Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EST
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — The funeral Mass for former Rep. John Dingell has been slightly delayed by bad weather in Michigan. Former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to speak at the service Tuesday to honor Dingell, the longest serving member of Congress in U.S. history. He died Thursday at age 92. A spokeswoman says Dingell’s wife, Rep. Debbie Dingell, is in contact with officials transporting members of Congress to the funeral. The service is now expected to start at 11:30 a.m., about a half-hour behind schedule.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she will use her first State of the State address to focus on Michigan’s “fundamentals” _ such as the roads, drinking water and workforce. The Democrat will speak Tuesday night during a joint session of the Republican-led Legislature. She plans to focus in part on the magnitude of the problem with deteriorating roads and bridges, asking drivers and businesses to give feedback on what pothole-ridden infrastructure is costing them.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Hundreds of Michigan schools are closed as more snow and icy weather hits the state, knocking out power to thousands of homes and businesses. Driving conditions were slippery Tuesday as snow, sleet and freezing rain fell. Crashes were reported along with weather-related freeway closures. The potentially damaging weather is expected to continue Wednesday and ice storm warnings were issued in parts of southeastern Michigan.
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Eastern Michigan University says it’s investigating after a black doll was found hanging from a shower rod inside a campus dorm. The Ypsilanti school says in a statement that a resident adviser in Best Hall found the doll Monday in a bathroom shared by suite mates and a guest of one of the suite mates told investigators it was placed there as a “prank.” The school, however, says there’s “absolutely no place at Eastern for hateful and racist actions, regardless of their intent.”