Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EDT
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-based mortgage company said it will offer a paid holiday to employees on June 19, which is observed as the end of slavery in the United States. Quicken Loans said the policy covers 30,000 employees. Chief executive Jay Farner says on Twitter says Quicken Loans is encouraging employees to use the day to learn more about addressing racial inequity. Quicken Loans and affiliated companies have a large presence in Detroit, which is about 80% black. The company was founded by Dan Gilbert, who has acquired and rehabbed many downtown buildings.
LELAND, Mich. (AP) — A Lake Michigan ferry service that transports people to North and South Manitou Islands has been suspended this year due to poor dock conditions. Manitou Island Transit says boats will remain in the harbor for the first time since the start of the family business in 1917. More than 11,000 people used the ferry last year to get to the islands, which are part of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and are located off the Leelanau County coast. The owners are asking for Michigan officials to help because they fear they’re a year away from not being able to transport people at all.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — It’s now easier for Michigan voters to request an absentee ballot by going online. The new function lets people visit a state website and submit their driver’s license number and the last four digits of their Social Security number. They can digitally use the signature they provided for their driver’s license or state ID card. The completed application will go to the voter’s local clerk. Voters already could go to the website, fill out an application, scan it and then email it. Or they could mail it in. The new option cuts out the need for scanning, printing or mailing.
LAKE LINDEN, Mich. (AP) — A school district in the Upper Peninsula is giving college scholarships to graduates, thanks to a $2.5 million gift from a couple with ties to the area. Wayne Nester was a 1925 graduate of Lake Linden-Hubbell High School in Houghton County. He attended Western Michigan University and was a high school teacher and baseball coach in Detroit. Nester died 20 years ago. When his wife, June, died in 2019, her will granted a large part of their estate to the school district. Investment returns are earmarked for scholarships. About $100,000 given to graduates this year came from the Nesters’ gift to the Lake Linden-Hubbell Public Schools Foundation.