Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EDT
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan says he is leaving the Republican Party because he has become disenchanted with partisan politics. Amash, the lone Republican member of Congress to support the impeachment of President Donald Trump, says he has become discouraged by party politics and “frightened by what I see from it.” Writing in the Washington Post on July 4, Amash says: “I am declaring my independence and leaving the Republican Party.”
ALPENA, Mich. (AP) — Spirited bluegrass and Americana artists the Way Down Wanderers are headlining a music-filled Independence Day festival in northern Michigan. The Illinois-based band performs Thursday afternoon at the Thunder Bay Maritime Festival in Alpena. The performance will be under the Big Tent at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center. Festival coordinator Jean Prevo calls this year’s festival “one of the biggest years ever” for music.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Students with food allergies will soon have a new place to dine on Michigan State University’s campus. The Lansing State Journal reports that the school is opening its first allergen-free dining hall, Thrive, on July 8. Gina Keilen is the university’s dietitian for culinary services. She says about one in eight MSU students has some sort of food allergy. Keilen says the new dining hall is intended to make more students feel welcome on campus.
COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (AP) — A woman who says a Jimmy John’s sandwich damaged her ability to speak has failed to persuade the Michigan appeals court to reinstate her lawsuit. Lindsey Bresnahan didn’t want Dijon mustard on her sandwich, but the mustard was mistakenly used. Bresnahan believes she’s allergic to horseradish in the mustard. The impact was severe: She had to undergo speech therapy to regain use of her voice. But the appeals court says employees weren’t told she was allergic and her reaction was “not foreseeable.”