Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. EDT
DETROIT (AP) — A Palestinian activist from Chicago is returning to Detroit for a final court hearing before she’s eventually deported for concealing her convictions in two Jerusalem bombings. Rasmea Odeh (OH’-duh) admits that she failed to disclose the convictions when she entered the U.S. and later went through the citizenship process in 2004. She’s not expected to get any time in prison Thursday but has agreed to be deported to Jordan or elsewhere.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Vern Ehlers, a research physicist and moderate Republican who represented a western Michigan congressional district for 17 years and advocated for Great Lakes cleanup funding, has died. He was 83. Ehlers died late Tuesday at a Grand Rapids nursing facility. He successfully advocated for a law that authorized spending $270 million over five years to clean up sediments in the Great Lakes and oversaw the country’s first major statement on science policy in more than 50 years.
AU TRAIN, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man has died on a boating trip he was taking to pour his father’s ashes into Lake Superior. WLUC-TV reports that 59-year-old Robert Louis died shortly after he and six other passengers fell out of their wooden kit boat near Au Train on Sunday. Louis’ brother, John Louis, says the group was out to honor the final wishes of the brothers’ father, who died two weeks ago after battling Alzheimer’s disease. Police say an investigation is ongoing.
DETROIT (AP) — A man exonerated of rape after 35 years in prison has been awarded $1.7 million under a new Michigan law. The ruling Wednesday was among the first batch of cases covered by a law that offers compensation to wrongly convicted individuals. Edward Carter was released from prison in 2010, after fingerprints still on file from the 1974 sexual assault pointed to another suspect. Carter declined comment Wednesday, but his attorney says Carter “chooses to live life without bitterness.”