Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. EDT
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University’s president says the school is going online for the fall and is encouraging students to stay home as schools across the nation struggle to control coronavirus outbreaks. Remote learning for students is scheduled to begin Sept. 2. President Samuel L. Stanley said in a news release Tuesday that the measures are necessary because “it is unlikely we can prevent widespread transmission of COVID-19 between students if our undergraduates return to campus.” The school says plans for the colleges of Law, Human Medicine, Nursing, Osteopathic Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and all graduate programs will be announced later.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan is joining other states in suing the U.S. Postal Service over service changes. Attorney General Dana Nessel says a lawsuit was is the works Tuesday in federal court in Washington state. But Postmaster General Louis DeJoy also says he’s suspending certain changes until after the fall election. DeJoy is pledging to deliver election mail on time. Nessel and attorneys general in other states say significant changes must face a public comment period and go to the Postal Regulatory Commission.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Lansing’s fire chief has resigned after 16 months in the position and just days after a racial discrimination lawsuit was filed by multiple current and former Black city employees. According to the Lansing State Journal, Michael Mackey formally gave his notice via email on Friday and said his resignation was unrelated to the lawsuit that was filed last week Wednesday. In his resignation email provided by the city, Mackey says he is leaving for personal reasons and to pursue other professional opportunities. The city has not yet released information about who might lead the department on an interim basis until a permanent replacement is found.
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan city and a business group have agreed to pay $40,000 to settle a lawsuit over the handcuffing of a 7-year-old boy at an after-school program. The Flint boy, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, had kicked a cart and was running on bleachers when police were called. His hands were cuffed behind his back and remained that way for more than an hour because the officer didn’t have a key. The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, which sued on behalf of the boy and his mother, said Tuesday that going forward, physical restraints will be used only as a last resort and that Flint police officers will be encouraged to not get involved in school disciplinary issues.