Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EDT
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan State University student is speaking publicly a year after filing a lawsuit against the school that alleges three former men’s basketball players raped her in 2015 and that she was discouraged by counseling center staff from reporting what happened. Bailey Kowalski came forward in a story published by The New York Times on Wednesday, saying she hopes other victims tell their stories. She will hold a news conference Thursday. The woman and players aren’t named in the suit.
DETROIT (AP) — Toxic industrial chemicals known as PFAS have been found in soil and groundwater in Detroit at the site of construction for a new bridge between the U.S. and Canada. The findings were reported Thursday by MLive.com and officials are ensuring that plans related to the Gordie Howe International Bridge project addresses the presence of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances. The Michigan Department of Transportation says there are no construction delays due to the testing.
BARAGA, Mich. (AP) — Parts of Michigan are getting hit with wintry weather as a storm system that unleashed a blizzard in the Upper Midwest moves through the region. Light snow was reported Thursday morning in parts of the southern Lower Peninsula, but more snow and ice was forecast in northern portions of the state. The western Upper Peninsula is being placed under a winter weather warning, with a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain. In the northern Lower Peninsula, driving also could be hazardous.
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — A project to revitalize the site of a former school in southern Michigan by growing a tree farm has been abandoned. The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that Greenprint Partners recently returned the vacant two acres in Battle Creek to the city and school district. The Chicago-based environmental company planted roughly 1,000 trees on the former Wilson Academy land before ending the project. Greenprint’s tree farms in other cities have been transitioned into forests to absorb excess stormwater.