Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 3:40 p.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says hair salons and other personal-care businesses can reopen across the state on June 15 after being shut down earlier this year to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Meanwhile, those businesses and places like gyms can restart in northern Michigan next week. The governor on Friday further advanced the Upper Peninsula and Traverse City under her restart plan, effective Wednesday. In northern counties, indoor gatherings of 50 people will be permissible. Outdoor gatherings of 250 will be allowed, while outdoor performance and sporting venues will be able to have 500 people — allowing for some graduation ceremonies. Whitmer expects to move the rest of Michigan to the next phase in coming weeks.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan says it has halted 340,000 unemployment benefit accounts over concerns about fraudulent impostor claims, though many are legitimate claimants who deserve the money. Jeff Donofrio, director of the state Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, said Friday that people’s “economic lifeline is now tied up due to this criminal scheme.” Michigan has seen a staggering 2.2 million new jobless claims since the coronavirus pandemic began in mid-March and businesses were closed to curb the spread of the virus. More than 1.7 million people have been paid. Donofrio says people with flagged accounts were sent instructions to verify their identity.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The parents of a man convicted of killing and dismembering a woman in western Michigan have each been sentenced to jail for helping their son dispose of the body parts. Kent County Circuit Court Judge Paul Denenfeld sentenced 65-year-old Barbara Chance to 45 days Thursday for perjury and for being an accessory after the fact. Denenfield sentenced 78-year-old James Chance to a month in jail for being an accessory after the fact. Their son, Jared Chance, is serving a 100-year prison sentence for killing and dismembering 31-year-old Ashley Young in 2018. James Chance is a former Rock Island, Illinois, police officer.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Senate has unanimously approved a bill that would require police to be trained on implicit bias and de-escalation techniques to minimize the use of force. Thursday’s vote came more than a week after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which has sparked nationwide protests. The legislation would also mandate, starting in 2022, that officers complete annual continuing education. Michigan is among six states without such a requirement, according to a 2017 report. The measure was sent to the House for further consideration. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer joined a demonstration in Highland Park Thursday.