Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. EDT
DETROIT (AP) — Michigan politicians are praising prominent Judge Damon J. Keith as a “legal trailblazer” and a “civil rights icon.” Keith died in Detroit on Sunday at age 96. Among those paying tribute to him are Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and U.S. Sen. Gary Peters. In their statements, they spoke of Keith’s courage in the face of what Whitmer called the “attacks and threats from others” in his defense of individual liberties and in his commitment to end racism.
DETROIT (AP) — When Fiat Chrysler began considering where to build its next assembly plant, the automaker didn’t have far to look for land. A short walk from its Jefferson North plant on Detroit’s east side is 200 acres of land the company is eyeing as part of its $1.6 billion investment to convert an engine complex into a new facility. Decades of residential flight, disinvestment and abandonment have left the Motor City with stretches of available real estate which are appealing to some developers.
DETROIT (AP) — Science Gallery Detroit is getting ready to open a new exhibition in partnership with the Michigan Science Center. The gallery’s second exhibition is titled “DEPTH” and runs June 8-Aug. 17 at the science center in Detroit. “DEPTH” will explore water’s intense power while also showcasing the beauty and life it brings. It invites visitors to contemplate the future of mankind in relation to water.
IONIA, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge says an encounter with methamphetamine inside the county courthouse where he works serves as a warning about the extent of the drug epidemic. The Daily News of Greenville reports Ionia County Probate/Juvenile Court Judge Robert Sykes Jr. recounted his experience this month while giving an update on court matters to the Ionia County commissioners. He says a woman involved in a child removal case allegedly left a bag containing meth in a bathroom at the courthouse.