Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. EST
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan has posted a record number of daily confirmed coronavirus cases, near 6,500. And also on Tuesday the state reported its deadliest day in 6 months, with 59 deaths in 24 hours. COVID-19, which subsided over the summer after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer imposed sweeping stay-at-home and other restrictions, has rebounded this fall. The latest average positivity rate in Michigan is 9.4%, up from 4.9% two weeks ago. The seven-day average of daily new cases in Michigan has more than doubled over the past two weeks from 2,221 to 4,855.
DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has heard arguments in a dispute over public aid for private schools. The dispute involves more than $5 million earmarked for private schools by the Republican-controlled Legislature when Rick Snyder was governor. The money would help schools comply with health, safety and welfare rules. Critics say the Michigan Constitution states that no public money can aid a private school. But the state appeals court in 2018 said tax dollars can go to private schools in some circumstances. Attorney General Dana Nessel argued that the provision is illegal.
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area judge has been accused of misconduct. The Judicial Tenure Commission says Judge Tracy Green knew that her grandsons were being abused but she covered it up and then lied about it when testifying in court. The commission serves as a watchdog over Michigan’s judiciary. According to the complaint, Green was aware that her son was striking his two sons with a belt and slapping them. In 2019, after Green had become a judge, she was questioned by commission staff and denied knowing about abuse. Green also has denied wrongdoing in interviews with Detroit news media.
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has cleaned 30,000 street catch basins as part of a program to reduce flooding in city neighborhoods. The city says the 30,000th catch basin was cleaned Tuesday on Detroit’s westside. The catch basin cleaning program was started 2017. It uses a mapping system and tablets to track catch basin maintenance. That also helps determine when and where repairs will be needed. The city says complaints of street flooding have been cut by 70%. Road debris and composted yard waste are among the materials that clog the basins which carry storm water into the city’s combined sewer system.