Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. EDT
MASON, Mich. (AP) — A man has been charged in the killings of two women who were found fatally beaten after he showed cellphone photos of their bodies to sheriff’s deputies during a traffic stop in Michigan. Kiernan Brown, of Delta Township, was arraigned Tuesday on two counts each of open murder and armed robbery. He entered not guilty pleas and was ordered held without bond. Brown is accused in the deaths of 26-year-old Kaylee Ann Brock and 32-year-old Julie Ann Mooney Police found their bodies Friday.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — With her signature priority of fixing the roads stalled in the Legislature, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says it’s time for Republican leaders to ‘get off the dime’ and ‘get moving’ on the issue. The Democrat said Tuesday that fixing roads is the “No. 1 issue” for people, but she’s hearing “crickets” in the Capitol.
SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — Lawyers who work for local governments across the U.S. are urging a federal court to take a fresh look at a controversy over marking tires to enforce parking rules in a Michigan city. The International Municipal Lawyers Association objects to a recent decision by a three-judge panel at a federal appeals court. The group says the decision “effectively guts” parking enforcement. The panel said marking tires in Saginaw qualifies as a search under the Fourth Amendment and could be illegal.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — High water in the Great Lakes may spell trouble for the piping plover, an endangered bird that builds its nests on shorelines. Vincent Cavalieri of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says as water rises, plovers move closer to areas where they’re vulnerable to predators such as skunks and raccoons. The most recent count last year found 67 breeding pairs of plovers.