Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. EST
DETROIT (AP) — Michigan health officials say people who attended the North American International Auto Show in Detroit might have been exposed to the viral illness rubella. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says it’s been notified that someone from another state who attended the show from Jan. 13-15 has been diagnosed with rubella. Officials say symptoms include low-grade fever, sore throat and a rash that starts on the face and spreads. The illness spreads through coughing and sneezing.
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area historical group is protesting a mayor’s decision to stop it from sending out the latest issue of its publication, which delves into Ford Motor Co. founder Henry Ford’s anti-Semitism. The Dearborn Historical Commission says the latest edition of its city-financed quarterly journal, The Dearborn Historian, should go out and that Mayor Jack O’Reilly should reverse his decision to cut ties with longtime Detroit journalist Bill McGraw, who wrote the Ford piece.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — An African-American firefighter’s federal lawsuit alleges that Lansing leaders failed to stop racial discrimination at the fire department. The Lansing State Journal reports that Michael Lynn Jr. filed a civil complaint last month in U.S. District Court. The suit alleges that other firefighters frequently commented on Lynn’s race and qualifications, which created a hostile work environment. Lansing officials have denied the allegations.
DETROIT (AP) — Michigan Democrats have elected Lavora Barnes as the new leader of the state party. Democrats gathered at Detroit’s Cobo Center for their convention Saturday. Barnes has worked as the Michigan Democratic Party’s chief operating officer for more than three years.