Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. EST
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A judge in western Michigan has told struggling jurors to keep deliberating in the trial of a former police officer who is charged with assisting his son after the younger man dismembered a woman. The jury foreman says there’s a consensus on one charge but not two others. Kent County Judge Paul Denenfeld told jurors not to give up. James Chance of Holland is charged with perjury and being an accessory after the dismemberment of Ashley Young in Grand Rapids in 2018. His son, Jared Chance is serving a 100-year prison sentence for killing and dismembering her.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Graduates of public and private high schools in Grand Rapids can attend a local community college for free. The Grand Rapids Promise Zone scholarship was announced Monday. It covers tuition for 60 credits at Grand Rapids Community College, as well as books and other fees. Students qualify for a full scholarship if they live in the city and attend a local high school for at least three years. A graduate who spends two years at a high school would get a 50% scholarship. The money is coming from Grand Rapids Community College and local donors.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan bookstore that has served Traverse City for nearly 60 years is closing. Horizon Books has been a downtown landmark on Front Street, selling books and making space for musicians, authors and community groups. The store will close at some point this year. Horizon Books began in 1961. It moved into a former J.C. Penney store in 1993. Ninety-year-old co-owner Vic Herman says he and and wife “want to do some other things.”
DETROIT (AP) — Recycling efforts in Detroit are expected to get a boost from nearly $800,000 in grants. Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy will give the city more than $458,000. Another $325,000 is coming from The Recycling Partnership as part of an education campaign aimed at increasing participation in curbside and multifamily recycling programs. Residential access to recycling and collection will be increased in Detroit through the purchase of 16,400 curbside recycling carts and nearly 4,000 multifamily containers. The grants are to help build on Michigan’s Know It Before You Throw It recycling education campaign.