Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. EDT
DETROIT (AP) — The Democratic candidate for Michigan attorney general says she probably wouldn’t defend a law that allows faith-based groups to reject same-sex couples who want to adopt children. Dana Nessel, who is gay, says the law discriminates against gay people. The law is being challenged in court by critics who argue that it’s unconstitutional. Faith-based groups are paid by the state to place children with new families. But they aren’t required to provide services that conflict with their beliefs.
WARREN, Mich. (AP) — A 17-year-old Detroit-area girl accused of killing a classmate in school will undergo a competency exam to determine if she understands the murder charge and can assist her lawyer. The exam is common in homicide cases. Police say Tanaya Lewis stabbed 16-year-old Danyna Gibson in a classroom at Warren Fitzgerald High School on Sept. 12. Lewis answered a few questions Thursday from Judge Matthew Sabaugh but otherwise didn’t say much in court.
SANDUSKY, Mich. (AP) — A young man and a 16-year-old boy are facing charges after authorities say they shot fireworks that sparked a grass fire and killed four calves along a road in rural Michigan. The Sanilac County sheriff’s office says 19-year-old Adam Grifka and the 16-year-old face arson, malicious destruction of property and fireworks violations charges. The sheriff’s office says fireworks shot from a moving vehicle sparked the grass fire July 28 about 85 miles north of Detroit.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — More than 150 stalled road projects across Michigan will resume because road builders have agreed to end a lockout of a union of heavy equipment operators. Gov. Rick Snyder announced the end of the labor impasse Thursday. He says the Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association will stop its lockout of the Operating Engineers 324 union that has lasted more than three weeks and disrupted major projects such as those on Interstates 75 and 696 in the Detroit area.