Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Dozens of people broke a sweat on the lawn of the Michigan Capitol. It was a workout intended to highlight the plight of gyms that have been closed for months under Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s coronavirus orders. Alyssa Tushman, vice chair of the Michigan Fitness Club Association, says gyms are “desperately in need of help.” Whitmer ordered gyms closed, along with casinos and theaters, in an effort to slow down the rate of coronavirus infection. Gyms in the northern Michigan were allowed to reopen on June 10. Meanwhile, a judge ordered ordered the Detroit school district to test more than 600 students who are participating in voluntary summer classes.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Abortion opponents say they’re dropping a petition drive to prohibit a second-trimester procedure in Michigan. State election officials said the campaign didn’t produce enough valid signatures. Right to Life of Michigan says it won’t contest the conclusion when the Board of State Canvassers meets Friday. Abortion opponents want to outlaw dilation and evacuation in most instances, a procedure in which a fetus is removed in pieces with a surgical instrument. Under Michigan law, an initiative goes to the Legislature if advocates submit at least 340,000 valid signatures. But in this case, the state elections bureau said many signatures were disqualified.
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump may be losing, but one pro-Democrat super PAC is concerned that doesn’t mean Joe Biden is winning. The group PACRONYM is embracing a new strategy backed by $15 million in online ads to help close the nagging enthusiasm gap between Trump and Biden. One strategist warns that Biden is leading many polls “by default” and may lose his advantage unless Democrats give voters better reasons to get excited about their nominee. The group will target roughly 1.7 million “low-information” left-leaning voters across six battleground states who don’t know much about Biden and probably wouldn’t turn out to vote without a push.
SAUGATUCK, Mich. (AP) — The man who painted a mural of an American Indian at a school gym in 1975 says he’s willing to cover it up if the western Michigan district drops the Indians nickname. The superintendent and school board president in Saugatuck say it’s time to reexamine it. The 800-student district discussed the issue Monday during a school board meeting held by video conference. John Fox, a member of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, painted the mural decades ago. He says he’d paint a new logo at no charge. The board didn’t take a vote Monday. Meanwhile, the Clinton district is dropping the Redskins nickname after the NFL’s Washington Redskins did the same.