Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 3:40 p.m. EST
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder is joining President Donald Trump’s call to lower Michigan and U.S. flags to half-staff through sunset on Saturday to honor the victims of the mass shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California. Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says his legislative priorities before leaving office include pushing through fee increases to pay for environmental cleanup, water infrastructure and recycling needs. The Republican governor met with GOP lawmakers Thursday, the beginning of the “lame-duck” period. It’s a final chance for Republicans to enact bills before Democratic Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer takes office in January.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Lawmakers are being chosen to lead the Republican-controlled Michigan Legislature starting next year. Returning senators and senators-elect on Thursday elected Sen. Mike Shirkey of Clarklake to lead the Republican caucus from 2019 through 2022.
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials say a bone from the remains of a man found dead in 2016 was mistakenly buried with the remains of a teenage girl found dead in 1975. The Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office discovered the error this week while reviewing Darlene McKenzie’s case. The medical examiner’s office says that a bone from Donald Smith’s remains was mistakenly released last year to Husband Funeral Home along with McKenzie’s remains.