Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EDT
GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — Officials say Grand Haven’s long-awaited pier catwalk will return to the Lake Michigan shoreline this summer. The Grand Haven Tribune reports that City Manager Pat McGinnis announced the catwalk will be fully installed over the South Pier before July 26. Work to restore and replicate the century-old structure is nearly complete. The city opted to remove the catwalk in 2016 before the Army Corps of Engineers began a $2.1 million project to rebuild the pier.
DETROIT (AP) — Grants worth nearly $19 million are being made to organizations across seven Michigan counties. The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan says the money will be used in areas such as health, education, arts, the environment, youth, housing and human services. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will receive $250,000 over two years to attract new audiences. Another $250,000 is going to the Invest Detroit Foundation to expand a program on entrepreneurial talent.
MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court won’t intervene in a lawsuit over a transgender woman in the women’s locker room at a Midland health club. Yvette Cormier says her membership at Planet Fitness was wrongly terminated in 2015 after she complained and warned other women at the club. Planet Fitness told her that it allows people to use the locker room that matches their identity. The state appeals court said Cormier’s case can go to trial. The state Supreme Court on April 2 said that decision will stand.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — After passing waves of tax cuts in recent years, some lawmakers in several Republican-dominated states have decided it’s time to make a big exception and are pushing for tax increases to fix roads that are crumbling from years of neglect. In the past month alone, the Republican governors of Ohio, Alabama and Arkansas have signed fuel tax hikes. The moves show a growing willingness to take on the fearsome politics of higher taxes, at least for infrastructure.