Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. EDT
DETROIT (AP) — A German Volkswagen executive is scheduled to plead guilty in Detroit in a scheme to cheat emission rules on nearly 600,000 diesel vehicles. Oliver Schmidt is due Friday in U.S. District Court. He is charged with conspiracy and fraud. Schmidt is a former manager of a VW engineering office in suburban Detroit. VW admits using software to get around emission standards.
DETROIT (AP) — A new exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts features portraits that show the history, influences and legacy of Detroit’s hip-hop music scene. “D-Cyphered: Portraits by Jenny Risher” opens Friday and runs through Feb. 18. The photographer collaborated with musical artists, producers and DJs on the portraits. They’re taken on Detroit’s street corners as well as at recording studios, concert halls and other sites throughout the city.
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit judge has ordered a mental evaluation for a Detroit man charged in last year’s fatal shooting of a Wayne State University police officer. Prosecutors say 60-year-old Raymond Durham also was found incompetent Thursday to stand trial in a separate shooting earlier this year of two Detroit police officers. First-degree murder and other charges were announced Thursday against Durham in the Nov. 22 slaying of officer Collin Rose.
DETROIT (AP) — Half of Detroit’s eight mayoral candidates have been convicted of felony crimes involving drugs, assault or weapons. A Detroit News analysis shows that three of the contenders on next Tuesday’s primary ballot were charged with gun crimes, and two of them were charged for assault with intent to commit murder. Some of the offenses date back decades. The most recent was in 2008. Political consultant Greg Bowens says there are candidates in every election cycle with past hardships.