Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 3:40 p.m. EST
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Newly released records from Gov. Scott Walker’s administration show that Foxconn Technology Group considered sites across Ohio and Michigan for the massive display-screen complex coming to Wisconsin. Walker on Thursday released more than 13,000 pages of emails and other documents to news outlets as requested under Wisconsin’s open records law.
DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker charged with putting a no-show employee on his state payroll apparently has struck a deal with federal prosecutors. Sen. Bert Johnson, a Democrat from Highland Park, said Tuesday that he was preparing for a March 12 trial. But a judge has set a change-of-plea hearing for Friday.
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-based foundation will invest $5 million each in southeastern Michigan and western New York to create interactive public play spaces for children. The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation says the Built to Play initiative will provide support to grassroots groups and nonprofits to create and maintain play spaces and skate parks within their neighborhoods. It is working with the Tony Hawk Foundation which helps build skate parks and the nonprofit KaBOOM! which builds playgrounds.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Legislature has unanimously approved a $175 million infusion into the state’s roads, a 7 percent boost over existing spending. Thursday’s votes come as drivers face potholes from this winter’s freeze-thaw cycle. Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign the bill. The money will be split among the state, counties, and cities and villages.