Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. EST
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is proposing a $5.6 billion plan to combat and recover from the coronavirus pandemic, including the use of billions in federal relief and $575 million in surplus state funds. The request will go to Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature on Wednesday, less than a month after Congress and President Trump enacted additional COVID-19 aid. A major facet of the Democratic governor’s proposal would allocate $2 billion — $300 million of it state dollars — to help K-12 schools offer the option of in-person instruction by March 1 and to address pandemic-related learning loss.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Attorneys for former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder are telling prosecutors that the Flint water case should be dismissed because he was charged in the wrong county. Snyder was charged last week with two misdemeanor counts of willful neglect of duty. The former Republican governor was indicted by a Genesee County judge who sat as a grand juror and considered evidence presented by prosecutors. Snyder lawyer Brian Lennon says in a letter to prosecutors Tuesday the allegations occurred at the governor’s office in Lansing. Snyder is among nine people charged in a new investigation of the crisis. A hearing took place Tuesday in Snyder’s case and the next hearing is scheduled for Feb. 23.
GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — A former western Michigan college professor has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty in his severely autistic teenage son’s drowning death in an icy backyard pool. Fifty-one-year-old Timothy Koets was sentenced Monday to a minimum of two years in prison and a maximum of 15 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter. He had pleaded guilty in December to involuntary manslaughter and child abuse in the March 2019 death of 16-year-old Samuel Koets. The teen drowned in the backyard pool at the family’s home in Georgetown Township, about 170 miles west of Detroit. He drowned after spending an hour in its waters, with his arms restrained.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has appointed a new Republican to Michigan’s election board, replacing one who was not re-nominated by the GOP after he voted to certify Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump. Tony Daunt, executive director of the Michigan Freedom Fund, will succeed Aaron Van Langevelde, whose term expires Jan. 31. Under law, the Democratic governor had to choose one of three people nominated by the state Republican Party. In November, Van Langevelde angered GOP activists when he joined two Democrats on the Board of State Canvassers to confirm Biden’s 154,000-vote win. The other Republican canvasser abstained.