Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump and other GOP officials have generally taken a neutral stance in the GM strike that threatens to upend the economy in election battleground Michigan. Trump has made progress with members of some unions, partly due to his promises to get tough on trade and keep manufacturing jobs in the U.S. But a strike prompted in part by GM’s plan to close U.S. plants highlights Trump’s unfulfilled promises on manufacturing and gives Democrats a chance to play up their union credentials.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University students are advocating for a new multicultural facility to house minority organizations and provide meeting spaces and resources for students from marginalized communities. University data indicates MSU welcomed its most diverse class ever in fall 2018. But the school’s minority organizations are spread across campus in small basement offices. The student organizers plan to present a proposal to university administrators this fall.
BELLAIRE, Mich. (AP) — A school superintendent has been ordered to trial in an unusual case that involves handwriting experts. Terry Starr is accused of sending anonymous letters to Elk Rapids school officials in 2018, accusing a principal of sexual assault against a student years earlier. State police Lt. Mark Goff told a judge it’s “probable” that Starr wrote the letters. Starr denies it. He’s superintendent in Kalkaska.
DETROIT (AP) — People living in Detroit houses in danger of tax foreclosure are being urged to apply for a program that could allow them to one day own the homes. The Quicken Loans Community Fund has provided grants for the Make It Home partnership. That allows the city to buy houses in Wayne County tax foreclosure auctions. The houses are transferred to the United Community Housing Coalition, which works with renters or owners who make monthly payments to buy the homes outright.