THUNDERSTORMS IN MICHIGAN
Some schools closed, power cut for 58K after Michigan storms
MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) – Classes were canceled in school districts across western Michigan on Wednesday as teams work to restore power and clear debris from a storm that swept through the state . Consumers Energy reports that about 28,000 customers had no power at 4 p.m. Wednesday, while DTE Energy reports nearly 30,000 without power at 5:24 p.m. Schools in Orchard View District in Muskegon County were closed due to electricity problems and damage to a school. Muskegon Community College has also canceled classes. Classes were also canceled for Kalamazoo Central High School on Wednesday and Thursday. The electricity was cut at the school and should not be restored until Thursday evening.
MICHIGAN VIRUS OUTBREAK
Michigan updates quarantine guidelines for masked students
LANSING, Michigan (AP) – Michigan has released updated guidelines to help schools and local health departments determine whether asymptomatic students exposed to a student with coronavirus should quarantine themselves at home or stay at school. Unvaccinated but masked students who were within 3 feet of a COVID-positive student can now stay in school, but only if tested daily for seven days after exposure. Such a student would previously have been asked to self-isolate for 10 days or seven days with a negative test. The recommendation is one of many included for the first time in a school-specific document intended for the general public.
AP FACT CHECK: Biden overestimates UAW support for electric cars
DETROIT (AP) – President Joe Biden is glossing over important details and oversimplifying the facts about United Auto Workers’ support for their efforts to dramatically increase U.S. production of electric vehicles. This is according to an AP Fact Check. In remarks Wednesday, Biden said the UAW supports the efforts of the largest automakers and its administration to dramatically increase sales of electric vehicles, part of its plan to tackle climate change. While the UAW has expressed general support, it specifically declined to endorse the automakers’ target of having 40-50% of new car sales to be electric vehicles by the end of the decade, due to of his concern about the impact on employment.
Whitmer proposes to spend $ 200 million to replace lead water pipes
LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer wants to spend $ 200 million in federal pandemic relief funding to replace lead water pipes across the state, where aging infrastructure underground was exposed by the Flint disaster. The plan, if approved by the Legislature, would set aside $ 20 million to replace all lines at Benton Harbor within five years. The predominantly black city in the southwestern corner of the state has exceeded the federal lead limit since 2018. That year, Michigan began enforcing the nation’s strictest rules for lead in water. drinkable following the crisis in Flint, another impoverished predominantly black town. population. The regulations will result in the replacement of all lead service lines statewide by 2041.
Man who ran charity pleads guilty to taking money
CLINTON, Mich. (AP) – The former head of a Michigan charity for children and families has pleaded guilty to fraud in a scheme to use the group’s money for lodging, the trips and even a new roof. The government says John Lynch had “undisputed authority” as chief financial officer and then chief executive officer of the Clinton-based Holy Cross organization in Lenawee County. The man from Grosse Pointe Park pleaded guilty in federal court in Detroit. The government says Sainte-Croix has relied heavily on public money for its activities, including services for families and children in need. Lynch’s plea deal describes more than $ 200,000 in payments that he or a relative has received.
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Michigan State Football and Basketball Players to Receive $ 6,000
DETROIT (AP) – A suburban Detroit mortgage company run by a former Michigan state official will pay all soccer players and members of the men’s basketball team $ 500 a month. The sponsorship of Mat Ishbia and United Wholesale Mortgage will provide over 130 athletes with $ 6,000 per year. The NCAA said in July that athletes could be paid for their name, image or likeness. Players will be paid for promoting the company on social media. Ishbia was an extra who was a member of the 2000 Michigan State National Championship basketball team. In February, Ishbia announced a donation of $ 32 million to MSU’s sports program.
VIRUS EPIDEMIC BONUS
Recall campaign launched following COVID-19 bonuses
CORUNNA, Michigan (AP) – Three elected officials who voted to award themselves bonuses with federal COVID-19 money face a recall campaign in Shiawassee County. The county election commission on Tuesday approved the language of the petition. If the petition survives an appeal after 10 days, supporters of the recall plan to start collecting signatures to force an election. They would need about 1,100 for each of the county commissioners targeted: Jeremy Root, Cindy Garber, and John Plowman. After much controversy, the commissioners decided in July to restore the “risk premium”. Root received $ 25,000, Plowman received $ 10,000, and Garber received $ 5,000. The bonuses were approved as part of a plan to distribute $ 557,000 in federal virus relief to grassroots workers and county officials.
The court assesses the fight against the insurance coverage of the drug distributor
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio Supreme Court decides whether a drug distributor’s insurance company should be forced to provide a legal defense in the company’s fight against government lawsuits related to the opioid epidemic. At stake in court is a dispute between Hamilton County-based Masters Pharmaceutical and its eight-year insurer, Wisconsin-based Acuity Insurance. Masters argues that previous court rulings have confirmed the idea that insurance companies must provide a defense to businesses for plausible claims of alleged damage inflicted by a business. Acuity responds that it is responsible for covering injuries sustained by specific people, not the overall costs of the opioid epidemic to governments.
REDISTRICTION OF MICHIGAN
Redistribution commission continued for exceeding the deadline for new cards
LANSING, Michigan (AP) – A Michigan commission drawing new maps for Congress and Legislative seats is being sued over its plan to skip the Nov. 1 deadline to create the districts. The lawsuit filed by an activist in the Detroit area means the Michigan Supreme Court may ultimately get involved. Earlier this year, the court dismissed the commission’s request for new deadlines and legal protection from possible prosecution. The committee hopes the maps will be ready for a final vote by December 30, citing a delay in detailed census data. Critics, however, say a November 1 deadline in the constitution cannot be ignored and data is available.
Whitmer urges GOP lawmakers to repeal ‘obscure’ abortion ban
LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer urges the Republican-controlled legislature to repeal a 90-year-old law that criminalizes abortion, warning that the United States Supreme Court could overturn women’s constitutional right to l ‘abortion. GOP legislative leaders oppose abortion and will not support Whitmer’s demand. Legislation that would repeal the 1931 law is blocked by a Senate committee. Whitmer appealed days after the High Court ruled not to block a law banning most abortions in Texas. She says the court order 5-4 “puts the United States on a dangerous path to overthrow Roe v. Wade,” the landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide.