Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. EST
DETROIT (AP) — A state Board of Canvassers’ meeting has been cancelled after canvassers in southeastern Michigan’s Wayne County unanimously certified election results showing Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump. Secretary of State spokeswoman Tracy Wimmer said in an email that Wednesday’s meeting was unnecessary because “all counties have certified” the results. The board is next scheduled to meet Nov. 23 to certify the Nov. 3 general election. On Tuesday, two Republicans on the Wayne County canvassing board initially voted against certifying that county’s results, resulting in a 2-2 deadlock with Democrats on the board. A later 4-0 vote certified the results.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan says it will pay $9.25 million to eight women who reported emotional or sexual abuse by a man who became the school’s chief academic officer. Martin Philbert spent 25 years at the university, rising from toxicology professor to dean of the School of Public Health. Philbert was named provost in 2017, a job that paid $570,000 a year. An investigation found that Philbert committed sexual misconduct during his long career, harassing graduate students and staff, and regularly having trysts in campus offices. Philbert hasn’t talked publicly about the allegations.
PLYMOUTH, Mich. (AP) — State police say a trooper pulled a man from a burning vehicle shortly before it was fully engulfed by flames in the aftermath of a crash in southeastern Michigan’s Wayne County. Michigan State Police say a trooper from the agency’s Brighton post was patrolling Tuesday when he spotted a multi-vehicle crash on Ann Arbor Road over Interstate 275. The trooper pulled a man who had been trapped in one of the cars from that vehicle shortly before it became fully engulfed in flames. The 56-year-old Plymouth man was hospitalized in stable condition Tuesday. State police have released dash cam footage showing the aftermath.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Wildlife officials in many states are issuing lots more hunting and fishing licenses this year — apparently because of the coronavirus. Americans who are weary of being cooped up at home and wearing masks elsewhere are taking refuge in outdoors sports that offer safety and solitude. In Michigan, the number of people getting hunting licenses for the first time in at least five years has jumped 80 percent. The trend has reversed a steady decline in hunting’s popularity that once appeared permanent. And it’s providing a potential new source of food for families and food banks pressed by the pandemic.