Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area hospital says it will reinstate visitor restrictions out of an abundance of caution following a rise in coronavirus cases among staff, patients and visitors. Beaumont Health said the limits will begin Thursday at its Farmington Hills campus. Beaumont hospitals have cared for more COVID-19 patients than any other system in Michigan. No one will be allowed in the rooms of patients with pending or positive tests except in end-of-life or other extreme circumstance. In cases unrelated to COVID-19, one person can visit under a number of exceptions. Michigan reported nine additional coronavirus-related deaths and 517 more confirmed cases.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s quick ascension to the national stage has left Democrats excited about what her future holds and thankful she will continue to lead Michigan. A year ago, she was struggling to get legislative traction for fixing the roads. But in the past six months, Whitmer has delivered the Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, confronted the pandemic and been vetted as Joe Biden’s running mate. He announced Kamala Harris as his pick. Jill Alper, a Democratic strategist, says Whitmer has made a “meteoric rise.” Trump previously dismissed her as “the woman in Michigan.”
DETROIT (AP) — The director of a Detroit funeral home has been charged in the fatal shooting of his cousin outside the business. The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says 37-year-old Major Clora Jr. was expected to be arraigned Thursday on second-degree murder and using a firearm during a felony charges. Police officers responding to a report of shots fired found the body of a 58-year-old man about 10:45 a.m. Monday in the rear parking lot of the east side funeral home. Clora was arrested at the scene. The prosecutor’s office says the shooting allegedly occurred during an argument between the two men. Court records did not list an attorney Wednesday for Clora.
CASCO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 69-year-old man and 6-year-old child have been hurt after the paraglider they were using struck power lines in southeastern Michigan. Authorities say the pair took off Tuesday evening in St. Clair County’s Casco Township, about 44 miles (70 kilometers) northeast of Detroit. The paraglider failed to gain altitude quickly enough, struck high-tension power lines and fell to the ground. The man was operating the paraglider. Both he and the boy have been hospitalized. Their injuries and conditions were not available Wednesday.