Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 4:40 p.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has announced additional steps to combat racism, declaring it a public health crisis and ordering state employees to complete implicit bias training as the state confronts what she called systemic inequities highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic. The governor on Wednesday also created an advisory council of Black leaders and asked the state health department to make health equity a major goal. The Michigan Education Association, the state’s largest union of teachers, said its board held an emergency meeting to discuss the reopening of schools. It adopted a motion saying local units should, “if needed,” demand to collectively bargain with K-12 districts over their COVID-19 preparedness and response plans.
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — A Washtenaw County sheriff’s deputy has been charged in connection with sexual assaults alleged to have occurred when he was a student at Eastern Michigan University. The Detroit Free Press reports that 24-year-old D’Angelo McWilliams was arraigned Wednesday on criminal sexual conduct and domestic violence charges. Assistant Prosecutor John Vella told a judge that the charges stem from incidents involving three Eastern Michigan students in Ypsilanti. Defense attorney Douglas Gutscher said his client denies the allegations, and the charges involve an ex-girlfriend and incidents at a fraternity house. McWilliams graduated in 2018. The sheriff’s office says an internal investigation will be conducted and that McWilliams has been placed on administrative leave without pay.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — With the primary complete, Michigan candidates are quickly turning their focus to November. That’s when voters in the presidential battleground will also decide a competitive U.S. Senate race, several House contests and which party controls a legislative chamber. Tuesday’s election was marked by a record number of absentee ballots that is only expected to grow in three months amid the coronavirus pandemic. Both first-term Democratic Sen. Gary Peters and Republican challenger John James were unopposed in the primary but now are ramping up their campaigns in a race that Peters has led.
CHICAGO (AP) — Progressive Democrats are celebrating two primary victories in U.S. House races. And they’re saying the protests over George Floyd’s death and a renewed focus on racial and economic justice have given their candidates new momentum after some rough patches this year. Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a member of the “squad” of four first-term congresswomen of color, scored a convincing victory over Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, who had criticized Tlaib as being too divisive. It followed a stunning win by Black Lives Matter activist Cori Bush over longtime Rep. William Lacy Clay of Missouri.