Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 3:40 p.m. EST
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed an order declaring a state of emergency in Michigan ahead of dangerous subzero weather. Whitmer said Tuesday her move will harness government resources and ensure the public “understands the seriousness” of the once-in-a-generation cold snap. She visited a Lansing a warming house. Wind chill factors may drop to as low as negative 45 degrees from Tuesday night through Thursday morning. Michigan State University has suspended Wednesday classes.
JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have identified a man killed in a gunfight with officers in southern Michigan. Jackson County Undersheriff Chris Kuhl says 29-year-old Joey Duane Ramirez of Jackson was killed Monday by Jackson police officers investigating a domestic disturbance. Jackson police said a woman called early Monday, saying an acquaintance was outside banging on her apartment door and wouldn’t leave. Police said officers spotted him with a handgun and exchanged fire with him.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is hoping to deliver her first State of the State address a week later than planned to avoid having it on the same night as President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech. The Democratic governor wants to speak Feb. 12 during a joint session of the Republican-led Legislature. The House is considering her request. Whitmer’s address initially was scheduled for Feb. 5, but Trump’s speech was delayed due to the record-setting partial shutdown of the federal government.
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department is shifting its maintenance and repair staff to water main and fire hydrant repairs in anticipation of more line breaks due to the expected deep freeze. The department says it’s also put its contractors and subcontractors on notice to ramp-up staffing. Extreme changes in temperatures increase the likelihood of water main breaks, especially in aging infrastructure like Detroit’s. The department on Tuesday has 18 water main breaks it’s dealing with.