Gov. Whitmer endorses hands-free driving bill

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- 11:40 p.m.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants Michigan to be the 17th state to adopt a hands-free driving law that restricts the use of mobile devices while driving.

The Democrat got behind the newly introduced legislation in her State of the State speech Tuesday night. Texting while driving is prohibited, but other uses of phones are allowed.

Whitmer says "you cannot navigate the road if you are looking at your phone."
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9:15 p.m.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is proposing a scholarship program that would provide college tuition assistance to many Michigan high school graduates.

The Michigan Opportunity Scholarship was unveiled in her State of the State speech Tuesday night. It would give graduates two years of tuition-free education at a community college or cover tuition for the first two for students attending a four-year college.

Students going to a four-year college would not qualify if their household income is above $80,000 or they do not have a 3.0 GPA. Whitmer also wants to help older adults with tuition if they are seeking an in-demand job in a second career.

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7:05 p.m.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says there are two major crises Michigan must confront now -- aging infrastructure and a lagging education system -- or else it will become a tougher place to live, work and run a business.

The Democrat, delivering her first State of the State address Tuesday night, pointed to deteriorating roads, contaminated drinking water and the worst decline in childhood literacy among states measured every year since 2014.

She says "generations of leadership" have failed Michigan schoolchildren. She adds that just 18 percent of roads are in "good condition."

Detailed proposals will likely wait until Whitmer proposes her initial budget to lawmakers in March.