Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EDT
DETROIT (AP) — Michigan politicians are praising prominent Judge Damon J. Keith as a “legal trailblazer” and a “civil rights icon.” Keith died in Detroit on Sunday at age 96. Among those paying tribute to him are Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and U.S. Sen. Gary Peters. In their statements, they spoke of Keith’s courage in the face of what Whitmer called the “attacks and threats from others” in his defense of individual liberties and in his commitment to end racism.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The governor of Illinois is authorizing initial steps toward installing technologies in a Chicago-area waterway to prevent Asian carp from reaching Lake Michigan. Democrat J.B. Pritzker told the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers he’s willing to move ahead with preconstruction, engineering and design work for the project at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam on the Des Plaines River near Joliet, Illinois. The location is a choke point where the invasive carp could be blocked from migrating toward the lake.
DETROIT (AP) — Three health systems are teaming up to build and operate a $48 million medical laundry service facility in Detroit. The collaboration announced Monday involves Henry Ford Health System, Michigan Medicine and St. Joseph Mercy Health System. The facility in the city’s Northwest Goldberg neighborhood is expected to be operational in spring 2020. It will have about 180 employees, including more than 100 new hires.
DETROIT (AP) — A woman who says she suffered when she learned that her son was found slain in a Detroit sewer has failed to persuade the Michigan appeals court to reinstate her lawsuit over a Facebook post. Brenda Burton sued Detroit and a water employee who wrote that he had found a “dead body in the sewer” in 2015. Burton says she saw her son under the manhole cover. Burton says the employee acted recklessly. The appeals court says the post might have been “thoughtless” but it wasn’t “utterly intolerable.”