Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. EST
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — A judge has ordered Eastern Michigan University to revive softball and women’s tennis by fall. EMU eliminated the sports about a year ago. But some athletes sued under federal law, arguing that the school violated their rights. Detroit federal Judge George Caram Steeh ordered the school to reinstate the sports after the parties failed to reach a total agreement. They had agreed on tennis, but EMU wanted to add lacrosse instead of bringing back softball.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Longtime Rep. John Dingell was remembered as “one of the greats” as lawmakers, ex-colleagues and a former president hailed his record-breaking service in the House. Dingell who died last week at 92, served 59 years in Congress, longer than anyone else in U.S. history. The Michigan Democrat was the longtime chairman of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee. Speakers at his service in Washington say many of the laws forged over the past 60 years reflect Dingell’s influence.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Senate has rejected Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order to restructure the state environmental department _ the first time lawmakers have outright blocked a governor’s move in more than 40 years. The chamber voted 22-16 Thursday, more than a week after the GOP-controlled House voted.
SPENCER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a snowmobiler is missing at a lake in western Michigan and another snowmobiler was rescued from unstable ice at the lake. The Kent County sheriff’s office responded Wednesday night to Lincoln Lake in Spencer Township following a 911 call from a person who reported he was riding with a man who apparently went into open water. The caller was rescued by a hovercraft and crews searched the lake for several hours. The missing man is identified as a 29-year-old from the area.