseph Township police say Tyrone Hassell III suffered multiple gunshot wounds Monday night in St. Joseph Township, southwest of Grand Rapids. He later died at a hospital. No arrests were reported. Police did not say in which branch of the military Hassell served.

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 $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.

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