Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EDT
ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) — A bald eagle launched an aerial assault on a drone operated by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy — which is known as EGLE — ripping off a propeller and sending the aircraft into Lake Michigan. The department says the attack happened July 21, when the drone was mapping shoreline erosion near Escanaba in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Drone pilot Hunter King says he had completed about seven minutes of the mapping flight when satellite reception became spotty and the drone began to twirl. King and two birdwatchers saw the eagle flying away, apparently unhurt. Tracking data indicates the drone landed in the lake, about 150 feet offshore. It has not been found.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area hospital says it will reinstate visitor restrictions out of an abundance of caution following a rise in coronavirus cases among staff, patients and visitors. Beaumont Health said the limits will begin Thursday at its Farmington Hills campus. Beaumont hospitals have cared for more COVID-19 patients than any other system in Michigan. No one will be allowed in the rooms of patients with pending or positive tests except in end-of-life or other extreme circumstance. In cases unrelated to COVID-19, one person can visit under a number of exceptions. Michigan reported nine additional coronavirus-related deaths and 517 more confirmed cases.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s quick ascension to the national stage has left Democrats excited about what her future holds and thankful she will continue to lead Michigan. A year ago, she was struggling to get legislative traction for fixing the roads. But in the past six months, Whitmer has delivered the Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, confronted the pandemic and been vetted as Joe Biden’s running mate. He announced Kamala Harris as his pick. Jill Alper, a Democratic strategist, says Whitmer has made a “meteoric rise.” Trump previously dismissed her as “the woman in Michigan.”
ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials are investigating a fish kill that affected a dozen species on the middle branch of the Escanaba River in the Upper Peninsula. The die-off was reported Aug. 9 on the 52-mile-long river, which is popular with anglers. It happened near Gladstone, downstream of Verso Corp.’s Escanaba Paper Mill. The plant had reported the rupture of a pipe at its wastewater treatment plant the previous week. Officials say the pipe failure has been fixed and quality of outflowing water is improving.