Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. EST
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — Veterans’ advocates in the Upper Peninsula are using military boots as receptacles for donations that will benefit veterans in need. Boots are displayed near cash registers at 26 businesses in Chippewa County. More than $2,500 was collected in November. Rudy Johnson is the head of the local Veterans Fund Board. He says that, “Boots get more attention than jars.” The Chippewa County Community Foundation gives final approval on grants.
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A partial implosion of the Silverdome has failed to bring down the upper section of the Detroit Lions’ former home. The failure was a bit of a letdown for thousands of people who turned out Sunday morning in hopes of seeing a dramatic collapse. Demolition company Adamo some explosive charges failed to detonate due to wiring issues. The blast did weaken the Silverdome, and it could still fall, but it’s unclear when that might happen.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A new report by a Michigan task force says the state Legislature should limit the operation of drones around areas such as correctional facilities, tourist destinations and prominent bridges. The 27-member Unmanned Aircraft Systems Task Force was created earlier this year to form statewide policy on the operation and regulation of unmanned aircraft systems. The panel’s report says it tried to balance safety needs while respecting the Federal Aviation Administration’s authority.
DETROIT (AP) — Supporters of U.S. Rep. John Conyers are planning a Monday rally in Detroit for the embattled congressman. Dozens of political, religious and civil rights leaders are scheduled to gather at 11 a.m. Monday for the rally at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church. The 88-year-old faces sexual harassment allegations from former staff members. Conyers has denied any wrongdoing. The Democratic lawmaker has been hospitalized since he reported feeling lightheaded last week.