Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s new coronavirus infections topped 600 Wednesday, the highest daily number since late May. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has warned that restrictions are possible if cases heat up. Whitmer plans to speak to reporters Thursday. The state reported 610 new cases and 10 additional deaths. It had 607 new cases on May 29 and 659 back on May 20. Since March, the state has reported more than 67,000 confirmed cases and 6,015 COVID-19 deaths. Tens of thousands of people have recovered.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has vetoed bills that would have allowed for delayed tax payments. She cites the harm to local budgets across Michigan and says one measure related to property taxes is “blatantly” unconstitutional. The legislation, vetoed Wednesday, had won overwhelmingly legislative approval. The Democratic governor’s administration has approved some tax delays amid the coronavirus pandemic. She says the business-backed bills to further delay sales, use and income tax payments were “commendable” but would “push many local budgets over the precipice into fiscal crisis.”
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan has announced a $3 million fine against the state’s largest liquor distributor over delays in shipping booze to vendors. NWS Michigan, which does business as Republican National Distributing Co., acknowledged 88 violations of state law to settle an investigation stemming from liquor supply shortages in late 2019. The deal announced Wednesday requires an independent audit of the business, puts it on probation for a year and requires the company to submit monthly compliance reports. Attorney General Dana Nessel and Michigan Liquor Control Commission Chairman Pat Gagliardi called the penalties unprecedented.
CORUNNA, Mich. (AP) — A man convicted of killing his pregnant girlfriend when they were teenagers in 1970 won’t get a shorter prison sentence. A Shiawassee County judge says Daniel Wheeler will continue to serve a life sentence with no chance for parole. Wheeler has been in prison for nearly 50 years. Wheeler was convicted of killing 16-year-old Erlinda Paz. Wheeler’s conviction carried a mandatory life sentence with no chance for parole. But a U.S. Supreme Court decision reopened his case and many more across the country. The court said someone under 18 can’t automatically be treated like an adult.