Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EST
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — The Democratic presidential primary is down to two major candidates, and it shows. Former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are spending their first weekend as their party’s last top White House contenders sharpening their attacks against one another. Each is trying to demonstrate that he’s the best choice before six more states vote on Tuesday. It reflects the new contours of a race that once featured more than 20 Democrats. This state of play could endure for months as Biden and Sanders wage a protracted battle for the right to face President Donald Trump in November.
BLACKMAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan school district has launched a GoFundMe-style fundraising campaign for school upgrades after residents voted against a bond proposal in 2018. MLive reports that Northwest Community Schools District started the Invest in Northwest portal in January. It allows people to pick which project they want their donations to go to. Projects include new tennis courts, drumline equipment and risers for the choir. The district hopes to encourage people to give by sharing success stories on the website. The online portal does not have a timeline or total price tag. Some projects have money goals, while others don’t.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State officials say they want to help poor people avoid a driver’s license suspension for unpaid traffic tickets. A federal appeals court last year rejected a challenge to the suspension policy. But the attorney general’s office said a line will be added to tickets and court forms, telling people to contact the local court to arrange an alternative if they can’t afford to pay a fine. The language will be added no later than mid-February 2021.
DETROIT (AP) — The Great Lakes Water Authority is transferring more than $1.6 million to Detroit and Flint for conservation education and to help customers pay past-due water bills. Board members transferred the Water Residential Assistance Program funding from uncommitted 2019 bill assistance funds from Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. The authority says close to $1.2 million will go Detroit, while Flint will get more than $470,000. More than 19,000 households are enrolled in the assistance program. Detroit and Flint residents make up 71 percent of all enrollments. Eligible customers receive a $25 monthly credit toward current water bills with any arrears suspended for 12 to 24 months.