Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EST
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers across the aisle want to pass more protections for whistleblowers who risk losing their jobs for reporting wrongdoing. Their efforts, however, could face pushback from the state’s Democratic governor who has argued similar proposals are unconstitutional. The Detroit News reports Democratic state Sen. Jeff Irwin and Republican state Sen. Tom Barrett sponsored bills that would offer extra protections for whistleblowers. Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed similar measures this year, saying they were unconstitutional. Barrett has noted a separate law can resolve the constitutional concerns.
DETROIT (AP) — A 95-year-old Detroit federal judge will stop hearing cases after 40 years on the bench. Avern Cohn says he doesn’t believe in mandatory retirement, but he says he knows when it’s time to let the work “be borne by younger persons.” Cohn won’t be in a courtroom, but he’ll still be around the courthouse in downtown Detroit. He was a lawyer in private practice when President Jimmy Carter appointed him to federal court in 1979.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Lansing nonprofit has distributed nearly 50 bicycles to children after a dozen volunteers spent several weeks cleaning and repairing them. The Lansing Bike Co-op gave away the bikes last weekend on a first-come, first-served basis. The Lansing State Journal reports there were no eligibility requirements but the co-op teaches cyclists, many financially struggling, how to keep bikes in good working order. Jennifer Carson came for four bikes for her children, ranging from 2 to 13. She says three of them had bikes stolen a couple years ago, and these will be the first since then. Co-op President Aaron Fields says a bike is “an essential part of childhood.”
CHICAGO (AP) — A Michigan man recently identified as the newborn boy snatched from his mother in 1964 by someone posing as a maternity-ward nurse was found through ancestry websites after the man or a child of his submitted DNA to the sites to learn more about their family tree. That’s according to genetic genealogist CeCe Moore who played a role in the discovery. She told The Associated Press Friday that she and an adopted son of the Fronczaks submitted DNA from one of the kidnapped boy’s close relatives to the ancestry sites in 2014. They finally got a notification last year through one of the sites that there was a match.