Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has extended Michigan’s stay-at-home order just over two additional weeks, through June 12. She also is keeping closed theaters, gyms and other places of public accommodation at least until that time. Whitmer also extended her emergency declaration through June 19 on Friday. She says the state is “not out of the woods yet.” She announced the steps the same bars and restaurants in northern Michigan were allowed to reopen after a two-month shutdown because of coronavirus restrictions.
DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan pastor says former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is being quarantined at a federal prison while awaiting a likely release in June, which would be years before he’s scheduled to finish his 28-year sentence for corruption. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons declined to comment about the matter, saying only that Kilpatrick remains in custody in Louisiana. But the Rev. Keyon Payton said Friday that Kilpatrick is being granted relief under a federal policy that gives officials discretion to move some inmates because of the coronavirus pandemic. It wasn’t known if Kilpatrick would have to return to prison once the coronavirus threat passed. Kilpatrick was convicted in 2013 of fraud, extortion and other crimes.
WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Residents and businesses in Central Michigan communities that were submerged when two dams failed this week are suing the dam operator and two state agencies charged with overseeing the structures. The lawsuit came Friday as yet more residents were forced to evacuate their homes after being overwhelmed by flooding along the Tittabawassee River and conjoining waterways. The federal lawsuit alleges the dams’ operator, Boyce Hydro, “failed to operate, fix, or repair the dams … resulting in catastrophic injury and damage.” The lawsuit also names the state Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
UNDATED (AP) — Hertz has filed for bankruptcy protection, unable to withstand the coronavirus pandemic that has crippled global travel and with it, the heavily indebted 102-year-old car rental company’s business. The Florida-based company’s lenders were unwilling to grant it another extension on its auto lease debt payments past a Friday deadline, triggering the filing. By the end of March, Hertz had more than $24 billion in debt with only $1 billion of available cash. Starting in mid-March, the company lost all revenue when travel nearly shut down due to the novel coronavirus. Hertz also has been plagued by management upheaval, naming its fourth CEO in six years on May 18.