Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan regulators say Detroit casinos must ban smoking on their gambling floors and limit capacity to 15% initially when they are allowed to open by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The Michigan Gaming Control Board approved minimum reopening guidelines for the commercial casinos Monday, though they remain closed under a gubernatorial order. Many tribal casinos, which aren’t regulated by the state, have already reopened or will do so soon. Also Monday, a judge ruled that the governor’s coronavirus-related workplace safety orders include excessive penalties for violations. He said the penalties can’t exceed a $500 fine and 90-day misdemeanor.
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit officials are ending a curfew aimed at curtailing violence and unrest during protests over police brutality against African Americans after the death of George Floyd. Mayor Mike Duggan told reporters Monday that the 8 p.m. curfew that went into effect May 31 has not been enforced over the past three nights. Detroit has not seen the levels of violence that some other cities across the U.S. have experienced following Floyd’s May 25 death in Minneapolis. And Duggan said some people who hurled rocks and railroad spikes at Detroit police officers “haven’t been seen in five or six days.”
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she will request a federal disaster declaration for the Midland area, where a failure of two dams destroyed 150 houses and caused more than $200 million in damage. Under a disaster declaration, Whitmer said Monday she hopes to gain Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance as soon as possible to provide a wide range of service such as crisis counseling, road repairs and loans to homeowners. The nearly 100-year-old Edenville Dam in Midland failed on May 19, forcing 10,000 residents to evacuate their homes as flood waters raged through the area.
FRENCHTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A white man is accused of hitting a black man in the face with a bicycle chain in what authorities allege was a racially motivated assault at a southeastern Michigan beach. The Monroe News reports that 42-year-old Lee James Mouat Jr., of Newport, Michigan, remains jailed on charges of felony assault and ethnic intimidation. Monroe County sheriff’s Maj. Jeff Kemp says the assault happened after a group of white people and a group of black people exchanged words Saturday at a beach in Frenchtown Township. Kemp says Mouat used a racial slur before hitting the victim with a locking device for bicycles that he had retrieved from his car.