Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. EDT
DETROIT (AP) — Former Democratic Rep. John Conyers, the longest-serving black member of Congress and founder of the Black Caucus, has died at age 90. Detroit police say the former congressman died at his home on Sunday. Spokesman Cpl. Dan Donakowski says Conyers died of what appears to be natural causes. The Rev. Jesse Jackson says there would be no federal holiday honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. without Conyers, who fought for 15 years to secure the holiday designation.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republicans who control Michigan’s Legislature say the state budget will not be resolved until Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer agrees to restrict her power to shift money within departments. Nearly a month has passed since Whitmer signed a spending plan while vetoing nearly $1 billion to reopen budget negotiations following a breakdown in talks. Whitmer is not interested in diminishing gubernatorial powers but says she would not use a board to undo any budget agreement that is reached.
CORUNNA, Mich. (AP) — A man thought he would fool police by giving them a false identity. It backfired: A man with that name was wanted by authorities. The case in Shiawassee County ended Friday when Deonte Wilson was sentenced to about 18 months in prison for a drug charge and other crimes. The Argus-Press reports that Wilson was stopped by police in September 2018. Officers arrested him when he identified himself as someone who was wanted by police. The mix-up was solved at the jail, but Wilson was in trouble.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A study has found few Michigan residents are taking advantage of a legal option to erase criminal convictions, even though an expungement can open doors to housing, student loans and employment. The Lansing State Journal reports that a University of Michigan Law School study estimates 6.5% of people who meet the requirements have their convictions set aside within five years of becoming eligible. Attorneys and law students are running clinics to educate people on how to clear their records.