Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. EST
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Many Republican legislators in states where coronavirus cases have surged are rejecting mask-wearing requirements, even in their own capitols. An Arkansas state senator is proposing that her colleagues risk losing their per diem if they’re caught not wearing their masks. The idea is facing pushback, despite Arkansas having the second biggest outbreak in a state legislature. Mississippi, which had the largest, is encouraging but not requiring its members to wear masks. Several others say they’re leaving the decision up to members but not enforcing any rules. That decision is worrying public health experts.
DETROIT (AP) — Michigan’s election bureau is recommending that the Nov. 3 results be certified next week by state canvassers. The decision would bless Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump but likely not cool partisan strife over the vote. The recommendation was posted online with the formal Monday meeting notice of the Board of State Canvassers. The latest guidance came at the end of a stormy week in which Trump summoned Republican state lawmakers to the White House in an effort to try to set aside Biden’s 154,000-vote victory. The Michigan Bureau of Elections says any errors on election night did not affect the tabulation of votes.
ELBERTA, Mich. (AP) — Police say a third person has died and a fourth remains in critical condition following a shooting at a home in northern Michigan’s Benzie County. Undersheriff Gregory Hubers tells WPBN/WGTU-TV that one of the four people shot Friday died at the Munson Medical Center, where the remaining shooting victim was in critical condition. Hubers had said Friday that a mother and her adult son had died in Friday’s shooting, while the father and another son were rushed to a hospital. He said police don’t believe any suspects are at large. The shooting occurred in Elberta, a village tucked between Lake Michigan and Betsie Lake.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A man who was a teenager when he admitted killing three young women in 1972 has been granted parole by the Michigan Parole Board nearly a half-century after the slayings. Sixty-four-year-old Brent Koster was granted parole on Nov. 10. WWMT-TV reports the Kalamazoo area man will be released from prison on Jan. 21 after serving 48 years. Kalamazoo County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Getting says he’s “very troubled by the Michigan Department of Corrections choosing to release an admitted serial rapist, serial murderer.” He says he and his staff will be reviewing the parole board’s decision “to determine what options we have.”