Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is ceasing in-person visits to state prisoners to limit their exposure to the new coronavirus. The move Friday came after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made a late-night announcement that all public and private schools — covering more than 1.5 million kids — will be closed for three weeks starting Monday. As of Thursday, Michigan had 12 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. Corrections officers and others working inside prisons will be asked screening questions and will have their temperature checked before being allowed to enter. Those with a temperature above 100.4 will not be allowed to work.
MOUNT MORRIS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A dog from Florida that was missing for more than two months has been found 1,400 miles away in Michigan. Kris Gibson discovered Simba last week standing at her fence in Mount Morris Township, north of Flint. She lured him with a snack and took him to an animal clinic, which confirmed the dog’s identity through his microchip. Kassidy Gruno, a veterinary assistant at Mayfair Animal Hospital, believes the dog may have been abducted with the intent of selling him. Simba is a Canary mastiff from Miami. It’s a valuable breed.
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — A public interest law firm is asking the Supreme Court to consider whether police officers and other government agents should have broad immunity from civil lawsuits. The court is expected to decide as soon as this month whether to take the cases. In one, a college student was restricted from suing officers who beat him up in a case of mistaken identity. Another involves a woman whose home was destroyed by agents looking for her ex-boyfriend. The Arlington, Virginia-based Institute for Justice says officers are hiding behind a doctrine called “qualified immunity” that allows them to violate citizens’ rights without penalty.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has announced that, effective Monday, all of Michigan’s public and private schools will closed through April 5 to combat the spread of a rising number of coronavirus cases. The announcement Thursday night came as officials said 10 more cases have been confirmed in Michigan, raising the tally to 12. Officials say all the new cases are adults — three in Kent County; two in Oakland County; two from Washtenaw County; and one each from Ingham, St. Clair and Montcalm counties. Michigan’s chief medical executive says she’s concerned with the federal government’s ability to provide enough COVID-19 tests.