Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. EDT
PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) — A judge has rejected an effort to have portions of the northwestern Lower Peninsula declared an American Indian reservation. In a 51-page decision, Judge Paul Maloney says an 1855 treaty placed in historical context can’t “plausibly be read” to have created a reservation for the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians. The lawsuit against Michigan targeted more than 300 square miles. Representatives of the tribe have said they wanted to end legal conflicts with state and local governments.
DETROIT (AP) — A private funeral Mass has been held for a 9-year-old Detroit girl who was killed by three dogs while she rode her bike. The Detroit News reports that purple and pink flowers decorated the entrance at St. Cunegunda Church. Those were Emma Hernandez’s favorite colors. Church bells could be heard throughout the neighborhood Saturday. The owner of the dogs, Pierre Cleveland, has been charged with second-degree murder and other crimes for failing to control the dogs.
WHITEHALL, Mich. (AP) — Small beer companies are helping students eat lunch. Fetch Brewing has paid $5,500 to erase unpaid lunch bills in Whitehall and Montague schools, near Muskegon in western Michigan. Co-owner Jen Hain says she and her husband were inspired by the generosity of Mitten Brewing, which paid debts in the Suttons Bay and Fennville districts. Hain tells WOOD-TV it’s a “significant amount” for Fetch Brewing in Whitehall. But she says communities in the White Lake area have supported their business.
DETROIT (AP) — While recreational marijuana sales in Michigan are expected to initially rocket, a public policy organization has warned that legal pot is an unpredictable revenue source. The Detroit Free Press reports that investors at the Capital Cannabis Conference in Detroit forecast Michigan’s market could exceed $2 billion. But a Pew Charitable Trusts study released Aug. 19 says high taxes _ and a thriving black market _ could upset revenue goals, as in California.