Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. EDT
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada university regents have hired a university administrator and African American families researcher from Detroit as the new president at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Keith Whitfield was a psychology professor and provost at Wayne State University in Michigan. Regents noted he’ll be the first Black president in UNLV’s 63-year history. He begins Aug. 24, and will replace acting university President Marta Meana. Nevada university Chancellor Thom Reilly credits Whitfield with boosting student success at Wayne State, where officials say student diversity is similar to UNLV.
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit officials say the federal government wants to help the city fight violent crime, not patrol streets in search of protesters. Mayor Mike Duggan says he and police Chief James Craig “are comfortable” that any agents coming to the city will not be under the Department of Homeland Security. Duggan says there are too many illegal guns on the streets. The mayor says seizing guns would be a “welcome contribution.” President Donald Trump spoke only of plans in Chicago and Albuquerque, New Mexico. But the White House later said in a statement that the program would be expanded to Detroit. Attorney General William Barr says additional agents will focus on “classic crime fighting.”
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Enbridge says damage that prompted the temporary shutdown of its underwater oil pipelines in a Great Lakes channel may have been done by vessels working for the company. The Canadian company this week submitted to government agencies the results of its investigation into “disturbances” that were discovered during inspections of dual pipelines that run across Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac. They are part of Line 5, which carries oil and liquids used in propane. The report says a number of vessels that had been operating in the area were Enbridge contractors. But the company remains uncertain whether any were responsible. Enbridge says both pipelines are safe to operate.
DETROIT (AP) — People who are compensated by the state for being wrongly convicted aren’t entitled to collect cash for time spent in jail before trial. That’s the decision of the Michigan Supreme Court. Since the compensation program began in 2017, lower courts have rejected requests for money for pretrial detention, saying the law doesn’t mention it. The Supreme Court agreed. The case centered on Davontae Sanford, whose murder convictions in Wayne County were thrown out. He was paid $408,000 for his time in prison, but he was also seeking $27,000 for about 200 days spent in a detention center for teens.