Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A legislative oversight panel says the public should see the results of state investigations into the deaths of children who are involved with Michigan’s child welfare system. The recommendation was included in a report adopted unanimously Thursday by the House Oversight Committee.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Corrections is reviewing how its mail policy is applied after one prison prevented inmates from reading some stories in the Lansing State Journal. The Ionia Correctional Facility blocked inmate access to stories concerning criminal proceedings against a probation officer, prisoners’ parole and re-sentencing hearings, and a lawsuit filed by prisoners. Department spokesman Chris Gautz says the policy is designed to keep prisons safe and officers’ lives private.
ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) — The Mackinac Bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic for the 62nd Labor Day walk, which draws thousands of people annually. The nearly 5-mile-long bridge links Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas and crosses the Straits of Mackinac, which connects Lakes Huron and Michigan. Officials say no bus transportation will be provided back across the bridge, unlike during previous years. Those who make the full crossing on Monday morning will have to arrange a ride back.
BOSTON (AP) — Civil liberty groups and reform-minded district attorneys are pushing to bring greater transparency to the process of highlighting police officers who have committed misconduct and could undermine criminal cases if they took the stand. Many are concerned that prosecutors around the country aren’t always sharing information about problem cops with defense attorneys. A Supreme Court ruling requires prosecutors to turn over any exculpatory evidence, including officers with credibility issues.