Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A criminal defense lawyer who helped win a battle to strike down Michigan’s gay marriage ban has launched her candidacy for state attorney general. Dana Nessel, a Democrat from Plymouth, pledged Tuesday to protect consumers, to prosecute hate crimes and to sue to close twin oil pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac. Republicans and Democrats will choose their attorney general candidates at nominating conventions next summer.
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — A federal appeals court has overturned the murder conviction of a Battle Creek woman who was accused of stabbing a bartender in the basement of a tavern in 1995. In a 3-0 decision Tuesday, the court says a “rational jury” should have found plenty of reasonable doubt, especially because blood found on the victim’s clothing didn’t belong to Hattie Mae Tanner. Tanner, now 57 years old, has been in prison since 2000.
CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Officials say booms have prevented a suburban Detroit industrial fluid spill from reaching the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair. Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller said Tuesday she expected the spill into the Teske Drain in Clinton Township to be cleaned up later that day but seven booms and other absorbent materials will remain on the drain for the time being.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Grand Rapids Police Department is asking for the public’s help with identifying a man who hung an American flag with a swastika painted on it from an overpass over Interstate 196. Police say officers were called to the overpass before 7 a.m. Monday on a report of a man who was seen hanging the flag from the overpass. Officers removed the flag about 10 minutes later.