Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EST
WARREN, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit mayor says it was “despicable” for a city council to grant lifetime health insurance to some elected officials. Warren Mayor Jim Fouts says the perk will not stand. The Macomb Daily reports that it was approved in September by the council that left office last week. The mayor says it was presented to him too late for a veto. The newspaper says the policy grants lifetime health insurance to any current or former elected official who serves at least eight years.
ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — Michigan health authorities are reporting a 6th fatality linked to Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Berrien County Health Department officials say the victim was one of two people who contracted the mosquito borne virus. The death occurred Saturday. Cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis first appeared in West Michigan at the end of August. The virus has been reported in Barry, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties. The outbreak has resulted in 10 human cases and 46 animal cases.
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, two county executives and a commissioner from Washtenaw County say they support proposed legislation that could lead to expanding regional transit. Revisions to Michigan’s Municipal Partnership Act would allow Detroit and Wayne, Oakland and Washtenaw counties to enter into a transit agreement prior to a ballot proposal for a property tax increase.
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — An ex-Marine who was imprisoned by Iran on suspicion of spying is seeking payment from a fund intended for victims of state-sponsored terrorism. Attorney Scott Gilbert says he filed the lawsuit Monday in federal claims court on behalf of Amir Hekmati. Hekmati was detained in 2011 and released in 2016 in a prisoner exchange. Hekmati alleges he was falsely imprisoned and tortured. Gilbert says the U.S. Victims of State-Sponsored Terrorism Fund has refused to pay compensation.