Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 3:40 p.m. EST
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan will begin vaccinating seniors and frontline workers such as teachers and police against the coronavirus next week. State officials on Wednesday also announced a plan to accelerate access for people who are at least 65 years old. The state had planned to next immunize those 75 and older and essential workers including first responders, prison guards and child care providers. But residents age 65 to 74 will be included, too.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A new justice made her public debut as the Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments in five cases Wednesday. Election victories by Elizabeth Welch and Chief Justice Bridget McCormack give Democratic nominees a majority on the court for the first time since 2010. Because of coronavirus restrictions, the Supreme Court still is hearing cases by video conference and not in its Lansing courtroom. Welch, a Grand Rapids-area lawyer, took the seat of Stephen Markman. Markman was a conservative justice who served for 21 years but couldn’t seek re-election because of age.
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — An iconic statue that celebrates the mining heritage in the Upper Peninsula has been badly damaged by a speeding car. The bronze statue of a miner has been near downtown Houghton since 1980. The right foot and left leg were broken off in the crash Sunday night. The miner’s lunch pail was found in the snow. Houghton is looking for someone to repair it. Houghton City Manager Eric Waara says the statue is an “iconic part of the community” and a cherished piece of art. The driver in the crash wasn’t injured.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — An FBI agent visited the home of a Michigan lawmaker’s top aide after authorities were informed that she had discussed the use of tear gas before the election. But Katie Reiter says the visit was because of a bizarre misunderstanding. Reiter says she had been on the phone 10 days earlier in October talking about legislation to ban the use of tear gas by police. State Sen. Rosemary Bayer says it’s possible an appliance repairman who was at Reiter’s home might have overheard the conversation. The FBI says it received a complaint about the “use of tear gas during the upcoming election.” Spokeswoman Mara Schneider in Detroit says the FBI didn’t know the comments were made in the context of proposed legislation.