Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 3:40 p.m. EDT
ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area man convicted of murder is being released from prison, more than four years after winning an unusual case at the Michigan Supreme Court. Matthew Makowski has been granted parole and is scheduled to leave prison Thursday. Gov. Jennifer Granholm reduced his no-parole sentence before leaving office in 2010 but then changed her mind. The Supreme Court in 2014 said Granholm’s switch was illegal.
DETROIT (AP) — A man whose murder conviction was thrown out because of weak evidence won’t get money set aside for the wrongly convicted. The Michigan appeals court says James Shepherd doesn’t qualify because he wasn’t exonerated with “new” evidence. His conviction in Wayne County was set aside because of insufficient evidence. Shepherd spent nearly four years in prison until his release in 2016. People who have been wrongly convicted can get $50,000 for each year in prison.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s unemployment rate fell by two-tenths of a percentage point to 4.1 percent in August. Figures released Wednesday by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget show Michigan’s jobless rate was two-tenths of a percentage point higher than the national rate of 3.9 percent last month and five-tenths of a percentage point lower than the state’s August 2017 rate of 4.6 percent.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The parents of a victim of Larry Nassar are praising Bill Schuette’s prosecution of the former sports doctor in TV ads airing in the race for Michigan governor. Mark and Lee Weick (WIKE’) of Midland appear in 30-second and 60-second ads that Schuette’s campaign began running on broadcast stations Wednesday. The state attorney general’s office successfully prosecuted Nassar for molesting young female athletes under the guise of treatment.