Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 4:40 p.m. EDT
IONIA, Mich. (AP) — Michigan prison officials say three people have been arrested after trying to use a drone to smuggle a cellphone and drugs into a prison. Michigan Department of Corrections says two guards at the Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility in the western Michigan city of Ionia heard the drone in the yard inside the prison shortly before 4 a.m. Thursday. Moments later, the drone dropped two packages near a housing unit.
DETROIT (AP) — A man in prison for 45 years could be on the cusp of freedom after another man said he had no role in a 1971 murder in Detroit. A judge last week threw out Richard Phillips’ conviction and ordered a new trial. Prosecutors say they plan to appeal. Phillips has been cleared based on the words of Richard Palombo, who was a co-defendant at the 1972 trial. Palombo insists that Phillips wasn’t present.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Advocates of a less partisan redistricting process and paid sick days will start collecting voter signatures for the 2018 ballot after clearing a procedural step at the Michigan elections board. Voters Not Politicians wants to create an independent commission to draw congressional and legislative districts. MI Time to Care hopes to ensure workers earn one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked. The board on Thursday also approved the petition form of another marijuana legalization group.
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 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.