Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 4:40 p.m. EDT
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Enbridge Inc. is asking a Michigan court to rule on the legality of an agreement it reached with former Gov. Rick Snyder to build an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the channel linking lakes Huron and Michigan. The Canadian company said Thursday it is asking the Michigan Court of Claims to determine the constitutional validity of the deal. The Court of Claims deals with civil actions filed against the state and its agencies.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican businessman John James of Michigan says he will challenge first-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Gary Peters in 2020 in a key state for President Donald Trump’s re-election chances. James is a 37-year-old African American combat veteran and CEO of an automotive logistics company in Detroit. He lost to longtime Sen. Debbie Stabenow last year but did better than expected. James announced his candidacy Thursday.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — An ex-convict caught with electronics stolen from a retired professor has been convicted of his murder. A Washtenaw County judge returned the verdict Thursday against Isom Hamilton. Robert Sharp, a former chemistry professor at the University of Michigan, was repeatedly stabbed at his Ann Arbor home a year ago. His body was burned after he was killed. Hamilton’s fingerprints weren’t found at the scene, a point made by defense lawyers. But prosecutors claim he wore gloves and covered his tracks.
BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is giving a southwestern Michigan school board a little more time to develop a plan to keep the district’s high school open. The Democrat said Wednesday after a public meeting in Benton Harbor that she’ll look at a “viable alternative” if one is presented. Her administration, citing the district’s poor finances and weak academic performance, has said it wants the board to close the high school as part of a broader plan to improve local K-8 education.