Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 3:40 p.m. EDT
DETROIT (AP) — Federal agents are searching the suburban Detroit home of the president of the United Auto Workers, apparently another step in an investigation of union corruption. An FBI spokeswoman, Mara Schneider, confirmed the search of a home in Canton Township on Wednesday. TV stations posted photos and video of agents outside Gary Jones’ home. The UAW criticized the search. Agents also searched the Corona, California, home of former UAW President Dennis Williams.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she won’t sign a “status-quo” budget, stepping up her criticism of Republican legislative leaders for not offering a viable alternative to her proposed 45-cents-a-gallon fuel tax hike to fix the roads. The Democratic governor held a news conference Wednesday, about a month before the budget deadline. Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey accused Whitmer of creating a “fabricated crisis” and said legislators will pivot to sending her a budget plan.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — One of two Michigan parents accused of punishing their five children with whippings and confinement in a dark, locked bedroom described by one officer as a dungeon has been sentenced to 5½ to 10 years in prison. The Lansing State Journal reports 33-year-old Yenier Conde was given his punishment Wednesday after earlier pleading no contest to child abuse. He cried in court as his lawyer spoke. The abuse allegedly occurred over several years and was discovered in 2017 in Lansing.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have accused two Michigan State University students of making a false terror threat against the school’s president. The Lansing State Journal reports Wednesday that 20-year-old Jennifer Spicer and 18-year-old Rami Souguir have been charged with making a false report or threat of terrorism and using a computer to commit a crime. Souguir’s attorney Chris Wickman says his client posted it on social media as a joke.